BLP continues to grow finance department with appointment of leading structured finance expert Richard Todd

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today (17 January 2012) announced that it has hired partner Richard Todd, helping to further expand the firm’s established finance capabilities and its expertise in structured finance.

Joining BLP from Lloyds Banking Group, Richard was a director in the Structured Capital Markets legal team, and prior to this spent four years at Mayer Brown.  He is best known for his work in  asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) conduit funded securitisation, which is his specialism. Richard has also worked as in-house counsel at VTB Capital, and whilst there worked on the first Russian RMBS and auto-loans securitisations. 

He has experience working across the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and in the CIS, where he has advised the National Bank of Serbia on the implementation of their new securitisation law and has completed deals involving the securitisation of assets in Russia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The appointment is the latest in a number of strategic hires to BLP’s Finance department, including leading structured finance experts Simon Small and Paul Simcock, and asset finance specialist Keith Wilson. Most recently the firm hired leading project finance expert Andrei Baev,  banking specialist Derek Hrydziuszko and structured finance partner Prashanth Satyadeva who will join the firm later this month.

Matthew Kellett, the managing partner of BLP’s finance department, said: “We have made a number of hires over the past year. This is a direct result of an increased focus on growing key areas of finance and on catering to the needs of our clients.

“Richard’s expertise in structured finance transactions will cater to growing client demand across this specialism, particularly on an international scale. We are already strong in the area and our recent work includes the £2bn structured portfolio disposal for RBS, Project Isobel, as well as a string of transactions for other banks and clients.”

Richard said: “BLP’s finance team is an established force within the industry and are at an exciting stage in taking forward their growth strategy. The team is ambitious to provide clients with the best possible expertise and service and it is exciting to be moving back into private practice with such a strong platform to offer clients.”

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