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Allen & Overy adds another partner in U.S. CLO practice

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International law firm Allen & Overy continues to build out its U.S. CLO practice with the addition of a partner with an expansive background across deal structuring, investor advisement and regulation.

The firm named Nick Robinson, a 15-year veteran of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, as a partner in securitization and other kinds of structured finance. He will be based in New York, working with U.S. collateralized loan obligation practice group head Lawrence Berkovich.

According to an Allen & Overy press release, Robinson has experience working with underwriters, asset managers and investors in CLOs, including open-market and middle-market CLOs.

Hiring Robinson fulfills a “strategic objective” to continue growing London-based Allen & Overy’s CLO practice in the U.S. to complement its long-standing European structured finance/securitization practice, Berkovich stated in the release.

“Nick’s impressive CLO expertise, along with his keen ability to manage deals across both the arranger and manager sides, is complementary to our existing practice,” said Berkovich, who himself was hired in mid-2017 to expand the multinational presence of Allen & Overy’s CLO practice, then centered in Europe.

Berkovich’s addition came a year after the company made its first key move to expand the global finance practice by hiring five New York-based leverage finance partners. Since that time, Allen & Overy has advised on structured finance deals valued at $48 billion, according to a release.

Robinson was an associate at Milbank, where in addition to CLO structuring he also advised lenders and borrowers in structured loan and CLO warehouse facilities, and was consulted on regulatory matters such as U.S. and European risk-retention rules.

Robinson is a graduate of Boston College Law School.

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