Vanessa Docherty

Vanessa Docherty

Vanessa specialises in structured finance and derivatives. She advises financial institutions and corporate clients in the consumer credit and foreign exchange (FX) sectors on all types of structured finance, including:

  • Securitisations
  • Warehousings
  • Repackagings
  • Credit-linked notes (CLNs)
  • Collateralised loan obligations (CLOs)
  • Derivatives.

She has expertise in mortgages, non-performing and other loan securitisations and warehousings, whole business securitisations and fund derivatives.

She advised Lehman Brothers on repackagings of hedge funds and the derivatives linked to them, including collateralised fund obligations. More recently, she has provided guidance to a number of banks and other investors on the restructuring of some Lehman repackagings.

In addition, she has advised various clients on distressed debt issues and debt buy-backs through derivative instruments. She also regularly advises borrowers negotiating International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) schedules to trade interest rate swaps and FXs and hedge funds setting up derivative platforms.

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  • Recommended in Legal 500: Finance (Derivatives and Structured Products as well as Securitisation). Legal 500 also said “tenacious, extremely quick” Vanessa Therrode, who has "fingertip knowledge of the sector, with excellent communication skills” also “has great knowledge, manages her team well, provides good follow-up and has good industry contacts.”
  • Selected as one of the 'Hot 100' lawyers in the finance sphere by The Lawyer, 2010.


International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).


Legal insights

The Criminal Finances Act (“CFA”) 2017 comes into effect on 30 September 2017. The CFA introduces two new offences which could affect any company with links to the UK.

04 August 2017

Failures to comply with a bank’s UK regulatory obligations, including a failure to implement whistleblower protections, may lead to reputational damage, fines and licence restrictions for that bank.

26 May 2017

The Commission has published a report on EMIR, suggesting ways in which the regime could be made simpler and more proportionate.

01 December 2016

The latest in the long running series of regulatory attempts to ensure that it is only the firm’s client who can call the tune played.

27 October 2016