Sue Wright is a solicitor with over 18 years experience in international banking transactions, including syndicated loans, subordinated debt, structured finance and tax driven transactions. Her experience also includes advising institutions on structuring cross-border transactions, including corporate structures, analysis of implications of local laws, tax implications and potential environmental liability. Sue was a partner in the banking department at Norton Rose for 8 years and was responsible for training assistants at Norton Rose for 2 years.
Sue has been highly recommended as one of the leading experts in her field by the Legal 500 and by Chambers. She was head of professional development at Herbert Smith and is now running an independent training consultancy, specializing in international banking.
Sue has been a trainer for Euromoney Legal Training for 15 years. She has also spent 8 years as consultant course director on both open and in-house courses which run throughout the world.
Day 2 - 15th August
English Law & Contracts for International Lawyers
Daphne Perry practised for 12 years as a barrister specialising in general commercial litigation until 1997, when Chambers & Partners ranked her in the top 11 juniors for commercial work in London. She then supported litigators at Denton Wilde Sapte for another 12 years with training, current awareness, know-how and precedents.
Experienced in plain language legal drafting and editing, she is quoted in the Law Society's textbook "Clarity for Lawyers" and is a committee member of Clarity, the international association for plain language in the law. As Denton Wilde Sapte's plain language co-ordinator, for 3 years she supported their plain language service, liaising with other lawyers across the fi rm and with non-lawyers in training, business development and IT.
Days 3 & 4
16th & 17th August
Mark is a partner and head of the projects & infrastructure finance team at BLP. He has extensive experience in providing multi-disciplinary advice to both public and private sector clients, and he works on a wide range of high value, high profile, innovative and complex infrastructure projects, including the first PF2 transaction to close in the UK. Mark is qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales and is also a New York State Attorney.
International Securities Documentation
Naina Rama is a consultant and trainer and has practised law for nearly 20 years in the banking & finance industry. She has spent her career advising some of the most prestigious global financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup & Credit Suisse. Naina's primary role was to manage the legal risk globally across the various businesses within an investment bank. As a trainer, she now designs and leads training workshops for senior lawyers, law firm partners, accountants, bankers and various senior executives.
She has been actively involved in the creation of innovative structured transactions; structuring, drafting and negotiating complex financings including complex repo facilities, hybrid structured products with multiple embedded derivatives, repackagings, synthetic CLOs and regulatory driven structured transactions; all types of securitisation transactions and restructuring them; supervision of large scale remediation project involving the mis-selling of interest rate swaps, financial regulatory projects and financial litigation.
She holds a Law LL.B (Hons) degree from University College London (UCL) and has worked in the Finance Know-how team at Clifford Chance. She trained at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP and worked on a number of award winning transactions involving repackagings, securitisations and US corporate securities. She practised as a solicitor at Linklaters LLP in Singapore and has also worked in New York and Hong Kong.
Returning to London, Naina spent around 5 years at Allen & Overy LLP. She advised on a wide range of issues including swaps, insolvencies, disclosure matters under the Prospectus Directive, US 144A SEC registered deals, real estate finance, master trust, CMBS and RMBS securitisations and Opco/Propco structures for loan securitisations. She was seconded to Credit Suisse to work on the Real Estate Finance trading desk where she worked on loan origination, leverage finance and acquisition finance deals. Later she was seconded to Citibank where she advised on LMA loans, highly structured real estate finance transactions, risk mitigation and syndication.
In 2007 Naina moved to Credit Suisse as in-house legal counsel advising on structured capital markets, derivatives and structured products including fund-linked products, a range of exotic trades, CDOs, CLOs, repos and other highly structured financing transactions conducted during and post credit crunch. She structured and documented trades that achieved the required regulatory capital and balance sheet treatment using a combination of techniques such as credit default swaps, call options or unfunded loan participations.
She started working as a specialist consultant in 2009 advising her clients on complex projects involving legal, operational, regulatory and compliance matters on derivatives, structured products, repos, restructurings, securitisations and corporate acquisitions.
Tim Walker is a solicitor with over 20 years experience of international and domestic banking transactions, including syndicated loans and structured finance. He was a partner in the Banking Department at Norton Rose until 1995 and now continues to head a niche finance practice at Cheltenham based law firm Rickerbys LLP. As well as secured lending transactions, Tim's current practice includes equipment leasing and invoice discounting. Tim is highly recommended as one of the leading experts in his field by Chambers independent legal directory.
An Introduction to International Trade Finance
Having been a Lecturer at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the University of Essex, Alan Ward also lectures at other European Universities. Specialising in international trade and banking, he has also developed an extensive professional training and consultancy practice in these areas.
An originator of successful courses in international financial law, he has trained bankers, lawyers and corporates in in North and South America, South East Asia, the Middle East and throughout Europe.
He has written for the Journal of International Banking Law and the Business Law Review in addition to editing a practitioner's text on international trade finance. He has acted as a consultant to international banks in London, Sweden and Germany and is a member of the ICC United Kingdom National Committee.
Day 8 & Day 9 (am)
23rd & 24th August
Corporate Finance & International M&A
Arun Singh is an international lawyer and consultant to an international law firm. He was formerly a partner and Head of International Commercial Law at KPMG Legal globally. He is cited and ranked in Chambers Guide of the World's Leading Lawyers. He specialises in international investment, joint ventures, licensing of technology, R&D, M&A, energy, outsourcing and corporate governance globally. He has worked with clients such as Standard Chartered, Bank of China, KPMG, Motorola and more.
He is a Visiting Professor in International Business, Leadership and Negotiations at Salford University Business School, Senior Associate of Oxford University's Institute of Legal Practice, a Visiting Lecturer to Cambridge University and a Visiting Fellow to Leeds University Business School where he focuses on leadership, cross-cultural dynamics in international business and international trade and investment.
He is the non-executive director of an international investment fund listed on the London Stock Exchange and Chairs another international investment company where he approves and selects investments, their acquisitions, sales and their structures.
He was appointed an OBE by HM the Queen in January 1999 for services to international trade, investment and intercultural management. Arun is an editor and contributor to a number of publications, in April 2010 his book on Business and Contract Law was published by Thorogood.
Day 9 (pm) & Day 10
24th & 25th August
Graham Penn - Sidley Austin LLP
GRAHAM PENN, co-leader of the firm's Global Finance practice, is recognized as a pre-eminent authority on structured finance and securitization, with a particular focus on commercial real estate. Graham has worked in the securitization market since its inception in the UK in the late 1980s, on a wide range of both UK and cross-border transactions involving assets in a variety of jurisdictions. As the financial landscape has shifted in recent years, he has been well-placed to advise clients on restructuring, refinancing, workout, insolvency and enforcement strategies in respect of both balance sheet and securitized loans, primarily those secured on commercial real estate. He has also advised clients on new acquisition and financing structures post-credit crisis, including the first non-bank CMBS transaction and regularly advises clients on the sale and acquisition of performing and non-performing loans (NPLs), including those backed by commercial real estate.