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Kenneth Morrison

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Corporate / Asset Securitization


Ken founded Kirkland’s Asset Finance and Securitisation Practice. He has handled securitisations involving marketplace lending, auto finance, cell towers, timeshare, MSRs, whole business securitisations and other assets. Ken also takes an active role in tracking and shaping developments in the regulatory process; he is the lead author of numerous comment letters submitted by the Vehicle ABS Sponsors, the American Bar Association and AFSA. Ken served as a director of the Structured Finance Industry Group from 2014-16.


Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1983; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.B.A., 1983; Yale University, B.A., 1977.

United States: Finance

Structured finance: securitization

Within: Structured finance: securitization

Primarily based in the firm's Chicago office, Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles high-value auto and equipment securitizations, where it is particularly active in the subordinated loan space. Additionally, the team is aiming to expand its capabilities in marketplace loan and whole-business securitizations. Jeffrey O’Connor acted for clients such as JP Morgan Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities in several billions of dollars of ABS transactions involving dealer floorplan loans and equipment loans. On the issuer side, the team advised John Deere Capital Corporation on a series of Delaware trust vehicles holding amortizing pools of equipment retail installment sale and loan contracts. Kenneth Morrison is another Chicago-based contact. In the New York office, Sarah Whyte advised Wyndham Destinations on two securitized offerings of timeshare loan receivables, and Janette McMahan acted for Enova International in a $125m 144A and Reg S-compliant offering of notes backed by unsecured consumer loans.

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