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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Finance > Securitisation Tier 2
The partners at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP have 'exceptional technical expertise, always go out of their way for clients'. The firm has a heavyweight practice in structured finance and securitisation with eight partners, three special counsel and more than 15 associates focused on a range of transactions from the traditional to the cutting-edge. The firm frequently handles innovative transactions in the European ABS market. Years after opening the market for public Swiss auto lease transactions, the firm recently advised Cembra Money Bank AG on its latest securitisation for such assets. It has a deep bench of specialists, among them Suzanne Bell, who is 'very experienced, calm, solutions-driven and great to deal with', and who frequently acts for bank clients. Stephen Day focuses predominantly on cross-border transactions, while the ' accessible, user-friendly and patient' David Quirolo is a leading name in the CLO market, as is Claire Puddicombe, who has 'a deep knowledge of complex regulation'. Matthew Duncan, who joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP in 2020, has a track record of market-first mortgage-backed transactions, and Robert Cannon focuses on CDOs, CLOs, mortgage securitisations and commercial paper conduits.
Suzanne Bell; Robert Cannon; Stephen Day; Matthew Duncan; David Quirolo; Nick Shiren; Daniel Tobias; Claire Puddicombe
Other key lawyers:
‘The CWT team really are a class of their own in this area. Have exceptional technical expertise, always go out of their way for us and one of the few law firms we have full confidence in, which is so important for in-house lawyers to have that confidence. Rob Cannon and Stephen Day stand out.’
‘I love working with the team – particularly Sabah Nawaz, Nick Shiren and David Quirolo. A great group and super knowledgeable.’
‘Sabah Nawaz stands out. Sabah has a positive, can-do attitude and is hardworking. We approach Sabah to help us on our structured real estate matters as we know she will always deliver.’
‘Sabah Nawaz has a positive approach, always available and helpful.’
‘When we first approached CWT to act for us on a new loan note programme, we had zero experience in this sector. We had a strong relationship with the fund finance team and knew that the securitisation team would share the specific strengths that we recognise being commerciality, attention to detail, value for money and stakeholder management.’
‘David Quirolo and Sabah Nawaz were accessible, user-friendly and patient with significant market knowledge and always had precise answers to questions which were often rather random!’
‘An excellent partner in Suzie Bell and a super team of associates to run with the day-to-day matters and close transactions. Very experienced in this type of transaction, with a deep knowledge of overseas laws and a network of firms to use to complement them.’
‘We have been working with Claire Puddicombe for several years and frequently mandate CWT on transactions because we want Claire to be leading such transactions. She has a deep understanding of CLO documentation and in particular, has a strong understanding of all three elements we rely on our counsel for – commercial, legal and regulatory. It is this thorough understanding alongside her client-centric approach to transactions that results in our preference to work with Claire on at least one live transaction at all times!’
Premium Credit Limited
Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.
Bank of America
ALAG Leasing AG
Cembra Money Bank
Samantha Hutchinson; Nathan Parker
Other key lawyers:
‘Comprehensive practice, available to advise on all matters within fund finance including new-to-market innovative structures.‘
‘Sam Hutchinson has exceptional awareness of the market and its participants. Able to give clear advise on complex structuring issues pertinent to funds/GPs/etc.‘
‘Nathan Parker has worked on multiple deals with us. Always keen to find a pragmatic solution to issues, and very good to have on more complex deals given his ability and obvious very high level of experience. Very conscious of costs and sticking to it.‘
‘The fund finance team at CWT is a market leader in providing all variants of fund finance solutions. Samantha Hutchinson and her team are our go to adviser of choice for complex, bespoke transactions.‘
‘Samantha Hutchinson – always available, sharp, innovative, persuasive and a pleasure to partner with.‘
Standard Chartered PLC
Silicon Valley Bank
At Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts jointly lead the white-collar defence and investigations department, which garners praise for its ‘exceptional knowledge’ and ‘creative thinking’. Both practice heads bring over 45 years of combined white-collar defence experience and are among the best-known names when it comes to investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO, the FCA and the HMRC; this has turned the practice into a top destination for senior executives and high-net-worth individuals following its launch at the beginning of 2020. The team places a special emphasis on complex multi-jurisdictional investigations involving allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, as well as complex fraud; its cross-border strength is additionally bolstered by the firm’s reputation in the US. Mutual legal assistance and extradition issues, sanctions matters, and private prosecutions are also among the group’s fortes. The practice is also noted for its firepower at associate level; Shruti Chandhok and former barrister Charlotte Glaser are singled out as rising stars, while Duncan Grieve is also a key team member.
