February 23, 2015
London Restructuring partner Mark Lawford has been named in Financial News’ prestigious third annual “40 Under 40 Rising Stars of the Financial Legal Profession,” which showcases the top lawyers under 40 years old, based in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, who are playing crucial roles in their areas.
The initial list of more than 150 potential rising stars was assessed by Financial News’ editorial panel, with judges narrowing down the list to the exclusive top 40 achievers, judged on four criteria: achievements to date given their age; the stature of their mentors; firepower at their disposal; and their potential to reach a position of great influence.
Mark’s profile as it appears in the editorial follows:
“A restructuring and insolvency lawyer, Lawford began 2014 with a promotion to partner level and ended the year having broken new ground in insolvency law. A key adviser in Weil Gotshal & Manges’ work for KPMG, the administrator of derivatives broker MF Global UK, Lawford led a team within the US firm to find a way to distribute about $1 billion of its client money when no existing insolvency law provided for it. A regular adviser to insolvency practitioners, US and European investment banks, UK clearing banks, hedge funds and private equity houses across the full range of international and domestic matters, the keen runner has also played a key role in one of the world’s biggest restructurings, Lehman Brothers. As a child, Lawford wanted to be an archaeologist.”
Since the inception of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” list in 2013, the London office has been represented each year, with Private Equity partners Simon Lyell and Samantha McGonigle appearing in the 2013 and 2014 lists respectively, and Mark Lawford this year.