Structured Finance & Derivatives

The structured finance markets have traditionally been characterized by continual innovation and modification, product diversification and globalization – an environment that requires the ability to both recognize opportunities and manage risk. In the current market environment, innovation is even more important to manage the risks associated with structured finance transactions that are either in default or near default. Restructurings and workouts of existing transactions are now important components of any structured finance practice.

Greenberg Traurig’s structured finance and derivatives attorneys have participated in securitized and structured products encompassing almost every asset class in the mortgage, asset-backed, municipal and structured products markets. Through our representation of virtually every type of market participant – from major financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies to specialty finance companies – we have a breadth of experience to offer our clients. Due to our wide-ranging experience with the various asset classes and structured products, we are well positioned to help clients resolve issues relating to structured finance transactions that are, or will soon be, in default.

Our structured finance and derivatives attorneys utilize GT’s far-reaching U.S. and international platform to provide clients with global legal services. We have experience in a wide array of U.S. and international transactions and represent clients in U.S.-based transactions, offshore offerings, and cross-border securitizations, as well as workouts of distressed securitization transactions, restructurings of synthetic transactions and close-outs of derivative transactions. While we have developed complex securitization techniques and structured derivatives products for new asset classes, we also regularly handle routine transactions where efficiency, accessibility and cost minimization are essential.

Legal Services

  • Represent investors, issuers, underwriters, placement agents, lenders, servicers, trustees, custodians and providers of derivative products
  • Advise on various aspects of government initiatives, including the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), the Public-Private Investment Program for Legacy Assets (PPIP), and the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP)
  • Structure and negotiate a wide range of domestic and international mortgage-backed, asset-backed, tax-exempt, project bond, future flow and bond-backed securities, as well as derivatives, structured products and structured investment vehicles
  • Advise on workouts of distressed securitization transactions and distressed investment opportunities
  • Advise on close-out netting of derivative contracts
  • Advise on restructurings of synthetic transactions
  • Advise on securities, commodities, banking, tax, ERISA and bankruptcy laws and regulations affecting capital markets transactions
  • Assist with governmental and regulatory authority filings, compliance and audits
  • Represent financial institutions and investors in structured derivatives, swaps and related derivative products
  • Advise on regulatory issues affecting structured finance market participants
  • Represent both institutional lenders and borrowers in facilities secured by a variety of collateral

Experience with a Wide Range of Structures

  • Commercial paper and other conduit structures
  • Structured warehouse and master repurchase agreement (“repo”) facilities
  • Owner trust and master trust structures
  • REMIC transactions
  • Liquidating trust structures for distressed loans and assets
  • Whole loan trades
  • Debt-for-tax transactions
  • On balance sheet and off balance sheet structures
  • Senior/subordinate structures
  • “Wrap” or "partial guaranty" transactions with monoline insurers and multilateral agencies
  • Hybrid structures with swaps, caps, guaranties, overcollateralization, excess spread or reserve funds
  • Foreign currency and foreign collateral trust structures

Representative Structured Products and Derivatives Experience

  • Total return swaps, credit default swaps, first to default swaps and accreting basket swaps
  • Puts, calls, knock-in and knock-out options, and variance swaps
  • Warrants
  • Prepaid forwards and other forward delivery contracts and futures contracts
  • Synthetic CDOs and securities
  • Structured investment conduits
  • Structured equity derivative products
  • Structured credit derivative products
  • Principal protected derivative products
  • Highly leveraged derivative products
  • Fund-Linked Derivatives
  • “Plain vanilla” repo, swap and derivative transactions

Representative Asset Class Experience

  • Single-family prime, subprime and Alt-A residential mortgage loans
  • Commercial and multifamily mortgage loans
  • Distressed and non-performing residential and commercial mortgages and REO
  • Aircraft leases
  • Airport concessions
  • Auto leases and loans
  • Boat and recreational vehicle loans
  • Cash value receivables of insurance policies
  • Credit cards
  • Equipment leases and loans
  • Receivables (truck lease, trade, merchant voucher, telecom)
  • FHA/VA insured mortgage loans
  • Foreign construction and mortgage loans
  • Foreign government obligations
  • Franchise loans
  • Future flow receivables, including MT-100 payment rights
  • GSE-backed loans
  • Home equity loans, home equity lines of credit and high LTV junior lien loans (“125s”)
  • Intellectual property royalties
  • Life settlements
  • Loan participations
  • Manufactured housing contracts
  • Net interest margin transactions
  • Resecuritized mortgage-backed securities
  • Securitized legal fees from litigation settlements (tobacco settlements)
  • Single obligor receivables
  • Stranded costs and other utility assets
  • Student loans
  • Tax liens
  • Toll road concessions
  • Venture capital receivables
  • 12b-1 fees

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At Greenberg Traurig, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The individual attorneys at Greenberg Traurig are committed to nurturing diversity throughout the firm and creating an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively.

For us, diversity is about taking action - opening doors for lawyers.

That commitment is reflected by the fact that overall, 40 percent of Greenberg Traurig's attorneys worldwide are women or minorities as defined by the American Bar Association. As of Dec. 31, 2014, our U.S. employees, including attorneys and staff, who met the definition of minority persons reflected a total of 29 percent of our employment base. Approximately 32 percent of our U.S. attorneys and 52 percent of our U.S. employees are women.

Greenberg Traurig's commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond any single committee. Committees cannot nurture; they cannot mentor; they cannot create an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively. Committees do not lead. Our diverse attorneys however, can and do.

* We welcome and reflect the communities we represent better than any other major law firm in our markets.

