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Richard L. Fried concentrates in structured finance, securities and general corporate matters. He has extensive experience with the securitization of mortgage loans, home equity loans, FHA loans, SBA and other commercial loans, student loans, auto receivables and trade receivables. He was actively involved in the securitization regulations enacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and has served as transaction counsel in many SBA loan securitizations since the first offering in 1992.

Mr. Fried advises issuers, underwriters and agents involved in all types of structured finance transactions. He represents registered and non-registered domestic and foreign investment advisers as well as sponsors and advisors of offshore funds investing in mortgage and other asset-backed securities. Mr. Fried also represents sponsors and credit providers in connection with commercial paper conduit programs.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Fried has been listed in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business for his work in capital markets – securitization. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers and The Legal 500 United States.

Speeches & Events

A frequent speaker at industry conferences on structured finance topics, Mr. Fried has led securitization seminars for a number of investment banks and U.S. government agencies. Select engagements include:

  • Speaker, “Reentry in the New Normal: Real Estate and Tax Considerations,” Stroock and KPMG Webinar, May 7, 2020
  • Speaker, “Pandemic Not Panic: What Fund Managers Should Do Post-CARES Act,” Stroock Webinar, April 9, 2020
  • Speaker, "The Future of Unsecured Consumer Lending," IMN's ABS East 2015, September 16-18, 2015
  • Speaker, "Private and Public SLABS Issuance Outlook," IMN's ABS Vegas 2014, January 21-24, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Transparency Debate: Aligning Investor and Issuer Interests," IMN's ABS East Conference 2013, October 6-8, 2013
  • Speaker, "Legal and Regulatory Update," International Institute For Business Information & Growth, LLC, May 7-8, 2013
  • Speaker, NCHELP 2011 Student Loan Finance and Legal Meeting, August 8-9, 2011
  • Speaker, Bloomberg Banking Law Seminar: Banking Regulation and Risk Management Trends in the Credit Crisis, May 19, 2009
  • Speaker, Bloomberg Finance Law Seminar - Finance Law in the Distressed Market, October 30, 2008
  • Speaker, The 13th Annual ABS EAST, The Survivors' Conference: How to Adapt in Tomorrow's ABS Market and Win, November 4-7, 2007


  • Co-author, “Congress Passes Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program,” Stroock Special Bulletin, June 4, 2020
  • Co-author, “CARES Act Help for Mid-Sized Businesses,” Stroock Special Bulletin, April 13, 2020
  • Co-author, “SBA’s $349 Billion Business Relief Program Is Off to a Bumpy Start,” Stroock Special Bulletin, April 6, 2020
  • Co-author, “The CARES Act – Implications for Fund Managers,” Stroock Special Bulletin, April 6, 2020
  • Co-author, “Stroock’s Guide to the CARES Act’s Business Loan Lifeline,” Stroock Special Bulletin, March 30, 2020
  • "Volcker Rule's Impact on Securitization," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 12, 2014
  • "CFTC Staff Provides Informal Relief for Securitization Vehicles from Compliance with New Swap Clearing Rules," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 30, 2013
  • "Congratulations Graduate, Now Start Paying Back Your Loans (CFPB Issues Report on Student Loan Affordability)," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 20, 2013
  • "CFTC Provides Commodity Pool Relief for Many Securitization Vehicles," Stroock Special Bulletin, December 20, 2012
  • "When Did I Become A Commodity Pool?" Stroock Special Bulletin, September 19, 2012
  • "SEC Proposes Rule to Implement 'Representation and Warranty' Provisions of Dodd-Frank," Stroock Special Bulletin, October 13, 2010
  • Co-author, "Securitization Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act," Stroock Special Bulletin, July 2010
  • Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Discharge of Student Loan Debt," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, April/May 2010
  • Co-author, "What If You Build It And No One Comes? Massive SEC Proposal Would Fundamentally Change Asset-Backed Securities," Stroock Special Bulletin, April 30, 2010
  • Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Discharge of Student Loan Debt," Stroock Special Bulletin, April 7, 2010
  • Co-author, "TALF is Launched," Stroock Special Bulletin, March 9, 2009
  • "Fed Announces Additional TALF Details," Stroock Special Bulletin, December 29, 2008

Admitted To Practice

New York


J.D., cum laude, New York University, 1983; Order of the Coif

B.S., Cornell University, 1980