Our lawyers have broad experience advising clients in the structuring and negotiation of warehouse lending transactions, gestation finance and early buyout (EBO) facilities for commercial and residential mortgage loans, mortgage-backed securities (MBS), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), asset-backed securities (ABS), servicing rights, advance receivables and other financial assets. These transactions include repurchase and gestation purchase agreements, credit facilities, participation structures, syndicated facilities and asset-backed commercial paper programs. 

We have substantial experience structuring and negotiating financing facilities involving a wide array of mortgage assets, loans, servicing advances, securities, receivables, participation interests and servicing rights. We also have a deep understanding of warehouse lending and gestation purchase agreements in connection with collateral sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae and the Federal Home Loan Banks, as well as private-sector market participants.

Hunton & Williams has played a key role in developing tools that blend the discipline of bank lending documentation with the more standardized Securities Industry and Financial Markets (SIFMA) forms. Our efforts have helped facilitate efficient warehouse lending in the form of repurchase (also known as “repo”) transactions.

To ensure a smooth closing, we help coordinate the work of lenders, borrowers, buyers, sellers, servicers, swap counterparties, trustees, account banks, MERS, custodians and other participants. We are not strictly a lender-side defender of the form.  Our representation of both borrowers and lenders provides us with a unique perspective for understanding intricate situations and devising appropriate solutions.  In the event that a transaction doesn’t proceed as planned, we work closely with our litigators to protect the interests of our clients.  Our experience includes:

  • Representing six major money-center banks in repurchase arrangements and other warehouse finance transactions, including non-performing loans (NPLs), re-performing loans (RPLs) and real-estate-owned (REO) properties. 
  • Representing sellers and buyers in the financing of non-performing mortgage-backed securities.
  • Developing form mortgage loan repurchase documentation for a recent warehouse financing initiative and closing multiple transactions.
  • Preparing form documentation for an RMBS financing program and closing multiple transactions.
  • Serving as financial restructuring counsel for real estate investment trusts, private funds and other investors requiring the workout of numerous separate financing agreements with different counterparties.
  • Representing money-center buyers in insolvency-related advice, workouts and restructurings of multiple facilities.

Our Team

We adopt a multidisciplinary approach to offer clients the best possible service, working with our finance and restructuring lawyers to insulate transactions as much as possible from the insolvency of the borrowers,  consulting with our tax lawyers to develop and implement tax-efficient structures, and partnering with our litigation team to help guide borrowers and lenders through available strategic alternatives when defaults, waivers and modifications arise.