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James Harbach

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Linklaters LLP

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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

Structured products and securitisation

Within: Leading individuals

James Harbach - Linklaters LLP

Within: Structured products and securitisation

Linklaters LLP has 'quality right through the ranks, from the partners through their senior and junior associates, which arguably differentiates this practice from its peers', according to one client. The firm has one of the largest dedicated structured finance and securitisation practices globally, and it operates an integrated practice across the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. In 2018, it was involved in some of the largest securitisations in Europe, including some of the highest-profile RMBS transactions. It also acted in newly developing segments of the UK mortgage market, notably RMBS deals by non-bank UK mortgage originators, and is a prominent player in the non-performing loan (NPL) securitisationarea. Other key areas include auto-loans, led by up-and-coming partner Reza Taylor, and whole business securitisation. Andrew Vickery leads the structured finance practice, which includes leading lights such as Julian Davies, James Harbach and Adam Fogarty, as well as up-and-coming partner Alexander Shopov. The firm handles securitised derivatives, as well as SPV-based complex structured finance transactions, and among many partners specialising in derivatives and structured products are Matthew Monahan, Toby Gray, Michael Voisin, Paul Lewis and Simon Firth.

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