Law firm Perkins Coie is announced that Chris Gavin left Mayer Brown to join the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Financial Transactions & Restructuring group. Gavin is the second partner to join the New York office this year (Paul Cohen joined the firm in March).
Gavin’s practice focuses on U.S. and international structured finance transactions in which he represents issuers, borrowers, sellers, buyers, lenders, official lenders, hedge funds, private equity funds and other investors.
“Chris is a wonderful addition to Perkins Coie’s New York office and we are delighted to welcome him to our firm,” said Schuyler Carroll, Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s New York office. “His substantive experience in structured finance is a great fit for the firm in New York City, a major center for this work with substantial long-term growth opportunities.”
Gavin was named a Leading Lawyer by IFLR1000 (2013), a Leading Lawyer for Structured Finance/Securitization and Capital Markets by IFLR (2012) and a Rising Star in New York by Super Lawyers (2011). He is also a member of the American Securitization Forum (ASF), the securitization industry’s unifying forum.
In addition, Gavin has significant experience securitizing and financing many other types of assets and projects including auto loans and leases, commercial mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, franchise loans, life insurance policy loans, mortgage servicing rights, toll road projects, forward sale commodity contracts, lower and middle income residential projects and payroll deduction loans.
“Chris is an outstanding addition to our practice,” said George Fogg, co-chair of Perkins Coie’s Financial Transactions & Restructuring group. “His presence in New York significantly supports our expanding structured finance practice. With Chris, we are well-positioned to meet the needs of our clients with distinctive representative counsel wherever they may need it.”
Gavin earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, Order of the Coif, with a Dean’s Scholarship. He was on the Editorial Board and served as a research and writing Assistant with DePaul University Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa.