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Daniel J. Hartnett

Finance Department

T: +1 312 583 2380
F: +1 312 583 2360

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  • Northwestern University School of Law
    JD, 1986
  • Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg School of Management
    MM, 1983
  • Northwestern University
    BA, 1979

Bar Admission(s)

  • Illinois
  • Texas

Daniel J. Hartnett is a partner in the Finance Department of Kaye Scholer’s Chicago office. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions, servicers, trustees, issuers and investors in securitization transactions and investment fund transactions, particularly those involving residential and commercial real estate, farm credit loans, synthetic assets and credit default swaps. He has been involved in CDO, CLO, CBO, CFO, mortgage banking, lending, leasing, acquisition, real estate investment trust, real estate mortgage investment conduit, farm credit loan, aviation, trade receivable, tax lien and mutual fund fee, synthetic securitization, and investment fund transactions across the country and around the world. He has worked extensively on restructuring and workout transactions involving residential mortgage loan originators, investment funds, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, synthetic and cash-funded CDOs, CLOs, CFOs, SIVs, market value swaps, credit default swaps, and total return swaps.

Dan is a frequent lecturer on aviation, securitization, investment funds and derivatives topics. He serves on the International Committee of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Association, the Parents’ Fund for Northwestern University and the Board of Directors of the National Disabilities Institute in Washington, DC.

Dan has been recognized as a leading practitioner nationally in Chambers USA (2008-2016) for “Capital Markets: Securitization” and in Chambers Global (2009-2016) for “USA: Capital Markets: Securitization.” In addition, he has been recommended by Legal 500 US for his work in Asset Finance and Leasing (2013-2014) and in Structured Finance (2015-2016). According to Chambers Global 2016, clients describe Dan as “spectacular” and note they were “very pleased with the depth of his knowledge and his ability to marshal resources,” while in Chambers USA 2014, he is acclaimed by sources for his “encyclopedic knowledge” of securitization matters.

Dan is a member of the bar in Illinois and Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1979, his master’s of management degree from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1983, and his law degree from Northwestern University’s School of Law in 1986, where he was articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.