Washington, D.C. — Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Rich Davis has joined the firm as a partner in the Finance practice, based in Washington, D.C. He joins from DLA Piper, where he was a partner. Davis’ arrival further strengthens the firm’s global Finance practice, which has welcomed numerous partner additions over the past several years, including Scott Faga, Eugene Ferrer, Michael Smith, Diala Minott, and Cameron Saylor, all former colleagues of Davis from Ashurst.
“Finance is one of our fastest growing practices at Paul Hastings thanks to increased client demand,” said Seth Zachary, chair of Paul Hastings. “Rich is a leader in the structured lending and fintech finance field and his addition bolsters our global structured lending capabilities,” he added.
“Paul Hastings’ top-tier global Finance practice will allow me to take my practice to the next level. My clients are excited that I will be working with a firm that has become known for its finance prowess,” said Davis. “Joining my former colleagues from Ashurst made the move even more attractive,” he added.
Davis primarily practices in the lending markets, representing both lenders and borrowers in complex financings. He is a leading lawyer nationally in the fintech lending market, where he represents numerous fintech lenders – and lenders to fintech lenders – in financings secured by various types of fintech assets, including consumer and small business loans, merchant cash advances and trade receivables. He also has extensive experience structuring complex repo and other safe-harbor lending transactions involving various types of loans, securities and other assets. His clients include global commercial and investment banks, commercial finance companies, direct lenders, private equity funds and fintech originators.
In 2016, Paul Hastings expanded its London office with the addition of Structured Finance partners Michael Smith, Diala Minott, and Cameron Saylor, all formerly with Ashurst. Their arrival followed the addition of former U.S.-based Ashurst partners Scott Faga and Eugene Ferrer, Global Co-Head of the Securities and Derivatives Group and Managing Partner for U.S. offices at Ashurst, respectively.
Paul Hastings’ Finance practices are at the forefront of the market. In the last year, the firm was named Best CLO Law Firm by Alt Credit Intelligence, Law Firm of the Year – Americas runner up by Private Debt Investor, and Law Firm of the Year – Europe by Private Debt Investor. The firm was also recognized for Syndicated Loan of the Year and Structured Financing of the Year by Latin Finance, and was ranked a Top 5 Leveraged Loan Team for Lead Bank Representations by Debtwire.
At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear—to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.