Brian Barrett

New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Insurance Finance
  • Capital Markets & Investments
  • Finance
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Financial Services
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Private Investment Funds
Contact InfoTelephone: 212.389.5035
Fax: 212-389-5099
University Yale College, B.A., summa cum laude
Law SchoolColumbia University School of Law, J.D. Stone Scholar 1987-1989
Admitted1990, New York
BornScranton, Pennsylvania, January 25, 1963

With nearly 25 years of experience as an investment banker and lawyer, Brian Barrett advises banks, broker-dealers, insurers, reinsurers, hedge funds and asset managers on all aspects of structured finance, secured lending and derivatives.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Brian served as Vice President for Global Liquidity Products at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he developed products and executed transactions in which banks, insurance companies, catastrophe (CAT) bond issuers, money market funds and pensions deployed liquidity. Before that, he was Managing Director of Secured Credit Products at HSBC Bank U.S.A., where he developed the insurance-linked securities (ILS) business, including AXXX/XXX securitizations, Embedded Value realization and other transactions executed by insurance companies.

Brian represents reinsurers and underwriters in insurance-linked securities (ILS) transactions, including CAT bonds, side-car vehicles, industry loss warrants, XXX and AXXX transactions, and other financings in the property and casualty and life insurance markets.

Understanding transactions from the legal and business perspectives, Brian delivers guidance on all aspects of leveraged finance, prime brokerage, collateral swaps and derivatives. Brian also advises financial services clients on financial regulations and the evolving business conduct, margin requirements, transaction documentation and reporting responsibilities under the Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of capital markets: equity offerings (2015) (Vice President and Associate General Counsel, USA)


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Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding U.S. Equivalence
Eric A. Arnold,Brian Barrett,B. Scott Burton,Eric R. Fenichel,John S. Pruitt, November 23, 2015
On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking Committee and Senate Finance Committee of their intent to initiate...

Coming Soon - Mandatory Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps Under EMIR
Brian Barrett,James M. Cain,Daphne G. Frydman,Catherine M. Krupka,David T. McIndoe, September 2, 2015
On August 6, 2015, the European Commission (EC) adopted new rules that will require the clearing of certain over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate swaps pursuant to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) (the EU IRS Clearing Rules). The EU IRS Clearing Rules are subject to approval by...

CFTC and NFA Afford Relief from Certain CTA Periodic Reporting Obligations
Brian Barrett,James M. Cain,Daphne G. Frydman,David T. McIndoe,Mark D. Sherrill, August 7, 2015
On July 21, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) published an exemptive letter that provides relief from periodic reporting on CFTC Form CTA-PR to commodity trading advisors (CTAs) that do not direct client...

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Brian Barrett

1114 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor
New YorkNY 10036-7703


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