Tara is a seasoned, Chambers-ranked finance attorney who represents originators, issuers, borrowers, lenders, underwriters, and other market participants in structured finance and securitization transactions across a broad spectrum of asset classes. She regularly advises new market entrants in navigating the operational and legal aspects of inaugural warehouse finance and securitization platforms. Tara Eliza Castillo, chair of the Structured & Warehouse Finance Team, is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group. Tara focuses her practice on warehouse finance, structured finance, securitizations, and other asset-backed transactions. She represents borrowers, issuers, lenders, placement agents, underwriters, and other industry participants across a broad spectrum of asset classes, including auto loans and leases, consumer loans, credit card receivables, floorplan loans, lease-to-own receivables, merchant cash advance loans, online marketplace loans, and timeshare receivables. Tara also advises on the receivables financing aspects of large industry mergers and acquisitions. Tara is a frequent industry speaker and has served as a guest lecturer at both the Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad de Chile law schools in Santiago, Chile, on securitization and structured finance. She is the author of the chapters "Securitization Readiness Considerations for Consumer Finance Companies," "Auto Loan Securitizations" and "Timeshare Loan Securitizations" in the treatise Securitization: Legal and Regulatory Issues. Tara’s work has earned her recognition as a leading securitization lawyer. She is listed in Chambers Global and Chambers USA in Capital Markets: Securitisation, named in the 2019–2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in securitization and structured finance law, and was recognized as one of Law360’s "Top Attorneys Under 40" in capital markets. Tara also serves on the cabinet of the Structured Finance Association’s Women in Securitization.