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Chris Arnold

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Chris Arnold is a partner in the Derivatives & Structured Products practice of the London office. Dual-qualified in English and New York law, Chris has more than a decade of experience across a broad range of capital markets and structured finance transactions, with a particular focus on derivatives and structured products. He has advised on numerous complex derivatives for leading market participants and has also been involved in many high-profile industry initiatives. Chris acts for the world's leading investment banks, as well as other financial institutions, end users, trustees, service providers and industry groups. His practice covers derivatives, repos, securities lending, structured securities and other risk transfer agreements linked to interest rates, foreign exchange, corporate and sovereign credit, equities, commodities, funds, insurance risks and strategic indices. He also advises institutions on European and US regulation of OTC derivatives markets and legal risk management, including situations involving distressed transactions. He is a regular speaker on derivatives documentation and regulation and has spoken at numerous conferences around the globe.


Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2010, Chris worked in the London and New York offices of another large international law firm and spent six months on secondment to Goldman Sachs. Admissions: England and Wales New York




Nottingham Law School; Legal Practice Course (Distinction) University of Nottingham; LLB (Hons)

London: Finance

Derivatives (including commodities)

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Arnold - Mayer Brown International LLP

Within: Derivatives (including commodities)

Mayer Brown International LLP's derivatives, structured products and securitisation group is home to recognised derivatives specialists, among whom is global practice head Edmund "Ed" Parker. Parker has been involved in key market innovations, including OTC weather and catastrophe derivatives, and has advised leading banks and custodians on uncleared derivatives initial margin custody arrangements arising from the new margin rules under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). Key partner Chris Arnold is currently advising ISDA’s newly-formed Sanctions Working Group and is leading on ISDA’s International Financial Institutions Opinions initiative. The practice is at the cutting edge of the derivatives market and it has an impressive buy-side client base advising hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinationals. The firm's combination of US and English law capability in London enables it to handle cross-border transaction work and advise key market players on changes in US and European regulatory markets, including the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

The 'highly proactive and efficient team' at Mayer Brown International LLP is praised for its 'responsiveness, technical capability and availability'. In 2018, the firm expanded its capabilities in export, trade and multi-lateral financing in the commodities, energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Ashley McDermott who focuses exclusively on emerging markets finance joined from Clifford Chance LLP to co-lead the practice with leading lights Ian Coles, who is head of the Africa and mining practices, and Rachel Speight, who acts for banks and sponsors in cross-border structured and project financings in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Newly promoted counsel Danuta De Vries is 'highly professional and an excellent communicator'. Clients also recommend James Taylor and Chris Arnold for debt capital markets and structured finance respectively. Active in deals in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Turkey, the firm is highly regarded for project finance, capital markets, export and agency finance, structured commodity finance, structured finance and derivatives.

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