Banking 2019: Finance & Regulatory Analysis

In our latest edition of WWL: Banking we are proud to present the top 706 banking finance and regulatory practitioners in the world. They have been selected from nearly 300 firms across more than 68 different countries for their strength and depth of expertise in a host of financing and regulatory matters.


The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.


Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Nicola Wherity Clifford Chance, London
2. Stephen Lucas Kirkland & Ellis International, London
3. Trevor Borthwick Allen & Overy, London
4. Bronwen Jones Reed Smith, London
5. Johannes Tieves Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
6. René Bösch Homburger AG, Zurich
7. Christopher Kandel Latham & Watkins, London
8. Neel Sachdev Kirkland & Ellis, London
9. Bettina Steinhauer Clifford Chance, Frankfurt
10. Ed Fife Slaughter and May, London
11. Adam Freeman Linklaters, London
12. Serhiy V Chorny Baker McKenzie – CIS Limited, Kiev
13. Patrick Hünerwadel Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
14. Hendrik Haag Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt

Leading Firms

Allen & Overy

This famous full-service firm distinguishes itself in the banking market with an impressive total of 20 individuals listed this year.
David Campbell is a leading name in the London market with extensive experience advising clients from a wide spectrum of sectors on restructuring, acquisition finance and leverage finance matters.
Trevor Borthwick is frequently recommended by interviewees as a highly skilled finance expert in the English market. He is well versed on advising national and international clients on structured financing, restructuring and syndicated lending matters.
Jonathan Brownson is lauded by peers in the market as “a leader in leveraged finance”. He is also experienced in restructuring matters for both lenders and borrowers.
Yves van Pul is described by peers in Europe as “an extremely active lawyer in the market”, particularly in acquisition finance, syndicated loan deals and other financial transactions. Sources praise him as a practitioner who is “both pragmatic and client-focused”.
Lionel Shawe draws significant praise from peers in the international market. His practice focuses on mining, aircraft and property financing matters.
Simon Roberts is a well-regarded member of the international finance community. His expertise lies in corporate lending and real estate finance matters for both domestic and international clients. 
Denise Gibson is lauded as “a real standout in the market who makes a real difference”. Her expertise lies in leveraged acquisition and investment grade financing.
Melissa Samuel is a well-respected figure in the European finance market and garners numerous recommendations from peers.

Clifford Chance

An illustrious international firm that pervades the market, with a total of 32 individuals listed for their regulatory and financing expertise.
Nicola Wherity is one of the top names in the international finance market by sources and is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the finance space. She is lauded as “a technically excellent lawyer with a client focus”. She is highly proficient in structured finance and restructuring matters.  
Charles Cochrane wins acclaim from peers for his strong finance practice. He has particular expertise in domestic and international leveraged transactions, acquisition finance and restructuring matters.
Bettina Steinhauer is a “very legalistic” practitioner who is “excellent on the corporate lending and acquisition” side, comment interviewees. She stands out as one of the top names in Frankfurt and is deservedly regarded as a Global Elite Thought Leader.
Michael Bates has a strong track record in the banking sector with deep expertise in infrastructure financing projects.


This international powerhouse emerges as one of the leading firms banking field market, with a total of 14 listings.
Philip Spittal is a distinguished practitioner among peers in the UK. His practice focuses on public M&A work, real estate finance and general financing for corporate clients.
Adam Freeman is lauded by peers as “one of the best leveraged finance lawyers you will encounter”. They add, “He is solution-focused and gets to the crux of issues quickly”. His speciality lies in leveraged buyouts, and other acquisitions matters.
Edward Chan is identified by market commentators as a standout name in the market. His practice specialises in structured financing matters and regulatory issues including liquidity requirements and ringfencing issues. He is also a noted expert on AI implementation.
Nick Syson is praised by respondents as “the consummate financing lawyer, and a great guy”. His expertise is in leveraged finance transactions and debt restructurings. 
Edward Aldred comes highly recommended by peers, who describe him as “very active in the market and a practitioner who does a great job”. He is well versed in a broad range of leverage finance matters across a variety of jurisdictions including Dubai and Hong Kong.
David Ballegeer is a finance specialist whom sources consider “an outstanding lawyer who knows the market well”. His practice places an emphasis on leveraged finance, bond structures and regulatory capital matters.


