Morrison & Foerster Announces London Hire of Senior Finance Lawyer Christopher Kandel

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February 19, 2019 – Morrison & Foerster, announced that Christopher Kandel had joined the firm’s London office as a partner in its Finance practice. He comes to MoFo from Latham & Watkins, where he served as co-chair of the global banking practice. 

Mr. Kandel’s practice spans a broad spectrum, including European and U.S. senior, second lien and mezzanine financings, high yield securities, structured loans, capital markets and restructurings. Over the course of his career, he has advised on many significant matters, including numerous European acquisition financings, the largest LBO financing in Asia, the second-ever high yield issue in Japan, the first international syndicated loan to a corporate in Turkey, the first super-senior revolver in Europe, the first pari passu secured bank/bond issue in Europe, and the first western-sponsor style leveraged buyout financing in Russia.
 
“Chris is a market-leader with more than 20 years of experience in the London finance market,” said Larren Nashelsky, chair of Morrison & Foerster. “He has extensive experience leading leveraged finance and restructuring matters under both English and U.S. law, setting him apart in the market and further building our ability to support our clients with their most complex cross-border financial transactions. We are delighted that Chris has decided to join our growing London team, and we are certain he will contribute greatly to our increasingly robust global Finance practice.”

“Chris’s addition underscores the momentum of our London office, as we continue our transformation following two years of exceptional growth,” added Paul Friedman, Morrison & Foerster’s managing partner for Europe. “Given his tremendous reputation in the market, I am delighted that our continued progress enables us to continue to attract new partners of Chris’s caliber.”

Mr. Kandel commented, “I believe the acquisition finance market is looking for more choice. Morrison & Foerster has all the right elements in London to make an impact — great M&A, real estate, funds and competition lawyers, a growing finance team and, for deals that run into problems afterwards, a standout U.S./London restructuring practice. The vision here is compelling.”
 
Mr. Kandel earned his B.A. from Yale University (magna cum laude with distinction) and his J.D. from Cornell Law School (cum laude). He is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and is admitted to the bar in California, the District of Columbia and Maryland. 

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