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.


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.

News & Resources


News Releases

Cadwalader's Ray Shirazi and Louisa Watt Named to BTI's Client Services 2015 All-Star Team Feb 19, 2015

Recent Press

European Bank Distressed Debt Sales Expected to Pick Up, Cadwalader's Watt Says Jun 10, 2015


Cadwalader's Ray Shirazi and Louisa Watt Named to BTI's Client Services 2015 All-Star Team Feb 19, 2015


Clients & Friends Memos

Premium - in whose interest? Mar 31, 2015


The Distressed Debt Forum Nov 12, 2013


Trade Alert

Trade Alert - December 2015 Dec 18, 2015


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Premium - In Whose Interest?
Tawnee Ebbs,Louisa Watt, April 17, 2015
The Loan Market Association (“LMA”) Standard Terms & Conditions for Par & Distressed Trade Transactions (Bank Debt/Claims) (the “Terms and Conditions”) are the recommended set of terms published by the LMA and commonly used for the trading of loans and claims in the...
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Louisa Watt

69 Old Broad Street
London EC2M 1QS

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