International law firm Bryan Cave LLP – New Partners Enhance Commercial Litigation, Financial Services Groups in London

08 Jan, 2015

LONDON, January 7, 2015 – The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com) announced today that Ioannis Alexopoulos and Helena Nathanson have joined the firm’s London office as partners in the Commercial Litigation and Financial Services Client Service Groups, respectively.

Alexopoulos joins Bryan Cave’s Commercial Litigation Group and International Arbitration Team, which provides comprehensive services to domestic and multinational clients embracing all aspects of international dispute resolution.

He has more than two decades of litigation, arbitration and mediation experience. His focus is on banking disputes, particularly those involving financial products, investment banking and derivatives, and also on commercial and business disputes with an emphasis on joint venture and shareholder disputes, shareholder protection, business break-ups and fraud. His key industry sectors are financial services, shipping/international trade, telecoms and infrastructure projects, mainly in Greece, the Balkans, Russia, the Middle East, Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa.

Alexopoulos’ cases often involve an international element, usually with competing multiple jurisdictions and laws. His clients include banks, insurers, intermediaries, venture capitalists and equity investors and large corporates in England and internationally.

He is admitted to practice in England and Wales and is fluent in English and Greek. Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK recognise him for banking litigation work.

“I look forward to continuing and expanding my practice as part of an exciting, multinational and high-achieving litigation and arbitration team at Bryan Cave,” Alexopoulos said.

Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Alexopoulos was a partner at DLA Piper, where he spent 16 years as a partner in the litigation and international arbitration group. He also served as head of the litigation, arbitration and regulatory group in London until 2007.

Nathanson joins Bryan Cave’s Financial Services Group as the leader of the Corporate Trust Team in London, which advises on the full range of corporate trust work – transaction origination, trustee litigation and default/bankruptcy.

Nathanson’s practice focuses almost exclusively on the corporate trust, loan and agency side of structured finance transactions. She has represented virtually all of the corporate trustee houses in the city in connection with a variety of transactions, including numerous high-yield bond issuances, exchange traded products platforms, asset-backed commercial paper programmes and many defaulting securitisations with varying underlying assets. Nathanson also represents trustees in connection with various schemes of arrangement.

In addition, Nathanson has been involved in sales and purchases of defaulting loan portfolios (including shipping loans), replacement of transaction parties connected therewith and ultimate securitisation of the same.

Nathanson is admitted to practice in England and Wales and is fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish, French and German. She is an active participant of The International Capital Market Services Association (ICMSA).

“I am extremely happy about joining a solid practice like Bryan Cave,” Nathanson said. “I am excited about the prospect of being able to fully focus on my corporate trustee clients with likeminded colleagues from coast to coast in the U.S. and in Europe, all of whom are experienced professionals. To be able to lead the team in London for the benefit of these clients was an offer I could not say no to.”

Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Nathanson was a partner at Reed Smith in the structured finance group.

“London is an enormously competitive market for partner-level talent and we are delighted that Ioannis and Helena have decided to join Bryan Cave in two key practice areas for the firm and this office,” said Carol Osborne, managing partner of the firm’s London office. “We are eager to grow the London office with experienced, entrepreneurial partners who are seeking a global platform and who are focused on the importance of relationships – with clients and with colleagues. Ioannis will increase our level of depth and experience in international dispute resolution and will complement our existing multinational team of lawyers. Helena’s leadership of our London corporate trust practice will allow us to build this important practice area in a coordinated fashion with our robust U.S. practice and will give us the right platform to represent our current corporate trust clients across the full spectrum of corporate trust work in the U.S. and in Europe.”

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