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Elizabeth Taraila

Senior Counsel

New York

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Elizabeth Taraila

Senior Counsel

New York

With over 25 years’ experience in the area of corporate finance, Liz has worked with a variety of financial products, from corporate bond issuances to CLO securitizations, from conception and origination through amendments, distress, default and litigation. Her primary focus from 2008 is the representation of corporate trustees and all related agency roles.

Liz gained valuable experience as a lawyer at top-level law firm practices in New York and London, together with in house experience supporting one of the top corporate trustees. She has participated in nearly every facet of global finance in connection with capital markets debt transactions, representing issuers and corporate trustees in the US and Europe, underwriters in the US, and collateral managers in Europe.

In addition to her legal practice, Liz also worked in a business role supporting defaulted and stressed transactions for one of the top US corporate trustees. Her experience as external and internal counsel and as a business client provided an opportunity to view the provision of legal services from every angle and to gain an understanding of the client servicing needs and relationship development issues while developing an effective skill set to address those needs and issues. Her unique combination of international law firm, in house legal and business experience leaves Liz well positioned to advise clients as they execute their business plan and response to market needs and demands.

Experience highlights

Office

New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as an Attorney (New York), 1998

Academic

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1996

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1992

Other noteworthy experience

Advising:

  • Advising BNY Mellon, as trustee/creditor, on the Europcar Mobility Group S.A. French safeguard proceedings and related Chapter recognition15 proceedings (prior firm experience).
  • Lead in-house counsel advising BNY Mellon, as trustee/creditor, on the Wind Hellas €1.8 Billion Restructuring in the United Kingdom (prior work experience).
  • Lead in-house counsel advising BNY Mellon, as trustee/creditor, on the Belvedere SA French safeguard proceedings (prior work experience).
  • Lead in-house counsel advising BNY Mellon, as trustee/creditor, on the $5 billion Lehman Brothers’ Dante repackaging programme in Lehman Brothers’ United States Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (prior work experience).
  • Advising Sallie Mae on the private placement of $3,012,925,000 student loan-backed auction rate notes and reset rate notes (including €750,000,000 and £500,000,000 reset rate note tranches) issued by SLM Student Loan Trust 2003-10 (prior firm experience).