Orrick Adds Structured Finance Rising Star in London


Orrick announced today that structured finance lawyer Richard Hanson has joined the firm as a partner based in London. He joins from Ropes & Gray.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Rick and continue to expand our London office with rising stars who support our global focus in the finance, tech and energy & infrastructure sectors,” said Simon Willis, Orrick’s London Office Leader. 

“Rick is an up-and-coming finance lawyer who has advised on some of the most innovative structured finance and funds-related transactions,” added Hervé Touraine, head of Orrick’s European Finance practice. “He is a strong complement to our market leading global structured finance practice.”

Rick advises on structured finance, securitisation and derivatives-based financings for funds, asset managers and investment trusts. His experience includes advising on funding structures backed by commercial real estate and other asset classes, including loan-on-loan and repo financing; CMBS; loan repackagings; performing and non-performing loan portfolios acquired or disposed of using securitisation technology; and interest rate, FX and securitisation hedging matters.

“Orrick is long known for innovating in the use of structured finance techniques, and I am excited to collaborate with the global team as they continue to grow their practice in London,” noted Rick. 

Orrick’s European Structured Finance team is top ranked in France by Legal 500 and in Italy by Chambers. The firm’s U.S. Structured Finance team ranks among top issuers’ and underwriters’ counsel in Asset-Backed Alert and Commercial Mortgage Alert across all asset classes and advised on 130 transactions securitising more than $90 billion in assets in 2018.

Rick’s arrival follows several recent additions to Orrick’s London office. Yesterday, leading corporate advisor Ed Lukins joined the firm from Cooley. Last month, Orrick added Hannah Roscoe, formerly with Herbert Smith Freehills, as a partner in its London E&I practice, and in May added Jonathan Rosen, formerly with Akin Gump, as a partner in its London Tax practice. This follows the arrivals of James Connor and Daniel Wayte as partners in Orrick’s M&A and Private Equity Group last year.