Jessica Littlewood > Clifford Chance LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance LLP
E14 5JJ

Work Department

Banking & Finance



Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

(Leading individuals)

Jessica LittlewoodClifford Chance LLP

The structured finance practice at Clifford Chance LLP ‘takes the time to understand what the client is seeking to achieve and provides creative and practical advice‘. Paget Dare Bryan and Timothy Cleary lead a practice with numerous standout partners, among them veteran Habib Motani and Andrew Coats, who handle repackaging programmes, derivatives, structured securities and retail-targeted securities offerings as well as regulatory capital issues. Cleary advised leading Greek banks on synthetic securitisations with a combined value in excess of €5bn. Jessica Littlewood leads the global synthetic CLO practice and is ‘a well-known pioneer in the market and has in-depth knowledge of the relevant legislation‘. Anne Drakeford, whose work includes OTC fixed income, credit and equity based derivatives, asset backed securities, credit and equity-linked notes, repackagings, bespoke structured solutions and synthetic CDOs, is ‘very experienced and approachable, and works very well with the counterparty advisers‘. Faizal Khan has expertise in US GAAP and IFRS off-balance sheet arrangements and other types of risk transfer products. Will Winterton, who advised Pool Re on the issuance of insurance-linked securities linked to pure terrorism risk, ‘has excellent knowledge and is a quick-thinker‘.

London > Finance > Securitisation

At Clifford Chance LLP ‘the team shines by its strength in depth‘, and clients remark that the firm is ‘undoubtedly one of the strongest in the London market, if not the strongest‘. ‘All the partners in the team are leaders in their field, across all asset classes, and are all ably supported by very solid associates‘, notes one source. Head of the international structured debt group Kevin Ingram and co-head of structured asset-backed and real estate finance Maggie Zhao oversee the firm’s securitisation work. Key partner Christopher Walsh‘s work for arrangers, originators and investors covers RMBS, NPLs, CMBS and consumer loans deals. Emma Matebalavu is highly recommended for RMBS and CMBS transactions. She assisted Goldman Sachs International and Barclays Bank with a £496m CMBS deal secured on 113 predominantly last-mile logistic properties located in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and The Netherlands. Simeon Radcliff focuses predominantly on multi-jurisdictional trade receivables finance. Jessica Littlewood leads the global synthetic CLO practice and the European cash CLO practice. She acted for NIBC Bank in a €458m ESG-compliant North Westerly VII CLO. Emerging partner talents Adam Craig and Will Sutton play pivotal roles in deals across many asset classes.