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Jon Van Gorp

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Jon Van Gorp is a partner and leader of the Chicago office’s Banking & Finance practice. Jon is also co-leader of Mayer Brown's Structured Finance and Capital Markets practices. Jon's experience includes public and private securities offerings, assets sales, structured finance transactions, leveraged leases, derivatives, synthetic risk transfer programs and financial insurance. He uses this broad range of knowledge to help clients seeking to fund their operations, sell or acquire asset portfolios and businesses, or manage and hedge their exposures by buying and selling risk. Jon has built his practice on innovation. He has been part of the legal team that completed many first of its kind transactions including the first auto leveraged lease transaction funded with asset-backed debt, the first synthetic transfer of risk related to a portfolio of consumer auto leases, the first issuance of bank debt guaranteed by Farmer Mac, the first auto receivables shelf registration statement to go effective under regulation AB, the first publicly offered CDO of mezzanine MBS debt, and the first securitization of Mexican mortgage loans funded in the US capital markets. He is highly skilled at finding ways to fund difficult to finance assets such as nonperforming mortgage loans, distressed ABS and MBS, mortgage servicing rights and servicing advances. Jon's reputation for innovation was recently recognized by the Financial Times, which ranked a risk protection arrangement that he helped design as the second most innovative M&A transaction of 2010.


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1994; Staff Editor, The International Lawyer; Calvin College, BA, 1991.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

According to sources, ‘increasingly active’ Mayer Brown has ‘really upped its game recently’, due in no small part to the arrival of an experienced team from Morrison & Foerster LLP in early 2018, which included new group co-head Anna Pinedo. Pinedo recently advised the underwriters on Mesa Air Group’s IPO. Chicago-based Edward Best co-chairs the group and advised Goldman Sachs, as underwriter, on TD Ameritrade’s $1.4bn secondary offering. The team also secured a significant volume of cross-border deals over the past year, which included David Bakst advising the underwriters on a $208m offering of preferred shares by Brazil-headquartered Banco Inter. Phyllis Korff, who recently joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Jerry Marlatt and Chicago-based group co-lead Jon Van Gorp are also recommended. Named attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

The ‘solid and experienced group’ at Mayer Brown is most active on the issuer side, with notable strength in the financial services and energy and natural resources spheres. Edward Best, who co-chairs the practice from Chicago, is a key contact and recently advised Kirby Corporation on its $500m high-yield debt offering of senior notes. In another energy-related transaction, Houston-based William Heller assisted Halcón Resources with its $200m high-yield debt offering. Anna Pinedo and Jon Van Gorp also co-chair the department from New York and Chicago respectively.

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Structured finance: securitization

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Jon Van Gorp - Mayer Brown

Within: Structured finance: securitization

Working across the spectrum of traditional and esoteric asset classes, Mayer Brown's 'client-focused' structured finance group is the market's most active issuer-side counsel for public and 144A securitizations. Moreover, with the addition of Ryan Suda from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, the firm added Citigroup Global Markets to its roster of CLO arranger clients. The structured finance department is jointly headed by Stuart Litwin and Jon Van Gorp in the Chicago office. Litwin advised the largest issuer in the container ABS space, Triton International, on a $450m container securitization, and Van Gorp acted for various issuers in multi-currency note offerings collateralized by mortgage loans, which are secured by properties based abroad. The Chicago group is also strong on the underwriter side, where a team led by Julie Gillespie has become especially well known for acting for Canadian financial institutions in transactions involving Canadian credit card receivables. Further, the team recently started acting for Barclays Capital in relation to all auto lease securitizations for a major US auto producer. Key contacts in the New York office include Barbara Goodstein, who acted for SunTrust Bank in a first-of-its-kind securitized warehouse financing facility, and Paul Jorissen, who has been involved in mortgage loan securitizations, and transactions involving esoteric telecoms assets. Also recommended are Angela Ulum and Jim Antonopoulos, the latter of whom joined the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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