Anna-Liza Harris is co-head of the Structured Finance and Securitization Practice. She concentrates her tax practice in financial products and securitization. Her principal areas of experience include debt capital markets transactions, residential and multifamily mortgage-backed securitization, asset-backed securitization, and the structuring of complex derivative and hybrid equity securities. In addition, Ms. Harris has substantial experience representing issuers of financial products in disputes with the IRS.
Ms. Harris has been involved in the development of a number of innovative securitization structures and has represented issuers, underwriters and insurers in public offerings and private placements of securities. She has provided tax advice for issuances backed by performing, re-performing, non-performing and synthetic assets, utilizing REMICs, commercial paper conduits and other structures (fixed and revolving) through US and offshore issuing vehicles.
Ms. Harris has lectured on tax issues relating to the securitization of residential mortgages and home equity lines of credit, and the issuance of debt to non-US investors. She is a member of the American Bar Association Tax Section, the District of Columbia Bar Tax Section Financial Products Committee and the American Securitization Forum Tax Subcommittee. She is past chair of the Asset-Backed Securities Subcommittee of the ABA Tax Section.
Ms. Harris received her BSFS from Georgetown University and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the US Tax Court.