Pre-eminent Swiss corporate specialist with five professionals listed for their work across the finance and regulatory markets.   
René Bösch emerges as one of the leading banking regulation practitioners in the world this year thanks to his broad experience in bond issuance, equity and regulatory capital market Instruments. Peers in Europe describe him as “a very strong lawyer in the market”.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher ranks among the most prominent names in banking regulatory practice in Europe. He has particular expertise as a litigator across a broad range of finance and capital market matters.
Jürg Frick is one of the most highly recommended finance specialists in Europe, whom peers laud as “a supremely professional finance lawyer”. His practice focuses on collective investment regulations, syndicated debt financing and international bond offerings among other matters.
Daniel Haeberli is highlighted by peers as one of the top finance specialists in Europe. He is skilled across an extensive range of banking matters, including collective investments, structured products, debt financing and derivatives.

Lenz & Staehelin

Performs strongly this year, with eight of its practitioners listed for their excellent regulatory and financial practices.  
Patrick Hünerwadel is a keystone of the Swiss banking market and draws considerable praise from peers in Europe for his excellent capabilities. His expertise encompasses structured finance, asset securitisations and derivatives transactions.
François Rayroux is recognised by peers as being in the top tier of regulatory experts in the market this year. He focuses on advising clients on fund management matters as well as in relation to derivatives instruments.
Stefan Breitenstein is a top-quality regulatory specialist at the firm. He is praised by peers for his broad practice that includes advising on international and domestic transactions as well as regulatory issues.
Patrick Schleiffer ranks prominently this year for his work in the financial services regulation space. He is well versed in capital markets, securities and investment fund law.
Shelby du Pasquier draws high praise from peers this year for his finance-based practice. He is extremely adept in advising domestic Swiss and international financial institutions and hedge funds on banking and finance laws.
Olivier Stahler performs strongly in this year’s research, with sources describing him as “a visionary when dealing with more strategic issues, who has extreme technical knowledge and strong business acumen”.

Other Leading Individuals


Stefan Tiefenthaler at Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte is a prominent figure in the international finance market. He has extensive experience in real estate and project financing and securitisations.


Tom Van Dyck at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is lauded as “an outstanding and very active lawyer in the market”. His practice focuses on fund regulation and consumer protection matters.

Czech Republic

Jiří Balaštík of Kocian Solc Balastik is an esteemed practitioner who is widely recognised across the EMEA finance market. His practice sits at the intersection of real estate and banking law.


Kim Rasmussen at Kromann Reumert draws praise from peers for his exceptional skillset in the finance market. He is well-versed in a range of insolvency and capital markets matters.

Michael Steen Jensen with Gorrissen Federspiel is lauded by respondents across Europe for his outstanding finance practice. His expertise lies in advising institutional clients on the full range of finance law, securities, and bond issuances.


Alyssa Caples at Cravath, Swaine & Moore ranks among the very elite of finance practitioners in the market. Peers across Europe praise her as “a super smart and hard-working professional who is both calm and commercially focused”.
Philip Boeckman is a highly distinguished name in the London market who is described as “the consummate practitioner” by peers.

Global Elite Thought Leader Ed Fife at Slaughter and May is internationally renowned as a leading lawyer in the region. His speciality lies in advising both borrowers and lenders on structured lending and derivative transactions, securitisations and acquisition finance matters.
Andrew McClean is praised by peers in Europe as “a smart and pragmatic lawyer in the market”. He is highly adept at representing financial institutions as well as corporate and government entities in a range of areas, including syndicated lending and restructuring matters.

Bronwen Jones of Reed Smith is “a class act”, report market commentators, who place her among the very best names in London. Her impressive focuses on acquisition finance matters including debt and restructuring work.

