LIBOR Preparedness Team
Securitization & Asset Based Finance
Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)
District of Columbia
New York University School of Law - LL.M., 2013, Taxation
American University, Washington College of Law - J.D., 2009, magna cum laude
New York University - B.A., 2005, cum laude
Jason Schwartz is a partner in the Tax Group of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Jason represents banks, funds, investment managers, insurers and other parties in connection with tax issues relating to CLOs, CRE CLOs, catastrophe bonds, ABS transactions, REMICs, and other securitizations, risk retention structures, hedge funds, private equity funds, “treaty” funds and other investment funds, structured notes, swaps, and other derivatives, lending transactions and corporate acquisitions. He also advises lenders, borrowers (including securitization vehicles) and fund managers in connection with asset acquisitions, workouts, foreclosures and restructurings, as well as in the formation of vehicles to hold new and/or seasoned loans and securities.
Jason is recognized as a leading lawyer in numerous industry publications, including having been recognized as Up and Coming by Chambers USA in 2021 and a Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500 U.S. each year from 2017 to 2021, with clients describing him as “extremely responsive, smart, knowledgeable and creative”.
Jason is the author of numerous tax articles and a Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolio regarding the taxation of CLOs. He is a member of several trade organizations, including the Structured Finance Industry Group Tax Policy Committee and the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, to whose tax reports he regularly contributes.
Jason is committed to pro bono work and community service. He helps to oversee Cadwalader’s “Not-for-Profit Incubator,” a pro bono program that incorporates and obtains tax-exempt status for nonprofit organizations, and is an active participant in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area. He received his B.A., cum laude, from New York University, his J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.
Jason has advised on tax aspects of hundreds of U.S. and European CLO transactions and other securitizations, and on structured note issuances well in excess of $1 billion.
Other representative engagements include:
- MUFG Securities in the €400 million North Westerly VI European cash flow CLO transaction, the first CLO to consider ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors across all its investments.
- a major commercial bank in a dual structured loan facility backed initially by capital call rights to an Irish investment fund and ultimately by middle market loans originated by that fund.
- a leading investment bank as underwriter's and issuer's counsel in a series of novel "short term" CLOs with limited reinvestment periods.
- a large European bank in syndicating multiple existing structured loan facilities to a broad range of regional bank investors.
- a major bank in a secured bridge facility and a structured loan facility to facilitate the initial public offering of a business development company.
- a leading investment bank as underwriter's and issuer's counsel in a CLO using an off-shore Issuer taxable as a U.S. partnership and a secondary off-shore issuer as a “feeder” for the remainder of the equity tranche.
- a European bank in a multi-currency structured loan facility secured by distressed European debt.
- an underwriter in a structured fund debt offering backed by trade receivables generated in Latin American jurisdictions.
- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in connection with the dissolution of its global alliance with Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
- Mercuria in its acquisition of J.P. Morgan’s physical commodities business.
- Forbes Media in its sale of a majority equity interest to a group of international investors led by Integrated Asset Management (Asia) Limited.
- Brandon Point Industries in connection with its formation and its acquisition of interests in Viamet, An2H and EMBA Medical.
- Oak Hill Advisors in connection with the formation of a fund, its acquisition of over $600 million of delinquent debt from Freddie Mac, and a securitization of distressed debt securities.
- AllianceBernstein in connection with the formation of a “treaty” fund.
- Garrison Investment Management in connection with the formation of a “treaty” fund.
- AXA in connection with the formation of a “treaty” fund.
- Credit Suisse in connection with the launch of Credit Suisse Mexico Credit Opportunities Trust and Emerging Markets Credit Opportunity Fund.