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Clifford Chance

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James Gouwar

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Clifford Chance LLP

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Capital Markets, Tax, Real Estate, Banks, Funds & Investment Management


Jim Gouwar's practice concentrates on the tax aspects of structured finance transactions such as mortgage- and asset-backed transactions, collateralized loan and debt obligations (cash and synthetic) and real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs).

Jim has been involved in the development of a number of innovative securitization structures and has worked with a broad range of financial assets.

Jim has experience with private equity funds, hedge funds, regulated investment companies, and other pooled investment vehicles.


New York University School of Law (LLM, Taxation) 1988, University of Denver College of Law (J.D.) 1985, University of Denver (B.A.) 1982

United States: Finance

Structured finance: securitization

Within: Structured finance: securitization

Clifford Chance has an active CLO practice, and considerable expertise in mortgage-related ABS, including non-performing and re-performing residential mortgage loans. In the CLO space, a team including Robert Villani advised Credit Suisse Asset Management on a litany of CLO resets and new issues, though the CRE CLO practice took a hit with the departure of Steven Kolyer, who joined Sidley Austin LLP. Key figures in the ABS team include Lee Askenazi, who acts for Bayview Asset Management in its ongoing program of rated securitizations of seasoned and re-performing residential mortgage loans. Chimera Investment Corporation is another major client in the residential mortgage loan space. In addition to mortgage-related ABS, the team advised Global Jet Capital on a series of offerings backed by business aircraft assets. Robert Hagan was promoted to partner, and James Gouwar, who focuses on the tax aspects of structured finance transactions, joined the team from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

Clifford Chance's team assists on a wide variety of international businesses transactions, including M&A, restructurings, joint ventures, investments and various financing and capital markets deals. In recent highlights, David Moldenhauer advised Development Bank of Japan on its $50m investment into Meridiam's third North American infrastructure-focused fund. Philip Wagman advised Hearst on its acquisition of the magazine and book businesses of health and wellness content company Rodale Inc., which publishes Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World and other titles. Richard Catalano was recently appointed head of tax in the Americas region. Avrohom Gelber, another key figure, advised the underwriters, led by Goldman Sachs and Evercore, on the IPO of Mexican energy and infrastructure investment trust CFE Fibra E. James Gouwar joined the practice in New York in September 2018 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Based in New York, Clifford Chance’s five-partner team has expertise across a wide-range of tax areas, including M&A activities, joint ventures and REIT’s, with a particularly strong presence in the capital markets space. Recent highlights include Philip Wagman working alongside the banking and capital markets teams to advise Global Jet Capital on various capital markets issuances, and Richard Catalano advising ReNew REIT on its formation and initial capitalization pursuant to a joint venture with a sovereign wealth fund and real estate investment manager to acquire senior housing healthcare property. Other highlights include acting for Hearst Corporation in the acquisition of Rodale, a health and wellness content company, and 21st Century Media Newspaper. Avrohom Gelber, David Moldenhauer and Mike Seaton are other key lawyers. James Gouwar joined in September 2018 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, while Alan Kravitz departed to Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and William Cejudo left for Dechert LLP.

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