Michael J. Gamsky - Foster Pepper PLLC
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Michael J. Gamsky

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Mike is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions and Business practices and focuses on structured finance and corporate securities/mergers and acquisitions.

Mike is an experienced securitization/structured finance lawyer who has concentrated in representing sponsors and underwriters in mortgage-backed securitizations (including subprime, Alt A and reverse mortgage loans and small balance commercial loans). He has extensive experience in advising sponsors/servicers as to their obligations under securitization documents to trustees, investors and pool and certificate insurers relating to repurchase demands based on alleged breaches of loan level representations and warranties, requests for access to loan level data and disagreements relating to audit rights and repurchase demands. This experience combined with the four month comprehensive review of the default management practices of a servicer client that he led has given Mike a unique perspective on issues arising during the loan origination process and servicing issues related to subprime and nonperforming mortgage loans. His experience also includes whole loan purchases and sales, agency transactions, purchases and sales of servicing rights and other secondary market mortgage transactions.

Mike has experience in initial public offerings, follow-on public offerings and 1934 Act work on behalf of both issuers and underwriters. He has substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, institutional financing (private placements of debt and equity, real estate opportunity funds), venture financing (company counsel), representation of start-up and emerging growth companies (primarily technology companies) and general corporate counseling.

Additional Information

Experience —    Closed over one hundred mortgage-backed securitizations representing Washington Mutual, Lehman Brothers and Indymac Bank.
  • Represented sponsors/issuers in many innovative or first-of-a-kind mortgage-backed securitizations.
  • Represented Financial Freedom, the largest originator of reverse mortgages in the country, in connection with its whole loan sale and securitization transactions.
  • Representation of private national commercial real estate company.  
  • Counsel to data mining firm in $53 million stock merger (tax-free) with a publicly traded company.
  • Counsel to software provider of supermarket customer loyalty programs in $20 million cash/stock merger (tax-free) with a private company.
  • Lawrence University BA 1978University of Wisconsin Law School J.D. 1982University of Wisconsin MA 1982
    American Bar AssociationWashington State Bar AssociationAmerican Securitization ForumNational Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association

    Office Location

    1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3000
    Seattle, WA 98101-3292
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Securitization and Structured Finance Law