James Waddington advises on a broad range of finance and capital markets transactions with a focus on structured finance, securitisation and real estate finance. He represents financial institutions, investment banks and private equity and hedge fund groups in connection with complex financing transactions, debt offerings, CLOs (whether cash, synthetic or hybrid) and securitizations (RMBS, ABS, CMBS and exotics). Mr. Waddington's practice also involves regulatory capital structures (cash and synthetic), credit default swaps (both single name and portfolio as well as tranched), repackaging transactions and synthetic securitisations. He also advises on the restructuring of complex financial transactions as well as fund formation matters and fund investments.
Mr. Waddington is recommended as a leading lawyer in Chambers UK 2014 and Chambers UK 2013 for capital markets: structured finance, securitization and derivatives. He is also mentioned in Chambers UK 2013 for banking and finance. The 2014 edition notes that Mr. Waddington "has an eye for detail, is very patient and diligent, but also pragmatic in terms of real-world application." The 2013 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.
Mr. Waddington regularly speaks on finance and structured finance topics.
University of Minnesota Law School, 1984