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Knox Mcilwain



Knox Mcilwain



Knox advises financial institutions with an emphasis on the regulation, resiliency, and resolution of global, systemically important banks.

He has been actively engaged with both market participants and regulators in transatlantic regulatory reform initiatives to develop innovative approaches to financial company insolvency, such as the “bail-in” and “single point of entry” resolution strategies. Knox regularly advises clients on creditors’ rights and financial company insolvency matters, particularly as they apply to financial institutions and derivatives.

Knox has advised global banks and industry associations in the US, EU and Canada on the treatment of swaps and other financial contracts during resolution, including advising on the Resolution Stay Protocols. He has also advised on TLAC and MREL requirements in the US and Europe, including banks on issuances and structuring and buy-side participants on implications for investors.

"Tremendous intellect matched with an ability to explain matters of great complextity and nuance efficiently and understandably." Client Recommendation 2021, IFLR 1000

News & insights

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Publications: 11 JUNE 2021

The Financial Services Act 2021

The first step in shaping the UK's financial services regime post-Brexit.

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Publications: 16 OCTOBER 2020

Global regulatory developments in the London Interbank Offered Rate

Key interbank offered rates (IBORs) are undergoing a period of change as regulators have recommended that firms consider adoption of alternative, overnight and generally risk-free rates. 

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Publications: 17 AUGUST 2020

What UK insolvency law changes mean for U.S. finance companies

Recent amendments to the UK insolvency regime to enhance restructuring options have introduced stay and moratorium powers similar to those available under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The amendments also…

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Glass high-rise

Publications: 16 JULY 2020

Seismic Changes to UK Insolvency Law – Key Issues for US Financial Counterparties

On 26 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the UK Act) came into force and made the most significant changes to UK insolvency law for over a decade. This article discusses the…

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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2008


J.D., New York University School of Law, New York, NY, 2007

M.S., The George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1999

B.S., Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, 1995