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Morag Russell

Counsel, London



Morag has a wide range of capital markets and structured finance experience, with a particular interest in covered bonds, RMBS, loan portfolio financing and warehouse transactions.  She has acted for originators, sponsors, bank lenders and arrangers on a range of public and private transactions including advising:

  • the arrangers and dealers on Nationwide Building Society’s Reg S and Rule 144A Silverstone RMBS programme
  • stand-alone RMBS for a variety of originators, including Coventry, Leeds and Skipton Building Societies
  • Citi on a number of loan portfolio financings and the subsequent securitisations of the mortgage assets
  • on covered bond programmes for domestic and international issuers including Nationwide, Leeds, Coventry and Yorkshire Building Societies, DNB (Norway), OP Mortgage Bank (Finland), UOB (Singapore) and NAB (Australia)
  • Citi and a consortium of banks on the financing of a bid for the Northern Rock “Granite” Portfolio
Professional experience

2016 to date Counsel, Linklaters London
2014 – 2016 Managing Associate, Linklaters London
2011 – 2014 PSL, Herbert Smith Freehills
2008 – 2011 Legal Adviser, UK Export Finance
2004 – 2008 Associate, Linklaters
2002 – 2004 Trainee, Linklaters


1997 – 2001 Brasenose College, Oxford, BA Law and French Law