Craig A. Wolson

Of Counsel
(212) 837-2600
Location: New York, NY

Craig A. Wolson has practiced law for over 40 years.  Although he has primarily been based in New York City, he has had clients all over the world.  He specializes in finance (including secured loans of various types), corporate (including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, entity formation and corporate counseling), securities (including private placements and securities fraud), securitization (including MBS, ABS and CLOs) and derivatives (including interest rate and credit default swaps) matters.  He has been an Associate, Special Counsel, Of Counsel and/or Partner at several of the leading law firms in the world.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York (1975)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Recognition

Mr. Wolson has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine.  Since 2010 he has been an active member of the American Arbitration Association’s roster of arbitrators.  He has been included for many years in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in Finance and Business.  In 2018 he was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Publications

Co-Editor and Co-Author:

Frequently Used Terms in Securitization and Structured Finance Transactions (V. Tucker and C. Wolson ed. 2015)

Co-Author:

  • Comment Letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System dated July 29, 2020 relating to the Board’s Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (“TALF”), submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section
  • Comment Letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System dated June 5, 2020 relating to TALF, submitted by American Bar Association Business Law Section
  • Comment Letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission dated October 20, 2016 requesting permanent extraterritoriality exemption from Rule 17g-5(a)(3) requirements under the Securities Exchange Act, submitted by the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association (Craig A. Wolson, Founder and Chair from 2004-08)
  • Comment Letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury dated August 5, 2016 relating to the Treasury’s White Paper issued on May 10, 2016 entitled “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending,” submitted by the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association (Craig A. Wolson, Founder and Chair from 2004-08)

Experience

Recent transactions handled by Craig Wolson include:

  • Acted as co-counsel with respect to a private placement of securities issued by a DE LLC that planned to invest in another DE LLC that planned to invest in a Cayman Islands LLC that planned to purchase shares in a Korean steel company
  • Acted as special securities counsel for a private placement of securities issued by a company that planned to purchase the future earnings of a professional athlete; the offering utilized blockchain techniques
  • Acted as co-counsel to an owner of several cannabis sales and distribution companies in several Western States who planned to sell shares in a new company that would use the proceeds to expand into several other States
  • Acted as co-counsel with respect to advising a large real estate developer as to its rights and responsibilities under several interest rate swap agreements with a large bank
  • Acted as counsel to a European securities broker who (a) had several large clients that owned illiquid securities and (b) wanted to help them sell the securities to a structured finance vehicle that I would have helped him establish
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