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James John Antonopoulos

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James Antonopoulos is a corporate partner in Kirkland's Chicago office and concentrates his practice in the areas of asset finance and securitization. He has broad experience with automobile and equipment loans and leases and dealer floorplan loans, representing sponsors, issuers, underwriters and servicers in public and private issuances of asset-backed securities, asset-backed commercial paper conduit transactions, whole loan sales and lending transactions.


University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2003, magna cum laude; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Accounting, 2000

United States: Finance

Structured finance

Within: Structured finance

Routinely delivering an excellent service’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP displays ‘second-to-none’ thought leadership and industry knowledge, especially in automotive finance and securitization matters. In the Chicago office, James Antonopoulos led a team that acted for CarMax Business Services in four public offerings of notes totaling $4.87bn and backed by pools of motor vehicle retail installment contracts. The ‘insightful’ Chicago-based Jeffrey O’Connor advised Deere & Company in relation to John Deere Owner Trust 2016-B; a $755m trust holding an amortizing pool of equipment retail installment sale and loan contracts. In addition to the group’s work with equipment and auto-related assets, Scott Gordon acted for Wyndham Worldwide Corporation during three securitization offerings of timeshare loan receivables, the first of which was among the first securitization transactions to use a horizontal retention structure to comply with new US risk retention requirements. Janette McMahan assisted Ally Bank with its Regulation AB II compliant registration for its AART auto-lease platform.

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