J. Weston Peterson

Director

302.651.7594
302.498.7594 (fax)
peterson@rlf.com
Wes Peterson concentrates his practice on the use of trusts in investment management and structured finance transactions.  In the area of investment management, Wes works extensively with open- and closed-end investment companies, exchange traded funds and private investment funds.  In the structured finance area, he has experience with a wide variety of international and domestic securitization transactions and other structured finance transactions.  Wes also represents banks and trust companies acting as owner, indenture and liquidating trustees, depositaries, exchange agents and collateral agents.
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Wes Peterson concentrates his practice on the use of Delaware and New York trusts in investment management and structured finance transactions as well as representing banks and trust companies in a wide variety of commercial transactions.

In the area of investment management, Wes's experience includes providing advice to open- and closed-end investment companies in connection with entity formation and dissolution, capital raising transactions (including rights offerings), credit facilities, fiduciary duty issues, fund reorganizations and acquisitions, defensive planning, proxy contests and shareholder meetings. Wes also works extensively with exchange traded funds and private investment funds and has written a number of articles that have appeared in The Investment Lawyer.

In the structured finance area, Wes has extensive experience providing advice with respect to the organization, structuring, and operation of grantor trusts, owner trusts, master trusts, series trusts, titling trusts, and liquidating trusts in connection with their use in marketplace lending and other asset-backed transactions (including credit cards, residential and commercial mortgages, auto loans and leases, student loans, insurance policies, litigation settlements, and intellectual property), tender option bonds, covered bonds, hybrid capital securities, equipment leases, and collateralized debt and loan obligations. Wes also represents banks and trust companies in connection with their trust and agency services in a wide variety of commercial transactions, including representing banks and trust companies as owner, indenture and liquidating trustees, depositaries, exchange agents, administrative agents, and collateral agents.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Wes practiced as an M&A and securities law attorney in the New York offices of Jones Day and O’Melveny & Myers, as well as in the Netherlands as an in-house attorney for a Dutch telecommunications company. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.

Publications

  • "Delaware Statutory Trusts and Shareholder Derivative Actions: Recent Delaware Cases Provide First Rulings on the Law," The Investment Lawyer, August 2012   View >
  • "Protecting the Protectors: Indemnification of Trustees of Delaware Statutory Trusts," The Investment Lawyer, July 2011   View >
  • "A Baker's Dozen - 13 Defensive Takeover Measures Available to Closed-End Investment Companies Organized as Delaware Statutory Trusts," The Investment Lawyer, November 2010   View >
  • "Delaware Series Trusts - Separate but Not Equal," The Investment Lawyer, Feburary 2009   View >
  • "Investment Companies Organized as Delaware Statutory Trusts: Practical Considerations for Drafting Governing Instruments," The Investment Lawyer, January 2008   View >

Presentations

  • "Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act," October 14, 2015   View >

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., with distinction, University of Delaware, 1990

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware, 2005
  • New York, 1995

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., with distinction, University of Delaware, 1990

Publications

  • "Delaware Statutory Trusts and Shareholder Derivative Actions: Recent Delaware Cases Provide First Rulings on the Law," The Investment Lawyer, August 2012   View >
  • "Protecting the Protectors: Indemnification of Trustees of Delaware Statutory Trusts," The Investment Lawyer, July 2011   View >
  • "A Baker's Dozen - 13 Defensive Takeover Measures Available to Closed-End Investment Companies Organized as Delaware Statutory Trusts," The Investment Lawyer, November 2010   View >
  • "Delaware Series Trusts - Separate but Not Equal," The Investment Lawyer, Feburary 2009   View >
  • "Investment Companies Organized as Delaware Statutory Trusts: Practical Considerations for Drafting Governing Instruments," The Investment Lawyer, January 2008   View >

Presentations

  • "Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act," October 14, 2015   View >