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Paul Lewis

Global Head of Finance, London

“I specialise in complex derivatives and structured capital markets products, as well as a variety of fund finance 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. I am also the Global Head of the Linklaters' Finance division, which encompasses Banking, Capital Markets, Energy & Infrastructure, Financial Regulatory, Investment funds, Real Estate and Restructuring and Insolvency."

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Paul Lewis is a capital markets partner with a particular specialism in derivatives and structured securities. He covers a wide range of asset classes and products, with focus on collateral and custody structures, fund-linked derivatives, fund financing, repackagings, syntnetic securitisations and structured notes and securities issuance platforms. 

Paul is also currently Global Co-head of Innovation for Linklaters and advises on a range of fintech matters. He has been at the forefront of Linklaters'  distributed ledger technology and smart contract initiatives. He was the lead author of the joint ISDA and Linklaters paper on smart contracts, “Smart Contracts and Distributed Ledger – A Legal Perspective” and has participated in numerous seminars and working groups on these areas. 

Work Highlights

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

Professional experience

He was a board member at Linklaters from 2013 to 2016 and a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford University MSc in Law and Finance from 2011 to 2017. 

In May 2019, Paul was appointed to lead the Finance division at Linklaters, which encompasses the Firm’s Banking, Capital Markets, Energy & Infrastructure, Financial Regulatory, Investment Fund, Real Estate, Restructuring and Insolvency and Financial Regulatory practices. In that role he sits on the ExCom of Linklaters. 

He is a solicitor of England and Wales, qualifying in 1999.

 

Education and qualifications

He graduated with first class honours in law at Oxford University and also holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School. He was a board member at Linklaters from 2013 to 2016 and a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford University MSc in Law and Finance from 2011 to 2017. He is currently a member of the Linklaters' Executive Committee.