Chambers USA includes leading transactional, compliance and enforcement law firms in the USA – Nationwide Derivatives rankings, with practitioners based in different locations across the country, from New York to Washington DC, among others. Attorneys with expertise in this area of structured finance range from Band One-ranked attorneys to Associates to Watch, recognized for their deep knowledge of the derivatives market. Experience ranges from advising buyers and sellers to trade associations. Best ranked law firms for derivatives in America often have knowledge of commodities and futures, and boast extensive capabilities in OTC and exchange-traded derivatives. Many top firms also advise on CFTC and SEC-related compliance and investigations, regularly counseling clients on their interactions with these market regulators. Law firms in the market also represent clients before the DOJ, among other federal organizations.
Top derivatives law firms, such as Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP, stand out for their comprehensive practices, and come especially recommended for their strength in equity derivatives, while Sullivan & Cromwell LLP leads the regulatory and enforcement markets.
Chambers and Partners highlights preeminent lawyers in the related Derivatives: Mainly Regulatory and Derivatives: Enforcement spotlight tables, emphasizing these as key areas of capability, while offering comparative rankings for the same individuals alongside their transactional peers, under the heading of Derivatives. Lawyers whose strengths encompass both compliance and enforcement are ranked across the three tables, with Kathryn Trkla of Foley & Lardner LLP and Paul Pantano of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as some of the most highly regarded attorneys found in all three rankings.
Prominent transactional derivatives attorneys include Mark Mendez, who boasts capabilities in equity-linked products, and Ray Shirazi, who is highly regarded for his ability to structure bespoke transactions. Both lawyers demonstrate skills in related markets and are also considered for separate rankings in USA – Nationwide Capital Markets: Convertible Debt and USA – Nationwide Capital Markets: Structured Products respectively.