Mayer Brown’s Structured Products team comprises experienced lawyers with market-leading experience and has been recognized with numerous accolades from Structured Products magazine, Structured Retail Products, GlobalCapital and industry guides, including Chambers, IFLR1000 and Legal 500. The Legal 500 US noted that our lawyers are “…well versed in bank regulatory, corporate, and securities law…” and that we are “….often called upon by clients to help develop new structures.”

Financial institution issuers of structured products, their broker-dealer affiliates, distributors, platform providers, and other market participants seek out our market knowledge. Commenting on our market awareness, clients told Chambers USA that they “admire [our team’s] capacity to innovate and [their] ingenuity,” and that our lawyers are “very plugged in to the details of the market,” utilizing that “in an efficient way to craft solutions."

We assist clients from formulation of a new product or new reference index, through new product committee approval, to documentation and, subsequently, assist with regulatory, compliance and oversight issues, as well as with distribution relationships and ongoing program maintenance. We have extensive experience with SEC-registered and exempt offering programs. We can assist with:

Establishing, Modifying and Maintaining Programs. Our lawyers have been involved in establishing programs for many financial institutions, as well as modifying outstanding programs to accommodate new product developments, changing regulatory or tax considerations and changes in market practice.

Securities Law Compliance. Our lawyers work closely with clients to prepare offering documentation that complies with federal, state and international securities laws.

Banking Law Compliance. Our experienced bank regulatory lawyers assist clients subject to US and international banking laws in addressing the regulatory issues faced by such institutions when they use structured products to raise capital. Our clients include US bank holding companies and federal and state chartered banks, as well as foreign banking organizations.

Executing Transactions. We understand that transactions require timely attention. We handle large issuance volumes with rigorous attention to detail and efficient execution.

Tax Analysis and Disclosure. Our tax lawyers are widely considered financial products experts and have extensive experience in analyzing proposed structures. They also assist clients in preparing appropriate tax disclosure for the various types of structured products that may be issued under an issuance program.

Structuring Assistance. We are often asked by clients to assist with product development and index development. Product development may involve analysis of applicable securities and banking laws, consideration of market practice, knowledge of the related derivatives and commodities market and analysis of relevant tax and ERISA issues. Our lawyers are known for their creativity.

Client Resources
We regularly offer our clients training programs and provide updates on SEC, FINRA and other developments as well as additional Structured Products and Regulatory Materials.

Structured and Market-Linked Products Brochure
Structured Products At A Glance
Structured Products Legal and Regulatory Materials


Chambers Europe

Ranked for Capital Markets: Structured Finance (Europe-wide)

Ranked for Capital Markets: Structured Finance (Germany)

“Offers strong US capacity across Europe, helping clients with all aspects of US securities law.” Chambers Europe

Chambers Global

Ranked for Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives (Global-wide)

Ranked for Capital Markets: Structured Finance (Europe-wide)

Ranked for Capital Markets: Structured Finance (Germany)

Ranked for Capital Markets: Structured Finance & Derivatives (UK)

Ranked for Capital Markets: Derivatives (USA)

“A popular adviser to global financial institutions, regularly sought after for advice on cross-border and transatlantic securitisations and structured finance transactions, driven from the firm's US, London and Hong Kong offices.” Chambers Global

Chambers UK

Ranked for Capital Markets: Structured Finance & Derivatives (London Firms)

“Sources say: ‘They have a very good geographical reach, and they can give clients a good steer as to what is possible in those jurisdictions,’ adding that ‘they're very proactive in answering questions, and can propose solutions to roadblocks.’” Chambers UK

Chambers USA

 Ranked for Capital Markets: Derivatives (Nationwide)

“Frequently provides regulatory advice to trade associations, asset managers and banks on issues concerning Dodd-Frank and the Volcker Rule. Also handles extensive transactional work for banking clients and offers notable experience advising on the netting process, as well as margin loans and equity derivatives.“ Chambers USA

GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Awards

US Law Firm of the Year (Transactional), 2020

Americas Law Firm of the Year (Overall), 2019, 2018

US Law Firm of the Year (Regulatory), 2017, 2016

“Be it giving guidance on the cross-border implications of post-crisis regulations or advising on the execution of an esoteric trade, the firm has built a business that can deal with a range of cross-border complexities for both US and non-US clients.” GlobalCapital

GlobalCapital Global Derivatives Awards

European Law Firm of the Year (Transactional), 2020, 2018, 2017

Global Law Firm of the Year (Overall), 2019

European Law Firm of the Year (Regulatory), 2016

“Mayer Brown has a practice with equal depth in both New York and English derivatives law, the two regimes that govern 90% of the global derivatives market…. Together with its partners in continental Europe and Hong Kong, Mayer Brown is a truly global derivatives practice. As a result, it has a seat on most banks’ panels of law firms.” GlobalCapital


Ranked for Capital markets: Derivatives (United Kingdom)

Ranked for Capital markets: Derivatives (United States)

Ranked for Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation (Germany)

The Legal 500 Germany

Ranked for Structured finance and securitisation

The Legal 500 UK

 Ranked for Derivatives (including commodities)

Ranked for Structured products and securitisation

“The practice is at the cutting edge of the derivatives market and it has an impressive buy-side client base advising hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinationals. The firm's combination of US and English law capability in London enables it to handle cross-border transaction work and advise key market players on changes in US and European regulatory markets, including the Dodd-Frank Act.” The Legal 500 UK

The Legal 500 US

Ranked for Structured finance: Derivatives & structured products

Ranked for Financial products (Tax)

“With a number of high-profile partner and counsel hires in 2018, Mayer Brown strengthened what was already 'a creative and pragmatic team', which is well known for its expertise in 'complex derivatives-based products' and its 'excellent regulatory knowledge'.” The Legal 500 US