Charles A. (Charlie) Sweet serves as the practice development leader of the firm’s structured transactions group. He advises clients on the federal laws and regulations affecting asset-backed securities and other structured finance products, and his securitization experience encompasses a wide variety of asset classes, including automobile loans and leases, student loans, marketplace loans and residential mortgages. Charlie has worked on many innovative transactions and structures, with sponsors ranging from finance arms of Fortune 500 companies to technology-driven emerging growth companies. He co-authored the fourth edition of the leading industry treatise, Offerings of Asset-Backed Securities (Wolters Kluwer).
Charlie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Structured Finance Association (the trade association for the securitization market). He has served as a co-chair of the SFA’s Legal Counsel Committee and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Charlie has represented the SFA and other financial industry groups in their responses to many of the regulatory changes in the structured finance area since the financial crisis, including LIBOR transition, Regulation AB II, and the Dodd-Frank credit risk retention rules. He was the original author of The Federal Securities Law of Asset-Backed Securities (Bloomberg BNA).
Charlie also has a background in other federal securities law and general corporate matters, in industries extending from banking to technology. His corporate practice has emphasized public offerings and private placements of securities, but he also has broad experience in other types of transactions, including repurchase and debt facilities, tender offers, mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships and joint ventures.
At the University of Texas School of Law, Charlie was a member of the Order of the Coif, a member of the Chancellors (the school’s highest honorary organization) and an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. He is a member of the American Bar Association.
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1986, Juris Doctor, With High Honors
Yale University, 1983, Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Highly Regarded – State, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2022)
Rising Star, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019–2021) and IFLR1000 United States (2019, 2020)
Recommended, Structured finance: securitization, The Legal 500 US (2018, 2019)