Malcolm S. Dorris


Malcolm S. Dorris


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Malcolm S. Dorris, a partner in the Dechert New York office, has more than 25 years of experience in the securitization area. He has worked on public and private transactions spanning a wide variety of asset types, including auto loans and leases; rental cars; credit card, equipment lease and trade receivables; residential and commercial mortgage loans; middle-market corporate loans; and such esoteric asset types as 12b-1 mutual fund fees, healthcare receivables, pharmaceutical royalty rights, film distribution rights and refund anticipation loans.

In addition to serving as outside counsel to an international rating agency, Mr. Dorris has advised borrowers, commercial and investment banks, financial guarantors and others with respect to securitization issues. For the past six years, he has been ranked as a leading securitization lawyer in legal referral guide Chambers USA, where he is cited as being “appreciated by clients for his insight into market machinations” and for “know[ing] the deals and know[ing] the players.” In addition, he is consistently recognized for securitization by The Legal 500 (U.S.). In 2013, Mr. Dorris was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for New York City Securitization and Structured Finance Law.

Mr. Dorris has authored or co-authored numerous articles addressing global securitization issues, including: “Securitization for First Time Issuers” and “Pharmaceutical Royalties: A New Securitization Frontier,” which were published in Global Securitization and Structured Finance 2005 (Globe White Page in conjunction with Deutsche Bank); “Multi-Seller Commercial Paper Conduits and Securitization, A Brief History and Current Challenges,” published in the Journal of Structured and Project Finance (Winter 2004); New Developments in Securitization (Practicing Law Institute, 1994); and “Bankruptcy Considerations,” published in Structured Mortgage and Receivable Financing 1990 (Practicing Law Institute, 1990). Mr. Dorris is also frequently called upon to lecture on the subject of securitization.

  • Colgate University, A.B., 1976
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1980, Executive Editor of the Washington and Lee University Law Review
  • New York