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Craig Wolson, Esq.
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  • Securities fraud
  • Structured finance

Craig Wolson, Esq.

Craig Wolson, Esq., a specialist in securities offerings, securities fraud, derivatives, structured finance/securitization, and secured lending, has extensive experience with various financial instruments such as ABS, CLOs, MBS, CDOs, CDS, interest rate swaps, CLNs, repurchase agreements. Throughout his career, he has held senior positions at prominent law firms such as Shearman and Sterling, Mayer, Brown & Platt, and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. He has also served as an expert witness and consultant for leading litigation firms, including Berger Montague, Chapman and Cutler, and Robbins Geller.

Wolson is a frequent participant and moderator in seminars and has contributed articles to publications such as The Business Lawyer and Law 360. He co-edited a book on securitization and structured finance transactions for the American Bar Association. In the legal community, he served as Chairman of the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2004-08.

Recognized as a New York Super Lawyer, Wolson joined the American Arbitration Association’s roster of arbitrators in 2010 due to his expertise in structured finance, securities, and derivatives. He has been listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business for many years. In 2018, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Industry Experience
Education
Areas of Expertise
Publications
Honors and Awards
Speaking Engagements
Quotations
Keywords

Industry Experience

CRAIG A. WOLSON, ESQ

Attorney, Consultant, and Expert Witness

BURGHER GRAY LLP

Of Counsel

YK LAW LLP

Of Counsel

AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION

Arbitrator

TAYLOR LOUIS LLP

Of Counsel

LAW OFFICES OF JOHN F. LANG

Of Counsel

TULLY RINCKEY PLLC

Of Counsel

SALON MARROW DYCKMAN NEWMAN & BROUDY LLP

Of Counsel

CADWALADER, WICKERSHAM & TAFT LLP

Special Counsel

DUANE MORRIS LLP

Partner

SCHULTE ROTH & ZABEL LLP

Special Counsel

MAYER, BROWN & PLATT

Counsel

BROWN & WOOD LLP

Counsel

WILLIAMS & HARRIS LLP

Partner

CHEMICAL BANK

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel

J.D. MATTUS COMPANY, INC

Secretary, General Counsel and Director

THOMSON MCKINNON SECURITIES INC

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel

SHEARMAN & STERLING

Associate

Education

University Of Michigan

Juris Doctor

University Of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts

Areas of Expertise

Corporate

M&A

Joint ventures

Licensing agreements

Corporate Trust Agreements

Indentures

Securities

Private placements

Rule 144A, regulation S offerings

Quarterly and annual SEC reports

Securities fraud

Finance

Asset-based lending

Secured loans

Real estate loans

Project finance loans

Repurchase (repo) agreements

Derivatives

Credit Default Swaps (CDS)

Interest rate, currency, commodity Swaps

Credit-Linked Notes (CLNs)

Structured Finance

Cash, synthetic and hybrid Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs)

Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs)

Collateralized Bond Obligations (CBOs)

Asset-Backed Securities (ABS)

Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS)

Asset-Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP)

Structured Investment Vehicles (SIVs)

