Boris Ziser is co-head of the firm’s Structured Finance & Derivatives Group. With over 20 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, equipment leases, structured settlements, lottery receivables, timeshare loans, litigation advances, merchant cash advances and cell towers, in addition to other esoteric asset classes such as intellectual property and other cash flow producing assets. He also represents investors, lenders, hedge funds, private equity funds and finance companies in purchases and dispositions of portfolios of assets and financings secured by those portfolios.

Boris serves as outside general counsel to the Institutional Longevity Markets Association (ILMA). He is listed in Chambers USA and is recognized by The Legal 500 US for his work in structured finance. He is also 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 Industry Group. A frequent speaker at securitization industry conferences, Boris has conducted various securitization and life settlement seminars in the United States and abroad. 

Representations

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.

Publications

“Attys Must Tread Carefully in Litigation Funding's Next Stage,” Law360, April 2018 (quoted)

“SRZ’s Leading Litigation Finance Practice: Holistic Expertise for a Booming Asset Class,” The Hedge Fund Journal, March 2018 (quoted)

“Life Settlements and Longevity Swaps: Opportunities for Investors, Individuals, Insurers and Pension Funds,” The Hedge Fund Journal, April/May 2016 (co-author)

“The New Banks – Alternative Lending: With SRZ’s Leading Structured Finance Lawyers,” The Hedge Fund Journal, April/May 2016 (co-author)

“Life Settlement Securitization,” Securitizations: Legal and Regulatory Issues (ALM Law Journal Press), 2015 (co-author)

“The Life Settlement Industry Today,” The Journal of Structured Finance, May 2011

“A Challenging Year in the Life Settlement Industry,” The Journal of Structured Finance, Summer 2009

“The Need to Revive Securitization: A Response to Recent Critics,” Securities Law360, June 9, 2009 (co-author)

“Another Active Year in the Life Settlement Industry,” The Journal of Structured Finance, Vol. XIV, No. 2, Summer 2008

“An Eventful Year in the Life Settlement Industry,” The Journal of Structured Finance, Vol. XIII, No. 2, Summer 2007

“Life Settlements Today: A Secret No More,” The Journal of Structured Finance, Summer 2006

“Life Settlements: An Option for Seniors, an Opportunity for Investors,” The Journal of Structured Finance, Summer 2005

“A Pivotal Phase in the Product Life Cycle,” Securitization of Life Settlements, National Underwriter, 2005 (co-author)

“USA: Securitizing New Asset Class – IP-Life Settlements and Wind,” Global Restructuring, 2005 (co-author)

“Life Settlement and Intellectual Property Securitization,” Asset Securitization Report – Conference Daily, October 2004

Speaking Engagements

“Beyond the Case: The Evolution of Legal Finance,” Litigation Finance Dealmakers Forum, September 2018

“Litigation Finance,” SRZ 6th Annual Private Equity Fund Conference, May 2018

“Flash Briefings on Alternative & Emerging Asset Classes — Structured Settlement,” SFIG and IMN Vegas 2018, Las Vegas, February 2018

“Investing in Litigation Finance,” SRZ 27th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2018

SRZ Distressed Investing Hot Topics  Trading Next Generation Products, New York, June 2017

“State of the Securitization Market,” NASP 2016 Annual Conference, New Orleans, November 2016

IMN 2nd Annual Life Settlements Investor’s Symposium, Miami Beach, September 2016

“Welcome and Opening Remarks,” ILMA 8th Annual Investor Summit, New York, June 2016

“Private Funds: The New Banks,” SRZ 25th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2016

“Has the Noise Died Down? The Current Legal Landscape,” IMN 1st Annual Life Settlements Investor’s Symposium, Miami, September 2015

Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association, 2006-present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Structured Finance Industry Group
    • Esoteric Assets Committee
    • Risk Retention Task Force

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA
  • The Legal 500 US

Prior Experience

  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan