In mid-2007, at the very outset of the crisis, Patterson Belknap formed its interdisciplinary Structured Finance Litigation Team. As one of the few elite firms positioned to be adverse to most major banks and other financial institutions, and with attorneys who have decades of relevant experience in complex financial litigation, we were well positioned to advise a broad array of clients. Over the past four years, we have recovered over $4 billion on behalf of our clients in this area. Since its formation, this team has played a critical role in cutting edge matters arising out of today's constantly changing financial markets environment.
This market positioning has led to a host of complex matters in this area. One area of particular focus has been the work of the RMBS Group, a sub-group within the larger Structured Finance Litigation Team that focuses on disputes involving residential mortgage-backed securities transactions. Due to our team's early formation and insight, we were able to make a substantial footprint and establish leadership before the crisis received significant global attention in 2008. As a result, we believe that we are now one of the most active law firms in the area with 10 active litigations and dozens of RMBS transactions in various stages of investigation and/or negotiation.
In particular, we have become the leading law firm representing the financial guaranty (or "monoline") insurance industry in its efforts to recover against financial institutions and other sponsors of RMBS for breaches of representations and warranties and other claims relating to the quality of the mortgage loans included in these transactions. We currently represent five monoline insurers in connection with their remediation efforts relating to dozens of separate RMBS transactions, including investigation and prosecution of billions of dollars in claims for breaches of representations and warranties and other wrongdoing against some of the world's largest financial institutions, as well as advising on restructuring and other loss-mitigation options.
We are also very active in representing institutional investors in RMBS with diverse goals and strategies, including investors that are initiating investigations and/or pursuing legal actions pertaining to misrepresentations in the issuance of RMBS, as well as investors interested in advice relating to legal risks and opportunities associated with investment in legacy RMBS. We also provide advice to institutional investors in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).
Consistent with our leadership position, we believe that we have one of the largest groups of any law firm focused on these matters, with 12 partners, three counsel, and more than 50 associates from our litigation, creditors' rights, corporate and real estate departments collaboratively working on various aspects of these matters.
Chambers USA has recognized Patterson Belknap's Structured Finance Litigation Team, with one commenter noting that, “[t]he caliber of people at both partner and associate level is exceptional.” The firm is also “Highly Recommended” for Litigation – New York in Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark Litigation guide. Benchmark quoted a client as saying, “for residential mortgage-backed securities litigation, they are a go-to firm.”