Linklaters appoints new global heads of Financial Regulation Group and Capital Markets

Linklaters has appointed Peter Bevan as Global Practice Head of the Financial Regulation Group and Michael Voisin as Global Practice Head of Capital Markets. Both roles are for a four year term with effect from 1 May 2015.  

Peter Bevan succeeds Michael Kent, who successfully led the Financial Regulation Group since 2007 before recently being appointed as Divisional Practice Head of Finance & Projects.  

A partner since 2003, Peter’s practice includes all aspects of financial markets regulatory advice for broker-dealers, investment banks, investment managers and private banks. In recent years, he has been focused on the response to the financial crisis, including advising clients on developing their business in the face of regulatory change, specifically in respect of trading issues such as market abuse and regulatory structuring advice. He has been advising clients on regulations including MiFID II, AIFMD, EMIR and the FCA’s best execution and dealing commission rules, as well as advising clients facing FCA and other regulatory action in respect of LIBOR and FX market conduct allegations. He is also co-head of Linklaters’ investment managers sector group.

Michael Voisin succeeds Jim Rice who has successfully led the firm’s Capital Markets team since 2008. Michael became Partner in 1996 and has previously been Head of the Derivatives and Structured Products practice (2002-2010), also acting as Global Knowledge and Learning Partner (2008-2012).  

Michael has extensive experience across the full range of capital markets products, including debt, derivative, equity and structured securities issuance; advising corporates on treasury matters; and general banking transactions, but has more recently focused on derivatives and structured products.  Michael’s current practice has an emphasis on clearing and regulatory capital treatment of derivatives. He worked on the development of Linklaters’ knowledge relating to the eurozone crisis and has advised a number of clients on OTC and exchange traded derivatives clearing; advised ISDA on the 2011 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions; and advised on the drafting of the Claim Resolution Agreement between Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) and certain of its trust asset creditors. In conjunction with the Futures Industry Association (FIA) and another firm, Michael is leading the Linklaters on the CCP Risk Review – the leading comparative assessment of the rules and procedures of of central clearing counterparties (CCPs). 

Michael Kent, Global Head of Finance & Projects, said: “Peter and Michael both have an outstanding track record of advising our banking and investment management clients at the highest level, on business critical issues impacting their regulatory and reputational risk. The Financial Regulation Group and Capital Markets practices are fundamental components of our global offering, enjoying an outstanding reputation across our markets. As clients continue to look to us for significant support, combined with our ambitious growth plans, Peter and Michael both have the leadership qualities that make them ideal candidates to drive our offering forward.”