Derivatives and structured finance
Working with major financial institutions, corporate originators, investors, and rating agents across various jurisdictions and asset classes, Freshfields handles complex derivative and structured product transactions, including with multi-jurisdictional securitisations.
Structured finance lawyers across Europe, the US, and Asia manage transactions on a global scale, providing support from structuring through closing, and covering a wide range of products, including corporate secured debt, infrastructure, and transportation bond financings, CMBS, RMBS, trade receivables, lease receivables, residual value receivables, stock securitisations, auto loan ABS, and CLOs.
We understand each type of product’s challenges and complexities and tailor our legal services to our client’s unique needs, taking the time to understand businesses and objectives. Regular involvement in ground-breaking transactions means we can use innovative structures to resolve regulatory and tax issues hampering multi-jurisdictional securitisations.
Recent client successes
Advising AUTO1 Group Operations SE on an innovative financing transaction in which, for the first time, a pool of constantly changing used cars from various manufacturers serves as underlying assets.
The model chosen was a securitisation of asset-backed bonds, which will finance AUTO1's operational business – the purchase and sale of used cars – in nine European jurisdictions.
Advising Paypal on a multibillion deal between PayPal and KKR for the purchase of €40bn-worth of buy-now-pay-later loans, including the securitisation of receivables in various European jurisdictions.
Advising Neptune Energy Group Holdings on its full range of treasury matters, particularly on commodity and emissions hedging.
We have advised on developing templates, including a Schedule to the ISDA Master Agreement and a standard emissions trading annex, and subsequently advised Neptune on a range of negotiations relating to these documents (as well as spot emissions trading documentation).