Melissa Ferraro

Senior U.S. Associate, New York

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Melissa has experience representing both sell-side and buy-side market participants in a variety of derivatives transactions (over-the-counter and cleared) and structured products involving derivatives. She has significant experience advising various entities on a range of legislative and regulatory requirements, including Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, and negotiating and drafting trading and financing documentation in connection with derivatives transactions, including ISDA Master Agreements and related confirmations, as well as account control agreements, bilateral protocol agreements and other related derivatives and securitization documentation. Melissa also assists clients with the negotiation and documentation of commodity transactions, including crude oil.

Work highlights

Recent transactions include representation of:

  • multiple hedge providers on interest rate and FX hedging transactions under a defaulted secured loan facility transitioning to a DIP facility upon borrower’s filing, together with related derivatives and restructuring documentation
  • a hedge fund on a total return swap structure referencing a pool of non-U.S. governmental legal claims
  • equity funds in connection with a synthetic risk transfer trade in the form of unsecured credit linked notes referencing a replenishable portfolio of secured and unsecured corporate credit facilities
  • a global bank in connection with a total return swap facility referencing mortgage loans

 

Professional experience

Prior to joining Linklaters, Melissa was an Associate at Milbank LLP and a Legal Specialist at Pacific Investment Management Company LLC.

Education and qualifications

New York Law School, Juris Doctor, June 2011, Magna Cum Laude and Associate Managing Editor, New York Law School Law Review

Adelphi University, Master of Business Administration, May 2007, Graduate with Distinction

Ithaca College, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, May 2004

New York State Bar, Second Department, 2012