Sean Solis

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Sean M. Solis advises financial institutions, real estate funds, hedge funds, underwriters, issuers, institutional investors, asset managers and sponsors in structured finance transactions and other complex financings, often in a cross-border context, as well as in connection with derivatives and distressed loan trades. He has experience in structured products (including collateralized debt obligations and collateralized loan obligations), credit facilities, asset finance, tax structured transactions, restructurings and acquisition finance.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Solis worked at a boutique hedge fund and a large international law firm.

Latest Articles

In anticipation of the effective date of the Final Rule on December 24, 2016 (early Christmas gift?), CLO market participants have been constructing solutions that allow collateral managers to raise the capital necessary to support investments required by the Final Rule. We have seen an increased use of a hybrid structure that has been referred to as the capitalized majority-owned affiliate (C-MOA) which may be structured to comply with EU and U.S. risk retention requirements.…
More than 100 senior executives participated in Dechert’s Risk and Rewards of CRE-CLO and CLO Securitizations: Navigating the Capital Markets seminar.  The half day event, supported by  CRE Finance Council (CREFC) and the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA), focused on themes important to the CLO market and the CRE securitization market.  Panelists addressed market issues, structure and structural issues as well as regulatory and tax considerations. Very senior and knowledgeable panelists from institutions…
A securitization community coming off of record issuances in 2014 has entered the new year with a mixture of nerves and optimism.  An estimated 6,500 finance professionals and attorneys converged for the 2015 ABS Las Vegas conference.  The new risk retention rules, and their impact on CLOs in particular, were on everyone’s lips – to the point that one panel moderator opened his remarks by saying that he was narrowing the stated discussion topic to…
By: Daniel Wohlberg and Sean Solis On Sunday, September 21st through Tuesday, September 23rd, almost 3,500 industry insiders descended upon Miami Beach for the 20th annual ABS East Conference at the acclaimed Fontainebleau Hotel. The enthusiasm and excitement was palpable considering the record setting year the market had so far, especially in the CLO space.  The general tenor was cautious optimism as many believe the roaring market would continue for the next few years, but…
While leveraged loan ETF and money market funds face an unsteady near-term future amidst ongoing retail investor outflow, the CLO market is rolling towards its busiest year ever.  With year-to-date global issuance at approximately $98 billion (with $89 billion or so in the U.S. alone) as of mid-September, many market commentators see $125 billion in total U.S. CLO issuance by year-end as a real possibility.  Recent reports calculate that CLOs accounted for nearly 60% of…
A few steps forward and a giant leap back.  This familiar phrase might be the perfect summary of the CLO market’s Volcker Rule roller coaster since December 2013.  A few weeks ago we wrote about the Federal Reserve Board’s (the “Fed”) less than satisfying “fix” to address what the market has perceived as one of the Volcker Rule’s unintended consequences.  The Fed, in what had seemed to be an honest (although insufficient) attempt to prevent…
On April 7th the Federal Reserve Board (the “Fed”) announced that it would provide banking entities with two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership of CLOs covered by the Volcker Rule.  The Fed stated that it would act on these extensions in August of 2014 and 2015.  The Fed’s action would extend the conformity period from the current deadline of July 2015 to July 2017.  The Fed’s approach to remediating the unintended consequences created…
In our previous post we discussed some of the structural challenges and opportunities facing CLO market participants since the Final Rule was released in December.  Today we tackle the age old question, “what is an ownership interest”.  The question is important because the tentacles of Volcker’s provisions prohibit banking entities from holding ownership interests in covered funds.  We will also briefly summarize a few other restrictions related to CLO transactions brought about by the Final…
Befitting the holiday season the regulators recently decided to bestow upon us all the much anticipated (dreaded?) Volcker Rule. At 1100 pages of truly riveting reading material, Volcker has certainly given all of us plenty to wade through during these recent cold winter weeks and much to the surprise of the structured credit industry there were material provisions sprinkled throughout the 1100 pages that significantly affected the collateralized loan obligation market.…
Section 926(1) of the Dodd-Frank Act required the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to adopt rules that disqualify securities offerings involving certain felons and other “bad actors” from reliance on Rule 506 under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”). New paragraph (d) of Rule 506 was adopted pursuant to the mandate of Section 926(1) and became effective on September 24, 2013. Under such new paragraph (d) (“Bad Actor Provisions”) the involvement…