James Jirtle

Associate, London

Biography

Overview

James advises arrangers, sponsors, issuers and investors on securitisations, including collateralised loan obligations, consumer asset-backed securities, residential mortgage-backed securities and esoteric asset classes, such as commodities, telco receivables and tax receivables, and provides advice on risk retention and other related regulatory matters. James has advised on the world's first "true sale" securitisation of commodities (recognised by the Financial Times as a "Standout" deal in the Innovative Lawyer Awards 2018) and the UK's first mobile handset securitisation (winner of Finance Team of the Year in the Legal Business Awards 2017).

Bars and Courts
Solicitor, England and Wales
Education
LLM
University of Law
PhD
Theology and Music
Durham University
BA
Music
Rice University
Languages
English

Experience

Representative transactions include advising:

SoftBank Vision Fund on its $800m investment in Greensill, a company specialising in supply chain finance. The transaction was the fund's largest fintech investment in the EMEA region and valued the company at approximately $3.5 billion.

Trafigura on the establishment of the world's first "true sale" commodities securitisation programme financing crude oil and refined metals inventories in jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Arrangers and managers on over 20 EUR CLOs.  Recent transactions include advising:

  • BNP Paribas as arranger of Sutton Park CLO for Blackstone / GSO
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch as arranger of Milltown Park CLO for Blackstone / GSO
  • BNP Paribas as arranger of Jubilee XX CLO for Alcentra
  • BNP Paribas as arranger of the reset of Contego CLO III for Five Arrows
  • BNP Paribas as arranger of BNPP AM Euro CLO 2017

The Government of Ghana on the establishment of the E.S.L.A energy levy bond programme.

Virgin Media on the establishment of the first UK handset loan securitisation.*

* Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case

Awards and Recognition

Recommended Lawyer for Securitisation, Legal 500

"Standout" Deal – Accessing New Markets and Capital
Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018

Winner Commodity Trading Company Deal of the Year
TXF Awards 2018

Winner Best Deal
Trade Finance Awards 2018

Winner Best Deal
Global Trade Review Awards 2018

Finance Team of the Year, Legal Business, 2017*

Shortlisted for Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year, IFLR, 2017*

Shortlisted for Structured Finance Team of the Year, IFLR, 2017*

* Prior to joining White & Case