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Linklaters bolsters Asian leveraged finance offering with hire of partner Rahul Chatterji

Linklaters today announced that Rahul Chatterji will join as a partner in the firm’s Asia Banking practice, further strengthening its existing leveraged finance capability.
Rahul, who joins from Shearman & Sterling where he was a partner in their London office, is a market-leading debt finance lawyer with extensive experience in advising both lenders and borrowers across a wide range of complex cross-border financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts, public-to-private transactions, investment grade borrowings and special situations transactions.
He has a strong track record in offshore Indian transactions and will focus on the fast-growing India and Southeast Asia leveraged finance market, working closely with the firm’s well-established global team, specifically in Singapore and London, to support clients across Asia. He will also be integral in developing the firm’s existing India-facing structured lending business alongside its well-established Capital Markets team in Singapore.
His skills and expertise will also complement the firm’s strong cross-practice offering in Asia across the Restructuring & Insolvency, Energy & Infrastructure and Dispute Resolution practices, as well as the team’s existing relationships with financial investors.
Rahul will join Linklaters in May 2023. He will initially join the firm in London before relocating to Singapore later this year.
David Irvine, Global Co-Head of Leveraged Finance, commented:

“We are delighted to have Rahul on board. Leveraged finance is a key growth area for the firm, reflected by the three internal promotions and four strong lateral hires into our team over the past year. I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to support our clients’ needs.”

Narayan Iyer, Partner, Head of India Group and Philip Badge, Asia Head of Banking, commented:

“The Indian economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and offers exciting opportunities for our clients to realise their global ambitions. Rahul’s cross-jurisdictional expertise in advising on leveraged finance matters and familiarity with the India market enhances our India-facing offering and provides synergies with the existing leveraged finance team in London and China, as well as with other practices in the region. We are thrilled to welcome Rahul to the Asia Banking practice where his skillset will strengthen a targeted area of growth.”

Rahul Chatterji, Banking Partner, commented:

“Linklaters is a market-leading platform for finance work in India and Southeast Asia, and I am delighted to be joining such a fantastic team. The next few years will be a very exciting time for India’s amazing growth story, and the team at Linklaters is brilliantly placed to help clients navigate this key market.”

Linklaters’ global Leveraged Finance group is at the cutting edge of the market and continues to advise on some of the biggest, most complex and innovative global deals.
The move reaffirms Linklaters’ continued investment in its global Leveraged Finance offering, as Rahul Chatterji’s appointment follows the team hire of Noel Hughes, Giacomo Reali and Christianne Williams, who joined the firm’s Leveraged Finance practice in London last year.

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