Amy McDaniel Williams is a seasoned structured finance lawyer who has represented both borrowers and lenders in structuring and closing asset-based finance transactions involving a variety of assets, including residential and commercial loans, servicing advances, servicing rights, RMBS and CMBS.
She has represented Ginnie Mae since she helped develop its multiclass program in the early 1990s. She assists a variety of clients in transactions involving government-insured loans and the GSEs, including warehouse financings, early buy-out transactions and MSR financings.
According to Chambers USA, Amy is a valued resource in the world of high-stakes securitizations. Her clients say, “She doesn’t get rattled and stays calm in stressful situations.”
Amy is also a trusted adviser on Investment Company Act status questions for many companies, including, in particular, REITs and other specialty finance companies, especially in connection with securities offerings and financings.
She regularly advises on the applicability of various Investment Company Act exceptions and exemptions relevant to the definition of “covered fund” under the Volcker Rule.
Amy is co-chair of the firm’s opinion committee and chair of the ethics in marketing committee. She also serves on the firm’s Uniform Commercial Code subcommittee.
- Represented Ginnie Mae in the development of its government guaranteed multiclass securities program, and regularly represents Ginnie Mae in the issuance of securities pursuant to the program and in enhancements to the program.
- Represents borrowers and lenders in MSR and servicer advance financings.
- Represents financial institutions in mortgage warehouse facilities, including repurchase facilities, early buy-out facilities and gestation facilities.
- Represents issuers, underwriters, servicers and trustees in securitizations of virtually all mortgage loan types, including residential mortgages (first and junior liens), home equity loans, high LTV loans, home improvement loans, FHA Title I loans, manufactured housing contracts, nonperforming and reperforming government-insured loans and commercial mortgage loans.
- Represents bank-sponsored asset-backed commercial paper conduits in transactions involving trade receivables, credit card receivables, mortgage loans and equipment leases, and in ABCP programs.
- Represents companies in connection with sales of receivables, insurance products, commercial mortgage loans, privately placed securities and other assets to ABCP conduits.
- JD, Cornell Law School, magna cum laude, Senior Note Editor, Cornell Law Review, 1990
- AB, Duke University, cum laude, 1985
- New York
- US District Court, Southern District of Georgia
- Co-Founder, Amy’s Army of Cancer Warriors
- Chair of Governance Committee, SwimRVA
- Member of Advisory Board, VCU Massey Cancer Center
- Former Chair, Subcommittee on Structured Financings, Federal Regulation of Securities, ABA Business Law Section
- Former Chair, Committee on Developments in Business Financing, ABA Business Law Section
- Former Chair, Committee on Securitization and REITs, ABA Real Property Section
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