London, UK – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that high-profile structured finance and capital markets partner Paul Severs will join the London office as a partner in the Corporate practice. Mr. Severs will be joining the firm from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he is Head of Structured Debt and Capital Markets.
Mr. Severs has extensive experience in the structured finance and securitisation markets across all asset classes. Most recently he has been advising on the establishment of new funds, establishing or acquiring new origination platforms, and advising portfolio companies.
He advises his clients on a wide range of transactions, including loan originations (and acquisitions or disposals associated with them); financing arrangements for acquisitions; real estate portfolio acquisitions (both residential and commercial); single-loan acquisitions and workouts; and portfolio workouts. Mr. Severs is highly recommended by leading legal guides including Chambers UK and Legal 500.
“The last five years has seen the rise of alternative financing platforms and a demand for multiple, diversified types of financing,” said Elizabeth Noe, Chair of the global Corporate Department at Paul Hastings. “Paul’s extensive experience in this space will materially enhance our ability to service that demand and will lend further impetus to our leading-edge finance offering in London.”
“Paul’s pedigree, practice and profile complements naturally our existing structured finance and funds practice in London and will enable us to continue to service the most demanding financial institutions and private equity firms in London and beyond,” said Ronan O’Sullivan, Chair of the London office. “He also works in the highly regulated consumer finance space, which naturally complements our growing London payment systems and consumer finance team.”
“Paul’s experience and impressive relationships make him a welcome addition to our European securitisation and structured finance team, and we look forward to working with him,” said London partner Charles Roberts.
Mr. Severs is the latest of a number of senior finance hires in the London office of Paul Hastings over the past twelve months, including private fund formation specialist Duncan Woollard, leveraged finance partner Luke McDougall and high-yield finance partner Peter Schwartz.
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