Mr Stanford Renas > Katten > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

NEW YORK, NY 10022-2585
United States

Work Department

Structured Finance and Securitization


Stanford A. Renas has extensive experience in the securitization of financial and hard assets in both domestic and cross-border transactions. He handles structured energy, commodity and carbon-related transactions including project finance, structured acquisition finance and accounting, tax and bankruptcy-driven transactions, as well as cash-flow and market-value collateralized loan obligations, credit-linked notes and structured derivatives trades. 

Stan’s clients and colleagues say he “has a particularly good feel of underlying commercial issues; he is also a very good problem solver and his expertise in complex transactions adds great value” (Legal 500).

In recent years, Stan has devoted a significant part of his practice to domestic and foreign carbon credit trading and cap and trade transactions, participating in some of the largest transactions in this area. He frequently works with structured commodity products, including bullion and base metals, oil and gas, power and carbon credits, trading in the European and international markets as well as in the United States.

Additional areas of focus for Stan include finding innovative uses for structured finance techniques in energy, commodity and carbon trading businesses’ complex investment fund structures, and advising on structured investments by private investors and cross-border structured investments. His client work also involves insurance products, with an emphasis on alternative risk transfer solutions, including longevity trades, catastrophe bonds and Triple-X transactions.

Stan joined Katten in 2012 from Linklaters LLP.


JD, Columbia Law School, 1997; BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 1994

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products

Katten is primarily engaged by sell-side clients in OTC and exchange-traded derivatives matters, and has particular expertise in advising swap dealers on issues such as registration, reporting, ongoing trading matters and regulatory investigations. Headed by Arthur Hahn in the Chicago office, the department is also active in the commodities space and has experience advising clearinghouses and market exchanges. Guy Dempsey advised ICBC Standard Bank on its CFTC registration for the commencement of its swap-dealer business, and is also assisting Jefferies Derivative Products with the development of swap-dealer policies pursuant to new CFTC requirements. Additionally, Stanford Renas and Don Macbean advised Morgan Stanley Commodities on multiple long-term hedging transactions. Also recommended is special counsel Gary DeWaal, who has acted for broker-dealers and proprietary trading groups in relation to crypto-asset trading and clearing matters.

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

Katten is ‘one of the few firms with the depth of experience necessary to handle complex issuer-side CRE CLOs‘. Leveraging ‘an impressively deep bench‘, the firm is able to ‘provide excellent legal service across a variety of related practice areas‘, and is driven by ‘a keen understanding of its clients’ business needs‘. Jointly headed by Howard Schickler and Washington DC-based Anna-Liza Harris, the team is among the market’s most active issuer-side counsel, and is especially well known in the RMBS, auto and equipment sectors. Harris, alongside Chris DiAngelo and Washington DC-based Seth Messner, are acting for Aspen Capital and its affiliated public REIT in the securitization of re-performing and non-performing mortgage loans. Also in the mortgage loan space, the team advised Marathon Asset Management, as collateral manager, on its first CRE CLO since the 2008 financial crisis. Other key contacts include Joseph Topolski, who advised Westlake Financial Services on multiple issuances of sub-prime auto loan ABS, and Stanford Renas, who acts for clients such as Deutsche Bank Securities in CLO transactions. Joshua Yablonski in the Charlotte office, and Claudine Chen-Young in Washington DC are also recommended. GM Financial, Ford Motor Credit Company and Fannie Mae are among the team’s key clients.