Louisa Watt

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Practice Areas

  • Debt & Claims Trading
  • Distressed Finance
  • Financial Restructuring
  • Distressed Investing and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Distressed Structured Products
EducationLiverpool University, England (LL.B., honors in law 1998); College of Law, Chester (Diploma in Legal Practice, 1999)
Admitted2002, England and Wales

Louisa Watt is a partner in Cadwalader's Financial Restructuring Group and head of the firm's Debt and Claims Trading Practice.

Louisa has more than 10 years' experience representing investment funds, bank lenders, brokerage firms and other financial institutions in the acquisition and sale of syndicated bank loans, debt instruments, derivatives claims, bond claims and deposit related trades throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. She is recognised as a leading authority on secondary loan trading in distressed situations and has extensive experience in the creation of bespoke documentation for complex cross-border trading transactions.

She advises clients on a wide variety of legal matters affecting distressed and par trading transactions under the LMA and LSTA regimes, including the review and analysis of credit documentation, claims trading analysis and execution, and advising on loan-to-own strategies and non-performing loan portfolio investments.

Louisa is currently an active participant in the Loan Market Association. She serves on an LMA trading documentation committee that continually reviews and updates the market standard documentation for par and distressed debt transactions, as well as an LMA confidentiality committee that advises on issues of confidentiality affecting the loan market.

Before joining Cadwalader, Louisa was a partner at Richards, Kibbe & Orbe LLP, where she served as a member of the Executive Committee.

News & Resources


News Releases

Cadwalader Bolsters Financial Restructuring Team with Two New Hires in the London Office

May 21, 2013


Clients & Friends Memos

Cyprus: Time to Trade?

Apr 22, 2014

Revised LMA Standard Terms and Conditions for Par and Distressed Trade Transactions (Bank Debt/Claims) - 'the Plainer English Version'

Feb 25, 2014


The Distressed Debt Forum

Nov 12, 2013

Cyprus Update

Oct 04, 2013

Cyprus: Time to Trade

Jul 25, 2013


Trade Alert

Trade Alert: November 2014, Issue 11

Dec 01, 2014

Trade Alert: October 2014, Issue 10

Oct 31, 2014

Trade Alert: September 2014, Issue 9

Sep 30, 2014

Trade Alert - August 2014, Issue 8

Aug 29, 2014

Trade Alert - July 2014, Issue 7

Aug 01, 2014

Trade Alert - June 2014, Issue 6

Jun 30, 2014

Trade Alert - May 2014, Issue 5

Jun 03, 2014

Trade Alert - April 2014, Issue 4

Apr 30, 2014

Trade Alert - March 2014, Issue 3

Mar 31, 2014

Trade Alert - February 2014, Issue 2

Feb 28, 2014

Trade Alert - January 2014, Issue 1

Jan 29, 2014


Recent significant engagements include the representation of:
•Creditors of the insolvent Icelandic banks formerly known as Glitnir Banki hf., Landsbanki islands hf. and Kaupthing Bank hf.; Lehman Brothers International (Europe) In Administration and other Lehman entities; Arcapita Bank BSC; the Spanish real estate companies Alteco and Mag Import S.L. (Gecina); and MF Global U.K. (in Special Administration), MF Global Holdings Ltd. (in Chapter 11 proceedings), MF Global Australia Limited (in Liquidation) and MF Global Singapore Pte. Limited.
•Funds in the acquisition of Greek and German Schuldscheindarlehen and Genussscheine.
•Acquirers of par and distressed debt in Asia, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia, as well as the U.K. and U.S.
•Goldman Sachs in the creation of its bespoke LMA trading documentation.


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Cyprus: Time to Trade?
David Cottle,Louisa Watt,Ryan Williams, April 25, 2014
On 25 March 2013, the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank (also known as Cyprus Popular Bank) entered resolution proceedings under the Resolution of Credit and Other Institutions Law 2013.

Revised LMA Standard Terms and Conditions for Par and Distressed Trade Transactions (Bank Debt/Claims) - ‘the Plainer English Version’
Louisa Watt,Ryan Williams, March 3, 2014
The Loan Market Association (“LMA”) recently produced a revised version of the LMA Standard Terms and Conditions for Par and Distressed Trade Transactions (Bank Debt/Claims) (the “Revised Terms and Conditions”) following the conclusion of a “Plainer English”...
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Louisa Watt

69 Old Broad Street
London EC2M 1QS

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