International law firm Crowell & Moring is expanding its financial services offering in London with the addition of a derivatives team.

The team, which consists of partners Jennifer Kafcas and Charles Wakiwaka, and counsel Alvino S. van Schalkwyk and Lauren Blaber, has experience advising global investment banks and private equity funds on complex structured finance and derivatives transactions in the U.S., UK, and European markets.

Crowell & Moring chair Philip T. Inglima commented: 'The team’s reputation and experience in the London and New York markets are of the highest calibre. These lawyers have accomplished an impressive array of successes for clients we share, and in areas that directly parallel our current service offerings. Their arrival significantly enhances the range of services we can offer our clients and is an important part of the continued expansion of our financial services practice and our London office.'

Kafcas and Wakiwaka have more than two decades of combined experience representing major investment banks, corporations, and private equity funds. 

Kafcas commented: 'We are so pleased to be joining forces with a firm that is truly committed to collegiality, professionalism, and diversity. The needs of our clients are our first priority, and providing customer service and value are paramount. We believe that Crowell & Moring offers the ideal platform for us to continue to achieve these objectives given the firm’s broad spectrum of complementary practices such as corporate, infrastructure, finance, competition, insolvency, and litigation. And we are impressed by Crowell’s demonstrated commitment to growth and the firm’s entrepreneurial attitude.'