Seyfarth Shaw has appointed partner Paul F Kruger as global chair of the firm’s Structured Finance group in the firm’s Corporate department in New York.
Kruger joins from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he was a partner in its Structured Finance and Securitisation group in New York.
For more than 25 years, Kruger’s structured finance practice has focused on representing financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, funds and corporations in a wide variety of financing transactions across the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Among many other transactions, Kruger has experience guiding private equity clients in the acquisition of corporate entities and assets, the financing of those acquisitions, and the structuring of joint ventures.
Kruger’s arrival marks a significant step in Seyfarth’s strategic plan to expand its Corporate presence in New York and nationally. His addition aligns with the firm’s vision to grow its roster of skilled attorneys whose practices and client bases are able to leverage off of strengths of the firm throughout its platform. With over 100 lawyers, Seyfarth’s Corporate department serves as an attractive platform, providing the world’s top attorneys with access to global capital markets and new opportunities to serve clients operating in today’s most demanding industries.
“Paul is a leading voice in the structured finance space and has earned a fantastic reputation across three continents for his successful guidance on some of the most complex transactions,” says Steven Meier, chair of Seyfarth’s Corporate department. “As we continue to enhance our corporate capabilities in New York and nationally, we are excited to see Paul’s dynamic practice thrive on the firm’s global platform.”
Notably in the early 1990s, Kruger led the development of the securitisation market in Asia, and has since guided more than 100 international transactions. His securitisation experience encompasses multiple asset classes, including real estate, credit cards, auto loans, railcars, trade finance assets and receivables, infrastructure assets and nonperforming and performing loans, on both cash and synthetic bases.
“Our team is thrilled to welcome an elite talent like Paul. His multifaceted practice synergises well with the firm’s existing real estate, structured finance, tax, fund formation and corporate services,” says John Napoli, co-managing partner of Seyfarth’s New York office.
“Paul’s arrival is a key element in the strategic expansion of our New York and national corporate practices. He’s a remarkable lawyer and we’re elated to call him a new Seyfarth colleague,” says Lorie Almon, co-managing partner of Seyfarth’s New York office.
Earlier in his career, Kruger was based at various times in New York, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and England and Wales. Kruger earned his LLB from the University of Auckland.
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