Linklaters appoints Paul Lewis as Global Head of Finance & Projects

Linklaters has appointed Paul Lewis as Divisional Practice Head of Finance & Projects for a four-year term with effect from 1 May 2019. Paul will sit on the firm’s Executive Committee and succeed Michael Kent whose four-year term will come to an end on that date.

A partner at the firm since 2006, Paul is recognised as one of the world’s leading derivatives and structured finance lawyers and is currently Global Co-Head of Innovation.

From 2013 to 2016, Paul was a member of the firm’s Partnership Board, the firm’s governance body.

He is also UK Head of Derivatives and Structured Products and specialises in structured capital markets and derivatives across a wide range of asset classes. 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.

Linklaters' Finance & Projects division comprises the firm's Banking, Capital Markets, Investment Funds, Financial Regulation Group, Projects and Real Estate practices - advising companies, banks, funds and governments on their funding, hedging and investment activities.

Gideon Moore, Linklaters Firmwide Managing Partner, said:

“During his career here at Linklaters, Paul has demonstrated outstanding commitment to our clients, delivering legal certainty in an increasingly complex landscape. He’s been at the forefront of developing new products and innovative solutions, constantly challenging our way of thinking to ensure that the firm’s vision is fully realised; he will make an excellent Divisional Head. I would also like to thank Michael for all he has done over the last four years as Divisional Head; we’re hugely grateful for his efforts. He’s played an invaluable role, ensuring that our Finance & Projects Division provides clients with top quality expertise globally.”
Michael will return full time to the Financial Regulation practice to continue to support the needs of our clients.