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Gordon Peery

Partner

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9607
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Gordon Peery is entering his 25th year of counseling clients on significant transactional, regulatory and litigation matters across a number of practice areas and industry sectors.

Investment Management and Derivatives
Mr. Peery is a leader in the firm in providing investment management counsel and is a leading authority worldwide in over-the-counter derivatives, futures and derivatives in securitizations.

Mr. Peery is the Chairman of the firm’s Derivatives Practice and has lectured and practiced throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has counseled clients and taught in London, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and Brunei.  He brought to Seyfarth Shaw experience from leading investment management firms in North America. Mr. Peery is experienced in facilitating the execution of investment strategies in compliance with the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

Real Estate Finance
In December 2018, Mr. Peery counselled a lender and closed for it a $50 million credit facility for affordable housing projects in America.  In addition to handling real estate purchases by private equity funds, companies and other investors in a wide range of commercial and residential real estate, infrastructure-related and other asset-backed transactions in markets throughout the world,  Mr. Peery has negotiated mortgages, leases and has worked in a number of capacities in the packaging and sale of real estate assets at various positions in the capital stack.  Mr. Peery has closed repurchase and warehouse facilities involving over $1 billion in assets as deal counsel, then later in his career as custodian and trustee counsel.   Mr. Peery has experience representing a rating agency while working in a premier commercial real estate capital markets and securitization practice.  Mr. Peery is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice.

Securitizations
Mr. Peery is the second chair partner in a leading trustee and custodian securitization practice at Seyfarth Shaw.  Mr. Peery handled regulatory and litigation matters involving securitizations and currently assists a leading trustee and custodian in CDOs, CLOs, warehouse and other securitization-and derivatives-related representations.

Investment Vehicle Counsel
Mr. Peery has acted for investors by providing investment review and analysis and has counseled sponsors of funds throughout the life cycle, from fund formation to subscriptions and sale. An integral part of Mr. Peery’s practice is the execution of fund investment strategies.

Institutional Investor, ERISA and Pension Work
Mr. Peery is a steering committee member of the firm’s Institutional Investor practice and in that capacity, continues to represent the nation’s largest corporate pension as well as other plans in derivatives and other investment management matters.  As a securities and investment management lawyer serving global asset managers, insurance companies, pensions and other leading institutional investors and advisers, Mr. Peery brought to Seyfarth over a decade of experience working as a member of top tier investment management practices in U.S. and Canadian law firms recognized as industry leaders.

Litigation
Mr. Peery represents pensions, investment advisors and other litigants in individual plaintiff and class action litigation involving investment management, derivatives, rating agency issues and securitizations and has practiced before state and federal courts.  Mr. Peery also has experience in other commercial litigation and negotiations in a wide range of forums including arbitrations, mediations, collective bargaining agreement negotiations, administrative proceedings, and has pursued actions ranging from claims before administrative judges to oral arguments and trials in state and federal courts.  As first chair trial counsel, Mr. Peery achieved a favorable verdict on behalf of a national real estate company and successfully defended the verdict on appeal to the Supreme Court of the State of California.

Labor and Employment
Mr. Peery represents leading companies in stock option, plan and internal company policy work and is a resource to the firm’s leading Labor and Employment practice insofar as equity compensation is concerned.  As principal counsel in structuring a collaboration agreement with a major utility company in the United States, Mr. Peery successfully brought about a novel exchange of employees on behalf of Japanese transportation conglomerate J.R. Tokai.

Public Policy
The government of Brunei retained Mr. Peery to assist with trading, commodities and investment management documentation and guidance with respect to North American, London, and Asian market practices and U.S. law.  Mr. Peery in May 2018 formed a bi-coastal public policy team which successfully represented an importer of steel products and commodities before the United States Trade Representative in May-June 2018.  Mr. Peery previously was the Global Derivatives Advisor and only American Lawyer in Canada’s largest law firm and brought to Seyfarth Shaw unique cross-border and public policy experience.  Mr. Peery actively counsels clients interfacing with regulators and policy makers in Washington D.C., while building on past experience in our nation’s capital.

In 2000-04, Mr. Peery worked at a leading public policy firm in Washington D.C., during which time his work took him to Capitol Hill as well as to the offices of several members of what is known as CFIUS, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, including the federal Departments of Treasury, Justice and Commerce as well as the Office of Management & Budget.

