Kelvina Smith primarily advises clients on economic sanctions and anti-money laundering matters in connection with various corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, cross-border internal investigations and other enforcement matters, and the development and implementation of internal compliance programs.


Ms. Smith’s clients include global financial institutions, money service businesses, and other non-bank financial institutions and multinational companies.

Ms. Smith has significant experience representing investment banks, commercial banks and other financial institutions as agents and lenders, as well as corporations, strategic investors, and sponsors as borrowers, in connection with various financing transactions. Examples of transactions have included secured and unsecured financings, acquisition financings, asset-backed loans, bridge loans, subscription facilities, debtor-in-possession financings, “exit” financings and other types of complex and traditional financings.

Prior to law school, Ms. Smith worked as a commercial real estate credit analyst with SunTrust Bank. She joined Skadden in 2003.



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2003 (cum laude)
  • B.S., University of Virginia, 1998


  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Kelvina M. Smith

Counsel, Financial Institutions Regulation and Enforcement