Hogan Lovells Continues to Grow Global International Debt Capital Markets Practice with a first-class team in Frankfurt

Frankfurt, 7 October 2014 - Hogan Lovells has recruited high profile lawyer Dr Dietmar W. Helms to join its international debt capital markets (IDCM) team in Frankfurt. With this addition the size of the IDCM practice in Frankfurt will significantly increase. Dietmar's arrival follows a number of significant hires for the global IDCM team, including that of Lewis Cohen, who recently joined as a partner in New York, Bronwen May in Hong Kong and Andy Ferris in Singapore.

Dietmar joins the firm from Baker & McKenzie, which he joined in 1999. He is a leading securitisation partner, focusing on securitisations & structured financing, general banking and finance law, and derivatives & financial products. He specialises in auto lease and loan asset backed securitisation (ABS) and asset backed short term debt (ABCP) transactions.

He has previously advised Mercedes-Benz Bank on a €1bn ABS transaction, BMW on a public ABS transaction in Switzerland. He has also worked with a number of other key financial institutions and organisations, including MAN, Porsche AG, Volkswagen Financial Services, MunichRe, Commerzbank, DZ Bank, UniCredit, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and Deutsche Leasing.

Dr Sven Brandt, Head of the International Debt Capital Markets practice in Germany, said:
"The auto ABS market has remained reasonably stable during the financial crisis and we have seen the number of transactions has been picking up over the last three years.  Dietmar is an extremely experienced lawyer in both ABS and ABCP transactions. I have known Dietmar for many years from working on a number of transactions together - he is a first class lawyer and I look forward to working with him as part of our team."

Dr. Burkhart Goebel, Regional Managing Partner for Continental Europe, added:
"With the addition of Dietmar Helms and his brilliant team, we will further strengthen our excellent office. This is a core part of our strategy for further growth at Hogan Lovells Frankfurt and Hogan Lovells Germany."

Dr Dietmar W. Helms:
"Since auto ABS have been characterised as high quality securitisations by the regulators the strength of the sector is expected to increase even further. The Chinese auto securitisation market is also becoming increasingly important due to high car sales and the growth of German auto manufacturers in China.  Hogan Lovells' global platform, existing securitisation practice and their strength in a number of key sectors, including automotive, means that they are uniquely placed to handle these types of transactions. I am looking forward to being part of the global team."

An associate and a counsel are also expected to join Dietmar at Hogan Lovells before the end of the year.

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