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 structured lending transactions. 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.
In 2020, Chambers Global commended Benjamin for “commanding a strong reputation in structured finance, especially regarding CLOs,” with sources viewing him as “an excellent all-round adviser” and someone who “is always on point and on time [and] really puts client service first.” IFLR1000 2020 rated him as ‘highly regarded’ in the capital markets: debt, capital markets: structured finance and securitisation and M&A practice areas.
In 2020, Legal 500 ranked Benjamin as a ‘leading individual’ noting him as “easily the best in the industry”. He 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 has 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 LLP where he worked primarily on securitisation.
Other experience includes restructuring and acquisition finance as well as public equity offerings and private placements in the oil and gas sphere.
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.”