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Structured Finance

Shearman & Sterling has been a central participant in some of the largest, most complex structured finance transactions ever completed in banking and capital markets.

Our Structured Finance Group, with lawyers in New York, Washington, DC, London and Frankfurt, assists clients in developing, structuring and executing a broad range of complex financings involving securitization, structured products and other sophisticated financing techniques. We have in-depth experience in all aspects of the public and private distribution of structured finance securities. Highly regarded by major corporations and financial institutions, we represent the entire range of global market participants, including issuers, underwriters, investors, trustees, servicers, credit enhancement providers, lenders, rating agencies and conduits.

Our reputation in structured finance comes from our creative approach to handling different types of asset classes and transaction structures. We are routinely retained by clients worldwide to develop innovative structures that have become market standard, such as our role in establishing the Ciesco, Inc. and CAFCO commercial paper conduits in the late 1980s, and our lawyers' involvement in the very earliest "whole business" securitizations in Europe and the US. Utilizing both our legal experience and sophisticated business perspective, lawyers in the group and related practice areas work closely with clients to develop novel structured finance products that lower financing costs and achieve the specific legal, tax, corporate and financial objectives of all transaction parties.

Adept at executing transactions in multiple jurisdictions in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America, Shearman & Sterling's Structured Finance Group has securitization experience in all relevant disciplines, including capital markets, banking, investment company, tax, corporate, bankruptcy, investment advisors acts, ERISA, bank regulatory, securities regulation and secured financing.

Additionally, our lawyers work closely with all of the major rating agencies and other market participants and trade bodies and enjoy a high level of trust and credibility with their key decision makers. Our strong reputation with these entities is important in facilitating solutions to difficult structured finance issues and in promoting new products.

Focus Areas

The breadth of our experience in structured financing techniques is substantial, as shown in the following summaries of the various focus areas of our comprehensive practice:

  • Asset-Backed Securities
  • International and Emerging Market Transactions
  • Asset-Backed Commercial Paper and ABL Financing
  • CBOs, CLOs, and Synthetic CDOs
  • Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates
  • Financial Products
  • Aircraft Lease Portfolio Securitizations
  • Leasing-Related Financings
  • Whole Business and Real Estate Financings
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