Mr John Keiserman > Katten > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

NEW YORK, NY 10022-2585
United States

Work Department

Structured Finance and Securitization


John Keiserman represents issuers, underwriters and lenders on structured finance deals across all asset classes, with particular experience in transactions backed by motor vehicle collateral. Recognized as a leading lawyer in structured finance by The Legal 500 US, John brings a creative, pragmatic approach to every transaction to ensure that his clients’ business goals are achieved even as they contend with an evolving regulatory regime. With his deep understanding of automobile loan, automobile lease and dealer floorplan receivables-backed deals, John regularly advises clients about developments in securities laws and transaction structures that impact those sectors.

John’s clients include captive finance companies and independent lenders, new market entrants and issuers with more than 20 years of experience, and underwriters, initial purchasers, lenders and investors who demand counsel that understands the peculiarities of every type of issuance, offering and deal structure. In addition to working extensively on transactions involving every type of motor vehicle collateral, John also focuses on structuring deals with underlying collateral that ranges in quality from deep subprime to super-prime and understands how to tailor structures to reflect each asset’s unique characteristics.

Understanding the auto industry and the unique features of motor vehicle-backed securitizations also allows John to give advice that keeps his clients on top of regulatory trends and at the front of the market on deal structures and innovative approaches. John advises securitization industry groups and informal groups of issuers on regulatory matters impacting these motor vehicle securitizations and has prepared numerous comment letters to regulatory bodies on these topics.

John’s focus on motor vehicle deals is supplemented and enhanced by deep experience on transactions utilizing other types of collateral, including mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, equipment loans and leases, franchise loans and diversified payment rights. He also has represented collateral managers and monoline insurers on market value, cash flow and synthetic collateralized debt obligations and collateralized loan obligations.


Mr. Keiserman is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


JD, New York University School of Law, cum laude; BA, The College of William & Mary

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

The team at Katten is prolific adviser for issuer-side ABS matters, counting Fannie Mae and Ford Motor Credit Company among its key clients. Areas of strength for the group include residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and the auto and equipment sectors. Drawing on the firm’s wider strengths outside of transactional matters, the group also provides sophisticated regulatory advice to financial institutions. Co-heading the team are Washington DC-based Anna-Liza Harris, who is highly knowledgeable in securitization tax issues; and New York’s Howard Schickler, whose practice increasingly involves fintech-related securitizations. Other key lawyers include Claudine Chen-Young  in Washington DC, a specialist in RMBS and John Keiserman in New York, who focuses on motor vehicle collateral-backed transactions.