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John M. Brandow


John M. Brandow

Derivatives & Structured Products
New York
Chairman of Derivatives & Structured Products. Advises a wide variety of market participants on a complex array of equity-related transactions.

John is chairman of our Derivatives & Structured Products group and a partner in our Capital Markets practice. He advises a wide variety of market participants – commercial and investment banks, issuers and institutional holders of equity positions – on a complex array of equity-related transactions.

John has been actively involved in the design of exchangeable securities containing imbedded options or forward contracts on the underlying equities, the development of mandatory and optional convertible securities issued in capital-raising transactions, the evolution of call spread transactions used to change the economics of convertible securities, and the structuring of public and private hedging transactions using collars and variable prepaid forward contracts. He has also represented major financial institutions on syndicated margin loans, including multi-billion-dollar cross-border deals.

Chambers USA ranks John in Band 1 for derivatives work.

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Chambers USA – Derivatives, Band 1
Chambers Global – Capital Markets: Derivatives, USA, Band 1
IFLR1000 – Capital Markets (Derivatives, Equity, Structured Finance and Securitisation), United States, Highly regarded
Expert Guides – Capital Markets
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • cum laude
  • Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
B.A., Physiology, Psychology and Philosophy, University of Oxford
  • Pembroke College
B.A., Yale University
  • cum laude
Law Clerk, Hon. Irving R. Kaufman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1980-1981
Professional history
  • Partner, 1989-present
  • Associate, 1981-1989
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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