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Kit Johnson is part of our International Debt Capital Markets practice, and leads our knowledgeable team of advisors to corporate finance trustees. The Hogan Lovells Trustee practice advises trustees across the range of capital markets and structured finance products, and advises on both new issuance and post-issuance matters. The Hogan Lovells Trustee practice has been recognized as a market leader in advising trustees involved in distressed debt situations and inter-creditor disputes, and has advised on distressed positions with nominal values in excess of US$ 60bn since 2007. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells in 2007, Kit spent two years working in Asia, based in Hong Kong, and continues to advise trustees involved in the Asia Pacific region.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Securitisation

Hogan Lovells International LLP is known for its partner-led approach to complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions across a wide range of asset classes, as well as its involvement in innovative, market-first deals. It played a part in some of the initial STS transactions in Europe, as well as in the first AAA-rated marketplace lending securitisation at issuance, alongside portfolio sale financings and full capital stack structures. It is widely regarded as a market leader in automotive and lease deals, and is also an active player in mortgage-backed securities and whole business securitisations. James Doyle leads the international debt capital markets group, in which the securitisation practice sits. The lead practitioners are Julian Craughan who has a particular focus on consumer assets including residential, automotive and lease receivable securitisation; ‘helpful and pragmatic adviserTauhid Ijaz who had broad-ranging expertise in securitisation, structured finance and capital markets transactions; and New York-qualified partner Dennis Dillon who focuses primarily on trade receivables deals and commercial paper conduits. Senior counsel David Hudd is also recommended and counsel David Palmer plays a growing role in the practice. Kit Johnson leads the dedicated trustee practice.

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

The advice from Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘highly analytical, diligent and prudent‘. The firm leverages its global reach and its multi-jurisdictional capability in London to advise on OTC derivatives and structured products across Europe and beyond. It excels in first-of-kind and high-value mandates, including driving forward green financial transactions using derivatives, assisting with IBOR transition and developing technological solutions for repapering exercises. It has a track record of involvement in securitisation and repackaging programmes containing swaps and repos. It is also active in emerging markets, dealing with complex netting and enforcement regulations. Global head of international capital markets and ‘super-technical mega-brain‘ James Doyle is heavily involved in synthetic products, securitised and OTC derivatives, structured repo and securities lending arrangements and repackagings. Key partner Jennifer O’Connell, whose work focuses strongly on structured products designed for the retail market, has extensive in-house experience from her previous role as head of derivatives and structured products at Crédit Agricole CIB. Senior counsel David Hudd, former deputy CEO of the firm, is still involved in the day-to-day work of the practice. Kit Johnson runs the dedicated trustee practice.

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s team is active in debt capital markets matters across many jurisdictions, including the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. Emerging markets issuances are a key pillar of the practice in London, as are transactions involving sectors such as utilities, real estate, automotive and healthcare. The firm advises a mix of clients, including issuers, arrangers, underwriters and sponsors. James Doyle is the head of international debt capital markets and he oversees the DCM, high-yield, derivatives and securitisation practices. Andrew Carey takes the lead on straight debt mandates and he also plays a key role in the firm’s dedicated trustee practice, which is led by Kit Johnson. In a notable development, Raj Panasar joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.