Hogan Lovells Hires New Counsel to Bolster International Debt Capital Markets Practice

Hogan Lovells has bolstered its International Debt Capital Markets practice by hiring a new counsel, Katia Merlini, on 27 January 2014. Katia has more than 12 years’ experience in derivatives, structured finance and capital markets. She joins Hogan Lovells from Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office, where she has worked since 2003 following a three-year period with the structured finance and derivatives group at Clifford Chance’s offices in London and Paris.

Katia joins a team of specialists in French and English law that works regularly on a wide range of transactions in the debt capital and structured finance markets. Comprising 15 professionals, including three partners, the team is managed by Sharon Lewis, partner and global head of Hogan Lovells’ International Debt Capital Markets practice area.

Katia and the team she is joining advise and represent French and international financial institutions, and corporate clients undertaking derivatives transactions, and in particular:

• Standard framework agreements: ISDA, FBF, GMRA, GSLA, EuroMaster and agreements drawn up by other industry groups (e.g. EFET), as well as the drafting and negotiation of specific agreements;
• Swaps on various underlying assets: currencies, credit events, commodities, interest rates, equity, fixed income, inflation, indices, weather/carbon derivatives, funds and indices;
• Total return swaps on different types of assets, including fund shares/units, loans, securitised bonds and other debt securities;
• Structured and financial products including or using derivatives (e.g. securitisation and “synthetic” structures, CDOs, CLOs);
• Insurance risk transfer products such as CAT bonds;
• Development of new financial products based on derivatives techniques in areas such as alternative risk transfer, insurance financing, energy trading and carbon emissions;
• Advice on close-out netting and setting up and realising collateral;
• Conclusion and negotiation of framework agreements, annexes, and standard or structured Credit Support Annexes for plain vanilla financings or structured products.


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