McDermott Will & Emery has hired structured finance attorney Perry Sayles to its New York office as a partner in its financial institutions advisory practice group. 

Sayles was previously a partner in the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and spent considerable time in its London and Hong Kong offices.

Aside from his work in traditional corporate finance, project finance and acquisition finance, the new hire has expertise in advising clients on derivatives, securitization and structured product deals. He has also focused on CLOs and CDOs. Additionally, Sayles offers regulatory and transactional advice to investment funds on various investment strategies. 

Sayles regularly advises banks, asset managers, broker dealers, private equity firms, hedge funds and corporate clients.

“We are delighted to welcome Perry to McDermott,” said David Taub, head of the firm’s financial institutions advisory practice group. “There are few attorneys with Perry’s level of knowledge and sophistication in international finance. He is held in the highest regard by his clients and is widely seen as a go-to attorney for the most complex financial transactions. With Perry now onboard, we will be better able to advise our clients on creative ways to finance their operations in today’s uncertain economy and regulatory environment.” 

“With his intricate knowledge of structured finance, Perry will play a key role in helping McDermott expand our service offerings and market reach in the New York area and beyond,” said Keith Pattiz, partner-in-charge of McDermott’s New York office. “We look forward to working with him to serve our expanding client base that already includes some of the world’s leading banks and financial institutions.”

“I am excited to join the team of exceptionally talented lawyers McDermott has assembled around the world," Sayles said. "I was drawn to the Firm because of the many synergies that exist between my practice and McDermott’s growing financial institutions advisory practice group. I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues to build one of the most innovative financial practices in the legal world today.”

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