Ralph Mazzeo

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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.

His experience includes the securitization of various types of assets, including mortgage loans, manufactured housing loans, servicing advances, public utility stranded costs and credit card receivables, as well as resecuritizations and net interest margin securitizations. Mr. Mazzeo also has significant experience representing parties selling or acquiring mortgage loans and mortgage servicing rights.

A member of Dechert's Financial Markets Recovery Task Force, Mr. Mazzeo has counseled numerous financial institutions and investment managers in connection with the government-sponsored financial recovery programs, including the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), the Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP) and the Temporary Liquidity Guaranty Program (TLGP). In addition, he has represented financial institutions and asset purchasers in structuring the disposition and financing of distressed financial assets through the use of joint ventures, participations and various fund structures, and represented CDO collateral managers in a variety of collateral debt restructurings and asset sales.

Mr. Mazzeo also advises investment managers on the structuring and formation of private equity and hedge funds with an emphasis on investments in real estate, distressed debt and TALF-eligible securities.

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After a large contingent of Dechert attorneys attended April’s IMN CLO and Leveraged Loan Conference, our CLO team returned home optimistic and eager to continue to play a significant role in the thriving CLO market. As the months quickly passed and the clock hit double zeros in the second quarter of 2013, the halftime statistics prove that Dechert has remained a go-to player to advise various participants in the CLO space. Based on statistics…
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The Miami Heat’s home playoff games are not going to be the only events drawing attention to sunny Miami next week as IMN hosts its annual REO-to-Rental Forum in Miami. As we have previously discussed numerous times (here, here and here, and OnPoint Updates here and here), the REO-to-Rental asset class has become quite a hot topic and this conference is sure to provide invaluable insight into current trends in the…
The second annual IMN CLO and Leveraged Loan Conference returned to New York this past week. Building on last year’s momentum (discussed here), over 1,500 managers and investors, in addition to structurers, bankers, lawyers and other industry actors, filled the convention space at the Conrad Hotel, doubling last year’s attendance and causing standing room only conditions in the large downtown venue. Yes, many conference attendees were literally prevented by conference staff from entering the…
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Dechert’s securitization team is looking forward to the American Securitization Forum 2013 (“ASF 2013”) conference starting this Sunday, as it is expected to be once again the largest capital markets conference in the world. ASF 2013 is expecting over 4,500 participants who will all convene at the Aria Hotel and Convention Center in fabulous Las Vegas.…
Earlier this summer, the New York State Assembly passed the “Foreclosure Fraud Prevention Act of 2012” which imposes criminal liability on those in the residential mortgage business who use allegedly fraudulent and deceptive practices in connection with a foreclosure action, and the Managers who “recklessly tolerate” any such practices. Despite the swift passage in the Assembly, it is unlikely that the proposed legislation will be taken up by the New York Senate before the 2012…
Earlier this month I was a panelist at the HOPE NOW REO Symposium in DC. The Symposium brought together residential mortgage loan servicers, community non-profits, private equity investors, government agencies and lenders to discuss the growing number of REO on the balance sheets of Fannie, Freddie and private mortgage lenders. I participated in a panel that focused on how private investors in REO might finance their investment in a pool of REO. One key financing option for investors…
The ASF 2012 Conference held last month in Las Vegas was a success by any measure and attracted an impressive number of attendees (4,500).  Attendees were happy to escape New York and other chilly locales and attend some great panel discussions on securitization, regulatory developments and mortgage servicing (or, for some, at least read about those panels the next morning on their iPhones while waiting to tee off).  The owners of the Aria will definitely be able…
The American Securitization Forum (ASF) Conference returned to Las Vegas on Sunday after short stints in DC and Orlando.  As you may recall, the Conference’s last hurrah in Vegas in 2009 was not well received by the Fourth Estate – the juxtaposition of investment bankers meeting in Sin City with the then-recent creation of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program was low hanging fruit for a media eager to assign blame for the…