Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Simon Firth specialises in the structuring and documentation of derivatives transactions, with a particular emphasis on credit derivatives and regulatory capital-driven structures. He is frequently the first port of call where judgment calls are required about the interpretation of ISDA documentation or the impact of market developments. His technical knowledge is particularly highly valued and he is adept at providing clear and definitive advice at short notice on legal issues of the highest complexity. He is also frequently involved in designing and documenting derivatives transactions with a variety of novel features. He is currently leading the team advising the administrators of Lehman Brothers about its derivatives, repo and stock lending positions.
In addition to his legal practice, he writes and speaks frequently about legal issues in the financial markets. He is a member of the Financial Markets Law Committee and the author of Derivatives: Law and Practice (Sweet and Maxwell), the leading text book on English derivatives law. In 2013, he was ranked by Chambers & Partners as the leading capital markets lawyer in the UK and one of the ten leading UK business lawyers.
2002 to date Partner, Linklaters London, Derivatives and Structured Products Group
2001 - 2013 Linklaters’ Trainee Development Partner
1996 - 2002 Partner, Linklaters London, Financial Markets Group
1993 - 1996 Associate, Linklaters London, Financial Markets Group
1992 - 1993 Associate, Linklaters New York, Corporate Department
1990 - 1992 Associate, Linklaters London, Corporate Department
1987 - 1989 Trainee Solicitor, Linklaters London and New York
1986 - Christ Church, Oxford (M.A., Jurisprudence)