News & Analysis: law firms

  • Sydney-based law firm prepares for possible regulatory change
    11/25/2009

    Although covered bonds are not currently allowed as a form of funding for Australian banks, the Henry Davis York law firm is preparing itself for a possible change in this situation.  The text below is from a public announcement (Nov. 25) by the firm.

    In response to an emerging interest from the banking industry, rating agencies and regulators and clients, Sydney-based law firm, Henry Davis York (HDY), has formed Australia’s first specialist covered bonds team.

  • Among the pioneer lawyers in North American covered bonds
    07/09/2009

    Jerry MarlattJerry Marlatt has moved to the Morrison & Foerster law firm from Clifford Chance, according to an announcement today (July 9).

    Marlatt is considered among the lawyers who have helped pioneer covered bonds in North America.  He is credited with helping to engineer the first issuance of covered bonds in U.S. history (by Washington Mutual).

  • Dissolution of Thacher law firm after 160 years
    12/23/2008

    According to a public statement from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, the law firm is picking up what appears to be substantially the entire Structured Finance Group of  Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP, along with three other practice groups.   The move is expected to commence as of January 1, 2009.   Management of the Thacher firm reportedly announced plans to dissolve.

  • Leader will be structured finance veteran Shirley Curfman
    11/06/2008

    NEW YORK — Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of America’s leading full-service law firms, today announced that it has established a Covered Bonds Team to assist clients with covered bond offerings addressed by the United States Treasury Department, as a possible new source of mortgage financing in the U.S. The team will help clients assess the viability of this product in their particular circumstances while factoring in current market conditions.

  • Law Firm was involved in one of the first U.S. covered bond issuances
    09/26/2008

    118-year-old San Francisco-based law firm Heller Ehrman LLP voted to dssolve, leaving many hundreds of lawyers and staff in multiple offices to seek employment elsewhere.

    Just a couple of months ago, on August 14, the firm announced formation of a covered bonds practice group. At that time, the firm’s press release noted that Heller Ehrman “has been involved in the issuance of covered bonds by Washington Mutual, one of the two banks that have been issued covered bonds.”

  • Member lawyers centered in Dallas
    09/02/2008

    DALLAS — Andrews Kurth LLP has formed a new practice group to advise its clients and prospective clients on matters related to the issuance, underwriting, purchase and sale of covered bonds.

  • The L.A.-based law firm plans to (1) facilitate inclusion of real estate loans as collateral in covered bond transactions and (2) establish protocols for covered bond purchases.
    08/26/2008

    LOS ANGELES–Los Angeles-based law firm Buchalter Nemer, PC, announced the formation of its Covered Bonds Group. The new group comes in response to a growing interest by institutional real estate and commercial finance clients in developing the popular European corporate debt instrument for the U.S. capital markets.

  • Members drawn from New York and London offices
    08/19/2008

    NEW YORK — Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world’s leading international law firms, announced the formation of a Covered Bonds practice group to serve global clients entering the space and to advocate on behalf of removing regulatory impediments to the issuance of covered bonds by U.S. based financial institutions. 

  • Members drawn from law firm’s Structured Finance and Securitization Practice
    08/13/2008

    NEW YORK – Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce the formation of a Covered Bonds Team  within its Structured Finance and Securitization Practice .  These attorneys will leverage their knowledge and experience in the areas of structured finance, banking, derivatives and tax to help U.S. and European participants achieve success in the complex and growing covered bonds market.  The team will be co-chaired by Hays Ellisen  and Eric Adams , both New York-based partners and co-chairs of Katten’s Structured Finance and Securitization Practice.

  • Law firm helped handle one of the first U.S. covered bonds issuances

    06/24/2008

    NEW YORK — Building on its reputation as a pioneer in helping clients manage sophisticated financial transactions, the law firm McKee Nelson LLP announced today that it has assembled the first dedicated “covered bonds” team to advise issuers and underwriters entering this market. In addition to representing clients on covered bond transactions, the new group is working with issuers – including non-banks – on hybrid structures that feature the dual recourse arrangement typical of covered bonds. Partners John Arnholz and Kenneth P.