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David O'connor

Mayer Brown

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Banking & Finance


David O’Connor is a structured finance and securitisation partner in Mayer Brown’s London office. He has represented lenders, arrangers, servicers, borrowers and investors in numerous financing transactions and restructurings involving commercial real estate debt in Europe. He works closely with hedge funds, private equity funds and investment banks on CMBS, RMBS and covered bond transactions. He also advises on whole business securitisations, trade receivables securitisations, warehouse lines and loan portfolio sale transactions (both distressed and performing).


Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2013, David worked in the London and Tokyo offices of another major international law firm and also spent three years working as an investment banker in the European Commercial Real Estate Group at Deutsche Bank in London.




Member of the Regulatory Committee of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council


Admissions: England and Wales

London: Finance


Within: Securitisation

Mayer Brown International LLPhas a great handle on the key issues that fund clients face when looking to securitise assets; it provides real depth of knowledge, great client and counterparty relationship management, and value for money’. The firm has longstanding relationships with securitisation teams at investment banks such as Lloyds Banking Group, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, in addition to having a strong private equity and hedge fund client base. Its recent work for alternative investment managers includes advising Värde Partners on the only agented CMBS to close in 2016; the £203m transaction was secured against UK commercial property assets and the key lawyers were global co-head of finance Dominic Griffiths and David O’Connor, who is ‘a fantastic adviser with great market contacts; he really helps to get deals over the line with top-quality legal advice’. O’Connor also led the advice to Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP as arranger and lead manager on a £101m CMBS to finance Brookfield’s acquisition of the CityPoint skyscraper at 1 Ropemaker Street in London, which was the first public CMBS in 2017. He also acted for Natixis and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the £261m RMBS issued by Oncilla Mortgage Funding 2016-1 plc. Also recommended are Kevin Hawken, who advises financial institutions on cross-border securitisation and is a key partner for regulatory matters, and senior associates Neal Handa and Noman Ali. Richard Todd joined Fieldfisher

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Noted for its ‘outstanding industry knowledge’, the ‘hardworking’, ‘solution-oriented’ team at Mayer Brown International LLPalways provides sound advice’ and is ‘very good value for money’. It is adept at handling ‘complicated financial structures that require creative thinking and in-depth risk analysis’. Nigel White, who heads the team alongside hotels expert Andrew Hepner, has been especially busy with loan-on-loan portfolio work and with advising US private equity funds on financing real estate portfolio acquisitions. He acted for MetLife Investment Management on a loan to Lone Star secured over a £2.3bn portfolio of real estate-backed loans originated by Aviva. Hepner, who has been particularly active on the sponsor-side, assisted Canary Wharf Group with refinancing £700m-worth of existing loan facilities, and with the £350m development financing of the Newfoundland Tower in Canary Wharf. The ‘quick, technically superbDavid O’Connoralways looks to protect clients’ interests, pre-empts risky situations, and provides excellent advice’; he advised Cheyne Capital on its £450m mezzanine co-financing of Brookfield’s purchase of the CityPoint Tower. ‘Problem-solver’ Andrew Crotty handles a wide range of property finance transactions, including complex structured financings. Additional clients include Citi, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Värde Partners and Ping An Bank.

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