Stephen D. Blevit, T.J. Gordon and Teresa Wilton Harmon were named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural “Finance, Banking & Capital Markets Trailblazers” supplement. The special supplement spotlights a handful of individuals from a wide array of backgrounds, from investment dealings to fighting money laundering, dubbing them “true champions.”
Stephen was recognized for his impressive practice. His “trails blazed” includes working on one of the first institutional lending facilities for defaulted mortgage loans in 2008 and working with Deutsche Bank in 2012 to develop the first institutional lending facility for single family rental homes. The supplement further praised him on handling more than US$50 billion in loans secured by single family rental homes.
T.J. was commended for the evolution of his practice which began with bringing institutional money into the concept of online lending, helping these institutions to then leverage their investments and subsequently taking assets to the securitization market. He was cited for working on some of the first widely distributed securitizations of these consumer loan assets.
Teresa was lauded for the breadth of her experience. This includes working with clients on the use of innovative finance tools to better serve the needs of electric utilities at a time when that industry was being deregulated, building a new paradigm of student loan securitization by working with banks to provide money to private lenders to make loans and, more recently, working on finance innovations in the cleared derivatives market and new financing issues for companies related to blockchain, virtual currency and tokenized securities.