Ray Shirazi

Phone212 504 6376

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Distressed Structured Products
  • Structured Products
  • Investment Management Transactions
  • OTC Derivatives
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 504 6376
Fax: 212 504 6666
http://www.cadwalader.com/professionals/ray-shirazi
 
University University of California - Riverside, B.S., cum laude, 1984
 
Law SchoolUniversity of California - Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1988
 
Admitted1988, California; 1993, New York
 
Biography

Ray Shirazi maintains a market-leading practice in derivatives, advising investment banks, domestic and foreign commercial banks, asset managers, hedge funds, private equity funds and mutual funds on related transactional and trading regulatory issues. His practice covers a wide spectrum of equity, hedge fund, currency, commodity and fixed income derivatives. He is particularly noted for his work in equity derivatives, involving traded securities, hedge funds, and other financial products.

Ray also regularly represents clients with respect to a wide range of trading agreements, including ISDA, repo, securities lending, prime brokerage, futures, cleared swaps and related agreements. He addresses issues arising under all of the federal securities and commodities laws and regulations, including the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and the Commodity Exchange Act and related rules and regulations.

A principal partner in Cadwalader's highly-regarded structured products practice, Ray also works in the areas of equity-, rates-, and commodity-linked notes, warrants, certificates, and CDs. He also develops and executes a wide variety of hedge fund structured products (and their OTC counterparts), such as principal-protected notes, warrants, and certificates. Ray also advises on, structures, and handles execution of convertible arbitrage products, asset swaps and fixed income derivatives. In addition, he regularly advises on related hedge fund financing transactions such as credit facilities, secured loans, and collateralized financial obligations.

Ray is a member of the ISDA North American Committee on Equity Derivatives and the Equity Derivatives Drafting Committee, for which he helped draft the 2002 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions. He is a frequent speaker at ISDA conferences, where he often discusses issues surrounding the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement as well as at programs sponsored by the Structured Products Association and Financial Research Association, among others. Ray is a regular speaker for Practising Law Institute's Fundamentals of Swaps & Other Derivatives programs.

Ray has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in his area of expertise by independent commentators, including by Chambers Global and Chambers USA, in which clients commend his ability to synthesize lots of moving parts in a manageable way, whether in traditional equity derivatives or complex new structured products and further praise him as super smart as well as thoughtful about the technical issues, intelligent, and at the same time understands the need to figure out a way to get deals done. Also, US Legal 500 identified Ray as a leader in equity derivatives and named him among their Elite Leading Lawyers and praised him as hands down the best in the business when it comes to being commercial and adding value to transactions; he is responsive, creative and extraordinarily well versed in a multitude of derivative, structured finance and distributive products. The Best Lawyers in America selected Ray as a leading lawyer in Derivatives and Futures where clients praised him as an expert in the structuring of derivatives and structured products across asset classes. Ray is also recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top securities and corporate finance lawyers in New York. Through Ray's leadership and in acknowledment of the firm's myriad accomplishments, Derivatives Intelligence & Derivatives Week awarded Cadwalader their prestigious Law Firm of the Year Award. The recognition was based on Cadwalader's activity in the over-the-counter sector, ability to guide buy side and sell side clients into new areas, consistency of service in established product areas and problem solving abilities.

He received his J.D. from The University of California at Los Angeles, where he was the Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review, and his B.S., cum laude, from The University of California at Riverside.

News & Resources

NEWS

News Releases

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Law Firms in 2015 Edition of IFLR 1000

Oct 21, 2014

Cadwalader Named 2014 Americas Derivatives Law Firm of the Year; Ray Shirazi Recognized as Top Derivatives Lawyer

Sep 19, 2014

More Than 40 Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers 2014 New York Metro Edition

Sep 15, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Aug 18, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014

Jun 27, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized by 2014 Chambers Global Guide

Mar 25, 2014

Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000

Nov 15, 2013

Cadwalader Recognized in 2013 Edition of The Legal 500 US

Oct 25, 2013

2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices

Oct 22, 2013

Super Lawyers 2013 New York Metro Edition Recognizes More Than 30 Cadwalader Attorneys

Sep 18, 2013

More Than 25 Cadwalader Attorneys in 17 Practice Areas Recognized by 2013 Chambers Global Guide

Apr 08, 2013

Cadwalader Has Another Breakout Year at the IFLR Americas Awards - Firm is Recognized for Two Outstanding Achievements in Deal and Team Categories

Mar 27, 2013

IFLR 1000 Again Names Cadwalader a Leader in Core Transactional Areas of Practice

Nov 06, 2012

Super Lawyers Names Metropolitan New York Cadwalader Lawyers in More Than 20 Areas of Practice as Outstanding in Their Fields

