James Tanner

James Tanner

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Practice Focus

James's practice focuses on debt capital markets, securitisation and portfolio sales/acquisitions of both distressed and non-distressed assets. He also has experience across a range of financing transactions and products, including sovereign advisory matters, cross-border restructurings and CLOs.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, James handled the following matters:

NPL matters

  • Acted for a leading US private investment fund on NPL and other portfolio acquisitions from 2013 onwards

  • Acted for Piraeus Bank on its sale of €2.238 billion Greek non-performing unsecured retail consumer and credit cards to APS Investments (2018)

  • Advised consortium of asset managers in bid for portfolio of unsecured Greek NPLs being sold by PQH, the Single Special Liquidator for all 17 credit and financial institutions under special liquidation in Greece (Aeolus Portfolio) (2019)

Securitisations / CLOs

  • Represented arrangers in CLO issuances, refinancings and warehouses including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and GreensLedge (including the first post-crisis European CBO, AECF-1)

  • Transaction counsel on Sadera structured note issuance, repackaging Ghanaian government promissory notes issued to an Egyptian property developer into Regulation S Eurobonds (2013)

  • Advised Bank One Limitedas arranger and swap provider on a USD 30 million USD/local currency swap collateralised by local government bonds with the Reserve Bank of a southern African country and a participation agreement syndicating the transaction with I&M Bank PLC (2019)

Debt capital markets

  • Represented multilateral institution Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) on its MTN programme establishment and subsequent updates and drawdowns (including conversion of a Reg S programme to allow for 144A drawdowns) from 2014 onwards

  • Represented Ukranian state banks Ukreximbank and Oschadbank on the restructuring of their loan participation note programmes pursuant to the IMF programme for Ukraine (2015)

  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank/Dealers/JLMs on an update, drawdown and tap of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) USD 1 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme (2019)

  • Advised Türk Telekomünikasyon on issuance of USD 500 million 6.875 per cent Reg S / 144A Notes with sub-set of customised "HY-light" covenants (2019)


  • Republic of Ireland (2019)
  • England & Wales (2012)


  • University of Oxford (B.A., Law with Law Studies in Europe) (2009)
  • Université Pantheon-Assas (Paris II) (Erasmus Programme) (2008)

Co-author, "Unprecedented Challenges Complicate the Design and Execution of Much-needed Sovereign Debt Restructurings in Africa", Les Cahiers de Droit de l’Entreprise, November 2020

Co-author, "Baker McKenzie In The Know: Green Bonds - Growth and Challenges in the 144A Market," September 2019

Co-author, "Critical Challenges Facing the Green Bond Market", International Financial Law Review, September 2019


Panellist, European Leveraged Finance Association / Principles for Responsible Investment ESG Disclosure Workshop for Company Advisors (November 2020)

Speaker, 2020 Green Bond Workshop, Istanbul

Moderator, Green Finance for Island Economies at the Island Innovation - Virtual Island Summit, October 2019