About John Keiserman

John Keiserman represents issuers, underwriters and lenders on structured finance deals across all asset classes, with particular experience in transactions backed by motor vehicle collateral. Recognized as a leading lawyer in structured finance by The Legal 500 US, John brings a creative, pragmatic approach to every transaction to ensure that his clients' business goals are achieved even as they contend with an evolving regulatory regime. With his deep understanding of automobile loan, automobile lease and dealer floorplan receivables-backed deals, John regularly advises clients about developments in securities laws and transaction structures that impact those sectors.

A laser focus on structured finance and motor vehicle securitizations

John's clients include captive finance companies and independent lenders, new market entrants and issuers with more than 20 years of experience, and underwriters, initial purchasers, lenders and investors who demand counsel that understands the peculiarities of every type of issuance, offering and deal structure. In addition to working extensively on transactions involving every type of motor vehicle collateral, John also focuses on structuring deals with underlying collateral that ranges in quality from deep subprime to super-prime and understands how to tailor structures to reflect each asset's unique characteristics.

Understanding the auto industry and the unique features of motor vehicle-backed securitizations also allows John to give advice that keeps his clients on top of regulatory trends and at the front of the market on deal structures and innovative approaches. John advises securitization industry groups and informal groups of issuers on regulatory matters impacting these motor vehicle securitizations and has prepared numerous comment letters to regulatory bodies on these topics.

John's focus on motor vehicle deals is supplemented and enhanced by deep experience on transactions utilizing other types of collateral, including mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, equipment loans and leases, franchise loans and diversified payment rights. He also has represented collateral managers and monoline insurers on market value, cash flow and synthetic collateralized debt obligations and collateralized loan obligations.

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Practice Focus

  • Structured finance transactions
  • Asset-backed securities regulation
  • Motor vehicle securitizations


  • "Exchange Act Reporting Requirements for Asset-Backed Issuers," Derivatives Financial Products Report
    March 1, 2006

Presentations and Events

  • Moderator | Auto ABS (Prime and Subprime)
    January 21–24, 2014
  • iGlobal's Securitization Finance Summit
    Moderator | Opportunities and Risks in the Subprime Auto Sector
    November 2013
  • The American Securitization Forum's 2013 Conference
    Panelist | Reg AB II Proposals and Potential Rule Outcomes
    January 2013
  • The American Securitization Forum's 2012 Conference
    Moderator | ABS Collateral Information: Current Practices and Policy Reforms
    January 2012
  • IIR's Introduction to Securitization Seminar
    Presenter | Legal and Regulatory Issues: A General Overview
    April 2008
  • IMN's ABS East Conference
    Panelist | Whole Loan Sales as a Funding Alternative for Consumer Non-Mortgage ABS Loans
    May 2007