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JOHN DEACON is Executive Director and Head of Debt Principal Finance at UBS in London where he focuses on asset-backed investment opportunities for the Euro 3 billion Brooklands Synthetic CDO series originated by UBS Principal Finance in London since 2001.

He is also a co-founder of the ThorABS asset-backed securities website (

Prior to joining UBS he was Head of Principal Finance at Greenwich NatWest, where he was responsible for the acquisition and restructuring of performing and non-performing assets for the balance sheet of the bank.

Mr. Deacon has worked as a securitisation, principal finance and derivatives specialist in the European and Asian markets as an investor, issuer, investment banker and lawyer in London, Paris and Hong Kong. He has extensive global securitisation and principal finance experience from transactions in France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Thailand and the UK and structuring in Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden and the Philippines, for products as diverse as:

Principal finance

Non-performing loans

Whole business

Commercial mortgages


Residential mortgages

Credit derivatives

Auto leases and hire purchase contracts

Structured derivatives

Trade receivables

Bond repackagings

Multi-family residential real estate

CDO structures

Commercial real estate

Commercial paper conduits

Nuclear moratorium credits

Asset-backed MTN programmes

PFI receivables

Mr. Deacon qualified as a lawyer at Clifford Chance. He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in England and Wales, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in Hong Kong and an ACIB and has written articles for the International Securitisation Report and for the International Securitization & Structured Finance Report. He has spoken at seminars and workshops for securitisation and credit derivatives industry professionals organised by Euromoney, AIC Conferences, ICC and Futures & Options World.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Asset-backed financing, Debt