Reed Smith has hired Tamara Box as head of structured finance. The new hire joins the firm's London office as a partner in the financial industry group (FIG). Box was previously the head of international structured finance at Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Box represents and advises leading financial institutions in a wide range of international structured finance matters such as securitizations, derivatives, debt capital markets and debt restructurings.

She has advised all industry players such as trustees, originators, arrangers, investors and servicers in relation to securitization across a broad range of asset classes and in multiple jurisdictions. She also regularly advises clients on securitizations, high-yield bonds, structured debt restructurings and workouts. Furthermore, she has considerable experience with emerging markets financings and Islamic finance.

Box has been involved in the restructuring of debt capital markets deals impacted by the credit crisis and, specifically, by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, where she is working on restructuring more than 40 Lehman-affected ABS and CMBS offerings. She has been leading on the Eurosail U.K. 2007-3BL proceedings, the Court of Appeals opinion that now forms the seminal "balance sheet" insolvency case.

"I am looking forward to joining the team at Reed Smith," Box said. "I am excited about using my experience to drive the building of an exceptional and truly international structured finance practice, and I eagerly await the opportunities that lie ahead."

"This transformative move represents a major step forward in Reed Smith's structured finance offering. Tamara's experience, combined with our existing strengths, means we can provide a full-service structured finance practice to industry participants in London and internationally," said Perry Napolitano, Pittsburgh-based chair of the firm's FIG. "Her appointment is the latest of a number of recent key partner hires designed to further enhance the breadth and depth of our global finance capability in line with the complex needs of our international client base."

"We are delighted to welcome Tamara to Reed Smith, where her addition to the Financial Industry Group represents a significant boost for our largest industry group firmwide," said Roger Parker, Reed Smith EME managing partner. "Her reputation and experience are of the highest calibre, making her perfectly suited to lead the charge in strengthening our structured finance practice in London and the EME region. We are confident that Tamara will play a central role in solidifying our position as a leading global law firm serving the financial services sector, while we continue to invest in the vital London market."

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