Penelope L. Christophorou is counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, based in its New York office. Ms. Christophorou’s practice focuses on commercial financing, including secured transactions and bankruptcy law, derivative products and structured finance. She represents leading financial institutions, corporate borrowers, private investment funds and sovereign clients on these matters.
Ms. Christophorou is a frequent speaker or chairperson at leading conferences on matters involving commercial finance.
Ms. Christophorou is presently President of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, a professional association of lawyers, jurists and academics in commercial finance law.
Ms. Christophorou is Secretary of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Christophorou was the chairperson of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section. She previously was chairperson of its Investment Securities Subcommittee.
Ms. Christophorou served as chairperson from 2000 to 2003 of the Uniform State Laws Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Ms. Christophorou is on the Board of Directors for the Citizens Union, a non-profit organization that works to enhance good governance in New York City and New York State.
Ms. Christophorou received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. From 1994 through 1995, Ms. Christophorou served as law clerk to the Honorable Joanna Seybert in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.
Ms. Christophorou is a member of the Bar in New York. Ms. Christophorou’s native language is English, and she is fluent in modern Greek.