Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Capital Markets Practice with the addition of Thomas Falkus as a new partner in London.
"Our ambition is to establish White & Case as the leading CLO and securitisation practice globally, built around twin hubs in New York and London," said White & Case partner Stuart Matty, who leads the Firm's Global Capital Markets Practice. "The addition of Tom adds further strength and depth to the rapidly growing New York-London practice which partners David Thatch and Chris McGarry have been developing since Chris joined us last year, and sends a clear message to the market that we're determined to continue expanding our role advising clients on their most important, complex, cross-border securitisations."
Falkus, who joins the Firm's Global Capital Markets Practice, advises financial institutions, sponsors and corporate clients on CLOs, esoteric securitisations, NPLs, fund financings, RMBS and other flow securitisation asset classes. He joins White & Case from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he was counsel, and brings more than ten years of experience.
"Tom is a technically excellent lawyer, one of the few in London who is recognised for his work advising clients on CLOs and securitisation deals," said White & Case partner Philippe Herbelin, Regional Section Head, EMEA Capital Markets. "Tom's client relationships are an exciting fit with our existing portfolio of clients, and his arrival represents further growth in the London CLO and securitisation practice following the addition of partner Chris McGarry and team during 2017."
London-based partner Chris McGarry said: "I have known and worked with Tom for many years. He's highly regarded by his clients and his practice aligns perfectly with the New York-London practice that David Thatch and I have been developing to service our transatlantic clients, as well as enhancing our wider EMEA structured finance offering."
Recent successes for the White & Case securitisation team include advising Trafigura, one of the world's leading independent commodity trading and logistics companies, on the establishment of the world's first 'true sale' commodities securitisation programme, as well as regularly acting for arranging banks on CLOs and securitisations on both sides of the Atlantic.
Oliver Brettle, London-based member of White & Case's global Executive Committee, said: "Our 2020 strategy includes a focus on profitable growth in London, in the global financial institutions industry and in our capital markets practice. Tom's addition drives us forward in all three areas. He is the twelfth partner we have announced joining us laterally in London in 2018 to date, adding to seven internal partner promotions that were effective on January 1, 2018."
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