Member of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council, Partner of Counsel at White & Case
Francis is one of the highlights of his work during the financial crisis was leading the team that drafted Kazakhstan's bank restructuring law, an innovative piece of work which was noted for “helping clients in the financial services sector deal with the wreckage of the global financial crisis” (Financial Times). The law was then used to restructure a number of banks in what has been acknowledged as the first real “bail-in” restructuring of a financial institution.
Although some of this restructuring work is continuing, he has now mostly returned to his capital markets roots and uses his extensive experience to advise on equity and debt offerings, including CP and MTN programmes as well as liability management exercises.
Deals he has led include both registered and unregistered debt and equity offerings in the United States and many offerings outside the US, including some of the first international offerings by issuers from Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.