Cadwalader’s Kate Foreman and Michael Ruder Recognized Among CREFC’s Inaugural '20 Under 40' List

June 15, 2022

Cadwalader’s Capital Markets special counsels Kate Foreman and Michael Ruder have been recognized among CREFC’s inaugural “20 Under 40” list, which features the “future leaders” of the CRE finance industry who have positively impacted the industry.

Foreman’s practice is concentrated in structured finance, primarily focused on commercial mortgage-backed securitization transactions (CMBS). She represents issuers, underwriters and loan sellers in a variety of public and private securitizations of commercial mortgage loans and has represented placement agents in connection with re-securitization transactions. She has experience with regulatory issues associated with CMBS transactions, including the preparation of registration statements, public transaction periodic reporting filings and responses to SEC comments. She also represents lenders in sales of commercial mortgage loans. In April 2022, Foreman presented at CREFC’s “Spring Symposium,” as part of its “Next Gen Tech” panel discussion, which was hosted by the CREFC Women’s Network.

Ruder concentrates his capital markets practice on CMBS transactions and other securitizations. He has represented issuers and underwriters in connection with hundreds of agency and private label CMBS securitizations, including single-asset / single-borrower (SASB) transactions. In recent years, he has emerged as a go-to attorney on sustainable finance and ESG trends as they relate to CMBS and structured finance at a time when more issuers and investors are focused on financings that further environmental and social goals. He advises clients on matters involving green bonds, social bonds, ESG frameworks and second-party opinions. In 2021, he served as issuer’s counsel on one of the first private-label green CMBS issuances. Ruder’s trade association committee work includes involvement with CREFC’s Sustainability Initiative and the Structured Finance Association’s ESG and Sustainable Finance Initiative.  As a career-long member of CREFC, he is an active voice on major industry developments – including, most recently, the proposed SEC climate rule.

To see the full list of 20 honorees, please visit here.