Mr. Peery has experience counseling clients with respect to the Bank Secrecy Act, USA Patriot Act, AML, KYC, CDD and Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) statutory and regulatory matters.

Blockchain
An important part of Mr. Peery’s practice consists of handling the legal issues triggered by the modernization of the global financial system and replacement of paper money and coins with virtual currency via blockchain technology. Mr. Peery interfaces with CFTC and other leading regulators of next-generation currencies, markets and mining and was invited to chair a panel at the 2019 Law Review Symposium: The Emerging Blockchain and the Law, hosted by Wayne State University Law School.  Mr. Peery monitors developing technology and market practice in the area of smart contracts, emortgages, custody of emortgages and new developments in payment systems, a subject of an internal training seminar led by Mr. Peery at the firm.

Energy and Commodities
In the energy and commodity areas, and as an associate in a leading Washington D.C. law firm, Mr. Peery was an instrumental part of a team representing, before Congress, an investment bank and derivatives provider to Enron Corp. Mr. Peery represents a leading Asian oil, gas and LNG company, North American renewable energy affiliates of the leading European electricity utility and for these and other clients, Mr. Peery handles trading documentation and regulatory matters. He currently represents the largest commodity trading firm in the world, represents pioneers in lithium-ion technology for electric vehicle batteries and represents the investment management divisions and pensions of a leading North American auto maker.

Corporate Work
Mr. Peery is experienced in domestic and international business transactions, including all phases of structuring, drafting and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and collaboration agreements, loans, initial public offerings, equity and debt placements, venture capital financings, intellectual property licenses and start-up transactions.  Mr. Peery has represented an international construction company based in Australia in intellectual property and asset and property acquisition matters.

Author and Teacher
Mr. Peery is the author of The Post-Reform Guide to Derivatives and Futures (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), the winner of the 2012 International Book Award in the category of Law. His book has been used as a textbook at Columbia Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, and Vanderbilt Law School, where Mr. Peery was a guest lecturer. A central theme of the book is that market participants that played no role in the 2008 market crises should not bear the brunt of comprehensive regulatory reform in the area of derivatives. Mr. Peery is a champion of community and regional banks and the need to minimize burdensome and unnecessary regulation affecting these and other market participants whose hedging and other investment activities were not contributors to the Great Recession.

Asia, Japan and Southeast Asia
Mr. Peery has lived overseas and speaks Japanese. Before its combination with Dal-Ichi Kangyo (and with the Industrial Bank of Japan to form Mizuho Financial Group), Mr. Peery worked as an instructor of beginning and intermediate Japanese to American bankers of The Fuji Bank, Limited. Mr. Peery is well-versed with respect to derivative credit support documentation published for Japanese and other market participants throughout the world.   Mr. Peery has served major Japanese multinational companies such as Japan Airlines, Sanwa, and J.R. Tokai, the second-largest train company and operator of bullet trains in Japan.  Mr. Peery works, lectures, travels and represents clients in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Gordon Peery is entering his 25th year of counseling clients on significant transactional, regulatory and litigation matters across a number of practice areas and industry sectors.

Investment Management and Derivatives
Mr. Peery is a leader in the firm in providing investment management counsel and is a leading authority worldwide in over-the-counter derivatives, futures and derivatives in securitizations.

Mr. Peery is the Chairman of the firm’s Derivatives Practice and has lectured and practiced throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has counseled clients and taught in London, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and Brunei.  He brought to Seyfarth Shaw experience from leading investment management firms in North America. Mr. Peery is experienced in facilitating the execution of investment strategies in compliance with the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

Real Estate Finance
In December 2018, Mr. Peery counselled a lender and closed for it a $50 million credit facility for affordable housing projects in America.  In addition to handling real estate purchases by private equity funds, companies and other investors in a wide range of commercial and residential real estate, infrastructure-related and other asset-backed transactions in markets throughout the world,  Mr. Peery has negotiated mortgages, leases and has worked in a number of capacities in the packaging and sale of real estate assets at various positions in the capital stack.  Mr. Peery has closed repurchase and warehouse facilities involving over $1 billion in assets as deal counsel, then later in his career as custodian and trustee counsel.   Mr. Peery has experience representing a rating agency while working in a premier commercial real estate capital markets and securitization practice.  Mr. Peery is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice.

