James Waddington advises commercial and investment banks and private equity and hedge fund clients in connection with finance and derivative transactions, CLOs, credit default swaps, complex lending arrangements, debt and equity offerings, securitisations, insolvency and restructuring matters. Mr. Waddington also advises on fund formation matters and fund investments.
He is mentioned in Chambers UK 2013 for banking and finance, and recommended as a leading lawyer for Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation and Derivatives. The directory describes him as a “structured finance and derivatives specialist who ‘covers all the bases’ and is appreciated for his skills in ‘reading what comes in, assessing and turning things around very quickly and effectively’.” Mr. Waddington is described in Chambers UK 2012 as “exceptionally responsive and always putting the client first…with his banking background, he has seen a lot and you feel you are in safe hands.”
He was admitted to practice in New York and is fluent in English and French. He has previously worked as an investment banker at Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank) and has practiced law in Paris, London and New York. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Waddington was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
University of Minnesota Law School, 1984
Publications and Lectures
Mr. Waddington regularly speaks on finance and structured finance topics.