Chadbourne & Parke hires former RBS legal director

The London office of New York firm Chadbourne & Parke is taking on a former legal director of the Royal Bank of Scotland as a consultant.

Robin Lahiri left his role as legal director of treasury and capital markets at the bank in April following its merger with NatWest.

He was responsible for the control and management of all legal and regulatory risk worldwide for the bank, having established the internal legal function for treasury and capital markets in 1994.

At Chadbourne & Parke he will help develop structured finance products for the finance and project finance departments. As well as working alongside the partners he will go on client visits on behalf of the firm.

London managing partner Bill Greason says: “Robin is not here for us to say: ‘Robin I have got a deal and I need another lawyer on it’, it is meant to be more creative.”

Lahiri has also set up his own company, Westmoreland Business Solutions, to provide structured financing solutions using the capital markets.

Before joining Royal Bank of Scotland, Lahiri spent two years as general counsel to Dillon Read in London, and prior to that was internal counsel at Midland Bank Group dealing with regulatory compliance issues.