Jonathan C. Wishnia Partner

New York
T 646.414.6797 | F 973.597.2543

Co-chair, Mortgage Banking & Finance Practice

Clients value Jonathan’s extensive experience in matters related to the trading and financing of whole loans and servicing rights, the servicing of mortgage loans, and the securitization of various asset classes. He also advises clients regularly on secured and unsecured credit facilities, asset purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions, and other general capital markets matters. Recognized as an “up and coming” leader in the field in the area of Capital Markets: Securitization by Chambers USA, Jonathan maintains a diverse practice that includes representation of investment managers and management companies, fund organizations and portfolio companies, investment and commercial banks, consulting firms, financial institutions, broker-dealers, mortgage servicers and originators, and nonprofit foundations, among others.

Jonathan also serves as Co-chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and has been recognized as “Empire State Counsel” by the New York State Bar Association for his pro bono work in the housing finance sector.

Representative Engagements

Mortgage Banking & Finance: Representing financial institutions, master servicers and servicers in connection with existing securitization and whole loan rights and obligations, as well as the acquisition or disposition of mortgage servicing rights and servicing portfolios. Advising mortgage loan servicers in connection with the negotiation and execution of servicing advance facilities.
CLOs: Counseling an investment management company in connection with the structuring and closing of multiple collateralized loan obligations in 2011 and 2012.
Esoteric Securitization: Advising a customer acquisition solutions company in connection with the securitization of its most significant order management engagement. Advising a receivables acquisition company in the securitization of a defaulted credit card receivables portfolio.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2013) – Recognized at the national level in the Capital Markets: Securitization category.

  • Super Lawyers (2013-2017) - Recognized as a "Rising Star" for his work in Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation category.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Servicer Considerations in the NPL/RPL Sector,” ABS East 2014, Miami Beach, Florida, September 21-23, 2014 
  • Moderator, Mezzanine CLO Panel, CLO Summit, Dana Point, California, December 8-12, 2013

  • "Emerging Mortgage Products Including Subprime/ Non QM and NPLs," ABS East 2013, Miami Beach, Florida, October 6-8, 2013

  • "Research Analyst Perspectives:  Finding Relative Value in the CLO Market," IMN's 2nd Annual Investors' Conference on CLO's and Leveraged Loans, New York, New York, April 10-11, 2013

  • "State and Local Level Policy Initiatives and Private Label MBS: Implications of the RMBS Investor Market," ABS East 2012, Miami, Florida, October 21-23, 2012


Year-End Developments and Compliance Checklists
Investment Management Client Alert, January 22, 2015
Scott Moss, George Danenhauer, Andrew Graw, Matthew Magidson, Brian Silikovitz, Jonathan Wishnia, Lesley Adamo
Risk Retention and CLOs
Mortgage and Structured Finance Client Alert, December 9, 2014
Jonathan Wishnia, Alexander Brooks
An Update on the Volcker Rule and CLOs
Mortgage and Structured Finance Client Alert, April 2014
Jonathan Wishnia
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Press Mentions

Jonathan Wishnia comments on the impact of the Assured Guaranty victory over Flagstar to RMBS putback claims. , Debtwire , February 6, 2013
In an interview with ABC NewsCatherine Weiss and Jonathan Wishnia, along with Wayne Meyer of Lowenstein's pro bono client New Jersey Community Capital, discuss how the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest builds and serves the community through innovative pro bono mortgage finance and fund work. , January 20, 2013
Jonathan Wishnia comments on the outlook for RMBS putback litigation in 2013. , Debtwire , September 10, 2012
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Related Areas

Debt Finance
Derivatives and Structured Products
Global Capital Markets Litigation
Mortgage Banking and Finance
Real Estate
Transactions & Advisory Group


New York University School of Law ( J.D. , 2002 ) , Executive Board Member, Journal of International Law & Politics
University of Wisconsin-Madison ( B.B.A. , 1999 ) , Initiate, Iron Cross Honor Society 

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions

2003 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


  • Member, American Securitization Forum, Outside Counsel Subforum, 2008 - present
  • Advisory Committee to American Law Media's "The New Partner Forum" in June 2012
  • President, Toastmaster's International - Lowenstein Sandler Toastmasters Club, November 2009 - December 2010