Structured Products


Our attorneys have extensive experience with all aspects of structured products, including:

Establishing, Modifying and Maintaining Programs. Our attorneys have been involved in establishing programs for many financial institutions providing for the issuance of in excess of $125 billion in debt securities. We also have assisted our clients, from time to time, in modifying their outstanding programs to accommodate new product developments, changing regulatory or tax considerations and modifications in prevailing market practice.

Securities Law Compliance. Our attorneys have worked closely with our clients in preparing offering documentation that complies with federal, state and relevant international securities laws, including US banking laws where applicable.

Banking Law Compliance. Our experienced bank regulatory lawyers have assisted those of our clients subject to US and international banking laws in addressing the diverse regulatory issues faced by such institutions when they use programs to raise capital or offer structured products. Our clients include not only US bank holding companies and federal and state chartered banks, but also numerous international banking organizations with US operations.

Executing Transactions. A principal advantage of maintaining a structured product program is to permit prompt execution of transactions with a modicum of new disclosures. Our attorneys specializing in this area have considerable expertise in executing transactions under highly compressed time frames. Their expertise includes familiarity with the various types of linked or indexed note structures prevalent in the market, knowledge of the derivatives market definitions and concepts that are frequently used in preparing a specific offering, and a thorough grasp of the detailed procedures to be followed under various types of programs, including programs registered under the federal securities laws, programs executed under US banking law and programs executed offshore.

Tax Analysis and Disclosure. Our tax attorneys have extensive experience in analyzing proposed note structures and in assisting our clients in preparing appropriate tax disclosure for the various types of structured products that may be issued under a note program.

Assistance in Structuring Products. We are often asked by our client to assist them in developing a new product structure or a variation on an existing product structure. In these circumstances, we are able to apply a broad range of skill sets to assist our client. Product development may involve analysis of applicable securities and banking laws, consideration of customary market practices and procedures, knowledge of the related equity derivatives market and analysis of relevant tax and ERISA issues.

Client Resources

We regularly offer our clients training programs and provide updates on SEC, FINRA and other developments. Our structured products-focused newsletter, titled Structured Thoughts, is regarded as a resource by many in the market. Copies are available by visiting our publications.

Click here for our Legal Resources section, which sets forth frequently requested legal and regulatory materials relating to structured products.

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Structured Products Magazine Names Morrison & Foerster Law Firm of the Year for Its Innovative Work

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Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 
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 2017
Global-wide: Capital Markets: Equity
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 2017
Debt Capital Markets


Chambers USA 2017
National: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
National: Capital Markets: Derivatives
National: Capital Markets: REITS
National: Capital Markets: Securitization (Individual Partners Ranked)


Derivatives Week 2013
European Law Firm of the Year


EQDerivatives Awards 2016
Equity Derivatives Law Firm of the Year


Euromoney: The Cover Awards 2012
Editor’s choice for most innovative deal – First SEC-registered Covered Bond (Royal Bank of Canada)


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 2015, 2016, 2017
Americas Law Firm of the Year


GlobalCapital Syndicated Loan, Leveraged Finance and Private Placement Awards 2016
Private Placements Law Firm of the Year


IFLR1000 2017
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 2017
Japan: Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures
Hong Kong: Capital markets (debt)
Hong Kong: Capital markets (equity)


Legal 500 UK 2016
Debt Capital Markets
Derivatives and Structured Products


Legal 500 US 2017
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 Underwriters
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Underwriters
National: Structured Finance


M&A Advisors Awards 2012
Debt Financing Deal of the Year – First-ever U.S. Registered Covered Bond (Royal Bank of Canada)


mtn-i Americas Awards 2013
Legal Leader


Operational Risk & Regulation Awards 2013
Law Firm of the Year


StructuredRetailProducts.com 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
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 2017
National: Derivatives and Futures Law (Tier 1)
National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1)
National: Securitization/Structured Finance Law 
National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1)
National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)

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