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Kevin Hawken

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Mayer Brown

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Banking & Finance


Kevin Hawken is a securitisation and structured finance partner in Mayer Brown's London office. He has represented asset originators, programme sponsors, arrangers, liquidity and credit enhancement providers, and other participants in transactions involving a wide variety of asset types and structures. His cross-border securitisation experience includes transactions backed by auto loans and other consumer receivables, residential mortgage loans, corporate bonds and other securities, credit derivatives, equipment leases, trade receivables, future export receivables, and operating company revenues from countries in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Kevin also has experience in debt restructurings and insolvency matters involving both corporate and structured finance borrowers. He also advises financial institutions on risk-based capital requirements and other regulatory issues affecting securitisation and structured finance.


He joined Mayer Brown in 1989 and moved to the firm’s London office in 2000.




International Bar Association


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA Georgetown University Law Center, JD, cum laude Admissions: Illinois New York

London: Finance


Within: Securitisation

Mayer Brown International LLP has 'a great knowledge of the industry and is always responsive' The firm is 'very good value for money, develops great client and counterparty relationships and has in-depth knowledge of the market; the advice is detailed and commercial while balancing legal risks'. The firm counts investment banks such as BNP Paribas, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank among its clients, as well as acting for a number of private equity and hedge fund clients. A key highlight from 2017 was the practice's work for Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP on the issuance of commercial backed fixed rate notes through a Luxembourg special-purchase vehicle. It also acted for Channel Capital Advisors LLP as arranger, programme manager and placement agent in a private debt placement backed by short-term trade receivables. 'Technically very strong and very approachable' global co-head of banking and finance Dominic Griffiths and David O’Connor, who has a broad-based securitisation practice but is best-known for CMBS and RMBS transactions, 'are among the best lawyers on the street'. Kevin Hawken, who is qualified in both English and US law, is an expert on both US and EU financial regulation affecting securitisation transactions. Counsel Merryn Craske, who joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, handles deals in a range of asset classes including trade receivables, auto loans, consumer loans, insurance premium loans, residential mortgages and commercial mortgages. Senior associate Neal Handa who played a pivotal role in the work for Channel Capital Advisors LLP, is a rising star.

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