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Asanka Pathiraja

New York Office

Asanka Pathiraja’s legal experience covers a broad range of financial matters with a particular focus in the areas of structured finance, early stage venture capital, distressed claims trading, private equity and bank debt.

Further, he regularly represents various venture capital participants—including issuers, underwriters, lenders, borrowers and credit enhancers—in corporate and capital market transactions. He has been involved in a variety of transactions, including asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities offerings (with an emphasis on mortgage loans, equipment lease and stranded asset securitizations), revolving credit facilities and cross-border securitizations. Asanka has represented clients in the US market as well as in international markets, including Latin America.

His strong legal knowledge is reinforced by his industry-specific experience. Prior to joining Katten, Asanka was a principal at a large Research Triangle Park venture capital fund, where he regularly advised portfolio companies on a wide range of startup issues including business strategy, finance, legal and technology concerns. In addition, Asanka has worked at a bulge bracket investment bank and served as a senior advisor for multiple emerging market private equity funds.

Shown below is a selection of Asanka’s engagements.


  • JD, The University of North Carolina School of Law, Dean's List
  • MA, The London School of Economics and Political Science, with honors
  • BA, Emory University, Dean's List
    Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society

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