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Skanthan Vivekananda

Skanthan Vivekananda

Finance Department

Los Angeles
T: +1 310 788 1090
F: +1 310 788 1200

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  • University of Michigan Law School
    JD, cum laude, 2003, Associate Editor, University of Michigan Law Review
  • University of California, Berkeley
    AB, 1999

Bar Admission(s)

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Skanthan Vivekananda is a partner in the Finance Department of Kaye Scholer’s Los Angeles office.  Skanthan has a wide ranging finance practice focused on structured finance, derivatives and investment management.

A significant portion of Skanthan’s structured finance practice involves the representation of banks and asset managers in connection with the formation and structuring of cash and synthetic CDOs, CLOs and other securitization vehicles. Skanthan also advises clients in connection with the risk retention rules for securitizations and related structuring issues.

Skanthan is also a derivatives specialist and counsels investment funds and other financial institutions in connection a variety of over-the-counter and centrally cleared derivatives and structured products. His practice focuses on a wide range of issues relating to derivatives, including transaction structuring, counterparty exposure analysis and regulatory and compliance obligations arising under U.S. securities laws, the Commodity Exchange Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Investment Company Act. 

His finance practice also has an investment management focus. He routinely advises both registered and private investment funds and their investment advisers in connection with margin lending facilities, prime brokerage facilities and related regulatory issues.