Sylvie A. Durham

Shareholder

Ms. Durham has experience on both the legal and business sides of derivatives, private funds, complex financing transactions, and structured products. Prior to joining Greenberg, she was an investment banker and Head of Structured Equity Products at BNP Paribas where she concentrated on structuring equity financing and equity derivative transactions for corporations and hedge funds. Prior to BNP, she was a partner in the Corporate Dept. at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Ms. Durham has been involved as both a lawyer and investment banker in highly complex financing transactions, derivatives, commodities, private fund formation and asset management advisory work. Since 2006, she has been heavily involved in the development and structuring of over $20 billion in financing transactions between private funds and financial institutions utilizing a variety of legal structures such as VFN programs and fund-linked derivatives. She focuses on legal risk mitigation techniques for complex financial instruments and trading operations. She has broad experience with derivatives, commodities, structured transactions, structured products, and Dodd-Frank regulatory issues relating to these areas. She also frequently advises private funds and asset managers on fund formation and regulatory investment management issues. She also advises corporations and financial institutions on derivatives and related Dodd-Frank and EMIR compliance matters such as the Dodd-Frank Corporate End User Exemption. She has authored two treatises on legal risk mitigation and on derivative transactions.

Ms. Durham is often interviewed on topics in the derivatives and hedge fund industries and has been regularly quoted by Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Hedge World News, Alpha Magazine, CFO Magazine, The Australian, Pension & Investments Online, Corporate Counsel Magazine, CFO Magazine, and the New York Daily News, as well as other national and international publications.

Concentrations

  • OTC derivatives, futures and commodities contracts
  • Hedge fund formation and investment management advisory work
  • Legal risk mitigation relating to financial instruments and trading operations
  • CLOs, structured finance and products and synthetic transactions
  • Commodity& Exchange Act compliance
  • Dodd-Frank compliance relating to derivatives and investment management
  • Brokerage documentation such as prime brokerages, securities lending and margin agreements
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Capabilities

Recognition & Leadership

  • Shortlisted, Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, "Best in Structured Finance," 2017-2018
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law,"2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2011-2013, 2018-2019
    • Structure Finance, 2015-2019
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Derivatives and Structured Products Committee
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc.
    • Member, Equity Derivatives Committee
    • Member, Documentation Committee
    • Member, Credit Derivatives Market Practice Committee

Credentials

Educación
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.S., Finance, magna cum laude, Georgetown University
Admitida para practicar como abogado en
  • Nueva York
  • District of Columbia
Languages
  • French, Fluido