Highly regarded leveraged finance lawyer Lorraine Vaz
is the latest partner to join McGuireWoods in London, positioning the firm
as a leader in meeting a growing demand in the UK for U.S.-style leveraged
financings. She comes to McGuireWoods from King & Wood Mallesons, where
she was a partner.
Vaz is the third partner to join the London office since February,
following debt finance partner Jennifer Kafcas and M&A partner Jeremy
Davis. These hires are key to McGuireWoods’ strategic growth in London.
Vaz brings deep knowledge of the leveraged finance market and an
established reputation in her field. Able to work on both lender and
borrower financings, her clients include banks, debt funds and other
financial institutions, as well as private equity sponsors. Her in-depth
experience includes domestic and cross-border financings across the credit
spectrum, from large to mid-market leveraged and acquisition finance deals.
She also advises on public bid finance, workouts, restructurings and funds
McGuireWoods boasts one of the largest finance law practices in the U.S.
and includes a highly respected debt finance team in London. With lawyers
in key financial hubs such as London, New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, San
Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles, the firm has handled domestic and
cross-border commitments exceeding $100 billion in each of the past two
years. Clients include many leading global banking and financial
institutions, as well as the top 100 asset managers in the United States.
“Lorraine’s wealth of knowledge of London leveraged finance markets opens a
world of opportunity for McGuireWoods to satisfy the continuing movement
toward U.S.-style leveraged finance in the United Kingdom,” said
Raj Natarajan, chair of the firm’s Debt Finance Department. “Institutionally,
McGuireWoods is built to fill that void.”
“With her cutting-edge practice and cross-border experience assisting
clients in sophisticated financing deals, Lorraine is integral to
replicating in London the success McGuireWoods already enjoys as a market
leader in the U.S. for debt finance deal work,” said
Daniel Peyton, managing partner of the London office. “Lorraine represents another
important chapter in the continuing strategic growth of McGuireWoods
“McGuireWoods’ finance practice in the U.S. is outstanding, and the debt
finance practice is consistently ranked in the top tier. I am eager to help
build the leveraged finance team in London, and to work with the firm’s
deep transactional practice to continue the firm’s strategic growth in
Europe,” Vaz said.
For the past six years, McGuireWoods has ranked among the top 10 U.S. law
firms in Thomson Reuters Loan Pricing Corp.’s year-end U.S. Lender Legal Advisor rankings. 2017 marks the third consecutive year in which McGuireWoods has been
singled out as a leader in banking and finance by “Best Law Firms.” The
firm was named “Law Firm of the Year” for banking and finance litigation in
2016 and “Law Firm of the Year” for banking and finance law in 2015 and
2017, underscoring McGuireWoods’ well-established strength advising
financial institutions in corporate and litigation matters. In addition,
this year the firm had 19 lawyers listed in banking and finance law in The Best Lawyers in America, the most of any firm in the U.S.