Securitizations
Mr. Peery is the second chair partner in a leading trustee and custodian securitization practice at Seyfarth Shaw.  Mr. Peery handled regulatory and litigation matters involving securitizations and currently assists a leading trustee and custodian in CDOs, CLOs, warehouse and other securitization-and derivatives-related representations.

Investment Vehicle Counsel
Mr. Peery has acted for investors by providing investment review and analysis and has counseled sponsors of funds throughout the life cycle, from fund formation to subscriptions and sale. An integral part of Mr. Peery’s practice is the execution of fund investment strategies.

Institutional Investor, ERISA and Pension Work
Mr. Peery is a steering committee member of the firm’s Institutional Investor practice and in that capacity, continues to represent the nation’s largest corporate pension as well as other plans in derivatives and other investment management matters.  As a securities and investment management lawyer serving global asset managers, insurance companies, pensions and other leading institutional investors and advisers, Mr. Peery brought to Seyfarth over a decade of experience working as a member of top tier investment management practices in U.S. and Canadian law firms recognized as industry leaders.

Litigation
Mr. Peery represents pensions, investment advisors and other litigants in individual plaintiff and class action litigation involving investment management, derivatives, rating agency issues and securitizations and has practiced before state and federal courts.  Mr. Peery also has experience in other commercial litigation and negotiations in a wide range of forums including arbitrations, mediations, collective bargaining agreement negotiations, administrative proceedings, and has pursued actions ranging from claims before administrative judges to oral arguments and trials in state and federal courts.  As first chair trial counsel, Mr. Peery achieved a favorable verdict on behalf of a national real estate company and successfully defended the verdict on appeal to the Supreme Court of the State of California.

Labor and Employment
Mr. Peery represents leading companies in stock option, plan and internal company policy work and is a resource to the firm’s leading Labor and Employment practice insofar as equity compensation is concerned.  As principal counsel in structuring a collaboration agreement with a major utility company in the United States, Mr. Peery successfully brought about a novel exchange of employees on behalf of Japanese transportation conglomerate J.R. Tokai.

Public Policy
The government of Brunei retained Mr. Peery to assist with trading, commodities and investment management documentation and guidance with respect to North American, London, and Asian market practices and U.S. law.  Mr. Peery in May 2018 formed a bi-coastal public policy team which successfully represented an importer of steel products and commodities before the United States Trade Representative in May-June 2018.  Mr. Peery previously was the Global Derivatives Advisor and only American Lawyer in Canada’s largest law firm and brought to Seyfarth Shaw unique cross-border and public policy experience.  Mr. Peery actively counsels clients interfacing with regulators and policy makers in Washington D.C., while building on past experience in our nation’s capital.

In 2000-04, Mr. Peery worked at a leading public policy firm in Washington D.C., during which time his work took him to Capitol Hill as well as to the offices of several members of what is known as CFIUS, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, including the federal Departments of Treasury, Justice and Commerce as well as the Office of Management & Budget.

Mr. Peery has experience counseling clients with respect to the Bank Secrecy Act, USA Patriot Act, AML, KYC, CDD and Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) statutory and regulatory matters.

Blockchain
An important part of Mr. Peery’s practice consists of handling the legal issues triggered by the modernization of the global financial system and replacement of paper money and coins with virtual currency via blockchain technology. Mr. Peery interfaces with CFTC and other leading regulators of next-generation currencies, markets and mining and was invited to chair a panel at the 2019 Law Review Symposium: The Emerging Blockchain and the Law, hosted by Wayne State University Law School.  Mr. Peery monitors developing technology and market practice in the area of smart contracts, emortgages, custody of emortgages and new developments in payment systems, a subject of an internal training seminar led by Mr. Peery at the firm.

Energy and Commodities
In the energy and commodity areas, and as an associate in a leading Washington D.C. law firm, Mr. Peery was an instrumental part of a team representing, before Congress, an investment bank and derivatives provider to Enron Corp. Mr. Peery represents a leading Asian oil, gas and LNG company, North American renewable energy affiliates of the leading European electricity utility and for these and other clients, Mr. Peery handles trading documentation and regulatory matters. He currently represents the largest commodity trading firm in the world, represents pioneers in lithium-ion technology for electric vehicle batteries and represents the investment management divisions and pensions of a leading North American auto maker.

