Dechert has named M. Holland West as a partner in the financial services practice group of its New York office, the firm announced today.

West was previously the head of the global hedge fund, private equity, derivatives, and structured finance practices at Shearman & Sterling

He was also a  former partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft where he was the head of its asset management and derivatives practices. Additionally, he advised Goldman Sachs on its capital markets, derivatives, and commodity businesses.

“Holland’s three decades of experience as a Wall Street lawyer adds to our already deep bench of talent in numerous financial services disciplines,” Dechert  Chairman Barton Winokur said. “This is a historic time for the financial services industry, which is facing unprecedented changes, challenges, and opportunities. Holland’s capabilities and background will be of great benefit to our clients as we assist them in adapting their businesses to the evolving structural and regulatory framework.”

"In addition to his background in private funds, Holland has extensive derivatives experience and he will further enhance our existing, very talented, derivatives and structured products team ," said Joseph Fleming, co-chair of Dechert's financial services group. "He has worked on a wide variety of complex derivative products and he understands both the legal and operational intricacies of these products.”

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