Mark Beardsworth; Kevin Roberts
‘Exceptional knowledge. Creative thinking. Great expertise in this area.’
‘Very smart and patient lawyers.’
‘Mark Beardsworth is one of the standout white-collar crime practitioners in the UK.’
‘Shruti Chandhok and Charlotte Glaser are excellent lawyers. Focused, smart and experienced.’
‘Kevin and Mark both joined less than two years ago. Mark is a highly pragmatic practitioner and is excellent in representing both companies as well as individuals. He brings a world of experience in relation to serious and complex fraud cases. Kevin Roberts has a strong background in terms of fraud litigation as well as strong pedigree in white-collar crime. He is great for both civil and criminal matters, which is always something to admire.’
Robert Cannon; Claire Puddicombe; David Quirolo; Nick Shiren; Daniel Tobias
Other key lawyers:
Sabah Nawaz; Alex Collins
‘The team is very experienced, offering not only valuable insights into structuring aspects, but also drives innovation in the market. Given the size of the team and the number of deals that Cadwalader work on, they are an invaluable source of recent developments in the sector and always stay on top current market trends.’
‘Cadwalader’s team is always dedicated, hard working and maintain high standards. David Quirolo, Dan Tobias and Claire Puddicombe are the pre-eminent experts in the field. Other team members, including Sabah Nawaz, are a pleasure to work with, offering helpful advice at every step and maintain the highest standards of professionalism.’
‘CWT is a highly relevant law firm in the CLO market through their participation on both the manager and arranger side. Furthermore, their active role in raising industry awareness and standards, and engagement with the regulators, make them an invaluable partner to our firm.’
‘Work ethic, thoroughness and availability make CWT a highly sought after partner. They are able to balance clients needs with legal requirements in a highly pragmatic way. For me, what makes CWT truly stand out is their long term, people based approach. They always seek to please us as their client and value the partnership and relationships over all else.’
‘A very talented and experienced team.’
‘Claire Puddicombe is always doing an excellent job’
UnipolSai Assicurazioni S.p.A.
Achmea Reinsurance Company N.V.
MUFG Securities EMEA plc
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP's team has a wealth of expertise in all the intricacies of fund formation, restructuring and management. In addition, it advises established and start-up fund managers on a variety of real estate investments. Of particular note is the firm's work on innovative residential property funds, including social housing, shared ownership, and buy-to-let. The team is led by Michael Newell, who advises fund managers and institutional investors on fund formations, investments and secondary transactions, as well as regulatory issues, such as AIFMD implementation.
‘Good knowledge of sector and commercial norms and compliance. All round knowledge and good ability to work with and manage external (eg overseas) teams where required.‘
‘Mike Newell is the most available legal partner I have worked with, making time to call back to discuss points when necessary rather than brief emails. His knowledge/experience is extensive and he is particularly impressive where cross border structures are required.’
‘FInger is very close to the pulse on features that will and will not be acceptable, allowing us to efficiently structure a product for the market.‘
Greencoat UK Wind Plc
Greencoat Renewables Plc
Less than two years after it launched in London, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP's white-collar defence and investigations practice garners praise for its ‘significant breadth of expertise’. The team focuses on regulator and internal investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption, fraud and money laundering; in particular, it regularly advises multinational corporations on their interactions with authorities such as the SFO, the FCA and the HMRC, in addition to authorities overseas including the DOJ. Spearheaded by the highly regarded duo Mark Beardsworth and Kevin Roberts, the practice also stands out for its strength advising clients on sensitive issues arising in relation to more challenging jurisdictions; its cross-border offering is enhanced through collaborating with its US presence.
Mark Beardsworth; Kevin Roberts
‘Strength in depth of knowledge and experience.’
‘Significant breadth of expertise in this practice area.’
‘Kevin Roberts is an outstanding tactician with superb judgement; he combines this with excellent client skills and, equally importantly, a great sense of humour.’
‘Mark Beardsworth is a standout in this area. His skill is in preparation and then making things go away!’
Mark Beardsworth is at the top of his game in his chosen area of specialism.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has an 'extremely knowledgeable' tax team and displays particular expertise in handling tax structuring work relating to multi-jurisdictional corporate and financings transactions. The 'highly experienced' Adam Blakemore leads the practice and advises on a range of financing transactions including securitisations, repackagings and hybrid capital issuances. Special counsel Catherine Richardson is also noted and has a broad UK and international tax practice.
Other key lawyers:
Catherine Richardson; Hugo Chan
‘The Cadwalader tax team are ahead of the pack! They are at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge tax advice on precedent-setting deals and act for all large financial institutions and market operators on a wide variety of credit deals.’