Stephen Lucas of Kirkland & Ellis International is described as “a fabulous lawyer who has grown several businesses”. He commands over 25 years of experience in structured finance, distressed finance and other asset-backed finance matters.

Matthew Cottis at Hogan Lovells draws acclaim from peers in Europe as “an excellent lawyer who can deal with complex issues and simplify them”. He is experienced in leveraged finance, lending and syndicated loan matters.

Neel Sachdev at Kirkland & Ellis is “a real star” who achieves emphatic praise from peers for his pre-eminent banking practice. He is lauded as “a big name on the sponsor side” who is a “great adviser to his clients”.
Sean Lacey is identified as “a superb lawyer and a well-liked guy in the market”. His practice focuses on cross-border finance transactions and financial restructurings.

Ian Borman of Winston & Strawn is a favourite among clients and peers alike. He is lauded as “an excellent, very commercially focused practitioner who has a wealth of knowledge on refinancing matters”. 

Helen Burton at Ashurst is singled out as a highly skilled expert in the field. She is well versed in advising banks, corporation and credit funds on a variety of domestic and cross-border finance transactions, including leveraged finance matters.

Christopher Kandel at Latham & Watkins is lauded by respondents across Europe for his skill as a finance practitioner. His expertise lies in international acquisitions and leveraged finance transactions, and he has notable experience in US law. 

Malcolm Hitching at Ropes & Gray is described by peers in Europe as “a clever and responsible lawyer”. He has over 20 years of experience in debt financing matters on behalf of lenders and borrowers.

Stephen Short at Simpson Thacher is lauded as “a fantastic lawyer on the sponsor side of business, who fights hard for clients and understands commercial requirements”. His practice is geared towards domestic and cross-border acquisition finance matters.


Tarja Wist at Waselius & Wist is identified as a leading practitioner in the Finnish market by commentators across Europe. She is experienced in the full suite of finance, capital market and M&A matters.


Hendrik Haag at Hengeler Mueller is one of the stars of the market and performs well in our research into the EMEA finance market. He commands nearly 30 years of experience advising borrowers and lenders on a variety of finance transactions, with an emphasis on bond issuance and structured investment products.

Johannes Tieves also receives international recognition from peers for the quality of his work in the finance space, with interviewees describing him as “the classic finance practitioner”. He has a broad practice that includes expertise in syndicated loans, hybrid financings and restructuring matters.

Eva Reudelhuber with Gleiss Lutz draws international commendation for her excellent practice in the finance space. Her practice focuses on syndicated lending, acquisition finance and project finance matters.


Philippe Hoss at Elvinger Hoss & Prussen enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market among peers. His practice encompasses a wide spectrum of structured finance, capital markets and insolvency matters.

Pit Reckinger is another internationally recognised finance practitioner at the firm. He is a knowledgeable expert on banking regulation, shadow banking, money laundering and other compliance matters.

Tobias Linde at Gorrissen Federspiel is recognised by market commentators as one of the go-to finance lawyers in Denmark. He is experienced in advising on bond issuances, securitisations and regulatory matters.


Elaine Hanly at William Fry is lauded as having “great experience and applying it in a practical way for her clients”. Her practice features an emphasis on syndicated loans, structured finance transactions and project finance matters.

Grainne Hennessy with Arthur Cox is described as “a skilful practitioner who is technically excellent”. She offers clients extensive expertise in syndicated, real estate and project financing matters.


Perry Zizzi at Dentons is a favourite among clients, who emphasise his “professional, efficient and very calm manner in his approach to commercial solutions”. He is well versed in real estate financing matters in emerging markets.

Matei Victor Florea of Schoenherr is described by market commentators as “an experienced practitioner in the sector and an impressive professional to work with”. He has 15 years of experience across capital markets, banking regulation, project finance and insolvency matters.


Dmitriy Glazounov of Liniya Prava is one of Russia’s best-regarded finance experts. He frequently advises a range of prominent clients on securitisation and project finance matters.


