Bjorn  Bjerke

Bjorn Bjerke

Partner

Bjorn represents borrowers, lenders, managers and investors in a broad range of complex financing arrangements including securitizations and other structured financings, acquisition financings and leveraged loans, repo facilities, commodity, equity, credit and fund linked derivatives and specialty fund financing facilities. 

In addition, he has extensive experience representing investors, creditors and managers in complex restructurings, work-outs and acquisitions of distressed and non-performing assets. Bjorn is involved in all aspects of deal structuring, negotiation and documentation.

Experience

Representative matters

NRG Energy in connection with a $750 million receivables financing arrangement and a related repo financing of subordinated note.

Jefferies Finance in connection with various revolver CLOs with senior and junior VFN tranches and mezzanine funded tranches
Mariner Finance in connection with securitizations and warehouse facilities of consumer loans.

Dell Financial Services in connection with securitization of receivables from equipment lease, loan agreements and contracts for the delivery of goods and services as well as conduit facilities for the financing of such receivables.

Global container International in connection with a warehouse facility for the financing of containers and container leases.

Bank of America as lead underwriter in connection with a $3bn structured inventory financing facility to Macys, Inc.

Mizuho Securities (USA) in connection with a bridge financing to Sprint Communications, Inc. and a sale-lease-back spectrum financing transaction with Sprint.

Mizuho Securities (USA) in connection with a term loan facility to Evercore Partners Inc.

Underwriters and lenders in connection with consumer loan securitizations and warehouse facilities for OneMain Financial

Bank of America, N.A. in connection with a $3.1 billion sale and repurchase agreement financing transaction related to Amgen Inc.’s $10.5 billion purchase of Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

Suppliers, customers and financial institutions in connection with various factoring, supply finance, receivables securitizations, and other trade finance arrangements.

Financial institutions in connection with repurchase agreements, margin loans, securities contracts, trade finance arrangement and regulatory capital issues.

Pro bono

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, in its innovative $364 million financial transaction with the Government of Belize that will enable the country to reduce its debt burden and generate an estimated $180 million for marine conservation, in support of Belize’s commitment to protect 30 percent of its ocean, strengthen governance frameworks for domestic and high sea fisheries and establish a regulatory framework for coastal blue carbon projects.

Published Work

  • Bjerke, Bjorn, Co-author (2024) “USA Law & Practice”, London: 2024 Chambers Global Practice Guide: Securitisation 
  • Bjerke, Bjorn (2023) “Securitization as an Integral Part of a Corporate Capital Structure”, London: 2023 International Comparative Legal Guide on Securitization
  • Bjerke, Bjorn (2023) “USA Law & Practice”, London: 2023 Chambers Global Practice Guide: Securitisation 
  • Bjerke, Bjorn (2022) “Securitization as an Integral Part of a Corporate Capital Structure”, London: International Comparative Legal Guide – Securitisation Laws and Regulations 2022 

Awards

  • Recommended lawyer, The Legal 500 United States, 2023
  • Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000, 2023

Qualifications

Courts

Patent & Trademark Office-DC-Federal - Bar Admitted, 2004
New York State (First Dept)-NY-State - Bar Admitted, 2001

Academic

Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 1989
J.D., Oslo University, 1994
J.D., Columbia University, 1998
James Kent Scholar and John Ordronaux Prize
Principal Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review
Articles Editor, Columbia J. European Law

Languages

English, Norwegian, German
Disclaimer
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.