Boris Ziser is co-head of the firm’s Finance & Derivatives Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. With almost 30 years of experience across diverse asset classes, Boris focuses on asset-backed securitizations, warehouse facilities, secured financings and commercial paper conduits. His practice encompasses a variety of asset classes, including life settlements, litigation funding, equipment leases, structured settlements, lottery receivables, timeshare loans, merchant cash advances and cell towers, in addition to other esoteric asset classes such as intellectual property, various insurance-related cash flows and other cash flow producing assets. He also represents investors, lenders, hedge funds, private equity funds and finance companies in acquisitions and dispositions of portfolios of assets and financings secured by those portfolios.
Recognized as a leading lawyer in the industry, Boris is ranked in Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500 US for his work in structured finance. He serves as outside general counsel to the Institutional Longevity Markets Association (ILMA) and is a member of the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Esoteric Assets Committee and Risk Retention Task Force of the Structured Finance Association. A frequent speaker at securitization industry conferences, Boris has conducted various securitization, litigation funding and life settlement seminars in the United States and abroad. Boris has been interviewed for the article “Attorneys Must Tread Carefully in Litigation Funding’s Next Stage,” published in Law360, and the articles “SRZ’s Leading Litigation Finance Practice: Holistic Expertise for a Booming Asset Class” and “Life Settlements and Longevity Swaps: Opportunities for Investors, Individuals, Insurers and Pension Funds,” both published in The Hedge Fund Journal. His recent speaking engagements have included “Macro Trends in Litigation Finance: What Does 2021 Have in Store?” at the IMN Litigation Finance Virtual Series, SRZ’s “Litigation Funding: Market Roundtable” webinar, “Legal and Regulatory Developments in the U.S. and the Road Ahead” at the 4th Annual LF Dealmakers Forum and “Co-Investing, Diversification, Securitizations and the Secondary Market” at the 4th Annual IMN Litigation Finance Conference.
- Representing clients in establishing multiple life settlement and premium finance funds.
- Representing clients in establishing life insurance premium finance platforms.
- Acting as underwriters’ counsel and transaction counsel on multiple securitizations of structured settlements.
- Representing lenders and borrowers in structured settlement warehouse facilities.
- Assisting with timeshare receivables warehouse facilities and securitization transactions.
- Representing a group of lenders in the financing of a cell tower and fiber-optic back-haul business.