Devin M. Swaney


Devin M. Swaney


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3661 | +1 212 698 3599


Devin Swaney, a partner in Dechert's global finance practice, focuses on structured finance and real estate matters, with a particular emphasis on securitization and commercial mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Swaney represents issuers, underwriters, mortgage loan sellers, servicers, investors, operating advisors and sponsors with respect to public and private asset-backed securitizations, and he works on commercial and government sponsored deals collateralized by performing, re-performing and distressed assets. He acts as counsel to registrants with respect to regulatory filings and reporting obligations under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, and he represents financial institutions, funds and investors with regard to the creation, sale and purchase of interests and participations in commercial real estate and mezzanine debt.

In 2016, he significantly contributed to the firm’s response to changed regulations surrounding risk retention and has counseled many important clients on ways to structure to meet the new requirements. Collaborating with peer law firms, Mr. Swaney co-authored a Q&A series, aimed to facilitate implementation of the new regulations and clarify the law and potential impact for clients.

Mr. Swaney is recognized for structured finance by The Legal 500 (U.S.). He is also recognized as a Rising Star for structured finance and securitization by IFLR1000

Mr. Swaney has advised Freddie Mac, a leading issuer of agency guaranteed structured multifamily securities, in multiple securitizations totaling more than US$400 billion since 2009, including more than 70 deals in 2019.

  • Fordham University, B.A., 1999
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • New York
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • English
  • German
Speaking Engagements
  • Single-Family Rental: Securitization at the Crossroads — CRE Financial Council (September 13, 2018) 
  • CMBS Perspectives on Dealing with Risk Retention — SFIG Vegas 2018, Las Vegas, NV (February 27, 2018)
  • The ABCs of CMBS: Structures, Terminology and Unique Characteristics —ABS East 2017, Miami, FL (September 17-19, 2017)
  • Alternative Lending Market Structures and Opportunities: Where the Future Lies: A CRE Finance Council After-Work Seminar, San Francisco, CA (July 20, 2016)
  • External Impacts —MBA's Commercial/Multifamily Servicing & Technology Conference 2016, Dallas, TX (May 24, 2016)
  • ABS Vegas 2016 —Structured Finance Industry Group and Information Management Network, Las Vegas, NV (February 28, 2016)