NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 6, 2008
The Covered Bonds Team will work under the direction of Shirley Curfman, partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and Nanette Heide, partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s New York office. Curfman, who recently joined the firm’s Los Angeles office, has provided legal advice in the structured finance market for over 10 years and served as legal counsel to the mortgage bond indenture trustee in one of only two covered bond transactions in which U.S. financial institutions issued bonds. Heide’s practice focuses on corporate and financing transactions, including equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures and commercial transactions. Curfman and Heide are joined by other attorneys in the Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups, including Peter Korda and Andrew Pearlstein.
“Seyfarth Shaw is well-positioned to help clients understand and initiate covered bonds offerings,” Heide said. “Drawing on experience in structured finance, as well as Shirley’s insights into the structure of covered bonds, we are ready to meet the needs of our clients in this expanding market.”
Covered bonds are debt securities backed by cash flows from mortgages or public sector loans. In many ways, they are similar to asset-backed securities created in securitization, but covered bond assets remain on the issuer’s consolidated balance sheet. Covered bonds have been the main source of mortgage funding in Europe since the 18th century, but to date, only two U.S. depository institutions have issued covered bonds. The U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have been promoting a covered bond market strategy as an attractive source for funding residential mortgage loans. As a complement to the policy statement previously issued by the FDIC, the Treasury Department recently issued a best practices guide to specifically address covered bonds backed by pools of eligible residential mortgages.
“I’m pleased that covered bonds, long utilized in Europe, are making their way into the U.S. market as an additional funding source for mortgage loans,” Curfman added. “We have the resources, skills, and experience with covered bonds to work with lenders to effectively structure these financing vehicles.”
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