London Speakers

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Lindsay Edkins

Lindsay Edkins

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.

Richard Breavington

Richard Breavington

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.

Romina Tsvetkova

Romina Tsvetkova

Panellist, recruitment manager, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Romina is the recruitment manager at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Rupa Lakha

Rupa Lakha

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.

Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter

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.

Simon Witney

Simon Witney

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.

Simon Hart

Simon Hart

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.

Hamish Perry

Hamish Perry

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.

Lucie Rees

Lucie Rees

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.

Alistair Wishart

Alistair Wishart

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.

Karen Howard

Karen Howard

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.

Gary Walsh

Gary Walsh

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.

Sarah Warnes

Sarah Warnes

Panellist, trainee recruitment & legal talent manager, Cooley

Sarah has been managing the trainee recruitment and development programme at Cooley and its legacy firms for over 10 years. Her role also includes the hiring and legal talent management of associates for the London office. She also manages several of Cooley’s London office diversity initiatives.

Paul Simcock

Paul Simcock

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.

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