Senior hire reinforces Latham’s position as a leader in financial pr…

Senior hire reinforces Latham’s position as a leader in financial products and across all tiers of the corporate capital structure

London, LAWFUEL – Press Release Service …Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Mark Nicolaides has joined the firm’s London office as a partner in the Finance Department. Nicolaides specializes in structured finance and has a diverse practice representing financial institutions and companies, with specific expertise in structuring and documenting conduits and structured investment vehicles, collateralized debt obligations and asset-backed securities backed by a wide variety of assets, including European multi-country trade receivables and auto loan and lease receivables. He has broad experience in the telecommunications and high-technology sectors.

In addition to his transactional practice, Nicolaides is considered one of the leading experts in the Basel II Accord regarding regulatory capital requirements for banks, and represented the European Securitization Forum in connection with its development and in connection with its implementation within the EU. As co-chair of the Legal, Regulatory and Capital Committee of the European Securitization Forum, he is also active in developing a securitization framework for the Solvency II Directive regarding regulatory capital requirements for insurance companies within the EU.

“Mark is an excellent addition to Latham, who brings a wealth of expertise in high end capital markets, banking and structured transactions work,” said Andrew Moyle, London Office Managing Partner. “He is widely known and respected for his broad transactional experience. We have been progressively building our structured finance expertise and the addition of Mark is further testimony to our commitment to being the leader in financial products in Europe.”

“Mark adds formidable securitization expertise to our London office,” commented James Chesterman, Chair of the London Finance Department. “His addition to the team will greatly enhance our ability to advise our banking and corporate clients on all types of complex financing transactions required globally. Latham has a vibrant practice advising on complex transactions and in working with market and product innovations – Mark’s depth of experience and market knowledge will bolster our European growth strategy.”

Nicolaides said, “Latham is recognized as one of the preeminent finance law firms. The firm has excellent relationships with the major banks, including those with whom I have worked previously, and has been involved in some of Europe’s ground-breaking transactions in this area. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at Latham to help build the firm’s European practice.”

Nicolaides is a 1980 graduate of University of Virginia Law School. He has lived and practiced law in London since 1986 and was previously with the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP where he served as Head of the European securitization practice.

About Latham & Watkins
Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 1,800 attorneys in 22 offices, including Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New Jersey, New York, Northern Virginia, Orange County, Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the Web site at www.lw.com.

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