International law firm Ashurst announces today the appointment of
new securitisation partner Simon Small, who joins the firm's London office from
Linklaters where he has been a partner for the last 10 years.
Simon specialises in securitisation including CMBS, RMBS and future
flow transactions. His practice also includes mono-line work,
CDOs and project bonds.
His appointment follows that of Fraser Wood (ex-Freshfields and
Morgan Stanley) in June 2005, increasing the number of London-based
partners in Ashurst's securities and structured finance (SSF)
practice to eight, and adding impetus to Ashurst's recent non-CDO
Ashurst's securities and structured finance practice offers
specialist advice on structured products including CDOs, other
securitisation products, structured credit and equity and hybrid
transactions, OTC derivatives, repackagings and project bonds. The
practice also advises on debt capital markets products such as high
yield and other stand alone eurobond offerings, MTN and ECP
programmes and private placements. The Lawyer ranked Ashurst the
number one UK adviser on CDO transactions in its CDO lawyer to
bookrunner 2004/5 rankings.
Erica Handling, head of Ashurst's securities and structured finance
practice, said: "Ashurst's securities and structured finance
practice is a dynamic and fast-growing group. Simon's depth of
experience in securitisation and structured finance will be
invaluable to our clients and is another step toward consolidating
Ashurst's position as a premier firm service adviser in all areas
of structured finance."
Geoffrey Green, Ashurst's
senior partner, said: "We are delighted to welcome a
structured finance lawyer of the calibre and experience of Simon
Small to the Ashurst partnership. His appointment reaffirms our
commitment to the continued development of a market-leading
securities and structured finance practice. Boosting our
securitisation capability will also benefit our leveraged finance,
private equity and real estate finance practices as the businesses
have clear synergies."