Our structured finance and securitization practice covers the full range of asset classes and methodologies and is widely praised for its innovative work. Many other major structured finance firms have concentrated on repetitive, “commoditized” large-scale securitization programs. Our firm, while proficient in all major categories of the mainstream public securitization markets (such as auto, credit card and mortgage loan receivables), has made a deliberate decision to concentrate on novel, complex or esoteric transactions requiring the tailored application of our specialized legal, tax, and regulatory knowledge to address the financing needs of our clients.
We are distinguished from most other well-known securitization practices by the breadth of our experience with non-standard asset types and transactions, including covered bonds, asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) transactions of various kinds, variable funding notes, insurance and reinsurance finance and securitization, collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), structured debt funds, sale and leaseback securitization transactions, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and other pooled investment vehicles, various types of synthetic and derivatives-based financing transactions, and “whole-business” and other types of esoteric securitization. We are particularly well known for our expertise in securitization and financing techniques in the technology, health care/ life sciences, and industrial and transportation sectors – including technology receivables transactions, computer software license securitization, and other intellectual property (IP) securitization, aircraft finance transactions, vendor finance transactions, vendor lease financing, container lease securitization, timber securitizations and health care and life sciences receivables securitization.
We regularly represent leading financial institutions and fund managers, with a particular strength in advising trans-Atlantic and international investment banks and funds on cross-border or local U.S., European or Asian market transactions. In addition to securitization, our practice covers all aspects of businesses that originate, finance and invest in financial assets, including regulatory compliance, warehouse finance, repurchase agreements, servicing agreements, servicing sales, pipeline and portfolio hedging, and portfolio sales. We also have developed specialized, widely recognized expertise in synthetic asset securitization transactions, synthetic hedge fund transactions, principal protection products, CPPI products, repackaging programs, and credit-linked note programs. We have extensive experience in the use of derivatives in connection with these transactions, including credit default swaps, total return swaps, interest rate swaps, currency swaps, and options.
Knowledgeable market observers consistently recognize our structured finance and securitization practice for its expertise and creativity.
Our structured finance and securitization group was named the Securitisation and Structured Finance Team of the Year in the IFLR Americas Awards 2015. Our structured finance and securitization practice and our lawyers are also recognized in the Chambers and Legal 500 US and UK guides, IFLR1000 and US News & World Report.
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Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity China: Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law
Chambers Global 2018 Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity China: Capital Markets: Equity: International firms Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law United States: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives
Chambers UK 2018 Debt Capital Markets
Chambers USA 2018 National: Capital Markets: Derivatives National: REITS
EQDerivatives Awards 2016 Equity Derivatives Law Firm of the Year
Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers Overall winner of the Innovation in Social Responsibility category, 2016 One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of New Products and Techniques, 2016 One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Enabling Clients Business, 2015 One of five firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Finance, 2012
GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Awards Americas Law Firm of the Year 2015 – 2017U.S. Law Firm of the Year – Transactions 2018
GlobalCapital Global Derivatives Awards 2016, 2017 Global Law Firm of the Year
GlobalCapital Syndicated Loan, Leveraged Finance and Private Placement Awards 2016 Private Placements Law Firm of the Year
IFLR1000 2018 China: Private Equity – Foreign Firms Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Debt Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Foreign Firms Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Foreign Firms United States: Capital Markets: Debt United States: Capital Markets: Equity United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives United States: Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Debt United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Derivatives
IFLR Americas Awards Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year, 2013 Structured Finance and Securitisation Team of the Year, 2015
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 Japan: Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures Hong Kong: Capital markets (equity)
Legal 500 UK 2017 Debt Capital Markets Derivatives and Structured Products
Legal 500 US 2019 National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Underwriters National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Issuers National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to UnderwritersNational: Structured Finance: Derivatives and Structured Products National: Structured Finance: Securitization
mtn-i Americas Awards 2013 Legal Leader
Operational Risk & Regulation Awards 2013 Law Firm of the Year
StructuredRetailProducts.com 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 (shortlist) Best Law Firm in the Americas
Structured Products magazine 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 Law Firm of the Year, Americas
Thomson Reuters Accelus Compliance Awards 2012, 2014 One of Five Firms Shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018 National: Derivatives and Futures Law (Tier 1) National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1) National: Securitization and Structured Finance Law (Tier 1) National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1) National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
“The ‘innovative and efficient’ team at Morrison & Foerster LLP ‘gives “real-world" advice’ that is ‘informed but also practical’” (Legal 500 USA 2014)
"‘They are easy to work with and they give great advice. They are always available and accessible when we need them.’" (Chambers USA 2013)
Named Securitisation and Structured Finance Team of the Year (IFLR Americas Awards 2015)
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