Sarah M. Ward’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of borrowers and lenders in acquisition and other leveraged financings, as well as corporate restructurings and workouts

Bio

Ms. Ward’s matters have won national recognition. For example, she represented the unsecured creditors’ committee of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., in AMR’s $11 billion merger with US Airways Group, Inc., as part of AMR’s Chapter 11 reorganization (recognized in the 2013 Financial Times’ U.S. "Innovative Lawyers" report); and Barclays Bank PLC’s $1.45 billion debtor-in-possession credit facility for Residential Capital, in connection with ResCap’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, was recognized in the 2012 Financial Times’ U.S. "Innovative Lawyers" report, which was awarded the 2012 "Deal Financing of the Year" by The M&A Advisor and was named IFR’s 2012 "U.S. Restructuring of the Year." In addition, Travelport’s financial restructuring, which involved $3.8 billion of debt issued by U.S., Bermuda, Cayman Islands, U.K. and other European entities, was named as the "Out-of-Court Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion)" for 2013 by The M&A Advisor, the 2011 "Private Equity Deal of the Year" by The Deal and "Consumer Services Deal of the Year" at the 2012 International M&A Advisor Awards.

In 2015, Ms. Ward won the "Banking and Finance Award" at the Americas Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards. Ms. Ward is recognized as a leading attorney in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and has been singled out for her extensive experience in leverage financing work. She also has been included in Best Lawyers in America, IFLR1000, Legal 500 U.S. and The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers.

Ms. Ward serves as co-chair of the firm’s Opinion Committee and she is a former member of Skadden’s Policy Committee, the firm’s governing body. She also served as global co-head of the Banking Group from 2009-14.

Ms. Ward has authored numerous articles related to her practice, including in publications such as Law360, Practical Law Journal and International Financial Law Review, among others. She also has lectured extensively on banking-related topics.

 

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1986
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1981

Admissions

  • New York

Associations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Settlement Housing Fund (1994-Present)
  • Steering Committee, The Kate Stoneman Project
  • Working Group on Legal Opinions

Sarah M. Ward