Merryn Craske advises banks, originators, alternative investment funds, private equity firms, and other market participants in relation to securitization and structured finance transactions in a range of asset classes. These include trade receivables in numerous jurisdictions, dealer floorplan receivables, auto loans and leases, equipment leases, shipping receivables, energy-related receivables, residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, consumer loans, student loans, and insurance premium loans. In addition, Merryn has experience of advising in relation to a number of asset-backed commercial paper and commercial paper programs. She also frequently advises clients on the EU and UK Securitisation Regulations and related regulations.
Merryn assists clients with structuring and documenting multijurisdictional securitizations, working closely with local counsel to provide solution-focused advice. She has worked on transactions with originators in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. She follows closely developments relating to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) in securitization. She has handled innovative and fintech transactions.
Merryn is frequently involved with regulatory matters relating to the securitization industry, including working with the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and the Structured Finance Association (SFA), and speaks frequently at industry conferences. She also has experience with other banking and finance transactions, including secured lending, project finance, acquisition finance, derivatives, and debt capital markets.
Clients describe Merryn as “one of the most knowledgeable and capable lawyers in the trade and structured finance industry” and “an exceptional professional—very hardworking, going the extra mile and knowing the subject extremely well.” She has been called “a ‘go-to’ expert in trade receivables securitisation” as well as “approachable and has a pragmatic approach resulting in effective and efficient solutions”. Clients say she “is held in high esteem for her expertise in auto securitization and trade receivable transactions”; is “highly responsive” and “an effective communicator”; and “provides value-added and high-quality legal and regulatory analysis.” They further note that Merryn is “incredibly prepared and a hard worker”; “very knowledgeable and pragmatic”; and “knows about the clients’ needs and is a great communicator.”
Leading Individual, Finance: Securitisation, The Legal 500 UK (2023)
Next Generation Partner, Finance: Securitisation, The Legal 500 UK (2022)
Recommended, Finance: Securitisation, The Legal 500 UK (2019–2022)
Ranked, Capital Markets: Securitisation, Chambers UK (2022, 2023)
Ranked, Capital Markets: Securitisation, UK, Chambers Global (2022, 2023)