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Dechert LLP

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Laura Swihart

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Dechert LLP

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Finance and Real Estate


Laura Swihart focuses her practice on commercial real estate finance and securitization matters. Ms. Swihart regularly represents issuers, underwriters, mortgage loan sellers and subordinate bond buyers in connection with commercial mortgage backed securitization transactions. She has represented joint ventures and entities in connection with the creation of commercial mortgage loan origination platforms.


Member, New York State Bar Association


University of Connecticut, B.A., 1994, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; New York University School of Law, J.D., 1997

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Dechert LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is particularly strong in the field of commercial real estate finance and regularly handles the purchase and sale of real estate debt products, along with the origination, disposition and securitization of commercial real estate loans. The firm also has extensive expertise in capital markets transactions and frequently advises on debt and equity offerings. Richard Jones heads the practice and recently advised real estate lender Silverpeak on a CMBS investment and purchaser risk retention transaction valued at $938m. Other key figures include Laura Swihart, who along with finance partner Devin Swaney advised Freddie Mac on approximately 50 deals over the course of 12 months, the majority of these being securitizations of mortgage loans secured by multifamily properties; and Philadelphia-based Jason Rozes, whose client roster includes a mix of commercial and investment banks, institutional lenders and REITs. The firm has a solid West Coast presence; out of the San Francisco office, the firm acted for RBC Capital Markets on a $798m mortgage loan provided to the affiliates of Blackstone Group as financing for its $1.8bn acquisition of Alecta Pension’s US real estate portfolio. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays and Starwood Property Trust are also key active clients. Kahlil Yearwood moved to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

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United States: Finance

Structured finance: securitization

Within: Structured finance: securitization

Dechert LLP’s finance group is singled out for its knowledge of ‘cutting-edge structures addressing the new risk retention rules for CLOs’. The team advises issuers and underwriters in CMBS, CRE and auto loan securitizations, and has particular strength in acting for CLO managers. Richard Jones heads the department, which includes Laura Swihart, who specializes in MBS and acts for sell-side clients like Freddie Mac; the ‘client-focused’ Sean Solis, who is a key contact in the CLO group and advises managers such as Apollo Global Management; and the Charlotte-based John Timperio, whose expertise spans ABS and CLO transactions. The team was joined by a number of new arrivals in 2017, including Bruce Bloomingdale, from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Krystyna Blakeslee was promoted to partner in the Hartford office. In June 2018, Will Cejudo joined in Washington DC from Clifford Chance.

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