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Clifford Chance

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Robert Villani

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Clifford Chance

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Capital Markets


Robert Villiani has extensive experience in structured capital markets. He has been involved in traditional and novel asset-backed and mortgaged-backed offerings as well in offerings of both traditional and novel structured credit products, investment funds and other financial instruments. Robert's experience includes representation of underwriters, issuers, credit enhancers, warehouse providers and other transaction parties in securitizations and repackagings of commercial real estate loans, leveraged loans and other corporate debt instruments, automobile and equipment loans and leases, corporate fleet leases, trade receivables, health care receivables, and securities and asset-backed securities. Many of these transactions were among the first of their type. Robert has also advised participants in the creation and maintenance of several investment funds and asset-backed commercial paper programs, particularly those focused on the acquisition of distressed assets, and has substantial experience working with derivatives and related products.


University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (JD), 1989; Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (BS), 1986

United States: Finance

Structured finance: securitization

Within: Structured finance: securitization

Clifford Chance has an active CLO practice, and considerable expertise in mortgage-related ABS, including non-performing and re-performing residential mortgage loans. In the CLO space, a team including Robert Villani advised Credit Suisse Asset Management on a litany of CLO resets and new issues, though the CRE CLO practice took a hit with the departure of Steven Kolyer, who joined Sidley Austin LLP. Key figures in the ABS team include Lee Askenazi, who acts for Bayview Asset Management in its ongoing program of rated securitizations of seasoned and re-performing residential mortgage loans. Chimera Investment Corporation is another major client in the residential mortgage loan space. In addition to mortgage-related ABS, the team advised Global Jet Capital on a series of offerings backed by business aircraft assets. Robert Hagan was promoted to partner, and James Gouwar, who focuses on the tax aspects of structured finance transactions, joined the team from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms


Within: Fintech

Boasting impressive cross-border capabilities, Clifford Chance combines regulatory, transactional and litigation expertise and advises clients on a range of fintech matters, including marketplace lending, blockchain, smart contracts, initial coin offerings, artificial intelligence and insurtech. Its client roster spans from established technology sector players, such as TBG and Imagination Technologies Group plc, to R3 (a consortium of more than financial institutions), and emerging start-ups and scale-ups. In an example of the latter, Gary Boss is advising Slice Insurance Technologies on several corporate and regulatory matters, including on a joint venture with a large US insurance carrier and on the structuring of a similar joint venture in Japan. In another work highlight, David Felsenthal and Washington DC-based litigator Megan Gordon assisted AANDB TECH with privacy policy and terms and conditions relating to the set up of its FINCONECTA initiative, a platform aiming to integrate solutions between fintech companies and financial institutions. The group also has experience representing clients in the ICO market with investigations and enforcement matters. Robert Villani is another key name to note, particularly for capital market related instructions. Except where otherwise stated, all individuals mentioned are based in the firm's New York office.

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