Steve Levitan has extensive experience in structuring highly complex securitization transactions backed by collateral encompassing a broad range of asset types, including: student loans (both federally guaranteed and private education loans), auto loans, marketplace (peer-to-peer) unsecured consumer loans, residential solar loans, Australian mortgage loans, commercial equipment, automobile and equipment leases, credit card account receivables, residential mortgage loans, home equity loans, financed insurance premiums, residual interests in pre-existing special purpose entities, and the resecuritization of previously issued asset- and mortgage-backed securities. Steve has represented both issuers and underwriters in public offerings, private placements, direct-lending financings, off-shore transactions, and asset-backed commercial paper offerings. He also has represented clients in connection with the acquisition and sale of these types of assets and related servicing operations.
Steve’s clients have included the country’s leading investment banks, commercial banks, Fortune 500 companies, and boutique finance lenders.
He has been named a leading practitioner in the field of securitization by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers. Steve regularly speaks at national conferences on topics regarding student loans, marketplace (peer-to-peer) unsecured consumer lending, residential solar loans, fintech, and cross-border securitizations. He is also a founding member of the New York City Bar Association’s Structured Finance/Securitization Committee and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Securitization & Structured Finance Committee.
At the University of Chicago Law School, Steve was a co-founder and managing editor of the Legal Forum and a co-founder/chairman of the University Student Federal Credit Union. In addition, Steve possesses an MBA from the University of Chicago and he also holds a CPA certificate from the State of Illinois. He graduated from Dartmouth College with honors awarded in both his major subjects, Government and Religion.
Dartmouth College, 1982, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Chicago Law School, 1986, Juris Doctor
The University of Chicago, 1986, Master of Business Administration
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Supreme Court of the United States
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Capital Markets: Securitization, USA, Chambers Global (2009–2020)
Ranked, Capital Markets: Securitization, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2008–2020)
Highly Regarded, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019–2020)
Highly Regarded, IFLR1000 United States (2018, 2019)
Recommended, Finance: Structured finance: securitization, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Recommended, Finance: Structured finance: securitization, The Legal 500 US (2013–2016, 2018)
Recognized, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, New York, The Best Lawyers in America (2012–2021)
Recognized, Securities and Corporate Finance, New York Metro Super Lawyers (2018, 2019)
Leading Lawyer, Equity Capital Markets, IFLR1000 (2013, 2017, 2018)
Member, New York City Bar Association — Structured Finance/Securitization Committee
Member, American Bar Association — Securitization and Structured Finance Committee
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants