Mr Mark Dwyer > DLA Piper > London, England > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper
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London > Finance > Securitisation

This practice has a deep understanding of the business and is flexible, commercial and, importantly, practical‘, remarks a client of DLA Piper, noting that the securitisation team is ‘highly responsive, knowledgeable and business-oriented‘. Its work comprises a significant volume of CLO issuance on behalf of asset managers, CMBS transactions for special servicers, and a growing flow of work for non-bank lenders and players in the fintech market. It is involved in cutting-edge transactions, including the first green bonds European CMBS issuance and, for the issuer, the first STS transaction in Poland, which was also the largest securitisation ever in the Polish market. Global co-chair of finance and projects Martin Bartlam and global co-chair of financial services Mark Dwyer oversee the work of the securitisation practice, in which Vincent Keaveny is the lead practitioner. Steven Krivinskas (who is ‘a brilliant lawyer and an absolute pleasure to deal with‘) has broad experience in structured finance and debt capital markets transactions, acting for both financial institutions and borrowers.

London > Finance > High yield

DLA Piper acts predominantly for corporate issuers in large UK and international high yield bond issues, though it also advises above investment grade companies and private equity sponsors when they acquire issuers of high yield bonds. The London office works closely with teams across its large international network, which houses a large international finance, projects and restructuring group. Global co-chair of finance and projects Martin Bartlam oversees the practice, along with UK head of capital markets and structured investments Tony Lopez and global co-chair of the financial services sector Mark Dwyer. Their work spans acquisitions in which target companies have high yield debt, restructurings and advice on covenant compliance.

London > Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

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The ‘highly skilled and technically excellent’ team at DLA Piper has ‘broad knowledge and deep experience‘, enabling it to advise lenders and borrowers across the full range and lifecycle of domestic and international lending transactions. The firm’s strong clearing bank relationships leads to significant corporate lending deal flow, which it is able to cost-effectively resource utilising London-based lawyers as well as those in key regional centres including Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. The ‘exceptional‘ Mark Dwyer is regularly instructed on investment grade debt finance mandates, a corollary of his superb overarching borrower side practice.

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

The capital markets and structured investment practice at DLA Piper handles both high-volume flow derivatives work and complex structured products. It acts for multinational banks and financial investors in growth securitisation markets and in structured finance and derivatives products internationally. Leveraging its international platform, the London office handles a large amount of hedging work for the firm’s global client base. It is also at the forefront of innovation in the structured finance market, acting for fintech clients and helping new market entrants to develop asset tokenisation technology. Martin Bartlam is global co-chair of finance and projects, and with global co-chair of financial services Mark Dwyer, oversees the firm’s work in derivatives and structured products. Bartlam has more than 30 years’ experience in structured finance and is involved in innovative areas; notably, the digitalisation of traditional securities and commodities. Dwyer has particular expertise in equity derivatives. Also recommended are Ronan Mellon, who focuses on CLOs, and financial services co-chair Vincent Keaveny.

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

DLA Piper‘s capital markets group advises clients in new markets on a broad range of products and industry sectors. In addition to handling new debt issuances, the firm has also become increasingly involved in liability management exercises and work on redemptions, amendments and tender offers for existing structures. Its emerging markets work has also grown, with India and Turkey becoming increasingly important jurisdictions for the practice. The firm acts for numerous multinational financial institutions, as well as issuers operating in sectors such as oil and gas, financial services and infrastructure. The firm is a leading adviser on hybrid finance, notably for infrastructure projects, and it has a growing role in green and social impact bonds. Global co-chair of finance and projects Martin Bartlam leads the practice, with the firm’s UK head of capital markets and structured investments Tony Lopez and global co-chair of financial services Mark Dwyer also playing key roles. Joywin Mathew is also recommended.

London > Finance > Acquisition finance

DLA Piper provides ‘commercial and pragmatic advice to a mix of borrower (private equity and corporates) and lender clients. The team is able to add value by virtue of working across its regional offices, and by using less conventional techniques such as asset based lending (ABL) – which is increasingly being used alongside traditional bank debt. Strong clearing bank relationships still inform a significant amount of work  but it also continues to grow and strengthen its relationships within the private credit fund community. The ‘exceptional‘ Mark Dwyer co-chairs the firm’s financial services group and has developed a particularly strong reputation in financing UK public takeovers of listed companies. The ‘brilliant‘ Andy Kolacki  has a particular focus on international mandates.