Gordon F.Peery

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Gordon wrote the book on reforms following the 2008 global financial crisis and today serves market participants in an era where the proper functioning of markets, access to liquidity, risk management and individual health are the highest values.


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Gordon is a crisis management, regulatory and transactional lawyer whose work in the 2008 global financial crisis enabled him to help market participants through the Great Recession of 2008. This work over a decade ago enabled Gordon to be a resource to members of Congress and other law- and policy-makers in countries working to implement new, robust laws to prevent a prolonged recession and depression. Gordon is the author of The Post-Reform Guide to Derivatives and Futures (John C. Wiley & Sons, 2012), referred to as "The Guide" in the post-2008 recession era. The winner of the 2012 International Book Award in the category of Law, Gordon’s book has been used as a textbook at Columbia Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was a guest lecturer. The Guide traces the financial history leading up to the 2008 financial crises and introduces new electronic markets mandated by law starting in 2010. Gordon’s work underscores the need for new financial technology to help real estate, derivatives and other markets to properly function during crises including, for example, the novel coronavirus COFID-19 pandemic. Gordon is ahead of the pack on technology and regulatory issues and helps lead the New Financial Products and Technology practice of the firm.

Gordon began his work as a structured finance associate in 2004 at a leading global finance and real estate practice headquartered in Philadelphia, where he acquired traditional real estate and capital markets experience, including drafting and negotiating whole loans, complex senior-subordinate structures, repo and warehouse credit facilities and derivatives in asset backed, commercial and residential mortgage backed security transactions. Gordon continues his work at Seyfarth as an active contributor to the Structured & Real Estate Finance practice and its clients by negotiating LIBOR replacement language in existing structures and by teaching both internal and external courses on derivatives and structured finance reform after having worked with a team at Seyfarth representing a leading trustee and custodian in transactions involving collateralized loan obligations, floating rate notes, and other complex structures. Today, as the chairman of the Derivatives practice at Seyfarth, Gordon is a leading authority worldwide in the law and regulation of over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives.

A prominent regulator of derivatives throughout the world is the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and former CFTC Chair Walt Lukken noted in his written endorsement of Gordon’s book that "[w]ith Gordon Peery’s extensive experience in derivatives, he is able to both inform and sometimes challenge the reader regarding the policies and regulations resulting from the crisis." Adding her endorsement is State Street Global Advisors Managing Director Deena Ethridge, who wrote that "Peery’s enthusiasm for the subject and his love of teaching shines." Gordon is currently outside derivatives counsel to one of the largest automakers in the world, the largest Asian oil and gas company, a French utility and its North American renewable energy affiliate, and the largest commodity trading company in the world.

In October 2019, Gordon taught for Strafford "Blockchain Applications in Real Estate Finance: Mortgage Origination, Securitization and Servicing," and earlier in 2019 led a panel on the legal issues triggered by distributed ledger technology. Gordon has submitted comment letters since the recession of 2008, obtained regulatory relief, defended multinational corporations in litigation and enforcement proceedings, and on October 27, 2019, presented comments to national security (CFIUS) rules proposed by the US Department of the Treasury. Gordon has worked closely with the lead rulemaker and staff of CFIUS, the US Department of the Treasury and its Office of Investment Security and was instrumental in organizing and leading a February 27, 2020 event in the New York office of Seyfarth, where Assistant Treasury Secretary Thomas P. Feddo and leading private sector CFIUS practitioners discussed final CFIUS rules. Gordon currently represents international and domestic clients in regulatory compliance work while interfacing with CFIUS if and as required by the law.

Gordon 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, Gordon worked as an instructor of beginning and intermediate Japanese to American bankers of The Fuji Bank, Ltd. Gordon has lectured and practiced throughout the US and Canada, and has counseled clients and taught in London, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, and Brunei. He brought to Seyfarth experience from leading investment management and structured finance firms in North America. Gordon is experienced in facilitating the execution of investment strategies in compliance with the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act), the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and ERISA.

As a steering committee member of the Institutional Investor practice at Seyfarth, Gordon has a vibrant fund practice where he represents a range of investment vehicles, private equity clients, company pensions, state retirement systems, sovereign wealth funds and asset managers. These clients hired Gordon to execute primarily derivatives- and real estate-based investment strategies involving complex structures, including for example the synthetic replication via derivatives of property ownership and leases. Gordon hails from a line of real estate property and banking ancestors and continues that line while working in the real estate investment space.

 

  • JD, Vanderbilt University School of Law

    Bennett Douglas Bell endowed memorial honor recipient
    Vanderbilt Law School Honor Council, president, vice president and elected member

  • BA, University of Southern California
    International Relations and Political Science

    Magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi

  • California