* We do not simply rely on a "committee" to achieve this.

* We do so through a commitment to providing a fair opportunity for each of us to reach our full potential.

* We have the personal dedication of many at Greenberg Traurig who identify and bring into our firm this very special diversity.

* The Minority Law Journal 2014 Diversity Scorecard has recognized us as follows:
o No. 1 Ranking, African American Partners
o No. 1 Ranking, Hispanic American Non-Partners
o No. 2 Ranking, Hispanic American Partners

* The National Law Journal has previously recognized our attorneys as among:
o No. 2 Ranking, Female Partner Numbers, Female Scorecard (2013)
o "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (Three) (2008)
o "The 50 Most Influential Women Attorneys" (Two) (2007)
o "The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America"
(Two diverse attorneys; three total) (2006)

Diversity in Action: Fostering Diversity in the Profession and Preserving the Pipeline

Greenberg Traurig's Diversity Leadership Community has initiatives that focus on fostering an environment within the firm that supports and encourages diversity and inclusion, and increasing diversity in the profession by increasing access to a legal education for minority students. Helping today's law students and lawyers become tomorrow's business and legal leaders means a larger, more diverse marketplace and a greater pool of talented professionals. And that means more business opportunities for everyone - our firm, our colleagues and, most importantly, our clients.
In this way, our approach to diversity and inclusion mandates a high-level of personal responsibility with regard to the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. Attorneys in recruiting, hiring and supervisory roles are continuously made aware of the progress of our efforts. Our personal approach to diversity and inclusion means that Greenberg Traurig lawyers are active at their alma maters and at law schools local to their offices, participating in such programs as career panels; "Meet the Employer" days; and mock interviews, among others.

It has been, and continues to be, our goal to create a well-balanced workforce that contains a significant presence of minorities and women.

Greenberg Traurig creates and supports partner programs with women, minority, gay/lesbian or disability-focused bar associations. We attend and sponsor events at these organizations regularly throughout the United States. The firm works closely with national and local minority bars to address the fostering of diversity and inclusion in the profession on many levels. We support the work of several organizations, including MCCA, NAPABA, NASABA, NBA, NLGBTBA, HRC, HNBA and others.

Additionally, we provide funding through the Holly Skolnick Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation for lawyers and law students to work with public interest groups. Through the Foundation, Greenberg Traurig serves as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States and has invested approximately $8 million to support, in whole or in part, almost 127 Equal Justice Works Fellows since 1999.

We invite clients to join us as we work towards:

* Cultivating strategic partnerships with clients and potential clients to leverage our diversity platform to create and deepen relationships and cultivate business opportunities.

* Encouraging our lawyers to facilitate opportunities for our diverse and women lawyers to develop relationships with clients before and after new matters are received.

* Broadening the pipeline of diverse attorneys by expanding relationships with minority bar associations and other legal diversity organizations through our combined support of these networks.

* Focusing on strengthening mentoring programs for female and diverse attorneys at every level.

* Instituting a program that provides a variety of mentoring, rainmaking and training opportunities that can be accessed by a wide range of diverse attorneys across a variety of underserved communities.

* Engaging our Affinity Groups and their allies as a forum for professional development and business development opportunities, as well as for recruiting and retention assistance and as a social exchange to promote inclusion.

Diversity in Action: Employee Resource Networks

Greenberg Traurig's Employee Resource Networks (Affinity Groups) have the goal of addressing the needs of our attorneys and professionals who are diverse. We support Affinity Groups for our attorneys who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, LGBT and women, and we continue to gauge opportunities to expand those groups as our needs and demographics dictate.

The firm's Affinity Groups are as follows:

* African American Affinity Group

* Asian Pacific American Affinity Group

* Hispanic American Affinity Group

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group

* South Asian American Affinity Group

* Women's Initiative

Our goals include:

* Mentoring of junior attorneys within the specific group;

* Recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys;

* Active participation in organizations addressing specific groups; and

* Serving as a forum for group members to discuss and explore issues and opportunities that will add value to client relationships.

Women's Initiative

As an example of our approach, Greenberg Traurig's firm-wide Women's Initiative focuses on retaining and supporting women attorneys through professional development and work/life balance initiatives, as well as through business development training programs and networking opportunities.

We work with like-minded organizations to address these issues on a broader scale in a variety of industries and communities.

Our program targets:

* Attracting and retaining talented women attorneys.

* Supporting business development for women attorneys.

* Serving as industry leaders.

* Impacting the community through leadership and service.

* Maintaining a culture that benefits women attorneys.

Diversity in Action: Suppliers

Greenberg Traurig is committed to the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises (DBE & SBE) suppliers.

As such:

* All business concerns, large and small, majority- or minority-owned, are afforded an equal opportunity to compete.

* A national director of procurement within the firm supports this practice.

* We are committed to diversity with respect to our vendors and suppliers.

* We are amenable to using diverse vendors and suppliers recommended by clients.

Diversity from the Top Down

Cesar L. Alvarez, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig, leads our diversity efforts. This is a matter of personal responsibility for him, having entered the U.S. as an immigrant with humble beginnings.

He has previously been honored as follows:

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Hispanic National Bar Foundation

* "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "Top Most Powerful Hispanics," The Black Book of Poder

* "25 Best Latinos in Business," Hispanic Magazine, The Power Issue

* "President's Award of Merit for Diversity Efforts," The Florida Bar

* "Spirit of Excellence Award," ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

* "CEO of the Year" award, Multicultural Law Magazine

* "Attorney of the Year Award," Hispanic National Bar Association


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