Cynthia J. Williams


Cynthia J. Williams


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Cynthia J. Williams, a partner in Dechert's global finance practice, advises investment advisers, issuers, placement agents and investors investing in, managing, financing, transferring, restructuring and securitizing portfolios of loans and commercial real estate loans, with a particular focus on the CLO market. Ms. Williams advises trade associations on CLO issues. She also advises on risk retention, fund formation, investment adviser formation, platform structuring, credit derivatives and other structured products. Ms. Williams co-heads the firm’s CLO group.

Ms. Williams has authored numerous thought leadership articles in industry publications and is a regular presenter at industry association conferences on relevant regulatory and market issues.

  • Cornell University, A.B., 1973, with Distinction
  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1975
  • Massachusetts
  • Structured Finance Industry Group
  • CLO Committee, Loan Syndication and Trading Association
  • ABA Opinion Subcommittee
  • Past Co-Chair, Accounting Committee, CRE Finance Council (CREFC)
  • Member and Former Trustee, American College of Investment Counsel
Speaking Engagements
  • Dechert Distressed Investing Forum — New York Athletic Club, New York, NY (October 18, 2018)
  • Dechert to Sponsor and Speak at CreditFlux's Credit Symposium 2018 — (May 9, 2018)

Speaker, "The Middle Market Becomes Mainstream" panel.

  • CLO Regulatory and Legislative Update — ABS East 2016, Miami Beach, FL (September 18-20, 2016)
  • CLO Roundtable — GlobalCapital, New York, NY (January 27, 2015)

Participant, roundtable discussion on the future of CLOs.

  • Risk Retention Rules and their Impact on the CLO & Leveraged Finance Markets — A Discussion Presented by Citi, New York, NY (November 20, 2014)

Speaker, panel on the Risk Retention Rules and their impact on the CLO & Leveraged Finance Markets.

  • Legal and Regulatory Issues — Opal Financial Group - European CLO Summit, Monte Carlo, Monaco (October 23, 2014)

Moderator, panel on EU Risk Retention, Sponsor CLOs, Originator CLOs and Originator Structures, and U.S. Risk Retention.

  • Investor Summit 2014: Structured Credit — Presented by Creditflux with sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (October 14, 2014)

Presenter, "What Are the Market’s Greatest Regulatory Threats?"

  • The Volcker Rule: Adjusting to a New Landscape - Dechert Webinar (June 12, 2014) 
  • Investor Summit: CLO Relative Value — Presented by Creditflux with sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (September 16, 2013)

Speaker, "CLOs in the World of Loans" panel on CLOs as a loan investment strategy, how different investor types view and value CLOs, and changing regulatory environment for CLOs. 

  • Volcker Rule - Navigating the Compliance Period and Potential Rule Outcomes — 2013 American Securitization Forum, Las Vegas, NV (January 29, 2013)
  • Investors' Cocktail Summit: CLO Emerging Issues — Presented by CreditFlux with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (November 13, 2012)

Speaker, session on issues that CLO investors should understand, including WAL tests, CLOs and trace/transparency, CLOs and labor, and the latest regulatory threats.

  • Term Asset-Backed Securities Facility — New York State Bar Association Private Funds Committee, New York, NY (February 17, 2009)
  • The TARP — New York State Bar Association Business Section Annual Meeting, New York, NY (January 28, 2009)
  • Emergency Economic Stabilization Act — American College of Investment Counsel Annual Meeting, New York, NY (October 23, 2008)
  • The Federal Bailout Legislation and Its Implementation: Where Do Things Stand Today? — New York State Bar Association Securities Regulation Committee Speech, New York, NY (October 15, 2008)