James Zhu primarily advises on derivatives, structured products linked to a range of asset classes and structured finance generally, acting for both arrangers and investors. He also has experience relating to the acquisition and financing of non-performing assets originated by European banks for investment funds.

More recently, Mr. Zhu has advised clients on Fintech matters, including structuring token offerings and providing advice to incorporate blockchain solutions to settlement infrastructures.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Zhu was a lawyer at another international law firm and spent time on secondment at two international investment banks, supporting their respective fixed income and fund derivatives desks.

    • Five Arrows Managers LLP as collateral manager and Five Arrows Global Loan Investments PLC as retention holder (both Rothschild entities) on the €297.35 million Contego VIII CLO transaction.
    • Redding Ridge Asset Management (UK) LLP (an Apollo entity) as collateral manager and retention holder on the €391.8 million RRE 4 CLO transaction.
    • Various investment banks on the establishment and drawdowns under their SPV repackaging platforms for the issuance of structured products.
    • An investment bank on its managed accounts platform providing bespoke exposures (often volatility controlled) to fund of funds through securitised and OTC derivatives.
    • An asset manager and an investment bank on their respective establishments of an agency stock lending platform.
    • A fund on the purchase, funded by way of a securitisation, of European pay-day loan receivables.
    • A fund on a bid to acquire a portfolio of non-performing loans originated by Alpha Bank and secured against the assets of Greek SMEs.
    • A fintech start up on the establishment of a platform of the issuance, trading and settlement of tokens using distributed ledger technology.
    • A clearing house on the update of its client rulebook and legal implementation of more streamlined settlement and collateral arrangements, including the use of blockchain technology.