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“This Group maintains a formidable reputation for its advice to clients on transactions related to aircraft leases, cell tower assets, rental car fleets and credit card receivables, and has notable CLO expertise.”
Chambers USA 2013

Structured Finance & Securitization

Latham & Watkins is recognized for its work on complex and cutting edge structured finance transactions, development of innovative structures and securitization of new assets.


Latham is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in structured finance and securitization transactions. Through a team of lawyers based in the United States and Europe, this practice provides clients with integrated, multi-jurisdictional legal counsel on all of the commercial, insolvency and tax law aspects of structured finance and securitization deals. The team also has extensive experience handling the commercial and operational issues that arise in these transactions.  

As valued business advisors, Latham’s structured finance and securitization lawyers understand each client’s needs and work to achieve their objectives. The group’s clients include:

  • Investment banks as underwriters, placement agents and structuring advisors
  • Issuers and sponsors
  • Investment advisors, asset managers and funds
  • Institutional investors
  • Insurance companies
  • Bank conduits
  • Credit enhancers and liquidity providers
  • CLOs
Comprehensive Expertise

Latham’s lawyers frequently advise clients on transactions involving “off-the-run” commercial and esoteric assets, including:

  • Aircraft leases and related assets
  • Cell tower and broadcast tower assets
  • Rental car fleets
  • Whole business securitizations

In addition, the group’s lawyers often advise on more traditional structured finance and securitization transactions, including:

  • Collateralized loan obligations (CLOs)
  • Credit card receivables
  • Derivatives
  • Sub-prime automobile loans
  • Trade receivables