Mark Nicolaides started at Latham & Watkins last Monday after ending a 20-year career at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw last May. Nicolades joins the firm as a partner in the finance department, and is expected to boost the firm's presence in the European securitization market. Nicolaides specializes in structured finance and in representing financial institutions and companies, with specific expertise in structuring and documenting conduits and structured investment vehicles, CDOs and ABS backed by a wide variety of assets, including European multicountry trade and auto loan and lease receivables. He is seen as an expert in Basel II, specifically regarding regulatory capital requirements for banks. "Mark adds formidable securitization expertise to our London office," said James Chesterman, chair of the firm's London finance department.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft announced last week that it named Leon Pacini, a capital markets lawyer in its London office, as special counsel to the firm. Pacini concentrates on asset-backed and mortgage-backed securitization transactions, representing managers, arrangers, servicers, special servicers and institutional investors throughout Europe and the U.S., as well as on international securities offerings. He has also represented sovereign issuers on public bond offerings.

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