Corporate Work
Mr. Peery is experienced in domestic and international business transactions, including all phases of structuring, drafting and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and collaboration agreements, loans, initial public offerings, equity and debt placements, venture capital financings, intellectual property licenses and start-up transactions.  Mr. Peery has represented an international construction company based in Australia in intellectual property and asset and property acquisition matters.

Author and Teacher
Mr. Peery is the author of The Post-Reform Guide to Derivatives and Futures (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), the winner of the 2012 International Book Award in the category of Law. His book has been used as a textbook at Columbia Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, and Vanderbilt Law School, where Mr. Peery was a guest lecturer. A central theme of the book is that market participants that played no role in the 2008 market crises should not bear the brunt of comprehensive regulatory reform in the area of derivatives. Mr. Peery is a champion of community and regional banks and the need to minimize burdensome and unnecessary regulation affecting these and other market participants whose hedging and other investment activities were not contributors to the Great Recession.

Asia, Japan and Southeast Asia
Mr. Peery has lived overseas and speaks Japanese. Before its combination with Dal-Ichi Kangyo (and with the Industrial Bank of Japan to form Mizuho Financial Group), Mr. Peery worked as an instructor of beginning and intermediate Japanese to American bankers of The Fuji Bank, Limited. Mr. Peery is well-versed with respect to derivative credit support documentation published for Japanese and other market participants throughout the world.   Mr. Peery has served major Japanese multinational companies such as Japan Airlines, Sanwa, and J.R. Tokai, the second-largest train company and operator of bullet trains in Japan.  Mr. Peery works, lectures, travels and represents clients in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt Law School (1995), recipient, Bennett Douglas Bell endowed memorial honor and President, Vice President and elected member, Vanderbilt Law School Honor Council

  • B.A. in International Relations and Political Science, University of Southern California (1991), magna cum laude and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi 

Admissions

  • California

Presentations

  • Panelist, "Blockchain Applications in Real Estate Finance: Mortgage Origination, Securitization and Servicing," Strafford Webinar (October 24, 2019)
  • “LIBOR Developments in Derivatives and Elsewhere in Finance” Real Estate & Structured Finance Practice Group Presentation (November 15, 2018)
  • “CFIUS in Real Estate Transactions” Quarterly Real Estate Conference Presentation (November 12, 2018)
  • “Discovering Your Passion and the Realization that Vienna Waits for You” presentation to the Law and Business Society of Vanderbilt Law School (November 2, 2018)
  • “Payment System Law and Blockchain: Square Peg in a Round Hole?” National Blockchain Technologies Specialty Team Meeting, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 25, 2018)
  • “Advanced Derivatives:  ISDA Master Agreement and Credit Support Annexes Masterclass,” UNI Publication and Seminar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (June 2-4, 2014)
  • “Mastering Advanced Derivatives Documentation:  The ISDA/IIFM Ta’Hawwut Master Agreement (TMA),” UNI Publication and Seminar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 19-21, 2012)
  • Co-Presenter, “Counterparty Risk Seminar,” Law Firm Seminar (March 5, 2009)

