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Karen E Wagner

Karen E Wagner
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Biography • Insolvency & Restructuring

Ms Wagner is a partner in Davis Polk’s litigation department. She has represented Sterling Equities in the Madoff SIPA liquidation. She has obtained precedential victories in matters regarding derivative transactions. Much of her work is cross-border, and she often represents financial institutions and other clients in complex litigations relating to insolvency. In addition to Sterling Equities, her clients have included Citibank, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and the Bank for International Settlements.

Ms Wagner's international work highlights include litigation relating to cross-border derivatives; a highly contested Chapter 15 case for BNP Paribas; advising Telecom Argentina in a prominent Section 304 case; and advising National Westminster Bank in the Maxwell Communications bankruptcy. Other representations include numerous clients involved in one or more Lehman matter; prominent global financial institutions in fast-paced matters relating to Argentine litigation; and financial institutions in Terrorism Risk Insurance Act litigation.

Ms Wagner is listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including: IFLR1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms; Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal and Who's Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring; Legal Media Group’s Benchmark Litigation and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers; Euromoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers; and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. She has also been recognised as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation and was named "Litigator of the Week" by AmLaw Litigation Daily in September 2011.

Ms Wagner is a speaker at national and regional gatherings of such groups as the American Bar Association, INSOL, the American Law Institute and the Practising Law Institute concerning bankruptcy law and its complex intersection with other international proceedings, as well as pension, environmental, tax and labour law. She is the author or joint author of many papers on bankruptcy as well as chapters of two books, one concerning international insolvency and the other labour law.

Ms Wagner was a member of committee J of the International Bar Association, where she was chiefly responsible for drafting an international insolvency concordat that was adopted by the International Bar Association. She was also chair of the fraudulent conveyance task force of the American Bar Association, where Ms Wagner wrote papers concerning the fraudulent conveyance aspects of leveraged buyout transactions.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring which can be purchased from our Shop.

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