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.
- New York Law School (J.D. magna cum laude 2003; Notes and Comments Editor, Law Review; Arizona State University (B.A. 1998)
- New York