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Leon is a leading partner in Reed Smith's fund finance team which is one of the market leading global funds finance practices. He works with bank and non-bank lenders, managers, general partners and limited partners on fund financing transactions with private equity, secondaries, real estate, direct lending and infrastructure funds. He is also an elected member of the firm’s Executive Committee.


  • University of Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College, 1994, B.A., Hons
  • Nottingham Trent University, 1995, LPC
  • University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2000, Paris Chamber of Commerce Certificate of Commercial and Economical French & Annual Diploma of French Language and Civilisation

  • England and Wales
  • New York

  • Member of the Loan Market Association and sits on the LMA Documentation Committee
  • Member of the New York Bar Association
  • Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs
  • Member of the British American Business Inc.

  • French

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers UK for London Banking & Finance: Fund Finance, 2021-2023
  • Listed as a 'Leading Individual' in The Legal 500 UK for Investment Fund Formation and Management: Fund finance, 2022-2024
  • Listed as Notable practitioner in IFLR1000 Global for United Kingdom Banking, 2020-2024
  • 2004 - Qualified New York Attorney
  • 2000 - Qualified French Lawyer, Avocat
  • 1998 - Qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales