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Ellen P. Pesch


ELLEN P. PESCH is co-head of the OTC Derivatives cross-practice area team at Sidley Austin LLP. Ms. Pesch has over 15 years of experience representing capital market participants with respect to structuring, negotiating and documenting derivatives and structured finance transactions. She has represented clients in a wide variety of derivatives transactions ranging from interest rates, currencies, commodities, and credit to inflation, weather, catastrophic and mortality/longevity transactions. Ms. Pesch also represents clients with respect to total return swaps, traditional and synthetic guaranteed investment contracts, securities lending, repurchase and reverse-repurchase transactions, forward purchase/sale transactions and other derivative instruments. Ms. Pesch also has significant experience with the various Dodd-Frank regulatory issues as they impact the derivatives market as well as the regulatory issues associated with the intersection of the insurance and derivative markets.

Ms. Pesch has been recognized by clients and fellow lawyers nationally in the field of capital markets: structured products in Chambers Global (2011-2014) and in capital markets: derivatives and structured products in Chambers USA-America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2010-2014). She is also recommended for structured finance in The Legal 500 U.S. (2011-2013) and is ranked in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers 2014. She has also been appointed as an Advisor on Securities Law to the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Program Committee.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Sidley Austin LLP, A World of Changes in the Derivatives Market: Global Developments Affecting the Derivatives Industry, Sidley Austin LLP (New York, March 2014)
  • ISDA, Understanding Collateral Arrangements, ISDA Credit Support Annex (New York, January 2011)
  • ACI, Reform and Regulation of Derivatives Transactions, Recent litigation involving OTC Derivatives (New York, January 2011)
  • SIFMA, Insurance & Risk-Linked Securities Conference, Legal & Regulatory Developments (New York, March 2011)
  • ISDA, Annual General Meeting, Documentation & Legal Panel (Prague, CZ, April 2011)
  • ISDA, Impact of U.S. Regulations for Clients & Key Issues for Customer Clearing Conference, The U.S. Regulatory Landscape (Boston, May 2011)
  • ISDA, Understanding ISDA Master Agreements, Overview of U.S. Regulatory Reform (New York, September 2011)
  • ISDA, Evolution of the OTC Derivatives Market: Regulatory Developments in Canada, Europe, and the U.S., Regulation of the U.S. and European markets and its impact on Canadian entities (Toronto, September 2011)
  • KPMG, Global Financial Reporting and Valuation Conference, Valuation Trends for Alternative Assets (Orlando, December 2011)
  • ALI-ABA, SEC/CFTC Rulemaking: Overhauling the Derivatives Trading Infrastructure (Webinar, January 2012)
  • ISDA, Understanding ISDA Master Agreements, 2002 ISDA Master Agreement (New York, February 2012)
  • LSTA, Unintended Consequences: What Dodd-Frank means for Syndicated Loans (Los Angeles and Chicago, May 2012)
  • ALI-ABA Webinar, Title VII and Product Definitions (August 2012)
  • ISDA, Uncleared Transactions-Swap Documentation Post Dodd-Frank (New York, November 2012)
  • Sidley Austin, LLP, A World of Changes in the Derivatives Market (New York and London, January 2013)
  • ISDA, Uncleared Transactions, Swap Documentation Post Dodd-Frank (New York, February 2013)
  • SIFMA, Insurance & Risk-Linked Securities Conference, Dodd-Frank & Commodity Pools (New York, March 2013)
  • ISDA, Uncleared Transactions, Swap Documentation Post Dodd-Frank (New York, June 2013)
  • ISDA, Current Issues in Derivatives Regulation with a Focus on ISDA Protocols, Mandatory Clearing: Status, Challenges, Future (Toronto, June 2013)
  • Standard & Poor’s, 7th Annual Insurance Linked Securities Conference – An Update on Dodd-Frank and EMIR (London, September, 2013)
  • ISDA, Uncleared Transactions, Swap Documentation Post Dodd-Frank (New York, November 2013)

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