Ashurst further strengthens securitisation offering with senior partner hire

International law firm Ashurst announces the appointment of Jonathan Walsh as a securitisation partner in the London global markets practice.


Jonathan joins from Baker McKenzie where he was a senior partner in the finance group and Global Head of Securitisation, and has over 20 years’ partner-level experience in the securitisation market. Prior to this, Jonathan was a partner and Head of International Securities at Norton Rose, having joined there in 1997. Whilst at Norton Rose, Jonathan successfully built an international securitisation practice, before relocating to Baker McKenzie in 2005.


Jonathan’s practice focuses on securitisation transactions involving a variety of different structures and a broad range of clients including conduit sponsors, originators, lead managers and trustees on term and commercial paper transactions involving several jurisdictions including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands. He advises on various asset classes including auto loans and leases, trade receivables, insurance premium financing, residential mortgages, commercial mortgages and consumer loans, among others.

Jonathan is also a regular speaker on the topic of securitisation regulation with particular reference to STS and the Capital Requirements Directive Regulation.
Commenting, Michael Logie, head of Ashurst’s global markets (EMEA/US) practice, said:

“Jonathan’s appointment, which follows the recent arrivals of partners Tom Picton in London and Martin Kaiser in Germany, is a further step in the development of our European securitisation offering, and builds on the firm’s continued investment in what we see as an important market and growth area. He is a highly experienced and accomplished practitioner, and his outstanding securitisation expertise and drive will add great depth to the practice and real value to our clients. 2017 was a good year for securitised products and 2018 is expected to continue on an upwards trajectory with a strong pipeline of activity, and with the new team in place we look forward to capitalising on these opportunities.”

Jonathan Walsh added:

“Ashurst has a first rate international platform, strong culture of team work and client service, and I look forward to working again with my former colleague Martin, whom I have known for twelve years, as well as with Tom and the wider teams to further develop the securitisation business and client base as part of the firm’s expanding finance offering.”

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