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Edmund “Ed” Parker

Edmund “Ed” Parker

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"Ranked Band 1 Lawyer for Structured Finance and Derivatives (Chambers UK and Chambers Global 2015, 2014); Leading Individual for Derivatives and Structured Products (Legal 500, 2010-2016); a Selected Leading Lawyer for Derivatives (IFLR 1000, 2014, 2015); and nominee for Derivatives Lawyer of the Year 2014 (Global Capital)"

Edmund Parker is global head of the Derivatives & Structured Products practice, head of the firm’s Banking & Finance practice in London, and serves on Mayer Brown’s Partnership Board. The Derivatives & Structured Products Practice recently won European Law Firm of the Year (Regulatory), and US Law Firm of the Year (Regulatory) at the 2016 Global Capital Awards. This followed our award for European Law Firm of the Year at the 2015 Awards; and nominations for Global Law Firm of the Year, at each of the 2015 and 2016 Awards.

He advises on complex OTC and structured credit, equity, fx and commodity derivatives (including emissions trading), as well as insurance and pensions-linked derivative structures. He advises on distressed derivatives, together with our litigators and insolvency specialists; as well as advising on central clearing issues and derivatives regulation, together with our regulatory team.  (see Experience).

Consistently ranked as a key individual and receiving strong market praise from the legal directories (see Accolades)), the most recent sources say that he “enjoys a reputation as one of the City's leading lawyers. Clients appreciate his "unrivalled breadth and depth of knowledge across all asset classes," and regard him as one of the lawyers who knows the most about derivatives - he wrote the book on them."” (Chambers UK 2015). Ed is also described as "very user-friendly and very easy to deal with," with the same source adding that "he really knows his stuff" (Chambers UK 2014) and is "a leader in his field" (Legal 500 2013). Legal 500 2013, quoted market sources describing the Derivatives and Structured Products practice as "A fantastic alternative to the Magic Circle"; and that his practice "has its finger on the pulse with ISDA and transatlantic regulatory work"; and provides "military-style turnaround, good value and a deep bench".

Ed has written extensively on derivatives matters (see News & Publications). He is the industry’s most widely published lawyer on the subject, with his views regularly sought by the press and on television. His written works include an acclaimed trilogy of derivatives books, consisting of, as sole author Credit Derivatives: Documenting and Understanding Credit Derivative Products, as sole editor Equity Derivatives: Documenting and Understanding Equity Derivative Products, and as co-editor Commodity Derivatives: Documenting and Understanding Commodity Derivative Products. He is currently finalising his new book, Credit Derivatives: Understanding and Working with the 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions, which will be released in 2016. Ed is fluent in Spanish and is also a co-head of the firm’s India practice.

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