John Hwang


John specializes in securitization and has extensive experience in SEC-registered offerings, private placements (Rule 144A, Regulation D and Section 4(a)(2))and Regulation S offerings.
He has represented issuers, underwriters, placement agents, trustees, and investors in corporate finance transactions, covered bonds, collateralized loan obligations and asset-backed securities, including securitizations of auto loans and leases, dealer floor-plan financings, credit card receivables, student loans, trade receivables, mortgage loans, servicer advances, tobacco fee settlement awards, tobacco quota payments, life settlements and utility stranded costs. John has represented numerous clients on the development of innovative structures involving structured finance products. His work also includes advising clients in connection with tender and exchange offers in liability management transactions and restructurings and in connection with asset purchases and dispositions.
John has played a key role in the drafting of comment letters for industry groups regarding various proposed regulations affecting offerings of asset-backed securities.
John is widely recognized as a leading securitization lawyer, having been recognized in Chambers USA 2023. Most recently, one client says that " John is a very good all-around securitization lawyer." Another client has said "John Hwang is commended for ‘client service, his ability to explain complex issues in an understandable manner, and impressive technical expertise.'" 

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, U.S. ABS Market: Cross Border Issuing and Investing, Global ABS, June 2015

Moderator, European ABS: Regulatory Challenges, Market Developments and Investment Opportunities, ABS Vegas, February 2015

Panelist, Dodd-Frank Update, Global ABS, June 20, 2013

Panelist, Rating Agency Reforms at the Forefront-Franken & CRA 3, ASF Sunset Seminar, June 21, 2012

Moderator, The Future of the Structured Credit Products Market, ABS East, October 17, 2011

Moderator, Overview of the Consumer Economy and Its Impact on the Performance of Consumer ABS, ABS East,  October 4, 2010

John Hwang is an excellent securitization attorney. He is extremely detail-oriented and is good at meeting client demands.
Chambers, USA, 2022, Capital Markets: Securitization - ABS


  • Ranked Lawyer, Capital Markets: Securitization: ABS Chambers USA 2022



Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2024

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2002


L.L.M, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2000

J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1999

B.A., Boston University, 1996

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.