Oct 15, 2012

2013 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in Multiple Areas of Practice

Oct 06, 2012

The Legal 500 Recognizes More than 15 Cadwalader Practices and 47 of the Firm's Lawyers Across U.S. Offices

Jun 06, 2012

IFLR 1000 Again Names Cadwalader a Leader in Core Transactional Areas of Practice

Oct 19, 2011

Super Lawyers Taps More Than 40 Metropolitan New York Cadwalader Attorneys as Outstanding in Their Fields

Sep 26, 2011

2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in 30 Areas of Practice

Sep 06, 2011

The Legal 500 U.S. Recommends Cadwalader in 13 Areas of Practice and Highly Ranks More Than 50 Attorneys

Jun 01, 2011

The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 37 Cadwalader Attorneys in 21 Areas of Practice

Aug 04, 2010

Cadwalader Practices Commended by US Legal 500

Jun 16, 2010

2010 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes Numerous Cadwalader Attorneys

Aug 07, 2009

Cadwalader Lauded in Multiple Practices in Chambers USA

Jun 12, 2009

Cadwalader Receives High Marks from The Legal 500

Jun 03, 2009

Recognition

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Law Firms in 2015 Edition of IFLR 1000

Oct 21, 2014

Cadwalader Named 2014 Americas Derivatives Law Firm of the Year; Ray Shirazi Recognized as Top Derivatives Lawyer

Sep 19, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Aug 18, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014

Jun 27, 2014

Chambers and Partners USA 2014

May 23, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized by 2014 Chambers Global Guide

Mar 25, 2014

Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000

Nov 15, 2013

Cadwalader Recognized in 2013 Edition of The Legal 500 US

Oct 25, 2013

2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices

Oct 22, 2013

Chambers and Partners USA 2013

May 24, 2013

International Financial Law Review's 2013 IFLR 1000

Nov 06, 2012

Super Lawyers 2012

Oct 15, 2012

The Best Lawyers In America 2013

Oct 06, 2012

Chambers and Partners USA 2012

Jun 07, 2012

2012 Legal 500 US

Jun 06, 2012

Chambers and Partners Global 2012

Mar 01, 2012

RESOURCES

Clients & Friends Memos

Final Credit Risk Retention Requirements for Asset-Backed Securities Transactions

Oct 30, 2014

Reproposed Credit Risk Retention Requirements for Asset-Backed Securities Transactions

Sep 13, 2013

The Dodd-Frank Act May Require Registration as a Commodity Pool Operator and a Commodity Trading Advisor for Entities Associated with Securitization Transactions

Jul 23, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Act: How It Impacts Specific Institutions, Entities and Transactions

Jun 22, 2011

The Dodd-Frank Act's Impact on Affiliate Transactions

Apr 21, 2011

Hedge Fund Regulation Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Jul 20, 2010

The New Scheme for the Regulation of Swaps, with Appendices on Retroactivity, Special Entities and Tax, Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Jul 20, 2010

Regulation of End Users of Swaps Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Jul 20, 2010

ISDA Publishes Final Collateral Dispute Resolution Procedure Designed to Assist Market Participants in Resolving Disputed Collateral Calls

Oct 27, 2009

Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009

Aug 20, 2009

Litigation Challenges Counterparty Right to Withhold Payments under Section 2(a)(iii) of ISDA Master Agreement as Violation of Automatic Stay Provisions of U.S. Bankruptcy Code

Aug 11, 2009

ISDA's Small Bang Protocol: Auction Settlement following a Restructuring Credit Event

Jul 22, 2009

Obama Proposal for Regulatory Reform as It Relates to OTC Derivatives Markets

Jun 22, 2009

The Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal

Jun 22, 2009

The Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal and Its Impact on the Securitization Markets

Jun 22, 2009

Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal Introduced

Jun 17, 2009

TALF for Legacy CMBS: New York Fed Releases Terms and Conditions and FAQs

May 20, 2009

Regulatory Reform of OTC Derivatives Markets

May 15, 2009

TALF for New-Issue CMBS: New York Fed Releases Terms and Conditions, FAQs and Revised TALF FAQs

May 02, 2009

Treasury, Federal Reserve, & FDIC Credit and Liquidity Programs

Apr 23, 2009

UPDATE: Understanding the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (“TALF”)

Mar 27, 2009

Understanding the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (“TALF”)

Mar 04, 2009

Draft U.S. Law Seeks to Regulate Credit Default Swaps

Feb 02, 2009

Articles

Regulatory Reform of OTC Derivatives under the Obama Proposal

Aug 03, 2009

Events

PLI's Fundamentals of Swaps & Other Derivatives 2014

Oct 15, 2014

PLI's Fundamentals of Swaps & Other Derivatives 2012

Oct 15, 2012

 
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