Mr Matthew Duncan > Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
100 Bishopsgate

Work Department

Capital Markets


Matthew Duncan is a partner in the Capital Markets Group in Cadwalader’s London Office. He advises a wide range of institutions and other entities that operate, invest in or deal with businesses that provide financial services and products to the consumer, financial, commercial and public sectors in the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions (including banks, lenders, credit funds, insurers, reinsurers, pension funds, alternative investment funds, investment managers, finance arrangers and fintechs). Matthew has played a significant role in many landmark, innovative “first of kind” transactions that have been widely followed by many issuers, including the first UK single-issuer, segregated, multi-issuance, residential mortgage-backed securities program. He has been involved with UK covered bonds since the first transaction in 2003 (prior to there being a legislative framework for such transactions in place). He has also played a leading role in advising fintech businesses and working on innovative fintech structured financings, especially involving the tokenization of assets and the use of smart contracts (typically using distributed ledger technologies, such as blockchain) and artificial intelligence (AI), and he often speaks at conferences in this field. He is admitted to practice in England and Wales.


University of Edinburgh – LLB
University of Edinburgh – LPC

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Securitisation

(Leading individuals)

Matthew DuncanCadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has ‘an outstanding combination of technical lawyers, market thought-leaders and grafters, and the firm is back to its former stellar position‘. The firm handles the full spectrum of work from traditional CLO and ABS transactions to securitising niche or cutting-edge asset classes across established and new jurisdictions. The firm has a deep bench of partners focused on structured finance, among them Stephen Day and Suzanne Bell, who frequently advise financial institutions and corporations in Europe and the US on complex cross-border deals. Matthew Duncan is known for innovative first-of-kind transactions, and he assisted RGA Americas Reinsurance Company, Ltd and RGA UK Services Limited with the establishment of a £356m UK equity release mortgage-backed securities programme. CLO expert David Quirolo is ‘unsurpassed in terms of technical ability‘. CLO specialists Daniel Tobias and Claire Puddicombe are ‘excellent technical and practical lawyers‘. Robert Cannon, who handles CDOs, CLOs, mortgage securitisations and commercial paper conduits, is among the firm’s up-and-coming partners, as is Sabah Nawaz, who acts for funds and corporate borrowers. Nick Shiren is a key adviser on derivatives and structured credit.