Joseph Wren

Joseph Wren

  • Partner

Joseph is a partner in the Finance department whose focus is derivatives and structured products. He advises funds, investment and asset managers, banks, corporates and pension schemes. Joseph is recognised as a 'Rising Star' by The Legal 500 UK.

Joseph regularly advises on the ISDA, GMRA and GMSLA, as well as fully-bespoke documentation, and on the impact of related regulation including EMIR and SFTR. He advises on the structure of transactions to hedge, or gain exposure to, interest rate, FX, credit, equity, inflation, and commodity risk, as well as on investment management, custody, clearing and collateral management arrangements.

Joseph is recognised in particular for his expertise advising alternative investment managers and trustees of pension schemes. For managers, this includes fund structuring, deal contingent transactions, and regulatory optimisation. For pension schemes, in addition to advising on investment matters, this includes risk transfer, such as buy-in and buy-out (bulk transfer) transactions and longevity insurance transaction, and covenant, such as asset-backed contribution (ABC) structures, guarantees and escrow arrangements.

In terms of other contribution, Joseph sits on the firm's Gender Balance Committee, which works to foster a more inclusive workplace for all, regardless of gender. Joseph co-authors practice guides for LexisNexis on the GMRA and the repo market and the GMSLA and the stocklending market. He has also co-authored articles for the International Financial Law Review, Private Equity News and the Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law and is a contributor to Global Legal Insights – Fund Finance, co-authoring a chapter on derivatives at fund level. Joseph is a member of a number of ISDA, FIA and Invest Europe working groups, relating to derivatives and to Brexit, and regularly speaks at industry roundtable events.

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