Andrea (Andi) Mandell has over 30 years of experience providing expert tax advice to the securitization industry. Andi focuses her practice on the tax aspects relating to structured finance, securitization and fund formation. Currently Andi’s practice focuses on esoteric assets, including litigation funding, structured settlements, lottery receivables, secured and unsecured consumer loans and timeshare loans. Andi is also recognized as an expert in securitization of residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities and real estate structured finance, including the structuring of REO-to-rental financings, servicer advance facilities, debt re-packaging, securitization of non-performing and re-performing mortgage loans, re-securitizations, distressed asset funds and MSR purchases and sales. Andi has extensive experience advising tax exempt entities, REITs, hedge funds and private equity firms.

A frequent writer and public speaker on tax-related regulatory developments affecting structured finance, Andi has been named by Crain’s as a “Notable Women in Law” and is recognized as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers USA in the Capital Markets: Securitization: Tax – USA – Nationwide category, with clients noting, “We would praise Andrea Mandell very highly as a creative tax lawyer,” and “She has a lot of creativity: she looks at a problem, spins it around in her head and comes up with solutions for her clients.”

Andi works with other industry leaders shaping the securitization industry as a member of the Board of Directors of the Structured Finance Association (SFA), where she previously served four years as the Chair of the Tax Policy Committee. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Friends of Firefighters Foundation and as lead pro bono counsel to The Gary Sinise Foundation.

Publications

“Lieutenant Dan: A Close Look at Actor Gary Sinise’s Longstanding Support for Veterans,” Inside Philanthropy, Dec. 11, 2023 (featured)

Nonprofits Would Gain Lifeline With Pro Bono Help From Tax Pros,” Bloomberg Law, Nov. 22, 2023

“Recent Tax Court Opinion May Alter Limited Partners’ Self-Employment Tax Liability,” Schulte Alert, Nov. 30, 2023

“New Proposed Regulations Would Affect the Taxation of Foreign Investors in U.S. Real Estate,” SRZ Alert, Jan. 6, 2023

Cybersecurity Threats, Responses and Preventative Measures with SRZ’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Group," The Hedge Fund Journal, April 2021 (quoted)

“LIBOR Transition Update: New York State Legislature Passes LIBOR Transition Bill,” SRZ Alert, March 26, 2021

“FCA Announces Dates LIBOR Settings Will Cease to Be Provided or Be Representative; ISDA Declares Index Cessation Event and Fixing of Spread Adjustment,” SRZ Alert, March 8, 2021

Speaking Engagements

Tax Considerations 2024,” 33rd Annual Schulte Private Capital Forum, January 2024

“Deep Dive: Tax Implications of Deal and Fund Structuring,” IMN's 2nd Annual International Litigation Finance Forum, October 2023 

Specialty Finance, Schulte Private Capital Conversations, July 2023

"Deep Dive: Tax Implications of Deal and Fund Structuring," IMN's Financing, Structuring & Investing in Litigation Finance Event, June 2023

“Tax Opinions Are Different: Guidance for Transactional Lawyers,” Working Group on Legal Opinions Foundation's 2023 Spring Legal Opinion Seminar, May 2023

Moderator, “Cracking the Code: Innovation for a Gender-Equal Future,” Structured Finance Association 2023 Women in Securitization Week Panel, March 2023

“Approaches and Strategies for Organizing Capital,” International Litigation Finance Forum, October 2022

“CLOs and Leveraged Loans,” SFVegas 2022, July 2022

“Fund Finance” and “Evolving Investment Opportunities,” SRZ 31st Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, Jan. 2022

“Finance Strategies and Structures,” SRZ 30th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, Jan. 2021

Memberships

  • Friends of Firefighters
    • Member, Board of Directors
  • Structured Finance Association
    • Law Firm Board Representatives
  • The Fly a Kite Foundation
    • Member, Board of Directors

Distinctions

  • Named to Crain's New York Business' Notable Women in Law 
  • Recommended for Structured Finance by The Legal 500 US 
  • Chambers USA – Band 1
  • Chambers Global

Prior Experience

  • Dentons