Benjamin Woolf is a partner in the Corporate department and leads the Structured Finance practice.
Benjamin has significant experience within the structured finance sector representing issuers and investors alike on countless structured finance transactions, including primarily, CLOs, CRE CLOs, PACE securitisations and other bespoke asset classes. He frequently works on securitisation, representing issuers and underwriters in both public and private offerings of securities backed by a variety of asset classes, including residential products and trade receivables.
Benjamin is also highly regarded in the asset backed finance sector, supporting clients with secured structured lending and subscription finance. He also frequently works on restructuring and acquisition finance as well as public equity offerings and private placements.
In 2019, Legal 500 ranked Benjamin as a ‘leading individual’ and was also ranked by IFLR1000 as a ´highly regarded´ lawyer. Chambers Global described him as “a smart lawyer who works tirelessly for his clients´ interests”. In 2018, he was identified among the world´s leading capital markets lawyers by Who´s Who Legal. Chambers Global described him as “the expert on structured finance and CLO matters” and “a really intelligent lawyer who truly understands the nuances in this area of law”. He has been named by Who´s Who Legal: Capital Markets directory for Structured Finance since 2016 and was recommended by Chambers Global, with recognition for being “very responsive and client-oriented”. Ben has also been a ´recommended´ lawyer since 2010 by Legal 500, which described him as having a “strong legal mind with commercial awareness.”
Before joining Appleby in 2011, Benjamin practised in London with Clifford Chance LLP and, subsequently, as a senior associate at Mayer Brown International LLP where he worked primarily on securitisation, representing issuers and underwriters in both public and private offerings of securities backed by a variety of asset classes, including commercial and residential mortgages, auto loans, auto leases and trade receivables. Since joining Appleby, Benjamin has been heavily involved in CLOs and M&A. Benjamin is also highly regarded in the asset backed finance, secured lending and subscription finance space.
Other experience includes restructuring and acquisition finance as well as public equity offerings and private placements in the oil and gas sphere.
- Advised in connection with the €540M listing of Intertrust NV, a provider of legal and corporate services, on the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
- Acted as Cayman counsel to the Senior Secured Creditor Committee of Hercules Offshore Inc. (the “Company”) in relation to the Company´s emergence from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.
- Advised Golub Capital Partners (CLO Issuer) as to Cayman Islands law. This was one of the first US deals following the first raise in the Fed Funds Rate in 9 years.
Benjamin graduated from McGill University with an LL.B and B.C.L. He was admitted as a Solicitor and called as a Barrister to the Alberta Bar in 2004 (non-practising), as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2009 (non-practising) and as an Attorney-At-Law in the Cayman Islands in 2011.
“[Benjamin] has a strong legal mind with commercial awareness.”