Shawn Kodes is counsel, elected partner effective January 1, 2019, in the Structured Finance and Derivatives practice at the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Mr. Kodes advises issuers, underwriters, placement agents, liquidity providers, investors, collateral managers and rating agencies in all aspects of structured securities offerings, both in the United States and abroad.
He has experience in the securitization of a broad range of asset types, including auto loans and leases, equipment loans and leases, rental car fleets, credit card receivables, U.S. and foreign trade receivables, student loans, unsecured consumer loans, commercial loans, high-yield bonds, healthcare receivables, insurance broker commissions, corporate loans and residual interests in securitizations. He has participated in structuring commercial paper conduits, master trusts, grantor trusts and owner trusts and other forms of domestic and offshore special purpose vehicles. He also has experience with derivatives including credit derivatives, FX and interest rate swaps, total return swaps and equity derivatives, both in commercial and structured finance contexts.
Mr. Kodes also provides advice to clients in connection with the various provisions of recent reform legislation impacting structured products and the securitization industry.
Mr. Kodes is noted as a “highly recommended” lawyer in Structured Finance by The Legal 500 US, where he is recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer”. He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Securities & Corporate Finance by Super Lawyers, 2016-2018.
Prior to joining the Firm in 2011, Mr. Kodes was a Vice President of a financial services company that arranged capital markets financing for global financial institutions. Mr. Kodes was responsible for transaction management and execution, as a well as oversight of the company’s legal matters.
Mr. Kodes has been involved in various community and charitable organizations. He is currently on the board of Start Small Think Big, and was previously Chair of the Junior Board of Partnership with Children. He has also been involved with the Robin Hood Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Central New York.
Mr. Kodes received his J.D., cum laude, from the New York Law School in 2007, where he was associate managing editor of the New York Law School Law Review. Mr. Kodes also served as a judicial extern, in his second year, for the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg, United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey. He received his B.A., cum laude, from Syracuse University in 2004.