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Amy McDaniel Williams

Amy McDaniel Williams

Partner

Expertise

  • Capital Markets and Securities
  • Asset-Backed Securitization
  • Reverse Mortgage/HECM Financing and Securitization
  • Corporate

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Activity

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ABA Group
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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Virginia, U.S.A.

Profile

Amy 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. She helps clients modernize their programs, including advising about LIBOR transition and the trend of moving toward electronic mortgages, e-notes, and hybrid mortgage closings.

According to Chambers USA, Amy is a valued resource in the world of high-stakes securitizations. Her clients describe her as an "able and smart lawyer" with "an excellent reputation” who “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 chair of the firm’s opinion committee, audit response committee and ethics in marketing committee, as well as the firm’s Uniform Commercial Code subcommittee.

Relevant Experience

  • 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.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Virginia

Education

AB, Duke University, cum laude, 1985
Areas of Practice

Asset-Backed Securitization | Capital Markets and Securities | Corporate | Reverse Mortgage/HECM Financing and Securitization | Servicing Rights Financing and Securitization | Structured Finance and Securitization | Warehouse and Structured Lending, Gestation Finance and Early Buyout (EBO) Facilities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • 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 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 financial institutions in mortgage warehouse facilities, including repurchase facilities and gestation facilities.
  • 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. 
  • Represents investment banks, commercial banks, insurance companies and mortgage companies in pooled sales and purchases of residential and commercial mortgage loans. 
  • Represents mortgage companies and financial institutions in acquisitions of portfolios of servicing rights and in negotiation and drafting of servicing contracts.  
  • Represents issuers in public and private resecuritizations of MBS, including B-pieces and REMIC residual securities. 
  • Represented a finance company in its acquisition of portfolios of REMIC residual securities. 
  • Represented underwriters in private placements, initial public offerings and follow-on offerings of real estate investment trusts. 
  • Represented a real estate investment trust in initial public offering and as general counsel. 
  • Represented a major US investment bank in connection with development of its commercial mortgage loan conduit program. 
  • Represented REIT clients on securitized debt transactions. 
  • Formed and advised foreign and domestic equity funds and hedge funds.


Professional Associations

  • 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

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Listed for Structured Finance, Legal 500 United States, 2016
  • Recognized as a Leader in Capital Markets and Securitization, National, Chambers USA, 2016-2017, Chambers Global, 2017
  • Named among Influential Women of Virginia, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Class of 2014

Articles

  • ABA Comments to SEC on Synthetic Securitizations, ABA Comments to SEC on Offering Reform Proposal; ABA comments on Proposed ABS Rule, ABA Comments to SEC on Aircraft Carrier Release, ABA Comments to SEC on Ratings, Drafting Committee, 01/01/2004

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