Linklaters appoints Michael Kent as global head of finance & projects division

Linklaters has appointed Michael Kent as Divisional Practice Head of finance & projects for a four-year term with effect from 1 May 2015. As a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Michael will continue to advise and support clients alongside his new role. Michael succeeds Jim Rice whose term comes to an end.

A partner at the firm since 1999, Michael is recognised as one of the world’s leading financial services lawyers and currently heads Linklaters’ Global Financial Regulation Group, acting for investment banks, asset managers, exchanges and clearing houses.

He continues to advise a consortia of banks responsible for overseeing and developing the centralised clearing of swaps and FX products and has helped establish a number of other consortia amongst industry participants. He has particular experience in advising on market abuse, trading of securities and governance and in advising on regulatory enforcement work for sell and buy side clients, and in relation to acquisitions and reconstructions of banks and broker dealers. He had a significant role acting for the administrators of Lehman Brothers International.

Linklaters' finance & projects division comprises the firm's banking, capital markets, investment management, financial regulatory, projects, real estate and restructuring & insolvency practices - advising companies, banks, funds and governments on their funding, hedging and investment activities. The projects team leads many of the world’s most important energy and infrastructure projects. Each of these practices has close synergies with the firm’s leading real estate practice, which acts for major international real estate companies, investors and occupiers in relation to some of the most complex and high profile real estate transactions globally.

Simon Davies, Linklaters Firmwide Managing Partner, said:

“Michael has an outstanding track record of advising our banking and investment management clients at the highest level and in connection with the way in which they manage their regulatory and reputational risk. This, together with his leadership qualities, make him an ideal choice to further strengthen our reputation as having one of the world’s leading finance and projects practices.”

For further information, please contact Christian Marroni on +44 200 7456 2729 or Rupert Winlaw on +44 20 7456 3219.