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Ray I. Shirazi

  • Partner | Financial Services

New York

T: +1.212.859.6376

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Ray Shirazi counsels clients on transactional and trading regulatory issues related to derivatives and financial products.

Clients turn to Mr. Shirazi for a full range of equity, currency, commodity, and fixed-income structured products and derivatives. Mr. Shirazi is particularly noted for his work in equity derivatives involving structured products and traded securities. He works with clients in the areas of equity-, rates-, and commodity-linked securities and CDs. He also develops and executes a variety of algorithmic and managed account products, such as principal-protected notes, warrants, and certificates.

Mr. Shirazi has represented corporations and hedge fund on a variety of OTC derivatives transactions. For example, he has advised major corporations on securities and derivatives trading issues, “at the market offerings,” equity forwards, convertible call spreads, and hedging and monetization issues. 

In addition, Mr. Shirazi regularly represents insurance companies in connecti...

Ray Shirazi counsels clients on transactional and trading regulatory issues related to derivatives and financial products.

Clients turn to Mr. Shirazi for a full range of equity, currency, commodity, and fixed-income structured products and derivatives. Mr. Shirazi is particularly noted for his work in equity derivatives involving structured products and traded securities. He works with clients in the areas of equity-, rates-, and commodity-linked securities and CDs. He also develops and executes a variety of algorithmic and managed account products, such as principal-protected notes, warrants, and certificates.

Mr. Shirazi has represented corporations and hedge fund on a variety of OTC derivatives transactions. For example, he has advised major corporations on securities and derivatives trading issues, “at the market offerings,” equity forwards, convertible call spreads, and hedging and monetization issues. 

In addition, Mr. Shirazi regularly represents insurance companies in connection with insurance product development, hedging and licensing issues. 

Clients benefit from Mr. Shirazi’s familiarity with the federal securities, commodities laws and regulations which allows him to quickly present clients with a wide range of workable structural options.  Mr. Shirazi is also experienced with taxation issues arising under structured products and has worked closely with tax professionals to optimize the tax treatment of financial products.

Mr. Shirazi is a frequent speaker at ISDA conferences, where he presents on OTC derivatives, regulatory, and trading issues. He also appears regularly at Practising Law Institute’s “Fundamentals of Swaps & Other Derivatives” program and speaks at UCLA Law School concerning structured products and finance.

In his spare time, Mr. Shirazi enjoys renovating old houses and making and restoring furniture.

Mr. Shirazi has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in his area of expertise by independent commentators, including Chambers Global and Chambers USA, in which he is ranked Band 1 in both Capital Markets: Derivatives – USA Nationwide and Capital Markets: Structured Products – USA Nationwide. Clients in Chambers praise Mr. Shirazi as “brilliant” and commend his ability to “synthesize lots of moving parts in a manageable way, whether in traditional equity derivatives or complex new structured products.” Clients also describe Mr. Shirazi as “thoughtful about the technical issues, intelligent, and at the same time [he] understands the need to figure out a way to get deals done.”

Legal 500 US named Mr. Shirazi to its Hall of Fame in both Derivatives and Structured Products and Securitization, and recognized him a leader of a Tier 1 Structured Finance: Derivatives and Structured Products team. The publication lauds him as “hands down the best in the business when it comes to being commercial and adding value to transactions; he is responsive, creative, and extraordinarily well versed in a multitude of derivative, structured finance, and distributive products.”

IFLR1000 lists Mr. Shirazi as “Highly Regarded” in the areas of Capital Markets: Equity, Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization, and Capital Markets: Derivatives. Mr. Shirazi was part of the team named 2020 Regulatory Team of the Year by IFLR Americas. Most recently, Mr. Shirazi was named to the 2021 Lawdragon list of “500 Leading Dealmakers,” which honors the top financial lawyers in the US.

Since 2009, Mr. Shirazi has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Derivatives and Futures by The Best Lawyers in America, where clients praised him as “an expert in the structuring of derivatives and structured products across asset classes.” Additionally, Super Lawyers has recognized Mr. Shirazi as one of the top securities and corporate finance lawyers in New York since 2006.

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