Hamish Patrick at Shepherd and Wedderburn is a well-known finance practitioner in the Scottish market, according to peers. He has particular expertise in securitisation and derivatives matters and the public policies pertaining to them.


André Andersson with Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå is lauded as “a senior statesman in the banking field who stands out in the market for his practice”. His continues to skilfully assist clients with the structuring and restructuring of a variety of financial transactions.


Florentino Carreño at Cuatrecasas is identified as one of the leading finance practitioners in the Spanish market. He is experienced in the structuring of private equity and hedge funds on an international and domestic scale.

Carlos de Cárdenas Smith of Uría Menéndez is acclaimed as “a business-oriented and highly responsive practitioner who has vast market know-how and experience”.


Olivier Favre at Schellenberg Wittmer is described as "one to watch" and "excellent for fintech matters". He is well known for his handling of structured finance and capital market transactions as well as regulatory matters. 

Marco Häusermann at Niederer Kraft Frey is described as “an excellent practitioner in the finance field”. His broad practice spans a range of complex transactions, including deals involving restructuring and insolvency elements.

Sébastien Roy with Pestalozzi is a highly regarded figure within the international finance community. He proficiently advises a variety of clients at both the institutional and individual level on finance transactions, M&A and private equity matters.


Glib Bondar at Avellum “is uniformly viewed as excellent” and as a go-to lawyer in the finance field by numerous respondents. He is praised as “a very active figure in the market who does outstanding work”.

Serhiy Chorny of Baker McKenzie is a leading mind in the finance space who is lauded as “a real legend in the field”. He is experienced in cross-border lending matters, structured finance and securitisation transactions among others.


North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Patrick Ryan Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York
2. H Rodgin Cohen Sullivan & Cromwell, New York
3. Jason Kyrwood Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York
4. Randall D Guynn Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York
5. Tatiana Lapushchik Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York
6. Blair W Keefe Torys LLP, Toronto
7. Eric Goodison Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, New York
8. John W Torrey Fasken, Toronto
9. James A Florack Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York
10. Alcides Avila Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri, Coral Gables
11. Linda Myers Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago
12. Michael Goldman Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York

Leading Firms 

Sullivan & Cromwell

This top firm sees eight of its professionals listed for their finance and regulatory practice. 
Thomas Baxter Jr is a stand-out lawyer in the field who is recognised by peers in the US market for his superb regulatory expertise. He has particular expertise in investigations and enforcement actions, and also assists clients with governance, compliance and crisis management matters.
Donald Toumey draws praise from international sources for his work in the financial regulatory space. He is extremely well versed in advising domestic and international institutions on banking and broker-dealer regulations as well as enforcement matters.
Rodgin Cohen is widely respected as a senior statesman of the US banking bar and a legendary name in the field. He counts some of the world’s largest financial institutions as clients, and advises on a wide range of regulatory matters.

Davis Polk & Wardwell

The firm obtains eight listings in the market this year, including three Global Elite Thought Leaders
Jason Kyrwood is one of the most prominent names at the New York banking bar, with nearly 20 years’ experience advising on some of the most significant financing deals in the market, including leveraged buyouts and restructurings.
James Florack is a top-tier finance expert who wins recommendations from market commentators for his superlative capabilities on the most sophisticated deals in the market. He is well known for his cross-border practice, and has notable experience in Latin America.
Randall Guynn is one of the US’s most highly rated financial services regulatory lawyers is accordingly named a Global Elite Thought Leader for his expertise. He has over 30 years of experience in the space.


