Leah Sanzari acts as counsel to issuers, underwriters, servicers, placement agents and investors in connection with both public offerings and private placements.

She has experience in a wide variety of asset-backed securities, with a particular emphasis on residential mortgage transactions, esoteric assets including tax liens, PACE liens, oil & gas securitizations and resecuritizations. Leah has worked with numerous borrowers and lenders on financing and warehouse facilities for mortgages and esoteric assets and has represented both sellers and buyers of portfolios of assets, including mortgages and esoteric assets.

Leah advises a number of financial institutions and government agencies with regard to the implications of financial markets regulation, as well as in connection with complex capital markets, debt financing and other transactions.

Leah’s recent experience includes co-leading transactions representing the noteholders in two innovative securitizations of oil and gas wellbore assets of Raisa Energy, an EnCap portfolio company, and Diversified Gas & Oil, an AIM-listed public company.

She is a part of the Financial Institutions Industry Group, a multi-practice global group of partners who have client relationship responsibilities for financial institutions around the world.

Leah Chairs Orrick’s Women’s Initiative.

    • Advised the note purchasers in the first rated securitization of oil and gas wellbore interests, achieving an investment-grade rating and establishing a distinct, new asset class for securitization transactions.
    • Advised the noteholders in the second rated securitization of oil and gas wellbore interests, issued by Diversified Gas & Oil. Advised the note purchasers on the first rated securitization of oil and gas wellbore interests, issued by Raisa Energy, which established this distinct, new asset class for securitization transactions.
    • Advised Harley Marine on the $455 million whole business securitization transaction, issuing bonds to capital markets backed by marine transport collateral.
    • Advised Ygrene Energy Fund on the $150 million private PACE securitization, as well as the establishment, validation and implementation of PACE programs under SB 555.
    • Advised Twain Financial Partners as issuer and seller counsel on private commercial PACE securitizations.

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