Press Release

Morgan Lewis Enhances Global Transactions Services with Addition of Three New Partners in UK

London practice to continue its growth with more hires before the fall

July 09, 2015

LONDON and NEW YORK, July 9, 2015: Morgan Lewis continues to expand its global structured transactions capability with the addition of three accomplished finance partners in London. Matthew Duncan, Julian A. Goodman, and Paul J. Matthews arrive together from another global law firm, strengthening our offering to clients in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In the coming weeks, the practice will continue to grow in London with additional strategic lateral hires.

In addition to a central core of structured finance capability, the group brings experience and expertise related to residential mortgage backed securitizations (RMBS), asset backed securitization (ABS), collateralized loan obligations (CLO), derivatives, and real estate financing and commercial mortgage backed securitizations (CMBS). In addition, the group will bring new capabilities in derivatives and real estate finance to our London office.

“We are thrilled to build on the momentum created by our growing global structured finance team,” Firm Chair Jami McKeon said. “Matthew, Julian, and Paul currently represent the UK counterparts of many of our existing clients—primarily investment banks and investment funds—and their arrival provides our firm an unparalleled opportunity to deepen these relationships with global financial institutions.”

Matthew Duncan works with clients on a variety of banking, capital markets, and derivative matters. He advises clients that operate, invest in, or deal with businesses that provide financial services and products to the consumer sector in the UK and other jurisdictions. Mr. Duncan is highly regarded for his background in the European structured finance market, having been involved with securitization since its introduction in the UK in the late 1980s. He has played a significant role in landmark first-of-kind transactions that have been followed by many issuers, including the first UK single-issuer, segregated, multi-issuance, residential mortgage-backed securities program.

Possessing a dual background in real estate finance and general real estate matters, Julian Goodman advises clients in real estate finance matters that include property finance loan origination, commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) and residential mortgage-backed security (RMBS) transactions. His general real estate capability covers property acquisitions, disposals and leases, both for investment and occupational clients.

Paul Matthews assists clients with the application and integration of derivatives and derivatives technology in structured finance transactions. Serving a broad range of entities including funds, investment managers and advisers, financial institutions, banks and dealers, Mr. Matthews has been involved in the European credit derivative and synthetic securitization markets since their inception.

“A strong bench of structured transactions lawyers based in our London office is essential to our ability to service clients in the United Kingdom, across Europe, the United States, and Asia,” said Morgan Lewis structured transactions practice leader Reed Auerbach. “The addition of Matthew, Julian, and Paul—and ultimately their larger team—keeps us ahead of the game in our ability to serve our clients, particularly hedge funds, as they grow increasingly global.”