Publications

  • Co-Author, "LIBOR’s Anticipated Discontinuation Leads to Focus on Replacement Language," Client Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 22, 2018)
  • Co-Author, "The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act Provides Relief and Clarity for the Commercial Real Estate Market,” PREA Quarterly, Pension Real Estate Association (Summer 2018)
  • “The Second Digital Revolution and What it Means for Institutional Investors,” PREA Quarterly, Pension Real Estate Association (Spring 2018)
  • “Derivatives Rulemaking in a New Era of Global Regulation: Recommendations for the Securities and Exchange Commission as it Finalizes Rule 18f-4,” Futures and Derivatives Law Report, Volume 37 (June 2017)
  • “All Financial Regulation in the U.S. Now Subject to Review under February 3, 2017 Executive Order Issued by the President,” Client Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 9, 2017)
  • “Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets,” Client Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 5, 2016)
  • Co-Author, "BRACING for BREXIT - after the shock, what now?" Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 30, 2016)
  • “Advanced Derivatives:  ISDA Master Agreement and Credit Support Annexes Masterclass,” UNI Publication and Seminar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (June 2-4, 2014)
  • The Post-Reform Guide to Derivatives and Futures, published by John Wiley & Sons (2012)
  • “Mastering Advanced Derivatives Documentation:  The ISDA/IIFM Ta’Hawwut Master Agreement (TMA),” UNI Publication and Seminar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 19-21, 2012)
  • “Equity Swap Counterparties Must Consider ISDA Protocol Dealing with New Withholding Taxes on Dividend Equivalent Payments,” Law Firm Alert (September 15, 2010)
  • “Global Government Solutions 2010: Mid-Year Outlook,” Law Firm Publication (July 2010)
  • “Congressional Overhaul of the Derivatives Market in the United States,” Law Firm Alert (July 21, 2010)
  • “With Comprehensive Clearing Mandates, Historic Legislation Poised to Create a Sea Change in Regulation of the U.S. Derivatives Market,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Vol. 1, No. 6 (June 2010)
  • “Global Government Solutions 2010 - The Year Ahead,” Law Firm Publication (January 2010)
  • Co-Author, “Trading in 2010: What you need to know about Derivatives and Futures Trading in 2010,” Law Firm Webinar and Publication (November 24, 2009)
  • “Reporting Rule and So Much More: Setting the Stage for Cap and Trade for U.S. and International Trading Transactions, Environmental,” Law Firm Alert (October 15, 2009)
  • “Sweeping Reforms Moving Forward for Credit Rating Agency Practices,” Law Firm Alert (October 13, 2009)
  • “September 22, 2009 Deadline Set for Asserting Lehman Claims, Including Derivative and Guaranty Claims,” Law Firm Alert (August 19, 2009)
  • “OTC Derivatives Legislation Continues to Take Form, Capital Markets Reform Group Update,” Law Firm Publication (August 11, 2009)
  • “Regulators Focus on High-frequency Trading and Market Structure: Flash Orders, Indicators of Interest, Dark Pools and Co-location,” Law Firm Alert (August 5, 2009)
  • “Small Bang Protocol Adherence Period Closes on July 24, 2009,” Law Firm Alert (July 21, 2009)
  • “Investment Management Update,” Law Firm Alert (Spring 2009)
  • “SEC Approves FINRA Rule for CDS Risk Monitoring Procedures and Margin Requirements,” Law Firm Alert (June 15, 2009)
  • “Comprehensive Regulatory Framework for OTC Derivatives Proposed as a Prelude to Reform of the U.S Financial System,” Law Firm Alert (May 19, 2009)
  • “Reporting Rule and So Much More: Setting the Stage for Cap and Trade for U.S. and International Trading Transactions,” Law Firm Alert (May 8, 2009)
  • “TALF Expanded to Include CMBS,” Law Firm Alert (May 5, 2009)
  • “Treasury Department May Facilitate Broader Participation in Legacy Securities PPIP,” Law Firm Alert (April 10, 2009)
  • “Public-Private Investment Partnerships To Tackle Legacy Toxic Assets,” Law Firm Alert (March 31, 2009)
  • “A New Era for Credit Default Swaps,” Law Firm Alert (March 13, 2009)
  • “The Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility Takes Form,” Law Firm Alert (March 13, 2009)
  • “The Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility in Sharper Focus,” Law Firm Alert (February 23, 2009)
  • “Opening Salvo Fired In Financial Market Reform Effort, But Many Battles Lie Ahead,” Law Firm Alert (February 19, 2009)
  • “January 30, 2009 Deadline for Lehman Brothers Inc. ‘Customer’ Claims,” Law Firm Alert (January 20, 2009)
  • “Global Financial Markets — Legal, Policy and Regulatory Analysis,” Law Firm Publication (November 17, 2008)
  • “The Lifecycle of Lehman Trade Fails,” Law Firm Alert (October 27, 2008)
  • “Global Financial Markets — Legal, Policy and Regulatory Analysis,” Law Firm Publication (October 24, 2008)
  • “Global Financial Markets — Legal, Policy and Regulatory Analysis,” Law Firm Publication (October 6, 2008)
  • “Property Derivatives Come of Age,” New Law Journal (August 8, 2008)
  • “Cover from the Storm: Federal Regulators Promote Covered Bonds to Stabilize Capital Markets,” Law Firm Alert (August 7, 2008)