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Lucy Cutler qualified in 1995 into the banking and capital markets group of Clifford Chance. Between 1999 and 2003 Lucy was a professional support lawyer for the banking and insolvency group of Bird & Bird. Lucy joined Practical Law in 2004 and works for Practical Law Finance. Lucy is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Anna Deakin trained at Eversheds and practised in their banking team for one and a half years after qualifying. She then moved to CMS Cameron McKenna, where she spent eight years in the banking and international finance department. She advised on a wide range of finance matters including leveraged finance and property finance transactions and spent six months on secondment at Lloyds TSB Bank plc. Anna joined Practical Law Finance in September 2007. Anna is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Richard Gibbard qualified in 2003 at Addleshaw Goddard where he practised for four years in the banking department. He advised on property finance and acquisition finance transactions. During that time he spent several months on secondment with Barclays Bank PLC in their property finance team. From 2007 to 2009 Richard was based in Australia with Minter Ellison where he advised on property and development finance transactions including funds and managed investment schemes. While in Sydney he was also seconded to National Australia Bank in their transactions legal team. Richard joined Practical Law Finance in September 2009. Richard is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Elizabeth Hone qualified at Freshfields in 1992 and practised for seven years in the finance department. She advised on a variety of transactions including corporate lending, project and structured finance. During that time she was seconded to Lehman Brothers and spent almost two years in Freshfields' Milan office. She then worked in the finance department of Wedlake Bell LLP for ten years, the last six as a partner, specialising in property and acquisition finance. She joined Practical Law Finance in November 2010 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sharon Hooker qualified at Linklaters in 1999 and practised in the international finance department, advising on debt capital markets and structured finance transactions. She also spent several months on secondment at Morgan Stanley. She then joined Freshfields, where she spent a year and a half as a PSL in the securities group within the corporate department. She joined Practical Law Finance as an editor in 2005 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Annelise O'Neill qualified in 1994 at Allen & Overy where she practised for nine years in the banking department. She advised on a variety of finance transactions including syndications and acquisition finance. During that time she was seconded twice to Greenwich NatWest, first to negotiate repo documentation and then to their syndications desk. From 2004 to 2007 she was a professional support lawyer in Allen & Overy's banking department. Annelise joined Practical Law Finance in January 2009. Annelise is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Fred van Oordt trained at Simmons & Simmons and, upon qualifying in 1996, joined Ashurst as a finance lawyer. In 1999, he moved to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft where he advised on securitisations. Following a team move in 2000 to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Fred spent five years specialising in securitisations, CLOs/CDOs and related structured finance transactions. In 2005 he joined Bank of America as in-house counsel supporting the structured securities desk (covering CLOs/CDOs and total return swaps). Fred joined Practical Law Finance in January 2009. Fred is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Ezra Rocha was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008 after completing the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law. He was awarded the Inner Temple Major Scholarship and the Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2007. He has undertaken pro bono work at the College of Law Legal Advice Centre and was a representative at the Free Representation Unit. He joined Practical Law Finance in July 2008 and is currently non-practising.