Taylor Speers is currently a counsel in the Capital Markets Group of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Taylor has practiced extensively in the residential mortgage space throughout the majority of his legal career. In addition to serving as external legal counsel, he also spent time as the lead transactional attorney for what is now one of the nation’s top non-bank residential mortgage originators and servicers during its period of rapid growth from 2011 to 2014 (expanding its servicing book by a factor of ten during that time period primarily through acquisitions of servicing right portfolios). Taylor directly handled or managed all servicing right acquisitions, entity mergers and acquisitions, takeout investor trades, servicing advance and warehouse financing arrangements, vendor agreements, branch lease agreements, corporate secretarial functions and other transactional matters of the company.
Since transitioning back into private practice, Taylor has represented clients with respect to purchases and sales of mortgage servicing rights, purchases and sales of whole loans, repurchase and other warehouse financing facilities (including those collateralized by mortgage servicing rights, as well as residential and consumer loan assets), servicing advance facilities, servicing and origination platform acquisitions, acquisitions of excess servicing strips and other related matters. While at Cadwalader, Taylor’s primary focus has been on residential mortgage loan financing and agency residential mortgage servicing right financing, serving as non-partner lead on numerous whole loan warehouse facilities, Freddie Mac and/or Fannie Mae servicing rights facilities, a direct agency lending facility, and securitizations of Ginnie Mae and Fannie Mae mortgage servicing rights.
Taylor received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and a B.S. in Finance, Commercial Bank Management from Oklahoma State University. He is currently licensed to practice law in Texas and in New York.