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Rebecca J. Simmons

Rebecca J. Simmons

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, USA


Rebecca Simmons is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Financial Services Group. She represents clients in the structuring and development of financial products, novel securities and structured transactions; in the restructuring of those transactions and companies engaged in those transactions; and in regulated transactions such as the development of new lines of business and corporate acquisitions. Her practice areas include U.S. banking and commodities laws and regulation, bankruptcy and insolvency issues relating to complex transactions, corporate restructuring, derivatives structuring and regulation, U.S. securities laws and capital markets transactions.

Ms. Simmons led the team that represented the group of commuting counterparties in CIFG’s restructuring (awarded Restructuring Deal of the Year, IFLR Americas Awards 2009), and has represented both sponsors and investors in the resolution and restructuring of structured transactions affected by recent market events.

Ms. Simmons developed the first synthetic triple-A rated derivatives products program for an insured U.S. bank and the first synthetic securitization of swaps receivables, and has worked with a broad range of credit-risk transfer and credit-risk mitigation techniques. She advises clients with respect to trading and settlement issues in both cash and derivative instruments, and assists in developing systems to mitigate credit-risk in those trading businesses. She also advises clients with respect to U.S. disclosure and corporate governance requirements, particularly as they apply to non-U.S. issuers.

Ms. Simmons is the former chair of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the former chair of the Committee on Futures Regulation of the New York State Bar Association. She has served as a member of the Committee on Futures Regulation and the Committee on Banking Law of the New York City Bar Association. In addition, she is a member of the board of the ABA Back to Business Law program; the advisory board of Legal Information for Families Today; the ABA Working Group on Legal Opinions; the board of the New York chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce; Columbia Law School’s board of visitors; the advisory boards of Columbia’s Center for Corporate Governance and the Columbia Transactional Studies Program; and the President’s Advisory Council of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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