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Katia Merlini

Counsel
Paris

Katia Merlini

Passionate in conciliating law and finance from the early stages of her education, Katia Merlini is Counsel with the International Debt Capital Markets team focusing on derivatives, structured debt issuances and synthetic securitisation transactions. She acts for financial institutions as well as corporates, whether they are based in France or elsewhere in Europe and the world. 

Katia has more than 15 years' experience in derivatives and capital markets from Simmons & Simmons and prior to that Clifford Chance. She advises French and other European banks (including Crédit Agricole CIB, Société Générale and Edmond de Rothschild France), asset managers and insurance companies, focusing on complex derivative products (including commodity, equity, credit, fund and index linked swaps) and structured notes, certificates and warrants with embedded derivatives. Katia regularly gives training seminars in respect of derivatives, securities lending and repurchase transactions to French financial institutions, including in conjunction with reputable training institutions such as First Finance, Development Institute International or EFE.

Katia is 'proactive' and delivers a precise and straight to the point advice ('un conseil précis et qui va droit au but') on derivatives

Legal 500 Paris 2012/2013

Representative Experience

Advising a leading French bank in relation to the collateral documentation for its derivative transactions in compliance with EMIR margin requirements.

Advising a leading French insurance company in relation to the negotiation of OTC derivative transactions and relating clearing arrangements.

Advising the bank affiliate of a leading international automotive group in relation to the negotiation of its clearing arrangements for OTC derivatives.

Advising Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in relation to its structured EMTN and certificates issuance programmes.

Advising Edmond de Rothschild (France) in relation to its €750m structured EMTN issuance programme.

Education and admissions

Education

  • DEA de droit des affaires, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1999
  • Maîtrise en Droit des Affaires, Université Paris V, René Descartes, 1998
  • Finance, General, Toulouse Business School, 1996

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Paris

2012 - 2013

Katia is "proactive" and delivers precise and straight to the point advice ("un conseil précis et qui va droit au but") on derivatives.

Legal 500 Paris

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