J. Christopher Winckler


New York Office

P: 212-238-3056

E: [email protected]


California State University Long Beach, BS
Pepperdine University, JD


New York 1998

California 1997

Professional Activities

New York State Bar Association

California Bar Association

American Bar Association

J. Christopher Winckler

Mr. Winckler is a partner in the securities group and focuses his practice on corporate trust matters, advising financial institutions acting as indenture trustee, reinsurance trustee, fiscal agent, administrative agent, collateral agent, paying agent and other agency and fiduciary roles.  Chris has extensive experience representing clients in connection with catastrophe bond transactions and other insurance-linked securitization products, drafting and negotiation of Rule 144A, Regulation S and Section 4(a)(2) transaction documentation, corporate financings, secured and unsecured issuances of debt and asset-backed securitizations.  He also advises clients on cross-border bankruptcy and restructuring matters, acting on behalf of trustees, fiscal agents and other parties.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of indenture trustees, reinsurance trust trustees, custodians, tri-party repo agent and collateral agents in connection catastrophe bond transactions (several hundred transactions since 2000), sidecars and other insurance linked securitization transactions;Representation of trustee in connection with municipal finance default issues;
  • Representation of investment banks as underwriters on a catastrophe bond transaction relating to the provision of multi-year reinsurance capacity to quasi-governmental ceding insurer;
  • Representation of sponsor of European wind catastrophe bond transaction, including a bridge cover reinsurance transaction and Rule 144A offering and related tri-party repo collateral arrangements;
  • Representation of sponsor of a diversified payment rights securitization transaction;
  • Representation of underwriters in a Rule 144A offering of bonds secured by diversified payment rights;
  • Representation of hedge funds as creditors counsel in connection with defaults on convertible and senior notes of Chinese issuer, including advice regarding US securities laws issues relating to new securities issuance from newly formed transferee entity and negotiation of new indentures;
  • Representation of metallurgical company as issuer’s counsel in connection with initial public offering on Euronext and Rule 144A equity offering;