Emerges this year as a leading firm for both finance and regulatory work in the North American market, with a total of five listings to its name.  
Blair Keefe is a star regulatory lawyer in the Canadian market. He covers on a mix of both corporate and regulatory issues, as well as corporate finance matters pertaining to financial institutions. 
Tom Zverina is praised a “an extremely practical lawyer and a strong practitioner” by peers in the Canadian market. His practice focuses on M&A financing, as well as project financing for renewable energy projects.
Adam Delean is a key figure in Canada’s finance market. He is well versed in Canadian and US bond financings, structured finance transactions and derivatives matters among other mandates.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

This distinguished Canadian firm stands out in the finance market with five of its practitioners earning distinction for their practice.
Scott Hyman is identified by peers across the globe as one of Canada’s leading finance practitioners. He is well regarded for his work on domestic and cross-border secured lending deals, as well as acquisition and derivates finance transactions.
Joel Scoler enjoys an excellent reputation in the market as a specialist in finance, restructuring and insolvency matters. He is experienced in representing a host of high-profile institutions.

Stikeman Elliott

Three of the firm's practitioners are listed in our research into the finance and regulatory market of North America.
Peter Hamilton is a high-quality name in the North American market who is praised by respondents as “an excellent lawyer”. His expertise lies in corporate, project and structured finance matters, as well as regulatory issues.
Craig Mitchell is identified by peers in the Canadian market as “a very sharp practitioner who really knows his stuff”. He is experienced in acquisition, take-over and debtor financing matters. 

Other Leading Individuals


John Torrey at Fasken is a one of Canada’s elite finance specialists who is singled out by peers in Canada for his “strong deal experience and great personality”. His practice is focused on all aspects of lending transactions.

Mandeep Dhaliwal of Lawson Lundell is a top-tier lawyer who is praised by peers as “a very easy practitioner to work with”. His expertise lies in secured and unsecured financing transactions across the real estate and construction sectors.


Patrick Ryan at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a highly distinguished figure and Global Elite Thought Leader who is described as “an outstanding lawyer” by market commentators in the US. He is an experienced hand at corporate financing matters, including acquisitions and syndications, as well projects in the leveraged finance market.

Tatiana Lapushchik at Cravath, Swaine & Moore is recognised as a leading figure in the US banking market by peers, and is a Global Elite Thought Leader. Her practice encompasses a variety of cross-border financing matters in the manufacturing, oil and gas, technology and media sectors. 
Michael Goldman heads up the firm’s banking team and wins wide-ranging plaudits from practitioners for the exceptional quality and experience he brings to major transactions, including syndicated loan and leveraged finance deals.

Alcides Avila with Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri is an eminent figure in Florida who draws praise from peers in both North and South America for his standout banking practice.

Eric Goodison of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is a distinguished finance lawyer who commands over 25 years of experience in structured and leveraged financing matters across the US market.

Linda Myers at Kirkland & Ellis is identified as a clear leader in the Chicago market who has advised on many billions of dollars of acquisition financing and other finance transactions over nearly 30 years.


Latin America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Marcelo Armas M Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago
2. Nei Schilling Zelmanovits Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Sao Paulo
3. Bruno Balduccini Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo
4. Roberto E Silva Jr Marval O’Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
5. José Luiz Homem de Mello Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo
6. Michell Nader S Nader Hayaux y Goebel SC, Mexico City
7. Donald E Baker White & Case, São Paulo
8. Carlos Aiza Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City

Leading Firms

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Establishes itself as a pre-eminent finance firm in the Latin American market with six listings. 
Marcelo Armas M ranks among the elite practitioners in the Latin American market, with sources describing him as “an experienced lawyer with good connections in the market”. He is well versed in a range of financing matters across multiple jurisdictions.
Andrés Sanfuentes is a well-respected practitioner in Latin America. His extensive expertise includes experience in project and acquisition finance, as well as a range of capital market matters.
Juan Fernando Gaviria draws praise from peers as “an excellent lawyer who understands financial regulations well”. He is experienced in project finance work, including equity and debt issuances.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

