Panellist, trainee recruitment & legal talent manager, Cooley
Sarah has been involved in trainee recruitment and development at Cooley and other firms for over 10 years. Her role also includes lateral hiring and talent management for associates in the London office. She is also heavily involved in a number of Cooley’s London office diversity initiatives.
Workshop leader, associate, Ropes & Gray International LLP
Chris Agnoli joined Ropes & Gray in 2015 as an associate in the tax and benefits group. Chris has a wide range of experience working on complex UK tax issues. He provides tax advice on a broad range of transactions involving all areas of corporate tax including cross border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and hedge fund structuring, employment tax, financial markets transactions and real estate. His clients have included institutional investors, investment managers, hedge funds, private equity funds, REITs and public companies.
Panellist, partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
Rupa has extensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious areas of construction law. She has advised on the drafting and negotiation of building contracts and consultants’ appointments and now specialises in dispute resolution, acting regularly for developers, consultants, sub-contractors and consultants in various forms of dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication and litigation.
Panellist, graduate recruitment and development manager, Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Lucie is the graduate recruitment and development manager at Watson Farley & Williams, where she is responsible for everything to do with the firm’s trainees, from recruitment through to qualification. She joined the firm in 2011 and has worked in legal graduate recruitment for over 15 years in total.
Keynote speaker and panellist, partner, RPC
Simon Hart is a partner in the commercial disputes practice of RPC’s London office and head of the financial disputes team. Simon’s litigation practice has seen him guide clients through a number of complex banking disputes, often acting against the largest investment banks. He has acted in claims involving derivatives, structured products, hedging arrangements and CDOs. He regularly advises on disputes arising out of loan facilities, trade finance and financial restructurings. He has acted for a wide variety of clients including hedge funds, HNW investors, financial institutions and insolvency office holders. He is also the firm’s training principal.
Panellist, recruitment manager, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Romina heads up the recruitment function in the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton, an elite international US law firm. Graduate recruitment falls under her remit and she is closely involved with all Trainee matters at the firm.
Workshop leader, partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Gary specialises in banking, shipping and asset finance. Gary qualified as a solicitor in June 2006 and joined Watson Farley & Williams’ London office in March 2007. He specialises in asset finance in the maritime sector, acting on behalf of international banks and owners. Gary has undertaken a 10 month secondment to the structured and asset finance legal team of an international investment bank.
Workshop leader, counsel, energy transaction and projects group, Vinson & Elkins RLLP
Alistair’s practice includes advising on downstream oil & gas, petrochemicals, power, water, transport, and other infrastructure projects in Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, and Africa for sponsors, lenders, and host governments. Alistair has been ranked in the Chambers UK Guide for 2014 to 2017 for Projects.
Panellist, director of external engagement, Nottingham Law School
Paula is a Professor of Banking and Insolvency Law and after joining Nottingham Law School in 2003 has taught on the postgraduate vocational and master’s programmes. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has experience of curriculum design and development in both the academic and vocational postgraduate arena. Paula has also developed specialist training for paralegals working in the capital markets division of the European Investment Bank.
Workshop leader, partner, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Hamish is a corporate transactional lawyer with experience in a wide range of deals and advisory work. Hamish advises on general company and commercial matters with a particular emphasis on private company mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraisings/private equity and corporate reorganisations.
Panellist, partner, Vinson & Elkins RLLP
Paul Simcock has two decades of extensive experience in the leveraged finance market. Over this time, he has worked with various market participants, including private equity sponsors, senior and junior lenders (including alternative credit providers), financial advisors, strategic investors and corporate borrowers on various leveraged acquisitions, including public takeovers and cross-border acquisitions. He also advises clients on debt restructurings and other stressed and distressed transactions, refinancings and other syndicated and bilateral lending.
Workshop leader, partner, RPC
Richard is a highly experienced insurance and reinsurance lawyer who acts on a myriad of matters with in-house legal teams at insurance companies on a range of contentious matters and with claims teams on property, tech, cyber and energy claims and reinsurance. He is jointly responsible for the team providing RPC’s cyber breach response service, ReSecure.
Panellist & workshop leader, Partner, Baker McKenzie
David is a corporate partner based in Baker McKenzie’s London office. He is a member of the firm’s M&A practice group, as well as its consumer goods & retail and healthcare industry groups. He is graduate recruitment partner for the London office. David’s practice focuses on cross-border M&A and joint ventures, as well as advising on general corporate law matters, primarily for clients active in the consumer or pharma/healthcare sectors.
Workshop leader, partner, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
Lindsay has a broad range of banking, capital markets and restructuring experience, in particular representing sponsors in relation to leveraged financings and restructurings. Lindsay is responsible for debt finance know-how and training in Kirkland’s London office.
Panellist, partner, Baker McKenzie
Sarah Porter is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s structured finance team. She has experience of a wide range of international debt securities, particularly securitisation and structured finance across a range of asset classes and across a number of jurisdictions. As a trainee she spent time in Singapore and Bahrain, and she now regularly works with a number of her international colleagues. She has acted for arranging banks and originators in both commercial paper conduit, term issue securitisations and warehousing facilities and has significant experience acting for trustees and other agency entities on both new and existing transactions. Sarah has been recognised as “one to watch”, a “rising star” and “Next Generation Lawyer” for securitisation in the Legal 500.
Workshop leader, special counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Simon Witney is a special counsel based in the London office. He is a member of the private equity, funds/investment management and business integrity groups. He is one of the market’s most prominent private equity lawyers. Both Real Deals magazine and Private Equity International magazine have named him amongst the most influential figures in private equity.
Workshop leader, special counsel and training principal, Cooley (UK) LLP
Claire is a special counsel in our product compliance and liability team. She specialises in advising clients on regulatory risk, compliance and litigation issues. She helps clients who deal with products and consumers. Claire works with them to help bring both digital and physical products to market, advising on labelling, packaging, regulatory approvals and engaging with regulators and consumers. She also has significant expertise in coordinating and delivering business critical international regulatory and compliance advice and delivering complex multi-jurisdictional projects. Claire is also Cooley’s training principal.
Workshop leader, partner, Shoosmiths
Karen is a partner in the Real Estate division in Shoosmiths’ London office. An experienced planning lawyer, specialising in mixed use developments, but acts on a broad range planning matters, including complex planning and infrastructure agreements with developers, landowners and stakeholders.