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Paul Lewis

Finance Partner, London

“I specialise in complex derivatives and structured capital markets products, and jointly lead Linklaters’ innovation group, combining my extensive knowledge of financial instruments with my interest in innovation in the delivery of legal services.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Paul specialises in structured capital markets and derivatives across a wide range of asset classes (including interest rate, foreign exchange and credit products), with particular focus on fund-linked products, repackaged notes, structured product platforms and collateral and custody structures. He has recently focused on the implementation of margin for non-cleared derivatives and is currently working on matters applying blockchain and smart contract technology to financial products. 

Paul is the firm’s global co-head of Innovation, examining the application of artificial intelligence to legal services, as well as being one of the fintech leads at Linklaters. From 2013 to 2016, Paul was a member of the firm’s Partnership Board, the firm’s governance body responsible for strategic decisions. 

In 2004, Paul was seconded to Credit Suisse for four months and in 1998, he was seconded to the equity capital markets division of Robert Fleming.

Work Highlights

Paul was responsible for developing next-generation repackaging programmes post-Lehman (so called ‘Repack 2.0’) and was involved in the recent establishment of SPIRE, an innovative multi-dealer repackaging platform.

Professional experience

Paul was a member of the Advisory Board for the masters in law and finance at the University of Oxford until Spring 2017.

Paul regularly lectures on derivatives and structured products, innovation, blockchain and smart contracts as well as on issues surrounding wellbeing and resilience in high-pressure work environments.

Education and qualifications

Paul studied jurisprudence at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University and holds a masters in finance from London Business School, University of London.