Hedge funds, alternative strategies

Asset management

Publications

"The Real Estate Investment Trust: State Tax, Tort and Contract Liabilities of the Trust, Trustee and Shareholder," March 1973 Michigan Law Review (reprinted in The Real Estate Investment Trust--Problems and Opportunities (L. Oliensis ed. 1974)).
Comment letter to Financial Accounting Standards Board re Revised Exposure Draft of Proposed Amendments to FASB Statement No. 140 Relating to Transfer of Financial Assets, October 28, 2005.
Comment letter re American Securitization Forum proposal (Project RESTART RMBS Disclosure Package), August 20, 2008.
New York City Bar Association Statement to Obama Transition Team Regarding Regulation of Financial Services, December 2008.
"Special Report on the Preparation of Substantive Consolidation Opinions," published in February 2009 The Business Lawyer.
"Reviving Securitization--A Response to Critics," published in June 8, 2009 Law 360..
"Securitization in the Post-Crisis Economy: An ABA Business Law Section White Paper" (paper completed on November 20, 2009, by American Bar Association Business Law Section, presented to Congress on January 22, 2010, and sent to the FDIC on March 5, 2010).
Comment Letter to SEC dated August 17, 2010, relating to the Commission's proposed amendments to Regulation AB, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated October 29, 2010, relating to the Commission's proposed rule concerning conflicts of interest pertaining to certain securitizations, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section..
"Structuring Commercial Mortgage Securitization Special Purpose Entities After General Growth Properties," published in November 2010 Bloomberg Law Reports.
Comment Letter to Financial Stability Oversight Council dated November 8, 2010, relating to the Council's Study Regarding the Implementation of the Prohibitions on Proprietary Trading Imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 17, 2010 relating to the Commission's proposed requirement that an ABS issuer perform a review of the assets underlying certain ABS offerings, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 17, 2010, relating to the Commission's proposed rules pertaining to risku0002retention with respect to securitizations, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 30, 2010, relating to the Commission's proposed rule pertaining to certain requirements to be imposed on rating agencies in connection with reports accompanying credit ratings of ABS and requirements to be imposed on ABS issuers to disclose demands for repurchase of assets and whether such assets were repurchased, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated July 20, 2011, relating to the SEC's proposed rules pertaining to risk retention in transactions involving ABS, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated August 19, 2011, relating to the SEC's proposed rules pertaining to credit rating agencies, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 14, 2011, relating to the SEC's Concept Release relating to interpretive issues under the Investment Company Act of 1940 pertaining to the status under the Act of companies that are engaged in the business of acquiring mortgages and mortgage-related instruments, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 15, 2011, relating to the SEC's proposed changes to Rule 3a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (in particular, to delete the investment-grade ratings requirement of the Rule), submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 16, 2011, relating to the SEC's re-proposal of the shelf eligibility conditions for ABS, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated February 13, 2012, relating to the SEC's proposed rule relating to the prohibition against conflicts of interest in certain securitizations, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Supplemental Comment Letter to SEC dated August 10, 2012, relating to the SEC's proposed rules pertaining to risk retention in transactions involving ABS, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to Uniform Law Commission dated May 2, 2013 relating to the Commission's proposed Residential Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Process and Protections Act, submitted by the Securitization and Structured Finance Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to Uniform Law Commission dated November 8, 2013 relating to the Commission's proposed Residential Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Process and Protections Act, submitted by the Securitization and Structured Finance Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 12, 2013 relating to reproposal of rules pertaining to risk retention in transactions involving ABS, released jointly by the OCC, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, the SEC, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and HUD; submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated May 6, 2014 relating to two proposing releases pertaining to asset-backed securities (ABS)—in particular, the disclosure of asset-level information; submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
"Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation," published in Summer 2015 The Business Lawyer.
White Paper dated October 5, 2015, entitled "Issues in Securitization" and based on an educational program presented by the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association (Craig A. Wolson, Founder and Chair from 2004-08) on April 14, 2015.
Comment Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives dated June 15, 2016 and relating to H.R. 4620, the Preserving Access to CRE Capital [through the commercial mortgage-backed securities market] Act of 2016, submitted by the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association (Craig A. Wolson, Founder and Chair from 2004- 08).
Comment Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives dated June 15, 2016 and relating to H.R. 4166, the Expanding Proven Financing for American Employers Act (intended to provide tailored credit risk retention requirements to certain qualifying collateralized loan obligations), submitted by the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association (Craig A. Wolson, Founder and Chair from 2004-08).
Comment Letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury dated August 5, 2016 and relating to the Treasury's White Paper issued on May 10, 2016 entitled "Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending," submitted by the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association (Craig A. Wolson, Founder and Chair from 2004-08).
Comment Letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System dated June 5, 2020 relating to TALF, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System dated July 29, 2020 relating to the Board's Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility ("TALF"), submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
"A Call for Industry Awareness of Risks Relating to Residual Interests in Securitizations," published in December 2021 Business Law Today.
"Model Form of Limited Liability Company Agreement," published in Fall 2022 Business Lawyer.
"Bankruptcy Remoteness: A Summary Analysis," published in Fall 2022 Business Lawyer.
Frequently Used Terms in Securitization and Structured Finance Transactions (V. Tucker and C. Wolson ed. 2015)
“Effects of Inflation on the Capital Markets,” James A. Kyprios and Craig A. Wolson, Securities Experts Roundtable, January 26, 2023.
Comment Letter to SEC dated April 5, 2023, relating to the Commission's re-proposed rule concerning conflicts of interest pertaining to certain securitizations, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section.
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 17, 2023, relating to the issuance by the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance of a Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation addressing the question as to when transaction agreements must be filed in order to be considered timely for purposes of Form 𝑆𝐹3 eligibility. The letter was submitted by the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee and the Securitization and Structured Finance Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders
NY City Bar Association Project Finance Committee

