A primary feature of most structured finance transactions is the initial transfer of the assets being financed. The time, effort, and expenses of an asset transfer may be an impediment to the execution of a successful transaction. For decades, auto lease transactions have mitigated this impediment through the use of titling trusts, which allow for the transfer of the beneficial and economic ownership of an asset without the necessity of transferring legal title. Auto lease titling trusts have gained acceptance in the structured finance markets, including supporting securitizations receiving the highest structured finance credit ratings. Recently, structured finance transactions involving real estate have begun to adopt the use of the titling trust to achieve the same viability, scalability, and efficiency found in auto lease transactions.

For more, read our article in The Journal of Structured Finance.