STEVEN KOLYER is a partner in the Global Finance group in the firm’s New York office. He has broad experience in securitizations, structured credit products, investment fund formations and conventional securities offerings, focusing on CLOs/CDOs and related financings in the corporate and real estate sectors. Steven is experienced in conventional capital markets and commercial lending and credit transactions and in credit-linked and other derivative products.
Steven’s experience over the years has been highlighted by transactions involving innovation and structured solutions in the capital markets. He played a lead role in the development of a number of securitization products dating back to the origins of the market, both in the U.S. and off-shore, including first-time structures with commercial real estate (CRE) and residential mortgages, commercial and consumer receivables and other types of financial assets, and in various types of CRE and non-real estate CLOs/CDOs and other actively-managed fund and specialty finance products. In recent years, Steven has concentrated on CRE CLOs 2.0, corporate CLOs 2.0/3.0 backed by broadly-syndicated, middle-market and other debt, and private debt funds and related financings. Steven's clients have included issuers, bank and non-bank debt originators, funds, fund sponsors and investment managers, placement agents and underwriters and derivative providers and program sponsors.
Steven has been recognized by sources that include Legal 500 US (“Hall of Fame” inductee and “Leading Lawyer” in structured finance), Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2005–2023; Band 1 and “Spotlight Lawyer” in CLOs), NY Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Legal 360, Who’s Who Legal, International Who’s Who, and Guide to World’s Leading Structured Finance Lawyers (Euromoney/Legal Media Group). Chambers (2022) recognizes Steven as “a leader who everyone respects and recognizes” and “the best CRE CLO counsel.”