Eli Shahmoon represents businesses and individuals in corporate advisory, finance and transactional matters. Mr. Shahmoon also advises on real estate financings, acquisitions, dispositions and leases. Eli Shahmoon advises clients on all aspects of commercial law, including public and private financing, intellectual property and licensing, mergers and acquisitions, compliance and general business operations. Mr. Shahmoon also has extensive operational, marketing and general counsel experience. Mr. Shahmoon has advised in the start-up and organization of numerous companies, including a multi-billion dollar international hedge fund, and a variety of large and small internet and technology businesses.
Mr. Shahmoon has also represented companies in the acquisition and disposition of assets and
business units in the publishing, consumer product lawyers, technology and financial services industries. He has represented borrowers and lenders in secured and unsecured bank financings. Mr. Shahmoon has also worked on numerous asset-backed security financings, including those secured by mortgage loans,
credit cards, student loans, automobile loans and other asset classes, both public and private. He
has represented landlords and tenants in commercial and residential real estate transactions,
including purchases, sales, sale-leasebacks and leases. Prior to forming Shahmoon & Ellisen LLP, Mr. Shahmoon was General Counsel and Chief Operating
Officer at Playwize plc, an AIM listed developer of video games and online poker products. Mr.
Shahmoon also was Chief Operating Officer of Gandhara Capital Management, an international hedge fund management company with over $2 billion assets under management. Mr. Shahmoon also was counsel to
Lime Wire LLC, the creator of the most popular peer-to-peer client on the internet, and corporate
counsel at Revlon Consumer Products Corporation. Mr. Shahmoon also practiced law in the
securitization and asset finance department of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Mr. Shahmoon began his
legal career in the corporate department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he worked on mergers and
acquisitions, public and private finance transactions, and banking.
Mr. Shahmoon attended New York University Law School, has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Columbia University, and is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.
Hays Ellisen advises individuals and business on corporate, transactional and real estate matters. Mr. Ellisen assists corporate clients in structuring, forming and operating a wide variety of business entities. Mr. Ellisen drafts and negotiates commercial agreements, and documentation to sell and buy assets, to form and operate investment funds, and to obtain and provide equity and debt financing. He advises companies on compliance with regulations, employment matters, and licensing issues. Mr. Ellisen also provides legal advice with respect to commercial and residential real estate purchases, sales, leases and financing arrangements.
Mr. Ellisen has extensive experience representing issuers, underwriters, investment managers and other parties on public and private issuances of mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities. He has acted as lead counsel on numerous residential mortgage-backed programs for major investment banks and on retail and wholesale auto loan programs for leading automobile manufacturers. He has represented clients in connection with offerings of commercial mortgage-backed securities, credit default swaps, cell tower lease financings, repurchase agreements, collateralized debt obligations, preferred trust securities, net interest margin securities, home equity loans, home equity lines of credit, structured settlements, whole loan trades, sale and servicing agreements and other related transactions. Mr. Ellisen has also provided pro bono counsel on various transactional matters to charitable and microfinance lenders, and has represented domestic violence victims in divorce and immigration cases.
Prior to forming Shahmoon & Ellisen LLP, Mr. Ellisen was a partner and co-chair of the structured finance practice group and TARP Task Force at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Mr. Ellisen also practiced law for over ten years at McKee Nelson LLP and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP and served as a judicial law clerk on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Mr. Ellisen received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Norwegian from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.