Leading Structured Finance Partner to Join Latham & Watkins in London

Addition of Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya significantly enhances firm’s Structured Finance, Securitization and Derivatives Practice in Europe.

August 01, 2016

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya has joined the firm’s London office as a partner in the Corporate Department. Warna-kula-suriya has more than 25 years’ experience advising private equity sponsors, hedge funds, commercial and investment banks and corporates on a broad range of innovative capital raising and investment transactions.

Widely-recognized as a leader in his field, Warna-kula-suriya has established an outstanding market reputation for advising clients across a wide range of asset classes and structures, including public and private debt, equity-linked and hybrid capital markets issues, securitisations, CMBS, cash and synthetic CLOs, OTC and exchange-traded derivatives and cross-border structured finance. He also has significant expertise in the sale and purchase of financial asset portfolios, distressed investments and restructurings and the establishment of alternative lending platforms and direct lending.

Jay Sadanandan, London Office Managing Partner, said: “We are excited to welcome Sanjev to the firm. In today’s market, sophisticated investors are increasingly sourcing and deploying capital in a variety of new and creative ways. Sanjev is a true innovator who over the years has advised on many of the market’s most groundbreaking transactions. His arrival consolidates our unique ability to offer clients top-tier advice across the full suite of high-end capital-raising, risk transfer and capital optimization products.”

Richard Trobman, London-based partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, added: “Sanjev’s formidable expertise, combined with our established global reputation in leveraged finance and high yield, creates an ideal platform for us to grow our Structured Finance, Securitization and Derivatives Practice in Europe.”

“Sanjev’s technical prowess and deep market knowledge places him among a select group of practitioners at the vanguard of the European structured finance market,” said Witold Balaban, Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Financial Institutions Group: “He has an exceptional reputation in the City and he will play a key role in the continued expansion of our capabilities in offering financial institution clients an integrated top tier global platform for their cross-border transactional needs.”

Warna-kula-suriya joins the firm from Slaughter and May in London. He studied law at King’s College, London University, graduating with a First Class LLB with Honours in 1986.

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Notes to Editors
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Jay Sadanandan, London Office Managing Partner, +44.20.7710.1110
Richard Trobman, member of the firm’s Executive Committee, +44.20.7710.1180
Witold Balaban, Global Co-Chair of the Financial Institutions Group, +1.212.906.4550

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