Melissa BeckMitchum


New York + 1.212.326.3737

Melissa Mitchum practices primarily in the area of structured finance, securitization, and debt capital markets. She structures and negotiates complex structured finance transactions for financial institutions and corporate clients and advises clients with respect to regulatory matters, including Regulation AB and Volcker Rule compliance. Melissa has broad experience in mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, sale leaseback transactions, credit facilities, covered bonds, structured products, litigation financing, medium-term note programs, and commercial paper programs. Melissa is also a member of the Firm's LIBOR Initiative Working Group.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Melissa represented a market place lender in establishing a consumer loan securitization program, represented a financial institution in establishing an equity-linked structured product program for its fund clients, and advised hedge fund clients of their rights and remedies as investors in CDOs/CLOs and other complex debt instruments. She also represented The Royal Bank of Canada as issuer's U.S. counsel in establishing the first-ever SEC-registered covered bond program.

Melissa was recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 US in 2014 and named a "rising star" by Euromoney LMG in 2016 and by IFLR1000 in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. In addition, her deal teams won numerous awards from IFLR Americas, Euromoney, the Financial Times, and Law360 for transactions in the areas of structured finance, securitization, and restructuring.

Melissa has written extensively on topics such as covered bonds, securitization, rights offerings, and prime brokerage, as well as Dodd-Frank and Regulation AB regulatory developments.


  • Corporate trustees seek advice relating to LIBOR transitionJones Day is advising two U.S.-based corporate trustees with respect to portfolios impacted by LIBOR transition and COFI cessation, including conducting portfolio-wide risk impact assessments, analyzing various consumer products, and developing litigation contingency plans.
  • Cineworld Group completes asset monetization strategies in United States through cinema sale-leaseback transactionsJones Day advised UK headquartered, Cineworld Group PLC in connection with an asset monetization strategy in the United States involving a combined cash consideration of $556.3 million cinema sale-leaseback transactions to convert a substantial portion of Cineworld’s U.S. real estate holdings into cash to leverage its equity and optimize efficiency.
  • National bank amends and restates $425 million revolving credit facility for private railroad and transportation management companiesJones Day represented a national bank, as administrative agent, in connection with the amendment and restatement of a $425 million revolving credit facility for a group of private railroad and transportation management companies.
  • SITE Centers Corp. refinances $900 million mortgage loanJones Day advised SITE Centers Corp. in connection with the refinancing of a $900 million mortgage loan provided by Column Financial, Inc.; JP Morgan; and Morgan Stanley which was collateralized by mortgage liens on 24 U.S. properties, one Puerto Rico Property, and a pledge of equity interests in the owners of 12 Puerto Rico properties.
  • Major distributor of alcoholic beverages amends revolving credit facility by $40 millionJones Day represented a major distributor of alcoholic beverages in connection with the amendment of its revolving credit facility to, among other things, increase the commitment amount by $40 million.
  • Angelo Gordon obtains $100 million repurchase credit facility to finance certain mortgage loan investmentsJones Day represented Angelo, Gordon & Co, LP and its affiliates in connection with a $100 million repurchase credit facility to finance certain mortgage loan investments.
  • Five9 completes $258.75 million offering of Convertible Senior NotesJones Day represented Five9, Inc., a provider of cloud-based contact center software, in connection with its issuance of $258.75 million aggregate principal amount of 0.125% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 in a Rule 144A offering.
  • Spanish bank completes $1.347 billion initial purchase of asset-backed notes and certificates issued by Santander Prime Auto Issuance Notes TrustJones Day represented a Spanish bank in connection with the initial purchase of $1.347 billion asset-backed notes and certificates issued by Santander Prime Auto Issuance Notes Trust 2017-C.
  • KeyBank amends and restates credit facility for Freedom Mortgage CorporationJones Day represented KeyBank National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with the amendment and restatement of its credit facility provided to Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a national, full-service mortgage banker that provides origination and servicing through retail, wholesale, correspondent, and commercial divisions.
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