Gopal M. Burgher is an esteemed lawyer with over twenty years of experience in capital markets and financial law. Mr. Burgher is currently a partner at Burgher Gray Jaffe LLP, a certified minority-owned law firm in Manhattan, where he has established a reputation for unmatched legal prowess and an individualized approach to client representation.
Ever since he can remember, Mr. Burgher has wanted to be a part of social change. As he recalls, he found the law to be an effective and dynamic way to carry that out:
Growing up, my heroes were people like Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights activists. They were lawyers, so I saw myself as being able to affect change in a similar way. In addition, I wanted to be able to support my mother, who was working two jobs, and let her retire. I didn’t end up in a civil rights practice, however, because I ended up being fascinated with the financial area of the law.
Mr. Burgher earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia in 1994 and continued on to receive his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1997. Mr. Burgher then rounded out his education with a StreetWise 'MBA'™ from Interise in conjunction with NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to becoming a partner at Burgher Gray Jaffe, Mr. Burgher spent fifteen years honing his legal skills at large corporate law firms.
Today, Mr. Burgher specializes in structured finance and securitization transactions, including collateralized loan obligations, asset-backed securities, and derivatives transactions. His Burgher Gray Jaffe LLP clients range from underwriters/initial purchasers to credit and liquidity support providers. Known for his efficiency and customized representation, Mr. Burgher’s problem solving and goal-oriented approach to client service ensure that he is always in the best position to advise clients regarding their diverse financial legal concerns.
Working in such a volatile area of the law requires Mr. Burgher to constantly keep himself apprised of developing trends in the finance arena. In particular, he is watching the regulatory landscape as it evolves in response to the approach of the relatively new administration. He commented:
Post financial crisis a lot of new regulations were established that now affect how finance and transactions take place. The Trump administration is talking about revisiting some of those regulations and that would definitely affect the industry and my practice. For example, a lot of people have their eyes on the risk contention rule that requires a secured client to retain a minimum of 5 percent risk exposure to the asset, which is a pain for managers overseeing a low transaction.
Mirroring his commitment to client service, Mr. Burgher takes his civic responsibilities very seriously and is dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations in need. He also serves as chair of the fundraising and development committee of the Espoir Youth Program, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving educational opportunities in the U.S. and developing countries.
With more than two decades behind him and just over five years with his current firm, Mr. Burgher is looking forward to continued growth. In the coming years, he hopes to expand from fifteen lawyers to fifty, so that the firm can branch out into other states and reach more clients.