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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 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 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 is currently advising a number of consortia on various distributed ledger technology and smart contract initiatives and is heavily involved in the development by Linklaters of various legal A.I. tools. 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 recent 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 and Projects division at Linklaters, which encompasses the Firm’s Capital Markets, Banking, Projects, Real Estate, Investment Fund 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.