Marion Leydier ’01

Goal Oriented

By Joy Y. Wang

Summer 2011

On a sunny winter day in New York City, Marion Leydier ’01 appears at home in her spacious Sullivan & Cromwell office, where the view extends from the southern edge of Manhattan across the East River to Brooklyn. Thick case files, neatly bound and boldly labeled, line the bookshelves behind her. Names of leading financial institutions—BNP Paribas, Prudential, Citadel—are written clearly on the spines
and represent a catalog of Leydier’s domestic and cross-border corporate and
financial practice.

Leydier, who was named a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell at the beginning of last year, has recently focused on the reorganization of distressed companies. In 2009, she was part of a team representing the creditors of CIFG Holding Ltd. in an out-of-court restructuring, a transaction that received the International Financial Law Review Americas Award for Restructuring Deal of the Year.

Leydier takes pride in examining every detail and pursuing every angle on behalf of her clients—during a busy stretch, she says she spends as many as 100 hours a week in the office. “I like knowing that I’ve done something as well as it could possibly be done,” she explains.

Born in Lyon, France, Leydier earned a business degree in Paris. She then moved to New York, a city she had never before visited, based on her acceptance to the Law School’s four-year J.D./Master in French Law Program. As part of the program, she also studied at the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. While she returns to France to visit her family and friends about three times a year, Leydier loves New York, and the avid fan of opera and dance is happily settled in a city where she feels most able to help her clients.