Linklaters Expands U.S. and Global Capital Markets Capabilities Through Hire of Leading Derivatives Lawyer

Linklaters is pleased to announce Doug Donahue will be joining its New York Capital Markets practice as a Structured Finance and Derivatives partner.


Doug is a leading OTC derivatives lawyer who represents both buy and sell-side institutions, including dealers, banks, and hedge funds, in connection with the development, structuring, negotiation and documentation of a wide variety of financial products. He has been at the forefront of regulatory driven changes to the derivatives market, including being a primary drafter of and contributor to the ISDA Dodd-Frank Protocols and the 2016 ISDA Variation Margin Protocol as well as providing the legal input on ISDA Amend.


He joins from Mayer Brown bringing his expertise in the implementation of the regulatory reforms relating to mandatory margining for uncleared derivatives. Counsel William Liu and associate Raha Brown will also be joining Linklaters’ U.S. Finance practice from Mayer Brown.


Commenting on Doug’s arrival, Michael Voisin, Global Head of Capital Markets at Linklaters said, “Doug has an excellent reputation in the New York market and is a welcome addition to the team. Linklaters has an established global capital markets practice, renowned for its derivatives law capabilities; Doug’s arrival significantly enhances our U.S. and global capabilities."


Tom Shropshire, Global Head of Linklaters’ U.S. practice added, “Doug’s election is a great opportunity for the firm to add a high-quality market leading and experienced practitioner to continue the successful development of our U.S. derivatives practice. We are delighted to have him on board.”