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City firms line up on £13bn sale of Northern Rock mortgages

Linklaters, Slaughter and May, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Hogan Lovells landed major roles in November advising on the government’s record-breaking £13bn sale of former Northern Rock mortgages, acquired during the financial crisis.

In what was the largest-ever financial asset sale by a government in Europe, the mortgages originally owned by Northern Rock were sold by the Treasury-owned UK Asset Resolution (UKAR) – set up to look after the mortgages nationalised when Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley ran into difficulty in 2008 – to Cerberus Capital Management.