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Holland West focuses his practice on diverse investment management, derivative, and commodity matters, and has over 33 years of experience in Wall Street finance. Mr. West advises leading buy and sell side companies worldwide in the financial services industry, providing clients with product development, transaction assistance, and regulatory, risk management, and compliance counseling.

Mr. West advises on the formation, operation, and management of a wide range of U.S. and foreign private and public investment vehicles and accounts for traditional and alternative assets, such as: hedge funds; commodity pools; private equity, venture capital, buyout, debt, credit, and real estate funds; funds-of-funds; CDOs, CLOs, and other securitization vehicles; exchange-traded funds, notes, and other products; mutual funds; business development companies; separately managed accounts; and joint ventures.

Mr. West also advises on U.S. and foreign derivative, structured product, capital market, commodity, and energy matters, including development, structuring, and execution of complex exchange-traded and over-the-counter financing, derivative, and securitization techniques, products, and structures.

Mr. West is a frequent speaker and author on investment management, derivative, commodity, financial product, and regulatory and compliance matters, including for industry, professional association, and academic programs and publications.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. West was head of the global asset management, commodity, derivative, and structured finance practices at two leading international law firms. He also previously served as Assistant General Counsel for Goldman, Sachs & Co., advising on its capital markets, derivative, and commodity businesses.


Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A., English Literature, 1975, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1980, with honors, Associate Editor of Fordham Law Review

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York
New Jersey


Mr. West serves as director and counsel of various non-profit and civic organizations. He serves on the New York City Bar’s Futures and Derivatives Committee and the ABA Business Law Section’s Derivatives and Futures Law Committee.