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Martin Bartlam

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Finance and Projects


Martin is experienced in complex capital markets transactions, securitisation and derivatives. He has over 20 years of experience as a finance lawyer and has lectured on and acted as external examiner on international bond finance, project finance, syndicated lending and financial instruments at Kings College, London University.

Martin has acted for all significant participants including acting for arrangers, issuers, investors, sponsors, originators, monolines, credit rating agencies, trustees, servicers and other interested parties.

Martin is the International Group Head of the Finance and Projects practice of DLA Piper.

London: Finance

Debt capital markets

Within: Debt capital markets

DLA Piper has a strong reputation for advising clients in new markets in terms of jurisdictions, products and sectors, and it has actively expanded the scope of its work to encompass liability management, redemptions, amendments and tender offers. In 2018, it handled mandates involving fintech-related assets, social and green investment bonds and Masala bonds. It acts for the full range of market participants in both developed and emerging markets, notably India and Turkey, and its recent work includes debt transactions in sectors as diverse as financial services, real estate, technology, infrastructure and renewable energy. Key partner Martin Bartlam specialises in structured credit and asset management, and acts for many private equity credit funds, banks and corporations; international co-chair of financial services Vincent Keaveny acts for issuers and underwriters in international debt capital markets transactions; and Mark Dwyer handles both debt and structured finance matters.

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Derivatives (including commodities)

Within: Derivatives (including commodities)

The capital markets and structured investment group at DLA Piper has 'deep expertise in structured finance transactions and a particular capability in derivatives transactions', according to one client. The firm is best known for  assisting multinational banks and financial investors in growth securitisation markets and for advising on structured finance and derivatives products internationally. Primarily a securitisation specialist, Vincent Keaveny also advises banks and end-users of derivatives products, repos and stock lending in hedging and balance sheet management transactions. Martin Bartlam has more than 25 years' experience in international structured deals involving securitisations, capital markets products and derivatives. Ronan Mellon predominantly handles CLOs for issuers, arrangers, investment managers and investors, but has in-depth knowledge of credit derivatives and hedging arrangements. Mark Dwyer's recent work includes advising Merlin Entertainments on the repapering of its ISDA Agreements and parent company guarantees.

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Structured products and securitisation

Within: Structured products and securitisation

DLA Piper acts for multinational banks and financial investors in growth securitisation markets, as well as handling cross-border structured finance transactions. In 2018, it saw significant activity in CMBS, RMBS, CLO and auto loan securitisations in the UK, Greece, Poland and Portugal. It also acted in US and European arbitrage CLOs, finance platform structuring for new challenger banks with fintech services, and both performing and non-performing portfolio transfers. Among its most recent innovations is its partnership with tokenisation platform Tokeny to develop an off-the-shelf tool to link corporate issuers with investors through blockchain technology.  Vincent Keaveny has more than 20 years' experience in advising banks, financial institutions and corporates on securitisation and structured finance. Martin Bartlam is a leading adviser on fintech applied to mortgage platforms and real estate financing structures. Steven Krivinskas acts for financial institutions and borrowers, and has  an increasing focus on transactions in the fintech sector.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Leading individuals

Martin Bartlam - DLA Piper

Within: Fintech

Acting for banks, financial institutions, start-ups and various other fintech innovators, DLA Piper's 'very practical' team handles venture capital acquisitions, investment rounds, corporate restructuring and governance matters, as well as the launch of new trading and fundraising platforms, digital banks and wealth management platforms. On the regulatory side the group advise on compliance and authorisation in relation to the use of blockchain technology, PSD2, the Cross-border Payments Regulation, data privacy and data protection. Led by partner Martin Bartlam, the firm runs an ICO masterclass focusing on how best to structure ICOs and the evolution of smart contracts. In addition, through its global digital finance initiative, the team collaborates with digital and crypto businesses across the world to develop a cohesive approach to the regulatory framework of the cryptocurrency industry. Anthony Day has notable expertise in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, AI, and strategic collaborative arrangements, and a reputation for assisting financial institutions, and insurtech and fintech companies with the launch and development of digital platforms.

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