LL.B (London South Bank University) 1992
LL.M (King's College University of London) 1994
Called to the Bar of England and Wales (1993)
Called to the Bar of the State of New York (1998)
John Oriogun was called to the Bar of the State of New York in 1998 and to the Bar of England & Wales in 1993. Prior to founding Oriogun, PLLC in May 2008, John Oriogun had worked as internal counsel for a number of Investment Banks (such as but not limited to Nomura International PLC, Credit Agricole Lazard Financial Products Bank PLC and Dresdner Kleinwort). Additionally, John Oriogun was a senior associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel's London and New York offices for a combined period of 4 and a half years (where he acted as external counsel to the largest U.S and U.K based investment management firms).
Prior to being transferred to the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel ("Schulte"), John Oriogun was the sole Derivatives lawyer in Schulte's London office where he served as external counsel to Europe's largest investment management firms.
With over 20 years of combined legal experience in the U.S., English, and Asian derivatives legal markets, John Oriogun brings diverse experience of different regional derivatives market, product groups as well as an awareness of the various legal, credit and operational issues of various investment banking institutions. As a result, John Oriogun can anticipate the issues and roadblocks in moving transactions forward to completion.
John Oriogun's practice encompasses all forms of derivatives transactions and the establishment and maintenance of trading relationships with all the prime brokers in the Asian, U.S. and English markets. John Oriogun's experience covers the drafting, structuring and negotiation of New York and English law governed plain vanilla and structured OTC (ISDA) derivatives transactions, exchange traded derivatives, plain vanilla and structured master repurchase agreements, global master repurchase agreements, overseas securities lending agreements, prime brokerage and account opening agreements, terms of business agreements, IT contracts and Give-Up agreements.
John Oriogun's deal experience includes structured master repurchase agreements, global master repurchase agreements, overseas security lending agreements, listed derivatives futures agreement, give-up agreements, terms of business agreements, prime brokerage agreements and account opening agreements, master netting agreements, master swap confirmations, commodity derivatives transactions, portable alpha transactions, equity derivative transactions (which includes equity index swaps, basket swaps, contracts for differences, master equity confirmations), interest rate swaps, currency swaps and non-deliverable forward transactions, credit derivatives, weather derivatives, total return swaps linked to bonds, loans, equity, hedge fund and fund of fund shares, interest rate derivatives and currency derivatives transactions linked to project finance transactions, principle protected swap transactions (or CPPI Transactions) with related investment guidelines agreement and information agreement, bond option transactions, callable asset swaps, lock-up agreements, New York and English law governed ISDA Master Agreements backed by Credit Support Annex (New York and English law governed), Guarantees, letters of credit, comfort letters, letters of undertaking, charge over shares agreement, pledge agreements. John Oriogun has also worked on MTN programmes, pricing supplements, fixed rate notes, knock-in notes, knock-out notes, credit-linked notes and IT service contracts. These experiences provide for a very unique perspective, placing John Oriogun at the cutting edge in the ever changing derivatives market and providing him with the relevant, incisive, and analytical tools for drafting and negotiating miscellaneous transactions. Consequently, John Oriogun is uniquely equipped to resolve some of today's most difficult derivatives issues.
A few of his noteworthy representations are:
- Represented numerous investment banks in a multi billion dollar structured Master Repurchase Agreement transaction linked to a Collateral Debt Obligation transaction.
- Negotiated derivatives relationships and prime brokerage relationships for major U.S. and UK based hedge funds with the world’s top financial institutions based in New York and London.
- Served as internal legal counsel for a leading French owned investment bank in fund-linked derivatives and exotic Equity derivatives transactions worth billions of dollars.
- Advised a US based hedge fund on a derivatives transaction with a notional of a billion dollars.