American Bar Association
Securitization and Structured Finance Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Securitization and Structured Finance Committee

Who We Are

The mission of the Securitization and Structured Finance Committee is to provide a forum for discussion of legal issues and market trends related to securitization and other structured finance transactions, including structuring, legal, regulatory, accounting and market aspects of transactions and the securities markets.

Committee Facts

  • The Committee has approximately 580 members
  • Committee members include attorneys representing a broad array of market participants and experience levels
  • We have three in-person meetings each year at the Business Law Section Spring and Fall Meetings and at the ABA Annual Meeting
  • Our meeting at the Fall Meeting often includes participation by representatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Our Comment Letters Subcommittee, through regulatory comment letters, serves as a source of information to the SEC and other regulators about securitization and structured finance transactions and the securities market, and about the impact that proposed rulemakings and laws will have on such transactions
  • Our Structured Finance Litigation Subcommittee serves as a forum for identifying cases that impact securitization and structured finance transactions and assisting transaction lawyers to address issues arising from such cases
  • We sponsor and co-sponsor programs relating to areas of significant interest to practitioners, including the latest securitization developments
  • We provide members with significant opportunities to participate in our activities

Areas of Expertise

  • Public, private and cross-border securitization and structured finance transactions
  • Securities laws relating to securitization and structured finance transactions, including disclosure, offering and reporting requirements under the SEC’s Regulation AB, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Trust Indenture Act of 1939
  • Other regulatory requirements impacting securitization and structured finance transactions, including the FDIC’s securitization safe harbor rules, credit rating agency reforms, risk retention requirements and swap regulations
  • International regulations affecting securitization and structured finance transactions, including Canadian and European Union securitization and accounting regulations
  • U.S. and international securitization trading and markets
  • Opinion practice relating to securitization and structured finance transactions


Recent Committee Publications

In speaking or writing about securitization and structured finance transactions, participants use many terms, some of which are familiar but have special meanings in the context of these types of transactions and others of which are unique to this field. The Committee recently published a glossary -- Frequently Used Terms in Securitization and Structured Finance Transactions: Jargon, Lingo, and Lore - eBook -- with brief explanations of some of the more commonly used terms.

This glossary is a handy reference for new and experienced practitioners of easy-to-understand definitions based on the "jargon, lingo, and lore" of securitization and structured finance transactions developed by experts in the field. $14.95 for ABA members and $19.95 for non-ABA members.

Our thanks to the members of the Committee who participated in the Task Force that authored the glossary, including Vicki O. Tucker, who served as reporter for the Task Force and an Editor of the glossary, Craig A. Wolson, who also served as an Editor, Douglas M. Rutherford and Wendy A. Lisman, who served as Executive Editors of the glossary, Daria K. Boxer, Rachel B. Coan, Miguel A. Dominguez, Martin Fingerhut, Elizabeth Besio Hardin, Stephen P. Hoffman, Christopher Horn, Erica Khalili, Jay H. Knight, Jason H.P. Kravitt, Steve Levitan, Claire M. Love, Brit Mohler, Arleen Nand, Joanna C. Nicholas and Caroline D. Pham.

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    21st National M&A Institute

    Windsor Court Hotel
    New Orleans

    Value Pass subscribers save 25% on Institute registration! Use code VPINST at time of purchase.

    The Ins & Outs of Copyright Terminations


    The event will be held on 11/09/2016. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Business Law Section,Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries,Section of Intellectual Property Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    Conflicts and Conduct in Major Corporate Transactions and Litigation


    A panel of seasoned M&A practitioners, including a former Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, will discuss potential conflicts that may arise in the representation of participants to a major corporate transaction and ensuing litigation. The panel will consider the limitations of advance ...

Comment Letters

Sites of Interest


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Modified by Graham Hunt on March 23, 2016

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