Rebecca Simmons

  • Lecturer in Law

Rebecca Simmons is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, representing clients in the structuring and development of financial products, novel securities and structured transactions; in insolvency related matters and resolution planning; and in regulated transactions, such as the development of new lines of business and corporate acquisitions. Her practice areas include U.S. banking and commodities laws and regulation, bankruptcy and insolvency issues relating to complex transactions, corporate restructuring, derivatives structuring and regulation, U.S. securities laws, and capital markets transactions.

Simmons advises clients with respect to trading and settlement issues in both cash and derivative instruments, and assists in developing systems to mitigate credit risk in those trading businesses. She also advises clients with respect to U.S. disclosure and corporate governance requirements.

Simmons is the former chair of the business law section of the New York State Bar Association and the former chair of the committee on futures regulation of the New York State Bar Association. She has served as a member of the committee on futures regulation and the committee on banking law of the New York City Bar Association. She is a member of the board of the advisory board of Legal Information for Families Today, the board of the New York chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Law School’s board of visitors, and the president’s advisory council of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

She is regularly recognized at the top of the legal profession by the following authorities: Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, and IFLR1000. In 2014, she authored “Single Point of Entry: A Strategy to Resolve Large and Complex Financial Companies,” in Banking Perspective.

Rebecca Simmons graduated from Columbia Law School as a member of the class of 1991.