John Woodhall is co-head of Sidley’s global finance practice in London, which comprises a team of approximately 30 lawyers.
Mr Woodhall has worked in the securitisation market since its inception in the UK and was closely involved with the development of securitisation in Asia during the mid to late 1990s. He has been in the forefront of the development of securitisations, including advising in relation to the first European based pan-European ABCP programme; the first non-performing loan securitisations in Europe; the first CMBS structures in Hong Kong; the first auto loan securitisations in Indonesia and Thailand; one of the first securitisations of non-renminbi earnings (shipping freight) by a Chinese state entity; and exotic asset classes ranging from champagne stocks to music publishing rights and satellite broadcast income to litigation claim proceeds.
Mr Woodhall’s recent experience includes advising the funders in relation to the provision of £1 billion of rated securitisation financing for the leveraged acquisition by GTCR of Premium Credit Limited, a consumer credit subsidiary of Bank of America; advising Santander SGBM in relation to "first-time" rated auto loan securitisation in Finland and Sweden, and in relation to an auto loan securitisation in Norway; advising on rated consumer loan and auto loan securitisations in the UK; advising on rated and unrated CLOs; advising a major Spanish retail group on the securitisation of their store card receivables; advising in relation to the restructuring of a €1 billion pan European trade receivables securitisation; and advising a leading hedge fund on the acquisition of portfolios of defaulted and in-litigation consumer debt.
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