Further development for financial markets group in Germany

06 Jul 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has expanded its financial markets practice with the addition of Dr Werner Meier who joins the firm’s London and Frankfurt offices as a partner.*

Werner joined Simmons & Simmons on 05 July 2017 from King & Spalding, where he headed the firm’s European restructuring practice. Werner also spent over 22 years at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and was head of the firm’s finance and restructuring practice. He has a wealth of experience in finance and restructuring, with particular expertise advising on European debt and corporate restructurings, syndicated lending, high-yield bonds, securitisations and other structured finance transactions. 

At Simmons & Simmons, Werner will lead the firm’s German restructuring practice and will contribute to the further development of its Europe-wide financial markets practice.

Werner’s finance experience covers a broad range of transactions, from syndicated loans to structured finance, high-yield bonds, factoring and other types of financings, both borrower-side and lender-side.

Bernulph von Crailsheim, country head in Germany, added: “Werner is one of the leading finance and restructuring lawyers in Europe and has worked on a number of impressive projects, including advising the Hellenic Republic in its €206b sovereign debt restructuring, the largest restructuring transaction in history. Werner’s high calibre experience will lend extremely well to our practice as it evolves and strengthens.”

Jonathan Hammond, head of the firm’s international financial markets group, added; “Werner’s skills and capabilities align perfectly to our sector focus and will enable us to offer our clients an enhanced service. Werner has a wealth of experience with a long spanning career and we are all looking forward to working with him”.

Dr. Werner Meier commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Simmons & Simmons. The firm offers me an excellent platform for the further development of my practice. Its focus on financial markets, as well as its collegial culture, makes this a perfect fit for me. I look forward to contributing not only to the firm’s practice in Germany, but also to its Europe-wide practice. “

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals.

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