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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 and structured products

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Arnold - Mayer Brown International LLP

Within: Derivatives and structured products

Mayer Brown International LLP frequently advises on some of the largest and most complex derivatives matters in Europe for dealers, though it also has an impressive buy-side client base that includes hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinational corporates. Its presence in international deals is due, in part, to the synergy between its London practice and its derivatives capability in New York, Hong Kong, Germany and elsewhere in Europe. This global presence enables it to be at the forefront of regulatory matters, particularly in regard to the impact of US and European regulatory developments such as the Dodd-Frank Act and EMIR. The London practice is also counsel to industry body ISDA on key matters. A highlight deal from 2017 was its advice to BT Pension Scheme Trustees on the implementation of new margin rules under EMIR, which included assisting with compliance issues and negotiating documentation with market counterparties. Global head of derivatives and structured products Ed Parker is 'extremely knowledgeable about ISDA documentation' and worked on that matter with counsel Marcin Perzanowski. They also acted for Zurich Group in EMIR compliance matters. US- and UK-qualified partner Chris Arnold is 'very responsive and knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with'. He recently assisted a leading global bank with the update of documentation for its structured products issuance across all asset classes. Counsel Nanak Keswani is also recommended for work on OTC derivatives, repos and structured products.

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