Stephan Smoktunowicz PSL Senior Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2005 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Stephan Smoktunowicz

Stephan Smoktunowicz is a highly experienced banking and finance lawyer, responsible for ensuring that our banking and finance team has the knowhow, training and other resources necessary to provide the best possible commercially-focused advice to our clients.

Having worked as a transactional lawyer for a number of international law firms and with almost four years of industry experience working at several global financial institutions as in-house counsel, Stephan understands the processes and hurdles involved to make the journey from origination to completion as seamless as possible.

Stephan has advised banks, financial institutions, corporates, business start-ups, developers, private equity houses, individuals, pension trustees and other lawyers on a wide range of banking and finance related issues. His experience includes acquisition finance, real estate, social housing and development finance, global loans, investment grade lending, private equity funding, asset based lending (including equipment finance, inventory finance and  receivables finance), restructurings, securitisations and trade finance. Much of his experience has an international flavour, having worked on transactions in over 30 jurisdictions.

He has also worked on product and service development in a number of jurisdictions, drafting and advising on standard form documents, so that they reflect the business and operational reality of how those products and services are intended to work in practice.

Stephan is passionate about the difference that continued learning and education can make to all involved in banking and finance work and he has written and delivered training sessions on a variety of banking and insolvency law related topics to both lawyers and non-lawyers alike. The bespoke nature of these sessions balances technical understanding with the wider commercial considerations that are crucial to understanding how to help progress transactions through to completion. His training sessions have been described as "excellent", "thoroughly enjoyable" and "very insightful and well worthwhile".

He is also a keen writer and has written numerous briefing articles on both banking and insolvency matters, helping our clients to stay aware of legal issues and developments that fundamentally affect their day-to-day business. His articles have appeared on many industry websites including The Lawyer, Lexology,, and Motor Finance and have been described as "really fab" and "incredibly helpful".

Stephan currently sits on the LexisPSL Banking & Finance PSL Advisory Board for the legal publisher, Lexis Nexis, and is a member of the City Finance PSL Network. He has also sat on the ABFA Legal and Technical Committee and participated in the consultation on the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project, looking at ways of improving the law on secured financings to make it more appropriate for the requirements of modern business.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, PSL Senior Associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, PSL Senior Associate
  • 2013

    • Education
      Study break, including studies at Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
  • 2010

    • Career
      Barclays Bank PLC, Legal Counsel
  • 2008

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, Solicitor
  • 2007

    • Career
      Denton Wilde Sapte LLP, Solicitor
  • 2005

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Cobbetts LLP, Solicitor
  • 2003

    • Career
      Cobbetts LLP, Trainee Solicitor
  • 2001

    • Education
      College of Law, York, Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law