Structured Finance & Derivatives

Weil’s Structured Finance and Derivatives practice has a long track record of developing cutting-edge structures at the forefront of the marketplace.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

Weil’s Structured Finance & Derivatives practice is composed of lawyers experienced in securitization, structured products and derivatives matters. Weil's U.S./U.K. team has been involved in structured finance transactions involving a diverse range of asset classes and utilizing the entire spectrum of securitization structures. With respect to derivatives, our international team covers the full array of products including those related to prime brokerage. Our portfolio experience also extends to non-U.S./U.K. assets in many jurisdictions, including the Baltics, Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia.

Clients value our ability to bring a fresh perspective to novel issues. We have been involved in a broad variety of transactions relating to the securitization of a wide range of asset classes, and we have extensive experience in the establishment of CLO/CDO vehicles, as well as credit-linked notes and customized repackaging programs. Our derivatives practice encompasses equity, credit, energy, commodity, real property, interest-rate and currency derivatives. We also have substantial and broad-based expertise in tax and regulatory issues related to these products.

Innovative Securitization Practice

Our group is uniquely positioned to address the legal needs of clients in the securitization market. Our excellent reputation is based on our attorneys’ technical expertise and their long track record of developing innovative, groundbreaking structures at the forefront of the marketplace.

We regularly represent issuers, arrangers, underwriters, placement agents, advisors and investors in a wide spectrum of securitization transactions involving a vast array of assets, including:

  • ABS
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Aircraft Securitization
  • Auto Loans and Leases
  • Banked-owned Life Insurance (BOLI)
  • Commercial Loans
  • Commercial Real Estate Mortgages
  • Corporate Bonds and Loans
  • Diamonds and Related Consignment Sales Revenue
  • Distressed Loans
  • Equipment Loans and Leases
  • Film Licensing Receivables
  • Franchise Loans
  • Franchise Royalty Rights
  • Healthcare Receivables
  • Home Equity Loans
  • Insurance Broker Fees
  • Insurance Premium Finance Contracts
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Life Settlements
  • Manufactured Housing
  • MBS
  • Middle Market Loans and Mezzanine Securities
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Music Royalty Rights
  • Oil and Gas Assets
  • Personal Loans
  • Private Equity and Hedge Fund Limited Partnership Interests
  • Rental Cars
  • Residential Real Estate Mortgages
  • Residual Interest in Securitizations
  • Small Business Loans
  • Solar Assets
  • Structured Settlement Payments
  • Student Loans
  • Timeshare Loans
  • Trade Receivables
  • Triple Net Real Estate Leases
  • Venture Capital Debt
  • Whole Business Securitization

CLO/CDO Practice

Our global team has extensive experience in the establishment of CLO/CDO vehicles (including synthetic and market value structures and structured investment vehicles).  We have been extremely active in the recent resurgence of the CLO market, representing arrangers, asset managers, investors, financial institutions and counterparties.

Our experience includes cash, balance sheet, market value and synthetic structures and has involved various types of collateral, including, but not limited to:

  • High-yield bonds
  • Leveraged loans
  • Distressed loans
  • Middle market loans
  • Mezzanine securities
  • Asset-backed securities
  • Mortgage-backed securities
  • CDOs
  • Bank
  • Insurance company and REIT trust preferred securities
  • Private equity and hedge fund interests

We have partnered with our Bankruptcy and Litigation practices to provide restructuring, remediation and commutation advice relating to CLOs, CDOs and many other asset types. We have also represented various investors on devising strategies to enable trust preferred CDOs to maximize value from defaulted assets.

Our experience also includes advising clients with respect to acquisitions and dispositions of CLO/CDO managers and portfolios of CLO/CDO management contracts.

Derivatives & Structured Products Experience

We possess significant capabilities in negotiating, documenting, litigating, working out and providing regulatory advice with respect to credit, equity, rates and commodities derivatives, including OTC and cleared swaps, futures and options and complex bespoke transactions. In addition, we have extensive experience advising clients throughout the lifecycle of structured products, including development, origination, syndication, trading and restructuring/remediation/commutation.

Weil's derivatives practice encompasses the full range of the derivatives spectrum, including:

  • Equity
  • Credit
  • Energy
  • Commodities
  • Interest-rate
  • FX

Industry products within these and other sectors which Weil has had significant experience with include:  

  • Total return swaps
  • Interest rate swaps
  • Options
  • Credit default swaps (including CDSs on bonds, loans and asset-backed securities)
  • Forwards (including variable forwards)
  • Futures contracts
  • Equity-linked notes
  • Credit-linked notes
  • Accelerated share repurchases
  • Call spreads

Cross-Practice Partnerships

The partners in our group work closely with our Banking, Restructuring and Litigation practices to provide:
  • Integrated solutions to clients affected by the financial crisis
  • Advice and deal execution on loan portfolio trades and to clients seeking to exploit other opportunities created by current market conditions, including investments in distressed assets/transactions
  • Restructuring/remediation/commutation advice relating to ABS, CMBS, CLO/CDOs and other structured products
  • Advice to counterparties with substantial derivatives portfolios in disputes occurring both within and outside the context of bankruptcy.
We also work closely with our Private Equity and M&A practices to advise clients with respect to acquisitions and dispositions of securitization businesses and assets.

Key Contacts

Frank P. Nocco

Frank P. Nocco


New York

Jacqueline Kelly

Jacky Kelly



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They are knowledgeable about changes in the market, commercial, on the front foot and proactive in the service they provide.”

Chambers Global 2022

Shortlisted for Structured Finance and Securitization “Team of the Year”

IFLR Americas Awards 2022

Named a “Leading” Firm for Securitization in the U.S. and the U.K.

Chambers Global 2022

Named a “Leading” Firm for Structured Finance: Securitization

Legal 500 US 2023

Named a “Leading” Firm for Securitization in the U.S.

Chambers USA 2022

Named a “Leading” Firm for Structured Finance and Securitization in the U.S. and the U.K.

IFLR1000 2022

Named a “Leading” Firm for Securitization and CLOs in London

Chambers UK 2022

Named Securitization "Practice Group of the Year"

Law360 2019

Won the 2018 “Structured Finance & Securitization Team of the Year” Award

IFLR Americas Awards 2018

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