‘Adam Blakemore is extremely knowledgeable and has a strong grasp of both direct and indirect taxation! Catherine Richardson is a rising star!‘
‘The team are extremely knowledgeable on all areas related to my specific area of concern, taxation of institutional real estate investment funds and the advantages and disadvantages of the range of available fund structures from a tax perspective.’
‘Adam Blakemore is a highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable tax expert in the field of institutional investment funds, recognised and respected by peers as an industry leader.’
‘Adam Blakemore and Catherine Richardson deserve specific mention. They are a pleasure to work with, always interested in finding the best solution for clients, complimented by excellent technical knowledge and depth of experience.’
Greencoat UK Wind Plc
MUFG Securities EMEA plc
Standard Chartered PLC
East London Business Alliance
Hudson Executive Capital – Cardtronics plc
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP focuses on impact investment and green infrastructure funds, alongside growth equity and venture capital, particularly green tech funds. The team, led by Michael Newell, works with a combination of established and start-up managers, alongside institutional investors, on fund formation and secondary transactions in areas such as renewable energy and technology, alongside mainstream private equity. Associate Jack Kelly specialises in social infrastructure and renewable energy work.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Gwydir ; Paolo Del Val
‘This team is excellent, very close to the operational teams to try to better understand the stakes of an operation for their client.’
‘Michael Gwydir, Michael Newell and Paolo Del Val have a very high technical level and are very pleasant to work with.’
‘Michael Gwydir is a creative lawyer with very good commercial sense. He has an excellent technical and practical knowledge of the market. He is also a fine negotiator with good listening and advisory skills. To me he is to the private funds practice what Christiano Ronaldo is to football’
GP Bullhound Fund V SCSp
Consortium of PROPARCO; Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO); Obviam AG; CDC Group
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP's practice advises lenders and corporate clients on UK and pan-European real estate finance transactions across asset classes including hotels, commercial and residential properties, and healthcare and logistics centres. Practice head Duncan Hubbard is strong in handling cross-border investment and development portfolios.
Other key lawyers:
William Lo; Livia Li
‘Cadwalader has not only structured our whole transaction to a large extent, but also has organised the cooperation among the various law firms. During this transaction, a number of unexpected problems have arisen, which needed immediate attention and creative solutions. The Cadwalader team has managed all these challenges in a highly professional manner. As the transaction has become much more complex than expected, Cadwalader has been flexible with regard to billing.’
‘The property finance team is well known to us. They are quick in providing support.’
‘Duncan Hubbard has a quick and easy approach to solving conflicts. During ongoing and sometimes difficult negotiations, he is always a great support.’
‘Duncan Hubbard was the driving force of the deal. His professionalism, exceptional problem-solving skills and calmness proved to be very valuable. William Lo and Livia Li also contributed greatly to the success of the transaction. Duncan and William have always been available as reliable partners, acting quickly and proactively.’
Civitas Social Housing Finance Company 5 Limited
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP > Firm Profile
The Firm: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, established in 1792, serves a diverse client base, including many of the world’s premier financial institutions, funds, Fortune 500 companies and other leading corporations, and individual private clients. The firm has earned a reputation for crafting innovative business and financial solutions, and developing precedent-setting legal strategies to achieve clients’ goals.
Main Areas of Practice:
Capital Markets: The team is widely recognised as a premier global legal advisor and innovator in securitisation and structured finance. It represents investment banks, issuers, funds and private equity sponsors in structuring and executing transactions across a broad array of structured products and assets, including ABS, CLOs, CMBS, CRE CLOs, ILS, RMBS, structured workout financings and whole sale loans.
Corporate: Cadwalader represents companies, financial institutions, private equity firms and other investors across the full spectrum of complex negotiated and hostile corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and spinoffs, as well as public and private debt and equity securities offerings, both shareholder activism and takeover preparedness, and related corporate governance and securities law matters.
International Arbitration: The London team represents clients in UK and cross-border international arbitration, including arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules, primarily focusing on the financial services, technology, telecoms and energy sectors. The team is noted particularly for managing large, complex cases, including cross-border disputes involving jurisdictional, procedural and enforcement complexity.
International Dispute Resolution: Our London-based dispute resolution team has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, antitrust, risk management and regulatory investigations. They offer advice and services to clients, including international corporations, financial institutions, investment firms and individuals in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and further afield.
Financial Restructuring: Cadwalader regularly represents debtors, secured and unsecured lenders, bondholders, creditors’ committees, borrowers, asset purchasers and other distressed entities. It also has broad capabilities in transactions, litigation and structuring deals to preserve and enhance value.