Member (appointed)

NY City Bar Association Securities Regulation Committee

Member (appointed)

NY City Bar Association Corporation Law Committee

Member (appointed)

NY City Bar Association Corporation Law Committee

Member (appointed)

National Moot Court Competition

Judge, 66th, 67th, 68th, 69th, 70th, and 71st Annual Competition

Who’s Who in the East
Who’s Who in Finance and Business
Who’s Who in American Law
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in the World
Who’s Who in the World
NY City Bar Association Structured Finance Committee

Chairman and/or Member (appointed)

American Arbitration Association

Arbitrator (specializing in structured finance, securities, and derivatives matters)

Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Speaking Engagements

"Seminar on Securitization of Project Finance Loans"/ New York City Bar Association
“What Every Finance Lawyer Needs to Know About Securitization,” New York City Bar Association, May 2007/ New York City Bar Association
"The Upheaval in the Subprime Market: The Direct and Indirect Effects of Same on the Structured Finance Market"/ New York City Bar Association

Quotations

“Deutsche Bank Pegs its Derivatives Exposure at About $22 Billion—and Faces Challenges in Shedding Those Assets,”

Expert Keywords

  • 1934 Act compliance
  • 1940 Act compliance (Form ADV)
  • ABS
  • acquisition financings
  • asset-backed securities
  • commodity derivatives
  • consulting agreements
  • corporate governance
  • Corporate trust agreements
  • credit default derivatives
  • credit default swap (CDS)
  • currency derivatives
  • derivatives
  • dissolution agreements
  • distributor agreements
  • employment agreements
  • equity derivatives
  • franchise agreements
  • indentures
  • intercreditor agreements
  • interest rate derivatives
  • interest rate swaps
  • joint venture agreements
  • lease financing
  • letter of credit transactions
  • limited recourse financings
  • litigation supervision
  • loan documents
  • M&A agreements
  • mortgage-backed securities (MBS)
  • partnership agreements
  • preferred stock terms
  • private placements
  • project financing
  • proxies
  • proxy statements
  • public offerings (debt and equity)
  • purchase and license agreements
  • Reg 144A
  • Reg D
  • Reg FD
  • Reg S
  • registration rights agreements
  • Regulation S offerings
  • repurchase (repo) agreements
  • reverse repurchase (reverse repo) agreements
  • Rule 144A offerings
  • Section 16 compliance
  • secured loans
  • securities fraud
  • securitizations
  • shareholder agreements
  • shareholder proposals
  • software development agreements
  • stock option plans
  • structured finance transactions
  • structured products
  • subordination agreements
  • syndicated and single-lender asset-based loans
  • synthetic loans
  • technology agreements
  • vendor agreements
  • workouts

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