Partner (New York)
Sidley Austin LLP
ELLEN PESCH is a Partner at Sidley Austin, LLP and is a co-head of the firm’s OTC Derivatives Cross Practice Area Team. Ms. Pesch concentrates in the representation of capital market participants with respect to structuring, negotiating and documenting derivatives and structured financial products. She represents banks, insurance companies, broker-dealers, funds and asset managers, in a wide variety of transactions, including interest rate swap and cap agreements, swaptions, total return swaps, credit default swaps, weather, mortality and longevity related swaps, traditional and synthetic guaranteed investment contracts, securities lending, repurchase and reverse-repurchase transactions, forward purchase/sale transactions and other derivative instruments, and the various Dodd-Frank and other regulatory issues related to such transactions. Ms. Pesch has significant experience working on alternative risk transfer transactions involving catastrophic, mortality and longevity risk, as well as restructuring and working-out stressed structured finance transactions. Ms. Pesch is a frequent speaker at ISDA and other various conferences on derivatives related matters, and has published a number of articles on derivatives topics, including Uses of Derivatives in Finance and Structured Finance Transactions and New Products: Total Return Swaps, Weather Derivatives, Catastrophe Derivatives and Other Emerging Instruments, both published in Derivatives: Legal Practice and Strategies, 2009 Aspen Publishers. Ms. Pesch has been recognized by clients and fellow lawyers as a "Leading Lawyer" nationally in the field of capital markets: structured products by Chambers USA-America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2013) and internationally in the field of capital markets: structured products by Chambers Global Leading Business Lawyers (2013) and has also been appointed as an Advisor on Securities Law to the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Program Committee. Ms. Pesch received her B.A. degree in Accounting and Economics from Barat College, her J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School, and a Master of Laws from the DePaul University School of Law.