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Sidley Austin LLP

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Graham Penn

Work 020 7360 3600
Sidley Austin LLP

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Global Finance




Qualified England and Wales (solicitor) 1989. Publications of note: editor of ‘Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation’ since 1986.

London: Finance


Within: Leading individuals

Graham Penn - Sidley Austin LLP

Within: Securitisation

Sidley Austin LLPperforms to a very high standard compared to other firms’, according to one client. The firm continues to handles a wide range of European CLOs, CMBS, international trade receivables, auto loans, RMBS, portfolio sales and more esoteric areas such as peer-to-peer lending deals. Graham Penn is co-leader of the firm’s Global Finance group and is a recognised authority on structured finance and securitisation. Rupert Wall is a standout lawyer for ABS and CLO deals, whom one client describes as ‘a subject matter expert with the ability to get straight to the point’; he ‘has a brain the size of a planet and works very well in high pressure situations’. Nick Brittain handles a broad range of servicing, strategic and enforcement issues for CMBS clients. John McGrath advises on contentious and transactional securitisation matters and is currently handling a large deal in the buy-to-let mortgage space. Jason Richardson is singled out for his ‘significant experience in the structured finance space and strong knowledge; he provides tempered advice and innovative solutions’. Richardson has a strong track record of acting for arrangers of CDOs and collateralised funds obligation transactions, for sponsors of asset-backed commercial paper programmes, and arrangers of UK and European CMBS deals. Wall advised Spire Partners on a €360m CLO, while Richardson advised Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited on a €180m deal secured by commercial property in Romania.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Leading individuals

Graham Penn - Sidley Austin LLP

Within: Property finance

Sidley Austin LLP’s practice, which is noted for its strength in complex inter-creditor arrangements, syndication techniques and structured finance, is led by Graham Penn. He acted alongside Aparna Sehgal for Wells Fargo on the acquisition and associated financing of its new European headquarters at 33 Central Street in London. The team is increasingly active in advising alternative lenders and handling loan-on-loan transactions, and has a strong line in matters involving loans secured against foreign properties. Penn acted for Lantis Holdings on the restructuring of a €200m portfolio of loans backed by real estate in Cyprus and Greece, while on the securitisation side Jason Richardson advised Globalworth Real Estate Investments on a €180m loan secured against commercial property in Bucharest, Romania. Richardson also acted for Cairn Capital on €21m-worth of investments, including one loan backed by commercial real estate in Greece. Other clients include Mace, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and BAWAG.

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