We have extensive experience in a wide range of derivatives and structured products, from highly tailored, one-off structures, to high-volume "plain vanilla" swaps. We have acquired this expertise in a wide variety of transactions and from all perspectives – representing swap dealers, hedge funds and other end-users, investors, issuers and underwriters. What differentiates us from other law firms is our breadth and depth of industry knowledge and risk management practices. We excel at helping clients understand and negotiate the best deal possible, no matter how complex or innovative the deal structure might be. We have the expertise to advise on the tax, insolvency, securities, commodities, banking, ERISA, and investment company laws affecting these transactions, including the provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the compliance requirements for swaps markets that are emerging in CFTC and SEC regulatory proposals. Our high level of commercial awareness and industry knowledge gives us the ability to find solutions that get the deal done at a reasonable cost. Our clients benefit from our expertise in the legal mechanics of trading, financing and resolving the disputes involved in complex transactions.
Our knowledge extends to derivatives (both OTC and exchange-traded products, as well as clearing arrangements) for interest rates, currencies, credit, equities (including indices and funds), debt, energy or other commodities, or exotics such as weather and property, as well as swaps in securitization transactions and other investment vehicles, futures, options, collars, and participation agreements. For our clients who have in-house lawyers to staff most of their transactions, we handle documentation overflows cost-effectively and save our clients the time and expense of hiring temp agencies or adding permanent headcount.