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Anna-Liza Harris is co-head of Katten's Structured Finance and Securitization practice and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. She advises clients on tax issues related to debt capital markets transactions, residential and multifamily mortgage-backed securitizations, asset-backed securitizations, and complex derivative and hybrid equity securities. In addition, Anna-Liza has substantial experience representing issuers of financial products in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

Anna-Liza has been involved in the development of a number of innovative securitization structures and counsels issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of securities.

Anna-Liza works with clients ranging from first-time issuers to frequent market participants. She provides tax advice for issuances backed by performing, re-performing, non-performing and synthetic assets, using real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMIC), collateralized loan obligation (CLO) and other fixed and revolving structures through US and offshore issuing vehicles.

She is a frequent lecturer on tax issues relevant to the securitization industry and the issuance of debt to non-US investors. 


JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1989; BSFS, Georgetown University, 1983

United States: Finance

Structured finance

Within: Structured finance

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is known for its work as a prominent issuer counsel, but is ‘excellent in all regards’ and acts for a variety of market participants in the RMBS, automotive and equipment finance sectors. Stephen Esko, Chris DiAngelo and Washington DC-based Anna-Liza Harris are all highly recommended, and have carried out a variety of work for Fannie Mae, having served as outside counsel on the non-tax aspects of the client’s CAS program, which seeks to transfer retained credit risk to capital markets investors. The team also counsels Fannie Mae on its monthly guaranteed single and multi-family REMIC issuances. Highly regarded for his ‘knowledge of the contracting process in public and private transactions’, Howard Schickler regularly acts for Fortress Investment Group regarding debt financing and equity capital, participation facilities and portfolio acquisitions. Joseph Topolski and John Keiserman advised Ford Motor Credit Company and GM Financial, respectively, on securitization programs and regulatory compliance. In recent personnel developments, Joshua Yablonski joined the firm’s Charlotte office from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Washington DC-based Brandon Hadley made partner in 2016. Since publication, Claudine Chen-Young has joined in Washington DC from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s ‘pragmatic tax practice’ is noted for its strength in tax structuring M&A, private equity, venture capital and REITs transactions. Practice head Saul Rudo played a key role advising Sterling Partners on its $925m acquisition of GSI Commerce as part of a consortium of investors, which involved acting as primary counsel on the capital raise for the purchase and negotiating management agreements with the management team of eBay Enterprise. Other clients include Aspen Capital and Meritas. Chicago-based Valentina Famparska and Anna-Liza Harris are also recommended.

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