Christopher Horn has joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in New York, enhancing the firm's securitization and structured finance practice. 

Horn, an expert in auto receivable ABS, represents both issuers and underwriters on structured finance deals, with a focus on ABS offerings in the public and private markets.

Horn has represented clients in the securitization of various financial assets. He also has experience advising on insurance-linked securitization offerings such as  catastrophic risk bonds and life insurance reserve funding facilities.

Additionally, Horn frequently advises on the regulatory aspects of securitization and structured finance deals, particularly focusing on the evolving impact of the Dodd-Frank Act in this area. Among Horn’s recent issues that he has handled are representing a major auto finance firm in the preparation of an auto ABS registration statement.  He has also represented several investment banks on different auto loan, auto lease and dealer floorplan ABS.  Horn has also represented major trade associations preparing for comment letters that respond to different proposed rules under Dodd-Frank.

“Chris joining is a testament to our commitment in providing clients with first-class structured finance capabilities in the major money centers around the world,” said Jonathan Walsh, chair of the firm’s global securitization group.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience to Baker & McKenzie, particularly in the securitization and financing of auto loans and leases,” added Dr. Dietmar Helms, a partner in the firm’s Frankfurt office who also handles auto ABS transactions. “We’re pleased to augment our global capabilities for our clients in this area and welcome Chris to our team.”

“Chris is a great addition to the practice,” said David Hackett, chair of the firm’s banking and finance practice in North America. “Clients in jurisdictions around the globe continue to value our firm’s ability to marshal top talent in key financial centers on major transactions, and Chris significantly expands our depth in New York.”

“We are very pleased to have Chris join our banking and finance team in New York,” said James C. Colihan, managing partner of the firm’s New York Office. “We are expanding our capabilities for clients in the finance area, and his significant experience in securitization and structured finance matters will be a great asset to both our financial institution and corporate clients.”

Horn is the most recent in a series of banking and finance partners that joined the law firm in North America in the past few months. The list includes Lloyd Winans and Ricardo Martinez in New York and Mona Dajani in Chicago.

Baker & McKenzie has over 75 lawyers each in New York, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo in a range of practice areas.

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