What the team is known for
Highly regarded outfit with a depth of expertise across the market, widely regarded capabilities in mortgage servicing advances and credit risk transfer securitizations, and has an excellent reputation for RMBS transactions. Well supported by its tax and bankruptcy departments in offering clients a comprehensive service. Impressive client roster includes leading investment banks and private equity firms, among others.
Sources report that when it comes to "MSR strategy, they have subject matter expertise, efficiency in review, and they manage to balance the client's risks with being practical in how to make business happen."
One client says of the attorneys: "They are great; they have all of the skills and capabilities needed, and they are enjoyable to work with."
Interviewees attest to the fact that "they are very responsive, they are pragmatic and knowledgeable, and they do good work that ticks all the boxes."
Represented Ellington, Angel Oak and Angelo Gordon, among others, in a program of non-QM securitizations.
focuses her securitization practice on mortgage-backed securities transactions, with noted capabilities in RMBS, in which she is often called upon to assist with market developments.
"She is highly regarded for RMBS on the agency side." "She is someone you go to when you have hard questions to chew over, as she will help you think them through and solve them." "She is great; she is someone who has a lot of expertise and knowledge."
is an talented securitization lawyer, highlighted for his strength in RMBS, and he is especially recommended by sources for his issuer-side counsel. "He’s practical, experienced and he is incredibly timely." "He does a great job of spotting issues with collateral early, and identifying what could be problematic." "He is a fantastic partner to work with, he has a very keen eye for detail and he has a great level of attentiveness."
has emerged as an impressive practitioner in the securitization of MSRs, with clients including issuers and lenders.
"When she says something, you know it is right as she is thoughtful and super detail-oriented." "Brit has demonstrated a mastery of the subject matter and she has been exceptional in her ability to efficiently review legal documents to focus our efforts on key risks, andprovide recommendations on how to address them."
Cecelia Philipps Horner
comes especially recommended for her knowledge of tax in relation to the real estate market.
"She has an in-depth understanding of REMIC rules, and where she is wonderful is that she knows how the originators of the mortgages work, so when issues percolate she takes that knowledge and explains what is going on underneath the surface." "She is a tax guru who can actually explain it to others, and she is a joy to work with."
is practiced in applying his knowledge of real estate to the securitization of MSRs, including in the context of financial restructurings. "He is a very experienced securitization attorney who works on the more complex transactions." "He is at the forefront of the mortgage servicing rights, he has a good business head, he thinks about how we look at transactions, and we work together to find a solution."
is regularly called upon to advise on residential mortgages, leveraging his knowledge of the market to advise on new securitizations."I have a lot of respect for him; he is someone I love seeing run a deal as he is an excellent problem solver and a great issue spotter." "Eric Burner is very smart and he is a crazily hard-working guy who knows his stuff."
is well versed in a broad range of transactions, with his areas of expertise spanning traditional and esoteric assets."He is incredibly commercial and detail-orientated, which is really helpful as he pushes clients to think though issues." "He has a ton of expertise."
's market experience includes acting as trustees' counsel in a broad range of securitizations, including particular exposure to the mortgage market.
"He is a strong guy who is well thought of." "He is a very practical lawyer who is easy to work with."
Rudene Mercer Haynes
has experience acting for government agencies in relation to residential mortgage-backed securitizations.
"She’s a subject matter expert, she always gets the job done and she is a pleasure to interact with." "She has a depth of experience, she represents a lot of the servicers and she has good industry knowledge."
is often chosen to advise on MSRs, a market in which he boasts a high deal count. "He is a leader, he is well regarded for service receivables and clients talk highly of him." "He is a leading expert in the MSR excess servicing space who has served us well in timeliness of his response, the depth of his understanding and in mitigating our risk through legal document negotiations."