Charles Wakiwaka Partner

Charles is an accomplished partner in the firm’s London office with significant global derivatives and structured finance experience.

Charles advises buy-side and sell-side market participants on complex derivative and structured transactions such as fixed income, deal-contingent instruments, repackagings, structured notes and bespoke collateral arrangements across a range of asset classes, including equities, credit and commodities.

He is highly respected in the London and European markets for his strong technical skills, business savvy and impressive track record guiding clients through sophisticated derivatives and complex structuring arrangements.

Charles leverages experience from his secondment with Goldman Sachs, where he provided senior-level support for multiple trading desks, to add value in his client relationships.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Charles was a senior associate in the derivatives and structured products group at a magic circle law firm.


Represented a consortium of investment banks in structuring deal contingent hedging in relation to $10bn debt financing for the 49% acquisition of Aramco's pipelines.

Represented originators and hedge providers on various securitisation structures including RMBS, CMBS, master trust and whole business securitisations.

Represented issuers on the establishment and update of structured note programmes and advised both issuers and investors in relation to numerous issuances and listings of structured notes, including equity-linked notes, credit-linked notes and bespoke rates issuances.

Represented Goldman Sachs on the structuring and repackaging of a partial guarantee of Ecuador's social bond, the first ever sovereign social bond, which provides affordable housing for medium to low-income families.

Represented a consortium of investment banks on a margin loan structured as funded equity derivatives over a basket of listed shares in Spain.

Represented a major investment bank on funded collar transactions over listed shares in South Africa.

Represented a major insurance company on collateral arrangements for intermediation and pass-through structures in relation to a large longevity insurance project.

Represented a major investment bank on structured repo transactions referencing Japanese government bonds, and GMSLA netting opinion for Korean and Taiwan product annexes.

Advising on various equity and index-linked products, including a synthetic ETF fully funded swap arrangement, sub-participation and security arrangements, and CPPI trades referencing a proprietary index as the premium asset.

Advising on various credit-linked deposit arrangements, including self-referencing reciprocal or cross-deposit extinguisher arrangements.

Advising on various commodities-linked arrangements, including asset-backed metals programmes for both issuer and FX/repo counterparties, and off-taker oil price hedging.

Advising major financial institutions on various regulatory projects, including EMIR compliance, Brexit and IBOR transition.

  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Team member, named to ‘Social Bond of the Year - Sovereign" and "Award for Innovation - Bond Structure (Social Bond)": Republic of Ecuador, Environmental Finance Bond Awards, 2020

  • College of Law, LPC, 2008
  • BPP Law School, GDL, 2007
  • University of Cambridge, MA, 2006

Member, International Swaps & Derivatives Association

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