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Linklaters LLP

Michael Voisin

Michael has advised on financial markets law and practice for over 30 years. This includes:
> the establishment and operation of FMIs, such as central counterparties (CCPs), payment and settlement systems, central securities depositories (CSDs), clearance systems, exchanges and trading venues covering securities and derivatives contracts, as well as platforms for margining, collateral transformation and FX trading, together with the regulatory capital treatment of exposures to financial entities and products;
> a wide range of debt issues, derivatives and structured products, including securitised, OTC and exchange traded derivatives, repackagings, investment fund products (including CPPI products), proprietary financial indices/benchmarks, synthetic products, collateralised debt obligations and note and warrant programmes, including the trading, clearing, leveraging and custody of such financial instruments; and
> the digitisation of FMIs and platforms and similar fintech related design and upgrades of FMIs and platforms, as well as digitised and tokenised products and decentralised finance.
Michael developed the firm’s product expertise on MTNs in mid-90’s, led the firm’s derivatives and structured products practice between 2002 and 2010, was the firm’s global knowledge and learning partner between 2008 and 2012 and was global head of Capital Markets between 2015 and 2021. Michael has been a board member of the Futures Industry Association since 2016 and sits on ICMA’s FinTech Advisory Committee. Michael developed the firm’s knowledge and thought leadership relating to the Eurozone crisis and has since been closely involved in the development of the firm’s knowledge and thought leadership relating to clearing and settlement and fintech, including digital assets, smart contracts, decentralised finance and settlement finality.
Michael is currently advising a wide range of market participants on the development of digital securities, digital cash, CBDCs and supporting market infrastructure.
Recent Highlights:
> EIB on the issuance of its Eur 100,000,000 0.000$ Notes due 2023 registered in the Ethereum public blockchain
> on the development of SwapAgent, a system established by LCH for the efficient posting of variation margin for OTC derivatives
> advising the London Metal Exchange on the dematerialisation and digitisation of LME Warrants
advising Standard Chartered Bank on the development of a Zodia Custody, its institutional grade cryptoasset custody business

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