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Mayer Brown is a global legal services organization advising clients across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Our presence in the world’s leading markets enables us to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach. We are noted for our commitment to client service and our ability to assist clients with their most complex and demanding legal and business challenges worldwide. We serve many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies and more than half of the world’s largest banks. We provide legal services in areas such as: banking and finance; corporate and securities; litigation and dispute resolution; antitrust and competition; US Supreme Court and appellate; employment and benefits; environmental; financial services regulatory and enforcement; government and global trade; intellectual property; real estate; tax; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; and wealth management.
Vanessa is a finance partner in Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group, who focuses on asset-based lending, securitization and other structured products, including financing of aircraft, rail and other equipment assets.
Vanessa's experience includes structuring and negotiating securitization and other financing arrangements, asset portfolio and company acquisition financings and joint venture arrangements, as well syndicated lending facilities. She regularly advises both underwriters and issuers/sponsors on ABS transactions, and has experience with ABS transactions backed by aircraft, rail assets, equipment loans and leases, residential mortgage loans and auto loans.
She has also worked extensively on restructurings and workouts of project financings, asset-based loans, and complex structured products and securitizations, as well as purchases/sales of distressed assets.
Stuart M. Litwin is a partner and co-head of the Structured Finance Practice at Mayer Brown LLP. Mr. Litwin also co-heads Mayer Brown’s Capital Markets Practice.
Stuart is one of the leading lawyers in the United States in the representation of originators, investment banks, ABCP conduit sponsors, hedge funds, commercial banks and investors (including mutual funds) in structuring, negotiating and documenting U.S. and international asset-backed and other securities transactions. His experience has involved the securitization of virtually all asset types, and he is recognized as an expert in the securitization and financing of retail and commercial auto loans and leases, FFELP and private student loans, dealer floorplan receivables, equipment leases and loans, global trade finance assets, rental cars, commercial and residential mortgages, cross border transactions, solar leases and power purchase agreements, synthetic risk transfers, money market fund investments and structured transactions in which banks and other clients seek advantageous treatment for accounting, regulatory capital or tax purposes. Mr. Litwin also regularly represents several funds, reinsurance companies and other investors in their “alternative investments” (i.e., unusual assets or finance companies which are more difficult to fund in securitization or banking markets).