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Structured Finance and Derivatives Expert Witness
Craig A. Wolson's areas of expertise include:
Derivatives: Credit Default Swaps (CDS), Interest Rate Swaps, Currency Swaps, Commodity Swaps, Credit-Linked Notes (CLNs) and Repurchase (Repo) Agreements
Finance: Asset-Based Lending, Secured Loans, Real Estate Loans, and Project Finance Loans
Structured Finance: Cash, synthetic and hybrid Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs), Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs), Collateralized Bond Obligations (CBOs), Asset-Backed Securities (ABS), Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS), Asset-Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP) and Structured Investment Vehicles (SIVs)
Corporate: Joint Ventures, M&A, Licensing Agreements and Annual Meetings
Securities: Private Placements, Rule 144A and Regulation S Offerings and Quarterly and Annual SEC reports
Litigation Support Services
Mr. Wolson provides expert witness testimony and reports; consultant to litigators for trials and arbitrations. Review pleadings and other court documents; review and explanation of underlying documents. Have affiliations with several investment banking firms and investment advisors that provide valuation services, in particular for ABS, MBS and other securitization securities and credit default swaps (CDS), interest rate swaps and other derivatives, both currently and on an historical basis.
Areas of Expertise
Asset-Based Lending, Mortgage-Backed Securities.
- Graduate of top 10 law school
- Articles editor of Law Review
- Has practiced law for over 35 years
- Associate, Special Counsel and Partner at several major law firms; Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at two large financial institutions; General Counsel of small investment bank; Chair of Structured Finance Committee of New York City Bar Association
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Have acted as expert witness and/or consultant in numerous cases involving collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other types of securities, and credit default swaps (CDS), interest rate swaps and currency swaps, including acting on behalf of plaintiff hedge fund in two cases brought against two major commercial/investment banks in federal court, acting on behalf of two major pension funds in case brought against major bank in federal court, acting on behalf of major investment bank defendant in arbitration brought by another major investment bank, and acting on behalf of plaintiffs in class action brought in federal court against two major investment banks.
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- New York State
- U.S. District Court for Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Second Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Legal Experience & Services
Has acted as expert witness and/or consultant in numerous cases involving collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other types of securities, and credit default swaps (CDS), interest rate swaps and currency swaps. This has included acting on behalf of plaintiff hedge fund in two cases brought against two major commercial/investment banks in federal court, acting on behalf of two major pension funds in case brought against major bank in federal court, acting on behalf of major investment bank defendants in arbitration brought by another major investment bank, and acting on behalf of plaintiffs in class action brought in federal court against two major investment banks. Currently acting as a consultant in a case involving MBS, CDOs, and CDS in which over $400 billion is being sought.
Craig A. Wolson Expert Witness and Consultant, New York, NY and Westport, CT, 2008-Present; Law Offices of John F. Lang, New York, NY, Of Counsel, 2011-present; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Charlotte, NC, Special Counsel (CWT equivalent of Income Partner), 2006-2008
Other affiliations: Duane Morris LLP, New York, NY, Partner, 2003-2006; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, New York, NY, Special Counsel, 2001-2003; Mayer, Brown & Platt, New York, NY, Counsel, 1999-2001; Brown & Wood LLP, New York, NY, Counsel, 1997-1998; Williams & Harris LLP, New York, NY, Partner,1995-1997; Chemical Bank, New York, NY, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, 1988-1995; J.D. Mattus Company, Inc., Greenwich, CT, Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel and Director, 1985-1988; Thomson McKinnon Securities Inc., New York, NY, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, 1981-1985; Shearman & Sterling, New York, NY, Associate, 1974-1981.
Awards & Honors
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Seminars & Training
Speaker: Seminar on Securitization of Project Finance Loans, New York City Bar Association, April 2003
Moderator: Seminar: “What Every Finance Lawyer Needs to Know About Securitization,” New York City Bar Association, May 2007
Moderator: Seminar: The Upheaval in the Subprime Market: The Direct and Indirect Effects of Same on the Structured Finance Market," New York City Bar Association, January 2008
"The Real Estate Investment Trust: State Tax, Tort and Contract Liabilities of the Trust, Trustee and Shareholder," March 1973 Michigan Law Review (reprinted in The Real Estate Investment Trust--Problems and Opportunities (L. Oliensis ed. 1974)
Co-Author (Representative Sample; Some Omitted due to Lack of Space):
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 15, 2011 relating to the SEC's proposed changes to Rule 3a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940
Comment Letter to SEC dated August 19, 2011 relating to the SEC's proposed rules pertaining to credit rating agencies
Comment Letter to SEC dated November 17, 2010 relating to the Commission's proposed rules relating to risk-retention with respect to securitizations
Comment Letter to Financial Stability Oversight Council dated November 8, 2010 relating to the Council's Study Regarding the Implementation of the Prohibitions on Proprietary Trading Imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act
"Structuring Commercial Mortgage Securitization Special Purpose Entities After General Growth Properties", published in November 2010 Bloomberg Law Reports
Comment Letter to SEC dated October 29, 2010 relating to the Commission's proposed rule concerning conflicts of interest pertaining to certain securitizations
Comment Letter to SEC dated August 17, 2010 relating to the Commission's proposed amendments to Regulation AB
"Securitization in the Post-Crisis Economy: An ABA Business Law Section White Paper" (paper completed on November 20, 2009 by American Business Law Section, presented to Congress on January 22, 2010 and sent to the FDIC on March 5, 2010)
"Reviving Securitization--A Response to Critics," published in June 8, 2009 Law 360
"Special Report on the Preparation of Substantive Consolidation Opinions", published in February 2009 Business Lawyer
New York City Bar Association Statement to Obama Transition Team Regarding Regulation of Financial Services, December 2008
Education and Academic Honors:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Juris Doctor, 1974
Honors: Articles Editor of Michigan Law Review
Best brief in moot court section
Case Club judge
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1971
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha (honorary fraternities)
James B. Angell Scholar