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Ingrid York - White & Case LLP

Within: Derivatives and structured products

White & Case LLP¬†has a diverse structured finance practice that includes securitisation, derivatives and CLOs. The firm's global network and presence in emerging markets makes it one of the leading practices in London for work on Islamic derivatives structures. Head of structured finance Ingrid York¬†focuses mainly on derivatives and synthetic structured finance mandates, and her recent work includes for¬†Cr√©dit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank on the issuance of¬†a first-of-kind green capital note, which constituted a¬†$3bn synthetic securitisation relating to the bank‚Äôs portfolio of project finance, asset finance and infrastructure loans.¬†Associate¬†Richard Blackburn¬†has significant experience advising banks and corporations across a broad range of OTC derivatives and structured products, and he played a key role in that deal. For the same client, York also handled the derivatives elements of ‚ā¨830m in new funding for French SMEs through a synthetic securitisation under the European Investment Plan. She also assisted Wind Tre with the hedging of interest rate and cross-currency arrangements with 17 hedging banks in connection with its ‚ā¨7.3bn issuance of high yield senior secured notes. Another standout deal for the practice was its work for¬†hedging banks on cross-currency swap and collateral arrangements in connection with the $850m issuance of notes by Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement.¬†Chris McGarry¬†leads on securitisation, but frequently advises arrangers, issuers, sponsors and investors on CLOs. With newly promoted counsel¬†Melanie Davies, he acted for placement agent JPMorgan Securities in the ‚ā¨358m¬†Bluemountain Fuji EUR CLO II. David Barwise retired from the practice and¬†Debashis Dey¬†took over the key elements of his practice.

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Islamic finance

Within: Islamic finance

White & Case LLP¬†attracts praise for its ‚Äėexcellent industry knowledge and acumen‚Äô. ¬†Debashis Dey¬†was¬†appointed global head of Islamic finance in 2017, splitting his time between the London and Dubai offices. Recent highlights include representing J.P. Morgan, Citi and HSBC on the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's debut 144A/Reg S sukuk programme and $9bn sukuk issuance; and representing Saudi Aramco on the establishment of its first sukuk issuance programme of up to SAR37.5bn. Derivatives expert Ingrid York¬†is also a key contact in the London office for shari'ah-compliant mandates, as is Tom Bartlett¬†for project finance.

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Within: Securitisation

White & Case LLP¬†has a deep bench of structured finance and regulatory experts in both London and New York, who work together on key issues such as the regulatory requirements of the US and EU risk retention rules, the Volker Rule, MIFID II, AIFMD, the new EU Securitisation Regulation and the Investment Company Act. The practice in London frequently handles innovative¬†cash and synthetic securitisations, alongside its work in established asset classes such as CLOs, RMBS, CMBS, non-performing loans and covered bonds. EMEA capital markets partner¬†Chris McGarry, who¬†advises arrangers, issuers, sponsors and investors on CLOs and securitisations, worked on deals in two new asset classes for the firm -¬†energy levies and commodities. He acted for the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Ghana as sponsor on a GHS10bn bond issuance programme backed by receipts from energy taxes. He also assisted Trafigura with a $470m commodities securitisation programme to finance its¬†crude oil and refined metals inventories in twelve jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Head of structured finance¬†Ingrid York, who is best known for her work in derivatives, acted for¬†Cr√©dit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in a $3bn synthetic securitisation relating to the bank's¬†portfolio of project finance, asset finance and infrastructure loans, which were sold to Mariner Investment Group. She also advised Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale on¬†the completion of its ‚ā¨33m credit-linked notes synthetic securitisation of a portfolio of revolver credit and capex facilities.¬†Gavin McLean, who acts for arrangers and corporate issuers in securitisations, capital markets partner¬†Debashis Dey,¬†newly promoted counsel¬†Melanie Davies,¬†and associate¬†James Jirtle¬†are also recommended.

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