UK: Orrick London Expands International Structured Finance Team
Last Updated: 3 October 2002

International law firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe announced yesterday the appointment of Jim Waddington as a partner in its Structured Finance Group, resident in the firm’s London office.

Waddington joins Orrick from the Paris office of US firm Proskauer Rose LLP where he was a partner. He was previously a vice president at Bankers Trust and before that spent seven years in the New York and London offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

He will focus on US and international asset-backed and structured finance transactions and has been in the forefront of the development of asset-backed securitisations of both US and international financial assets. He has significant experience in cross-border European corporate finance transactions and of international capital markets particularly equity and debt offerings for leading US issuers and underwriters.

Waddington’s appointment follows the recent announcements that Adrian Harris had joined the London office to build a European corporate restructuring practice and that Carl Leiderman and Yomi Akinjide had also joined the firm to develop the corporate and M&A team in London as part of Orrick’s continuing strategy to develop a significant English law capability in its core practice areas. Waddington’s European practice and experience will also support Orrick’s soon to be opened Paris office with high-level US and international structured and corporate finance expertise.

Commenting on the appointments, Michael Bacon, Orrick's Partner in Charge of International Offices, said, "Jim’s appointment continues our pan-European growth strategy to build London in tandem with the development of other European offices. This will allow us to fully support global clients and to undertake complex cross-border transactions in the key markets in Europe, the US and Asia. A significant English and international capability in London is crucial to our global ambitions to be considered as one of the world’s premier law firms."

Jim Waddington added, "I am delighted to be joining Orrick at this key stage in the firm’s international development. There is a natural fit both in terms of Orrick’s core values and the US, European and Asian markets in which Orrick operates. The firm’s leading position in the US finance markets and its growing international reputation for structured finance transactions will allow me to further develop my international practice. Orrick’s plans to develop its London and European business matched my own focus".

Jim Waddington

Jim Waddington earned his JD from the University of Minnesota Law school in 1985 and is a member of the New York Bar. He was an associate in the London and New York offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and then spent two years as Vice President at Bankers Trust Company. He then joined Whitman Breed Abbot & Morgan and in 1996 joined Proskauer Rose LLP as a partner in New York before transferring to their Paris office. He is fluent in French.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Orrick is one of the world’s leading international finance and corporate law firms with more than 600 lawyers based in offices in New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, London, Tokyo and Singapore.

Orrick’s Structured Finance Group has a proven track record for advising on and developing innovative structures and executing effective programs. In two years the London office has ranked 5th in the IFLR survey of Advisers on Euromarket Secutisations and in 2000, London partner Paul Weiffenbach was named "Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer. In four of the last five years, Orrick in the US has been ranked 1st in representing issuers in public offerings and in 1999 was named IFLR’s "Asia Securitisation and Structured Finance Law Firm of the Year"

The Structured Finance Group advises lead managers, issuers, conduits, credit enhancers, institutional purchasers and trustees worldwide on securing all types of assets. The firm has advised on more publics and private credit card transactions in the last 10 years than any other law firm.

The London Office

The firm opened a London office in 1998 driven by its importance as a critical business and financial centre for clients. Orrick has built its team in London with talented lawyers qualified in the UK, US and Europe, who work in international cross-border teams with colleagues across the US and Far East.

The firm’s world wide strategic practices are:

  • Global Energy, Communications & Infrastructure
  • Project & Structured Finance
  • Corporate
  • Commercial Litigation

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