Co-leader of Structured Finance

Julie A. Gillespie

Financial Services M&A, Capital Markets, Structured Finance

"Julie is a credit card ABS guru, she has seen and done it all in that space. She is very strong on regulatory issues, commercial points, drafting complex provisions and negotiation."

"Julie is one of the most knowledgeable counsels that I worked with. She is creative and always thinks of unique structures that best serve our needs."

“Julie Gillespie receives widespread acclaim for her transactional practice, with sources noting that ‘she's absolutely extraordinary – very knowledgeable and very good with clients’. She is highly sought after for her expertise in areas including credit card receivables and ABS.”

Chambers USA


Julie Gillespie is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Chicago Office and is co-head of the Structured Finance practice. She has extensive experience representing commercial banks, ABCP conduits, originators, sponsors and investors in structuring, negotiating and documenting asset-backed and other structured finance transactions. Her experience has involved the securitization of credit card receivables, personal loans, solar loans, auto loans and leases, fleet leases, student loans, and auto and equipment dealer floorplan receivables, as well as synthetic risk transfers. Julie’s areas of expertise include master trust and other revolving structures for the financing of both traditional revolving assets, including credit card and dealer floorplan accounts, as well non-revolving assets, such as fleet leases. 

Julie co-chairs the Structured Finance Association’s Legal Counsel Committee. She is also former co-chair of the Structured Finance Association’s Credit Card Committee and led the Structured Finance Association risk retention industry guide working group. 


  • Duke University School of Law, JD
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore, BA

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