Skanthan Vivekananda has a wide-ranging finance practice focused on structured finance, derivatives and investment management.

A significant portion of Mr. Vivekananda's structured finance practice involves the representation of banks and asset managers in connection with the formation and structuring of cash and synthetic CDOs, CLOs and other securitization vehicles. Mr. Vivekananda also advises clients in connection with the risk retention rules for securitizations and related structuring issues.

Mr. Vivekananda is also a derivatives specialist and counsels investment funds and other financial institutions in connection a variety of over-the-counter and centrally cleared derivatives and structured products. His practice focuses on a wide range of issues relating to derivatives, including transaction structuring, counterparty exposure analysis and regulatory and compliance obligations arising under US securities laws, the Commodity Exchange Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Investment Company Act.

His finance practice also has an investment management focus. He routinely advises both registered and private investment funds and their investment advisers in connection with margin lending facilities, prime brokerage facilities and related regulatory issues.

Mr. Vivekananda attended University of Michigan Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the University of Michigan Law Review.


QFC Rules and ISDA 2018 US Resolution Stay Protocol
The Risk Retention Rule: LSTA's Victory and What It Means for CLOs and Other Securitizations
A Look At The New Qualified Financial Contracts Rule
Asset Management Law360, Banking Law360, Bankruptcy Law360, Capital Markets Law360, Public Policy Law360, Securities Law360
Federal Reserve Board and FDIC Restrict Immediate Exercise of Default Rights in Qualified Financial Contracts of GSIBs
OCC Opens The Debate On Volcker Rule Reform
Asset Management Law360, Banking Law360, Capital Markets Law360, Private Equity Law360, Public Policy Law360, Securities Law360


The Legal 500 US
Finance: Structured Finance (2017)


  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2003, cum laude
  • AB, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
  • California
  • New York
Government and Military Service
  • Reservist, US Marine Corps (1998-2002)

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