Mr Robert Villani > Clifford Chance > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6131
United States

Work Department

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

Clifford Chance‘s New York-based team works closely with the firm’s tax practice, utilizing the expertise of James Gouwar  to provide comprehensive support to clients on a wide variety of securitizations, with particular expertise in RMBS and CMBS deals, as well as CLOs. The group is also well-versed in marketplace, consumer and student loan deals, as well as asset-backed securitizations. ‘Substantively knowledgeable and excellent‘, Robert Villani focuses on CLOs and loan securitizations and jointly leads the team alongside real estate-sector expert Lee Askenazi. Dual English and New York-qualified Gareth Old  is an expert in risk-transfer transactions and collateralized fund obligation deals. In Washington DC, Robert Hagan  focuses on private securitization and re-securitization pertaining to asset classes including performing and non-performing new origination and seasoned residential mortgages.