Paul St. Lawrence is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Cleary Gottlieb. His practice focuses on structured finance and securitization, asset-based finance and derivative products, and related regulatory advice. He has extensive experience representing both the sell-side and buy-side in collateralized loan obligation (CLO) transactions, esoteric securitizations, derivative-based financings, and transactions utilizing other complex financial instruments.

Paul’s recent representations include: advising arrangers and managers in CLO transactions valued at more than $51 billion since 2012; a variety of esoteric securitizations including those backed by mobile phone contracts and facilities services receivables; arrangers counsel on multiple issuances in the revitalized TruPS CDO market; and counsel to both lenders and borrowers on a variety of asset-based loans,  including those backed by non-performing and re-performing loans, mortgage-backed securities and other financial assets. In addition, Paul actively advises U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions, asset managers, and trade associations on the implications of the Volcker Rule, U.S. and EU risk retention requirements, and other regulatory initiatives.

Paul is a frequent speaker and author on these topics, including at IMN’s 2017 ABS East (mobile phone ABS), IMN’s 2017 Investors’ Conference on CLOs and Leveraged Loans (alternative finance and the role of CLO managers as direct lenders panel), IMN’s 2016 Annual Investors’ Conference on European CLOs and Leveraged Loans (risk retention panel), and he co-authored “Esoteric Asset-Backed Securities” in The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation (March 2016). He was recently recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for Structured Finance.

Paul received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from Georgetown University.

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