This Brazilian firm performs strongly this year with two of its lawyers listed this year.  
Nei Schilling Zelmanovits is one of the outstanding finance authorities in practice at the moment, with peers praising him as “one of the references in the sector”. He has a broad practice that spans both transactional finance work and regulatory issues.
Jose Ribeiro do Prado Jr is highlighted by market commentators as “a renowned name in the market for project finance”. He is also experienced in cross-border financing matters.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Reinforces its reputation as one of Brazil’s premier firms with four listings for its practitioners.
Bruno Balduccini emerges as one of the stars of the Brazilian market and truly merits selection as Global Elite Thought Leader. Clients effuse that in the realm of banking and regulatory matters “his knowledge is unbeatable in Brazil”. He is also praised as “creative and extremely fast in responding”.
José Luiz Homem de Mello is considered one of Brazil’s most brilliant practitioners as well as a very well-respected figure across Latin America. His expertise in the banking sector covers major acquisition project financing.
Fernando de Almeida Prado is also a respected member of the finance community in Brazil. His practice focuses on structured and derivatives transactions.

Marval O'Farrell & Mairal

Demonstrates the strength and depth of its finance and regulatory practice group with six practitioners listed.  
Cecilia Mairal is a prominent practitioner for Argentinian banking matters and is one of the most distinguished names in the market. She is well versed in the creation of investment vehicles, cross-border finance transactions and debt restructuring.
Roberto E Silva Jr is recognised for the strength of both his finance and regulatory practice by peers as far afield as Europe. He commands over 30 years of experience regarding trust structures and a host of capital market matters.

Other Leading Individuals


Fernando Rojas at C R & F Rojas is identified a senior statesman in Bolivia for banking finance law. He commands over 50 years of experience in the field, and has held a broad range of research and judicial positions alongside his role as a practitioner.


Donald Baker of White & Case draws emphatic praise from peers in the Latin American market, who call him “a pioneer in Brazil and a foreign law expert”. His practice covers a variety of capital markets matters and corporate finance transactions.


Daniel Londoño at Gómez-Pinzón Abogados is one of Colombia’s most highly regarded finance practitioners. Peers describe him as “a young partner who does a good job and is very dedicated”. He has over 15 years of experience in a range of corporate and finance transactions.

Manuel Fernando Quinche with Brigard & Urrutia Abogados is lauded as “an able professional who understands the market very well, and syncs well with the client’s objectives”. He frequently acts for borrowers, project developers and lenders in a variety of project finance matters.

Carlos Fradique-Méndez is highlighted for his “serious manner, knowledge of finance issues and his search for consensus in cases”. He offers over 20 years of experience in capital markets, derivatives and other structured finance matters.


Daniel Del Río of Basham Ringe y Correa is one of Mexico’s most preeminent lawyers. His extensive expertise includes cross-border financing transactions.

Michell Nader S at Nader Hayaux y Goebel is a highly recommended and distinguished lawyer in the Mexican market. He brings over 30 years of experience to his representations in structured and acquisition finance.

Carlos Aiza at Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, is a “hugely respected” name in the Mexican banking market and a Global Elite Thought Leader in this year’s research. He offers clients comprehensive expertise in financing matters across the sector, including notable experience in real estate and project-related financing deals.



Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Yuen-Yee Cho King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney
2. Chee Wai Kok Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
3. Lena Ng Clifford Chance , Singapore
4. John Schembri Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
5. Guy Lethbridge Russell McVeagh
6. Regina Liew Rajah & Tann Singapore, Singapore
7. Susan Wong WongPartnership, Singapore

Leading Firms

King & Wood Mallesons 

This global premier firm emerges as the Asia-Pacific market leader in terms of listings, with 13 of its lawyers highlighted for their practice.  
Peter Doyle is highlighted by peers as one of Australia’s top finance practitioners. His expertise lies in project and infrastructure finance matters, especially in the energy sector.
Yuen-Yee Cho earns high praise from peers from as far afield as New Zealand and the UK as “a leading lawyer in the finance field”, and is correspondingly identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader. Her practice encompasses leveraged and project finance among other matters.
Ian Paterson is a respected finance practitioner at the firm. He specialises in structured finance, payment systems and regulatory issues.


