Sean Bulmer > Simmons & Simmons > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Simmons & Simmons


Sean is a partner in the capital markets group. He advises on securitised and OTC derivatives transactions as well as SPV structured finance transactions. He advises on a range of complex securitised derivatives including notes, warrants and certificates, as well as repackaging transactions and fiduciary note structures. The underlying references for which include equity, fund, and commodity derivatives as well as physical assets. He has established numerous issuance programmes (both consolidated and non-consolidated programmes). He advises on the retail offering of structured products across Europe, including asset backed securities and leads the firm’s retail structured products group. Sean was based in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2005 and has extensive experience of Asian and emerging market capital market transactions. He is the co-chair of the firm’s China Growth Markets Group.


Qualified England and Wales 1992 and Hong Kong 1997; partner Simmons & Simmons 2000, head of the financial markets group Hong Kong; head of the equity and fund derivatives practice London 2005.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Derivatives (including commodities)

(Leading individuals)

Sean BulmerSimmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has a large team of experts and senior partners advising across the full range of commodities and derivatives transactions, and it continues to expand its range of expertise. The firm stands out for having great depth of expertise on both the buy-side and the sell-side of the derivatives market. It is a key adviser to the hedge fund and institutional asset manager community, as well as acting for numerous international investment banks across the full range of asset classes including credit, equity, commodity, rates and FX, and funding wrappers including OTC, cleared and exchange-traded derivatives. Head of derivatives Allan Yip acts primarily for buy-side firms and advises asset managers on all aspects of their trading relationships with market counterparties. Sean Bulmer handles securitised and OTC derivatives transactions as well as SPV structured finance transactions. Matthew Hebburn joined from Allen & Overy LLP to spearhead the firm’s sell-side OTC derivatives practice. Regulatory expert Rosali Pretorius has more than 20 years’ experience in advising on broker-dealer, asset management and bank regulation as well as derivatives and funds. Associate Oliver West is a rising star. On the commodity derivatives side, Jonathan Melrose leads the practice and specialises in UK and European regulation. Counsel Joanna Williams is also recommended, while managing associate Marcin Perzanowski joined from Mayer Brown International LLP.