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James Harbach

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Capital markets.


Partner and head of the firm’s structured finance group, specialising in securitisation, structured finance, project and utility bonds, and private or state structured guaranteed debt offerings. Acts for international investment banks and financial institutions, as well as corporates, in arranging their structured asset and cashflow financings, including real estate financing and restructurings in the bank and bond markets, and has acted on many of the largest liquidity funding structures to support UK financial institutions during the recent credit crisis. Experience covers corporate structured secured and unsecured financings (including whole business securitisations and sale and leaseback financings), as well as residential and commercial mortgage securitisations (RMBS and CMBS) and all aspects of the refinancing and restructuring of such transactions during the credit crisis. Recent work has included receivables and consumer financings and structured asset financings for various investments bank clients.


Trainee solicitor Linklaters 1989-91; assistant solicitor 1991-2000; partner capital markets department 2000.


Bristol University (LLB).

London: Finance


Within: Leading individuals

James Harbach - Linklaters LLP

Within: Securitisation

Linklaters LLP¬†is 'excellent ‚Äď probably the most sensible, pragmatic and commercial secured financing team on the street'. The firm is widely regarded as a leader in the whole-business securitisation market; it played a part in all of the utility WBS deals in the UK - including¬†Welsh Water, Anglian Water and Peel Ports - and continues to act in all of their WBS financings. The practice also handles large and complex transactions in other market sectors, including RMBS. It acted for a consortium of six UK financial institutions, including Barclays Bank and HSBC, in the ¬£11.8bn Ripon RMBS, which is backed by¬†mortgage loans originated by Bradford & Bingley. Adam Fogarty¬†led that deal. Julian Davies¬†acted for the British Broadcasting Corporation in the Juturna Broadcasting house CMBS securitisation.¬†Practice head Andrew Vickery¬†and partner James Harbach, who handles securitisation, structured finance, project and utility bonds and private or state-structured guaranteed debt offerings, are 'high-quality and experienced practitioners for more complex and innovative trades'. Also recommended are¬†Mark Nuttall, who focuses on the infrastructure and utilities sectors, and also leads the firm‚Äôs social finance practice; Alex Shopov, who advised Essar Oil on issuance under its¬†refined petroleum trade receivables-backed commercial paper conduit securitisation; newly promoted partner Reza Taylor, who¬†has 'excellent commercial understanding of the market and is pragmatic, solution-focused, friendly and professional'; and William Trotman.

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