A leading international firm that counts nine of its lawyers listed in this year’s research for their work in the finance and regulatory fields.
Martin Coleman is one of Australia’s most highly regarded finance specialists. His brings deep experience across a range of corporate, project and infrastructure financing areas, as well as in acquisition and leveraged finance matters.
Shawn Wytenburg is praised extensively by peers in Australia, who say he “is a great lawyer who dominates the market”. He has extensive experience with infrastructure project finance work, as well as corporate and leveraged finance matters.

Clifford Chance

Distinguishes itself as a firm with a total of seven listings for their work in the Asia-Pacific market.   
Lena Ng is ranked among the elite names in the region. She draws emphatic praise from clients who describe her as a practitioner who is “technically very strong on domestic and global regulations, extremely reliable and provides high quality advice”. Her practice encompasses the full spectrum of regulatory matters in the finance sector.
Paul Landless is well respected for his expertise in advising clients on domestic and international regulatory concerns.

Other Leading Individuals


Nuncio D'Angelo at Norton Rose Fulbright is held in high esteem by peers the Australian market. He has gained extensive expertise during a career spanning more than 20 years and covers all matters pertaining to corporate, real estate and structured finance.  

Brendan Quinn of White & Case is singled out by market commentators as an accomplished lawyer with a well-developed project finance practice. He has broad-based sector expertise, with experience acting for clients from the power, renewables and infrastructure industries in particular.

Jason Denisenko with Allen & Overy is an acknowledged expert in regulatory matters, according to respondents in Australia, including knowledge of financial services and product licensing, marketing and distribution.

John Schembri at Gilbert + Tobin is once again identified as one of Australia’s most skilful and expert finance practitioner this year. His practice features impressive depth and breadth, covering structured, project and leveraged finance matters, especially in the construction and real estate sectors.


Shardul Thacker at Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe is a firm favourite among clients who commend his first-class work in the banking space and note he is "very much a problem-solver with unparalleled knowledge and an analytic approach".

Akil Hirani of Majmudar & Partners attracts praise from peers across the European and Asia-Pacific markets. He offers clients over 25 years of experience advising financial institutions on structured investments, joint ventures and regulatory matters.

Hong Kong

Peter Lake at Slaughter and May is identified as a leading figure in Hong Kong’s finance market. He has a broad practice which includes expertise in syndicated loans and acquisition finance matters. 

Jill Wong at Howse Williams Bowers is recognised by peers and clients as one of Hong Kong’s elite banking regulatory experts. She is described as “an excellent lawyer who is reliable, practical and responsive”.

Jane McBride of Deacons is “well-known for her fund work, and is an outstanding regulatory practitioner”. She is now one of the go-to names in the market for such work, and puts her nearly 30 years of experience to good use in her representation of clients on complex matters.

New Zealand

Guy Lethbridge of Russell McVeagh is a brilliant banking lawyer and one of the very best corporate finance and regulatory lawyers in New Zealand. He has represented some of the country’s leading financial institutions on a host of significant matters.

Geoff Busch at Anderson Lloyd garners widespread recommendations from peers in the region for his vast international experience and outstanding expertise on banking transactions and debt restructuring matters.


Chee Wai Kok of Allen & Gledhill is a leading light in Singapore who is described by peers as “a very active figure in the market and an excellent lawyer”. His varied expertise includes cross-border syndicated loans, as well as acquisition finance and debt restructuring matters.

Regina Liew at Rajah & Tann Singapore is “a prominent and professional name in the market”, comment interviewees, who are quick to highlight her “knowledge of a broad range of products”.

Francis Mok with Allen & Gledhill is “a notable practitioner with a good reputation”, according to sources. He offers high-quality financial services and commodities regulations advice to a wide array of financial institutions, investment banks and fund managers.

Eric Chan of Shook Lin & Bok is a favourite among clients in the banking field, who describe him as “a very thoughtful lawyer, who impresses with his in-depth knowledge of Singapore’s regulations”.

Susan Wong at WongPartnership is one of the top finance practitioners in the Singapore market. She commands over 30 years of experience in finance work, including project, acquisition and real estate financing deals.

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