Erica Handling

Erica is a Managing Director and General Counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for BlackRock, where she is a member of the EMEA Executive Committee and EMEA Operating Committee.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Erica was General Counsel of Barclays Investment Bank in EMEA and during her four years at Barclays she also had responsibility for the Investment Bank in Africa and the Corporate Bank globally. Erica joined Barclays in 2011 from a legal private practice where she set up and was head of the Securities and Structured Finance Practice at Ashurst.

Erica started her legal career at Allen & Overy and worked in both London and New York, before moving to Weil, Gotshal & Manges in London where she became a partner in 1998. Her specific area of focus in private practice was derivatives and structured finance, in particular collateralised debt and loan obligations. She was awarded Partner of the Year by The Lawyer Magazine in 2003. Erica has an LLM from the University of Exeter and took her Law Finals at the Guildford College of Law.