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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Structured Finance & Derivatives, Regulatory & Compliance, Trading Agreements


Craig Stein is co-head of the Structured Finance & Derivatives Group. His practice focuses on structured finance and asset-backed transactions and swaps and other derivative products, including prime brokerage and customer trading agreements. He represents issuers, underwriters, collateral managers and portfolio purchasers in public and private structured financings, including collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). Craig has been recognized in this area by the prestigious legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which noted that satisfied clients praised him for his “very broad knowledge of the markets” and for being “incredibly responsive and helpful in thinking through issues” and “very thoughtful about the market.” Chambers also stated: “He is known for his work in derivative products, representing issuers, underwriters and portfolio purchasers in CLOs. Peers find his work in structured products and derivatives impressive.” The Legal 500 US has noted that Craig is “recognized for his thought leadership on regulatory issues affecting both the securitization and derivatives markets.”

Craig is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Loan Syndications and Trading Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association and the Structured Finance Association. He is a much sought-after speaker for structured finance and hedge fund industry conferences and webinars and the author of numerous articles on advanced financial products. He is the author of “U.S. CLOs: Past and Present” in The Journal of Structured Finance. Craig also co-authored “CLOs and LIBOR Transition” for The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Securitisation 2020 and “CLOs in the Current Regulatory Environment” for The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Securitisation 2019


American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Structured Finance Association.


University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD, cum laude; Colgate University, BA, cum laude.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

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Craig SteinSchulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP‘s team in New York is singled out by clients as ‘unusually dedicated to results both in terms of speed and meticulousness‘, with a particular strength in CLO transactions. The group has an enviable investment fund and alternative lender client base, and it is regularly called on to advise them in relation to distressed debt, structured finance and corporate debt investments. Esoteric securitizations are another area of expertise, including senior loans, revolving credit, warehouse facilities and commercial paper conduits. Craig Stein  assists issuers, underwriters, collateral managers and portfolio purchasers on a variety of CLOs and co-leads the department with Boris Ziser , whose esoteric securitization practice has gone from strength to strength. ‘Tireless and above all conscientious’, Phillip Azzollini  focuses on private CLO offerings and warehouse financing deals. Daniel Oshinsky  is known for liquidity facilities and structured credits.