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Expert resume of Ellen Pesch

Partner & Global Co-Head, OTC Derivatives Industry Group, Sidley Austin LLP; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Ellen Pesch is co-leader of the OTC Derivatives industry group at Sidley. Ellen has more than 20 years of experience representing capital market participants with respect to structuring, negotiating and documenting derivatives and structured finance transactions. She has represented clients in a wide variety of derivatives transactions ranging from interest rates, currencies, commodities and credit to total return, inflation, weather, catastrophic and mortality/longevity transactions.

Ellen also has significant experience with the various Dodd-Frank and CFTC regulatory issues as they impact the derivatives market as well as the regulatory issues associated with the intersection of the insurance and derivatives markets.

Ellen is described as a “skilled derivatives attorney” who “understands the transactions from front to back, as well as the documentation.” She has been recognized by clients and fellow lawyers nationally in the field of Capital Markets: Structured Products in Chambers Global (2011–2014), Capital Markets: Derivatives in Chambers Global (2015–2018), Capital Markets: Structured Products in Chambers USA (2011–2014), and in Capital Markets: Derivatives in Chambers USA (2015–2018). Chambers USA notes that Ellen “is appreciated by clients for her ability to ‘come up with real recommendations for how we can tackle issues.’” In addition, Ellen has been recognized in the 16th annual BTI Client Service All-Stars report.

Ellen received her B.A. in accounting and economics from Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois, her J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois and her LL.M from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.