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Paul Browne

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Structured Finance and Derivatives


Paul is a partner and head of the Structured Finance and Derivatives Group in the UK. He focuses on structured products and derivatives, covering a wide variety of asset classes.


Paul trained and qualified with Simmons & Simmons in 1994. Paul worked in London until 2000, before relocating to Asia where he spent 14 years, based in Hong Kong and Japan, and headed up the Financial Markets practice in APAC. Paul returned to the UK in 2014.


Oxford University (Worcester College)

London: Finance

Derivatives and structured products

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Browne - 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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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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