Simmons & Simmons hires new capital markets partner in the Middle East

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Lee Irvine has extensive experience in advising sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, financial institutions and public and private companies on all aspects of conventional and Islamic debt capital markets, equity capital markets and liability management.

Simmons & Simmons has hired Lee Irvine as a capital markets partner* in its Dubai office. Lee Irvine was previously counsel at Latham & Watkins and has extensive experience in advising sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, financial institutions and public and private companies on all aspects of conventional and Islamic debt capital markets, equity capital markets and liability management. Lee has been in the Gulf for over ten years and his clients include sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, financial institutions and public and private companies. Lee has been ranked as an expert by Chambers Global 2018 for capital markets.

Andrew Wingfield, regional head for Simmons & Simmons in the Middle East commented, “Lee is a very exciting hire for the firm as he will be able to provide our existing financial institution clients as well as corporates with debt capital markets expertise at a time when this type of financing is becoming increasingly prevalent. He will enhance the offering that we provide to clients in the region.”

Muneer Khan, head of Middle East Financial Markets and global Islamic Finance commented “Lee is a highly regarded practitioner and will add further specialised capital markets expertise to our award-winning Middle East financial markets and global Islamic finance capability. We have invested materially in the growth of our global capital markets practice and Lee’s hire represents a significant development of our Middle East based offering”.

Simmons & Simmons has significantly expanded its Capital Markets team globally over the last year, hiring four new partners: Jonathan Mellor, Amer Siddiqui, Simon Ovenden and Chris Walton. Irvine’s arrival will further enhance this experienced and dynamic team.

 *subject to standard regulatory approvals

 

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