Schulte Roth & Zabel has expanded its structured products and derivatives practice with the addition of two partners, Boris Ziser and Thomas R. Weinberger

Both attorneys join Schulte, Roth & Zabel’s New York office from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Ziser, who will co-head the group, is a preeminent practitioner in the asset-backed securities market and brings over 20 years of experience, including public and private asset-backeds, warehouse facilities, secured financings and commercial paper conduits. His practice encompasses a variety of asset classes, including life settlements, equipment leases, structured settlements, lottery receivables, timeshare loans, litigation advances, cell towers and franchise loans.

Ziser also represents investors, lenders, hedge funds, private equity funds and finance companies in purchases and dispositions of portfolios of assets and financings secured by those portfolios.

Weinberger focuses on asset-backed securities and corporate finance, with an emphasis on insurance and risk-linked securities and specialty finance companies. He has expertise in life settlements, reserve funding transactions, premium finance, longevity and pension risk transfer, alternative risk transfer and marketplace lending and other non-bank finance products. He advises clients on the formation of domestic and offshore funds that invest in the life settlement and premium finance asset classes.

"We are excited to welcome Boris and Tom to the firm. They have an outstanding reputation and bring with them extensive experience working on complex transactions," Paul N. Watterson, Jr., partner and co-head of the structured products group, said in a press release.

SRZ has been active in the securitization market for over 25 years and covers both transactional and regulatory work. The firm has one of the largest groups of structured finance attorneys of any law firm. They structure and negotiate a variety of complex structured and securitized products on behalf of investment managers, issuers, placement agents and investors.

 Ziser received his B.A., with honors, from Oberlin College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law;  Weinberger earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

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