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Dechert LLP
United States
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Work Department

Finance and Real Estate


Ralph R. Mazzeo focuses his practice on mortgage finance and capital markets, with a particular emphasis on structured finance, including residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). Mr. Mazzeo has more than a decade of experience in advising issuers, mortgage originators, servicers, collateral managers, underwriters, financial guarantors and others in connection with securitizations, asset sales and debt restructurings.


Member, the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG); Member, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA); Member, CRE Finance Council (CREFC)


University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1991; New York University, M.P.A., 1993; The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 1997, summa cum laude, Senior Articles Editor of the University of Arizona Law Review, Order of the Coif

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Dechert LLP has a wide-ranging workload in the fintech space that includes cutting-edge cryptocurrency transactions, as well as more traditional transactional, cybersecurity and regulatory matters. Silicon Valley-based partner Timothy Spangler has experience of fund management, fintech and cryptocurrency issues, all of which intersected on his lead role assisting Franklin Templeton on the launch of its groundbreaking blockchain-based mutual fund. Philadelphia-based Ralph Mazzeo is also experienced in related securitizations and digital assets. The regulatory and compliance aspects are typically handled by Susan Grafton in Washington DC and San Francisco practice head Mark D Perlow, a former senior counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. Karen Neuman (Washington DC) and Boston’s Brenda Sharton are respectively on hand for non-contentious and contentious privacy and cybersecurity issues.

United States > Finance > Structured finance: securitization

Dechert LLP‘s asset finance securitization practice spans a variety of transaction types, including commercial real estate deals, CMBS, resi-securitizations, CLOs and ABS, with a strength in esoterics. Leading the team from New York is Laura Swihart, who is most noted for her abilities in the CMBS arena, as well as heading the firm’s relationship with Freddie Mac. In Philadelphia, David Forti also leads on real estate-related securitizations. New York’s Richard Jones heads the CMBS sub-group, also advising on LIBOR transition issues, while Ralph Mazzeo specialises in residential mortgage-backed products. In Charlotte, Christopher P. Duerden leads the global CLO group, supported by John M Timperio.