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Dechert LLP

ONE INTERNATIONAL PLACE, 40TH FLOOR, 100 OLIVER STREET, BOSTON, MA 02110-2605, USA
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Dechert LLP, Christopher Desmond, Boston, USA

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Christopher Desmond

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Dechert LLP

Work Department

Finance & Real Estate

Career

Christopher Desmond has experience in a broad range of structured and leveraged finance transaction types, and primarily focuses on representing asset managers, sponsors and issuers in collateralized loan obligation ("CLO") transactions, as well as managers and borrowers in a variety of fund financing structures, including subscription credit facilities and asset-backed leveraged loan warehouses. He has represented issuers, originators, agent banks and underwriters in connection with asset-backed and residential mortgage securitizations and commercial paper conduits, as well as lenders and borrowers in cash-flow and asset-based loan facilities. He has also represented counterparties to numerous derivative transactions, including credit, currency and commodity derivatives.

Education

Stanford University, B.A., 2002; Stanford University, M.A., 2003; New York University, J.D., 2006


United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Dechert LLP's practice covers commercial real estate finance, as well as the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate debt products. , while the firm also advises on loan origination, acquisitions and dispositions, securitizations, restructuring, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and bankruptcy matters. The firm's client base includes issuers, underwriters, loan sellers, servicers, operating advisors and investors. New York-based Laura Swihart and Devin Swaney continue to act for key client Freddie Mac, and this year advised on around 50 deals with an aggregate value of $50bn. Swaney also advised First Foundation Bank as a mortgage loan seller in the securitization of loans secured by multifamily properties. Philadelphia-based Richard Jones and Charlotte-based Stewart McQueen advised The Bancorp on a $304m CMBS deal sponsored by The Bancorp Bank, a Delaware state chartered commercial bank. Another highlight included advising Blackstone Mortgage Trust on a $1bn collateralized loan obligation, while the firm also also acted for Citibank and Goldman Sachs on the $1.9bn refinancing of loans secured by luxury Bahamas resort Atlantis Paradise Island. Philadelphia-based Jason S Rozes, David Forti and New York-based Krystyna Blakeslee are also recommended. Newly promoted partners include Boston-based Christopher Desmond, Samuel Gilbert; Philadelphia-based Gennady Gorel, Kenneth Hackman and New York-based Matthew Fischer. Matthew Hays joined as partner in the Chicago office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Kahlil T Yearwood left the firm for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Other clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BlackRock, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.

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