What the team is known for
Respected team focused on issuer representation. Adept at handling mortgage-based securitizations, with a particular emphasis on RMBS, as well as auto loan and lease securitizations, and marketplace lending. Able to offer specialized experience in energy and commodity structured finance deals. Offers expertise the regulatory and the tax-related aspects of transactions.
"When it comes to securitization, they are innovative, practical, and business and deal-oriented," says a client, who also reports that on matters of "LIBOR transition they are dynamic, they think outside the box, and they figure out creative solutions to problems."
"Responsiveness, attention to detail, grasp of legal structures, knowledge of various asset classes and the ability to find solutions to complicated problems" number among the strengths clients list for the lawyers.
Interviewees report that "the team at Katten is terrific from top to bottom: they have industry-leading partners and a deep bench of associates who punch above their weight. The team is also aided by subject matter experts from all of the relevant disciplines and international offices."
Represented Wells Fargo in its use of REMICs to securitize jumbo prime residential mortgage loans in transactions, including the first RMBS deal to have used vertical risk retention in the form of a single vertical interest.
Advised Ford Credit in connection with its circa $18 billion auto loan, auto lease and dealer floorplan securitization programs.
is a specialist adviser on the necessary tax requirements of deals. "She can think out of the box and break down very complex tax law into something that a non-lawyer can understand, and she is commercial and has the ability to address concerns, and find a solution to them." "Anna-Liza is a leading tax practitioner in the securitization market, who is able to draw upon her experience of sorting tax issues across many ABS types to resolve thorny tax structuring issues in a market-friendly way."
is widely regarded as an authority on RMBS and he is highly respected for his ability to advise on market developments.
"Chris’s broad experience and vast industry exposure enable him to not only deliver sage legal advice, but to also advocate for us on emerging issues." "Because he deals with such a broad number of folks in the industry, he has a lot of information that you cannot find elsewhere, and adding that to his wide experience and creativity makes for a good blend." "He is a great lawyer who knows how to cut to what’s important to a transaction, and he does not get bogged down by issues that aren't material."
continues to garner recognition for his knowledge of a broad range of asset classes, including novel and esoteric assets.
"He thinks outside the box to find a solution to hurdles on a deal, and he is an amazing resource in thinking through and addressing structure and risk from a legal perspective." "He is fantastic; he is thorough and very knowledgeable, he is extremely effective at finding well-structured solutions to mitigate risk, and he is also very articulate and effective in legal negotiation."
is a noted practitioner in the ABS market, with experience in areas ranging from marketplace lending to auto loans."Joe is a brilliant drafter of complex documentation, he is extremely detail-oriented, and he is able to balance those traits with a generous sensibility that keeps deal parties working together harmoniously." "Joe is able to deliver bespoke advice that takes the challenges and capabilities of our business into account."
is an able securitization lawyer with capabilities across the commercial real estate market, bringing expert knowledge of market development to transactions."Steve Esko is excellent and he delivers a quality product every single time."