Financial Services: The firm counsels clients on statutory and regulatory requirements, including those governing broker-dealers, securities and futures exchanges, banks, investment advisers and funds. It advises hedge funds and asset managers on structuring funds and raising capital. It also represents issuers, dealers and end-users on complex derivatives and structured products transactions.
Fund Finance: Cadwalader’s market-leading practitioners regularly representing the agents, lead arrangers and lenders on different investment facilities, such as subscription credit and capital call, NAV-based, hybrid, open-end fund, HNW, aftercare and umbrella, to real estate, private equity and other investment funds.
Global Litigation: Cadwalader’s full-service, transatlantic litigation team handles all aspects of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Its trial practice helps clients successfully navigate enterprise-threatening litigation with confidence. It protects and defend our clients in a broad range of strategic areas, including antitrust, corporate and financial services litigation and regulation, and intellectual property.
Real Estate: The firm’s premier real estate finance team represents financial institutions and investors in the origination of securitized and balance sheet mortgage and mezzanine loans, syndicated loans and construction loans secured by virtually all property types, including hotel, office, retail, healthcare, multi-family and industrial properties, ranging from single, trophy assets to multi-asset, multi-state and whole-company transactions, as well as the sale of mortgage and mezzanine loans in the secondary market, co-lender and intercreditor agreements, servicing and loan workouts, and restructurings.
Tax: Cadwalader’s tax practice pioneers innovative tax structures that drive complex deals, advising on the taxation aspects of structuring domestic and cross-border corporate and financing transactions, including securitisations, hybrid capital issuances, repackagings, credit-linked instruments, stock lending arrangements and a variety of financial products.
White Collar Defense & Investigations: Cadwalader’s London White Collar and Defense team is known for focusing on the defence of serious fraud and criminal matters and has been involved in prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs and the Financial Reporting Council. These cases are often complex, high profile and international in nature. The team conducts internal investigations for corporates, regulators and other entities and advises companies and their directors on governance issues. They have extensive experience in respect of benchmarking investigations and prosecutions, cross-border share trades and withholding tax investigations.
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|Mr Alexander Collins||Alex Collins is a special counsel in the Capital Markets Group in…||View Profile|
|Ms Assia Damianova||Assia Damianova is special counsel in the Capital Markets Group in Cadwalader’s…||View Profile|
|Mr Stephen Day||Stephen Day is a partner in the Capital Markets Group, resident in…||View Profile|
|Mr Matthew Duncan||Matthew Duncan is a partner in the Capital Markets Group in Cadwalader’s…||View Profile|
|Michael Gwydir||Michael Gwydir is a special counsel in the Financial Services Group in…||View Profile|
|Mr Duncan Hubbard||Duncan Hubbard is a partner and leading international real estate finance lawyer…||View Profile|
|Ms Samantha Hutchinson||Samantha Hutchinson is a partner in Cadwalader’s London office. She advises both financial…||View Profile|
|Ms Sabah Nawaz||Sabah Nawaz is a special counsel in the Capital Markets Group in…||View Profile|
|Mr Richard Nevins||Richard Nevins, a Senior Counsel, practices in Cadwalader’s Financial Restructuring Group. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Newell||Mike Newell is a partner in Cadwalader’s Financial Services Group, resident in…||View Profile|
|Mr Nathan Parker||Nathan Parker is a partner in the Finance Group in Cadwalader’s London…||View Profile|
|Mr Gregory Petrick||Gregory M. Petrick, chair of Cadwalader’s Financial Restructuring Group and Managing Partner…||View Profile|
|Ms Claire Puddicombe||Claire Puddicombe is a partner in Cadwalader’s Capital Markets Group, resident in…||View Profile|
|Mr David Quirolo||David Quirolo is a partner in Cadwalader’s Capital Markets Group, resident in…||View Profile|
|Catherine Richardson||Catherine Richardson is a special counsel in the Tax Group in Cadwalader’s…||View Profile|
|Mr Kevin Roberts||Kevin Roberts is a partner in Cadwalader’s White Collar Defense and Investigations…||View Profile|
|Mr Nick Shiren||Nick Shiren is a partner in the Capital Markets Group, resident in…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Sholem||Michael Sholem is a partner in the Financial Services Group in Cadwalader’s…||View Profile|
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|Ms Joanna Valentine||Joanna Valentine is partner in the Corporate Group at Cadwalader. Her practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Walsh||Simon Walsh is special counsel in Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group. He focuses on…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of partners : 106 Number of other fee-earners : 415
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)