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Amer Siddiqui

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Structured Finance and Derivatives


Amer is a partner in the London Structured Finance and Derivatives group and member of the asset-backed finance and securitisation team. He has extensive experience of advising on a variety of (public and private) asset-backed finance transactions and securitisations, with a particular focus on residential mortgage-backed and commercial mortgage-backed transactions, covered bonds, asset sales and warehousing arrangements.

Amer is a member of the EMF – ECBC Covered Bond Label Advisory Council. He was recently recognised as a "Rising Star" in Capital Markets – Euromoney LMG "Rising Stars Guide 2016", and Capital Markets, Structured Finance and Securitisation – Euromoney LMG “Rising Stars Guide 2017”.


Qualified 2005; Clifford Chance 2003-2017; Simmons & Simmons 2017


Law Society of England & Wales

New York Bar Association

Bar Council of India


LLB, University of Mumbai; LLM, George Washington University Law School

London: Finance


Within: Next generation lawyers

Amer Siddiqui - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Securitisation

Simmons & Simmons is praised for providing 'a commercial approach that is always perfectly aligned with clients' needs'. The firm has an impressive list of buy-side and sell-side clients that includes leading investment banks, asset managers, governments, supranational clients and emerging fintech companies. Among these are ABN AMRO Bank, Banca IMI, Lloyds, Macquarie Group, Deutsche Bank, the European Investment Fund and Morgan Stanley. Its recent work includes a number of market firsts, such as Greensill Capital's establishment of a $20bn secured note programme backed by payment obligations. Michael Lorraine led the development of this bespoke repackaging platform and 'combines detailed understanding of complex legal issues with an ability to develop bespoke legal structures'. Partner Amer Siddiqui has quickly become a standout name in the practice; one client notes that he is 'involved and up-to-speed at all times and is able to offer valuable advice when needed'. He acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup as joint arrangers and lead managers on a £1.6bn securitisation of non-conforming residential mortgage loans by The Co-operative Bank. Structured capital markets partner David Toole, banking partner James Bresslaw and financial regulatory expert Penny Miller are also recommended.

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