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Sean Bulmer

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Simmons & Simmons

Position

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.

Career

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.


London: Finance

Derivatives and structured products

Within: Leading individuals

Sean Bulmer - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Derivatives and structured products

Simmons & Simmons' practice is 'flexible, hungry, willing and able to work to tight deadline, and they are a pleasure to do business with'. Another client notes that 'the lawyers are consistently responsive, engaging and proactive, the firm provides good value for money and the team has good strength in depth'. The firm advises buy-side and sell-side counterparties on derivatives matters, acting for leading investment banks, hedge funds and institutional asset managers. In an illustration of its market-leading position for complex repackaging work the team assisted Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, Société Générale and BBVA with an initiative to standardise repackaging documentation. Head of the firm's retail structured products group Sean Bulmer handled that matter and he frequently advises on securitised and OTC derivatives, as well as SPV structured finance transactions. Rising star David Toole, who handles OTC and securitised derivatives and structured capital markets products for financial institutions and public-sector organisations, also played a significant role.  He is 'very approachable and personable and has a deep understanding not only of our business but also of the market more generally'. Alan Davies acted for the joint lead managers on the issuance of $750m perpetual fixed spread callable notes by Demeter Investments, which were secured by a facility agreement with Swiss Re. 'Experienced, responsive, flexible and solid' practice head Paul Browne 'has led the firm to the top of the market'. Craig Bisson acts for some of the world’s top institutional asset managers in derivatives, securities financing and regulatory matters. Rising star associate Oliver West 'has established himself in the market and has a solid knowledge base, a great work ethic and is very much one to look out for'. David Roylance retired from the firm.

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