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Banking - Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Valerie Radwaner comes highly recommended by respondents thanks to her invaluable experience advising corporate and financial institutions on a range of bank financings and loan­­­s.


Valerie Radwaner is deputy chair of Paul, Weiss and a partner in the finance group of the corporate department.

Valerie has represented a variety of major corporations, financial institutions, hedge funds and private equity sponsors in acquisition financings, secured and unsecured bank financings, mezzanine financings, second-lien financings, asset-based loans, restructurings and DIP and exit facilities. She represented some of the firm’s most significant clients, including MacAndrews & Forbes, Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Silver Point Capital, Time Warner Cable and Wendy’s. Who’s Who Legal recognised Valerie in 2018 “for her superb work handling a range of related matters across the banking sector”.

Valerie has been recognised repeatedly for her leadership in the legal industry and her commitment to diversity and inclusion in the profession. In 2018, she was featured as a law firm leader in LEADERS Magazine, and was recognised by Corporate Counsel in its 2018 Women in Law Awards for Law Firm Transformative Leadership. In 2017, she was profiled in Crain’s New York Business’s inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers” in New York City and was recognized by Euromoney Legal Media Group in the “Best in Corporate Governance” category of its Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

Valerie is a long-time advocate for diversity throughout the legal profession, and is active in professional organisations devoted to women’s leadership. She is a founding member of the Thomson Reuters Women’s Transformative Leadership Advisory Board, and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Women in Law Empowerment Forum, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of women in law. Valerie is also a member of the 30% Club, an organisation comprising CEOs and other leaders committed to gender balance on boards.

Valerie is involved in numerous community, civic and charitable activities. She a member of the board of the Student Leadership Network, which empowers young people from underserved communities to access educational opportunities, and serves on the northeast board of directors of the Israel Tennis Centres Foundation. Valerie serves as a founding mentor for the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network’s Women’s Leadership Fellows Program at New York University School of Law. Valerie is a member of the board of trustees of Newark Academy. She previously served on the advisory board of the Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment Centre at Cardozo School of Law.

Valerie earned her BA from Brandeis University, magna cum laude, and her JD from New York University School of Law.

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