Luke Whitmore, Partner, Derivatives and Structured Finance
I have experience in a broad range of derivatives and structured products, including interest rate and currency swaps and options, credit default swaps, total return swaps, equity derivatives, stock lending, repurchase transactions, synthetic CDOs, regulatory capital-driven structures and synthetic securitisations.
I have extensive experience in the prime brokerage and futures market acting for both broker-dealers and end-user clients.
Following the spate of insolvencies in the financial services sector, I have advised on the termination and close-out of both industry standard and bespoke derivative documentation. I have experience of negotiated settlement of such transactions with the relevant insolvency officers.
I have been active in advising clients on the implementation of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).
I was named in the Legal 500 in 2013 as having 'an incredible depth of understanding and always goes the extra mile'. Legal 500 2014 described me as being 'masterful in his understanding of complex structures'
I am an active participant on several industry panels including the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA).
In my spare time I can be found at Upton Park supporting my beloved West Ham United!