Linklaters has elected Gary Barnett, a U.S. structured finance and derivatives practitioner, as apartner in itsNew York office. His election follows the appointments in September of Adam Glass, a leading U.S. structured finance lawyer who joined the firm from Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, and Mark Palmer, arestructuring & insolvency partner who joined from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
Mr. Barnett joins Linklaters from Shearman & Sterling LLP where he was a partner and co-head of the Securitization & Derivatives Group. He has a reputation for innovation in the fields of securitization and other sophisticated financings, and specializes in domestic and international securitization, structured products (including repackagings) and derivatives and other structured finance and derivative matters.
Linklaters has a leading global structured finance and derivatives team, with experts based in key financial centers across the world.
Following the election of Akihiro Wani in Japan earlier this year, Linklaters has now become the first (and only) firm to be able to offer an integrated structured finance and derivatives practice in Frankfurt, London, New York, Paris and Tokyo staffed by German, English, New York, French and Japanese qualified practitioners who are independently recognized as market leaders in each of their jurisdictions. The London office has structured and derivatives practitioners qualified in all five jurisdictions.
The appointment of Akihiro Wani will take effect as soon as Japan implements legislation to allow multi-national partnerships in April 2005.