Locke Lord represents financial institutions, including investment banks, commercial banks, insurance companies, finance companies, hedge funds, asset-backed commercial paper conduits and other members of the financial industry in their capacity as issuers, underwriters, sponsors, servicers, special servicers, trustees, collateral managers, credit enhancers, purchasers, lenders and investors in connection with a wide range of structured investments. There continues to be significant innovation in the type and variety of structured financings and structured products in the market. The firm also represents operating companies with significant holdings of receivables in connection with themonefication of those receivables.
Our lawyers have been involved in thousands of securitizations, structured transactions and related matters. These include residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), asset-backed securities (ABS), insurance-linked securities, guaranteed investment contracts, collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs), equity and debt investment funds and various energy-related securities. We have decades of experience in mortgage warehousing transactions, servicing engagements, and sales and purchases of portfolios of financial assets, including servicing rights. We have represented clients in transactions involving performing, non-performing and charged-off assets.
Since the onset of the financial crisis, we have been actively involved in representing issuers in restructuring student loan auction rate securities. In addition, we have actively represented issuers, trustees and collateral managers in restructuring and “working-out” CDOs and in the pursuit of remedies with respect to defaulted CDOs (including UCC auctions and, where appropriate, interpleaders).
We continually advise clients on the requirements and ramifications of the legislative, regulatory and market factors that are influencing the financial industry and affecting the manner in which transactions are structured, closed and conducted.
The legal practice of securitization and structured finance cuts across conventional legal disciplines and we involve professionals across Locke Lord’s practice areas when needed.
The lawyers in our Securitization and Structured Finance group have written numerous articles on topics of significance to this industry and have spoken at many industry conferences.
Locke Lord attorneys have been involved in transactions involving most asset types and most types of securitizations, including:
Transactions in which our lawyers have participated include representation of:
Mortgage-Backed Securitizations and Asset-Backed Securitizations:
Insurance and Esoteric Securitizations:
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