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What the team is known for Highly respected choice for a range of complex securitization transactions across all asset classes. Frequently sought out by clients developing new and innovative product types. Notable experience in establishing CLO vehicles and advising on ABS transactions. Possesses additional experience providing counsel on EU and US risk retention rules.
Strengths A client is impressed with the lawyers' "market knowledge and the speed of their work."
"They have tremendous expertise in the US structured finance market," comments one client, who also appreciates that "they have all the related capabilities in bankruptcy and tax."
A source says: "They know the latest securitization rules and guidelines, and they are good at addressing issues that come up."
Work highlights Advised Guggenheim Securities and Morgan Stanley as joint-lead book-runners and representatives of a consortium of initial purchasers of Jack in the Box Funding's $1.3 billion ABS bond offering.
Frank Nocco has a noteworthy international practice, with expertise that encompasses a broad range of assets. A client comments: "He has been doing it for a very long time so he can draw on experience across different sectors."
Market commentators agree that
Jason Smith "is a very good" and "intelligent" securitization lawyer. He regularly advises on a broad range of ABS deals and he is particularly recommended for his knowledge of auto loans.
Shawn Kodes has "good business sense and knows where the blind spots are," according to one interviewee, who also calls him "a good, versatile partner who has a strong hand in negotiations and is always prepared." He regularly advises clients on ABS bond offerings and CLOs.