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September 23, 2021

New York lawyer Penelope L. Christophorou new chair of ABA Business Law Section

CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 2021 — New York lawyer Penelope L. Christophorou today assumed the role of chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section for a one-year term during the section’s Virtual Annual Meeting that began Wednesday and ends on Friday.

Christophorou is counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where her practice focuses on commercial financing, including secured transactions and bankruptcy law, derivative products and structured finance. She represents leading financial institutions, corporate borrowers, private investment funds and sovereign clients on these matters.

“I am thrilled and honored to serve as chair of the Business Law Section. I hope in the year ahead to bring us together as business lawyers in our first-ever hybrid (virtual and in-person) meeting.  The section offers business lawyers from all backgrounds, practice settings and years in practice a diverse and inclusive community in which to collaborate on, tackle and resolve the business law issues of our day.”

Christophorou’s professional activities have included serving in numerous leadership positions in the ABA Business Law Section, including chair of its Uniform Commercial Code Committee, and as president of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, chair of the Uniform State Laws Committee of the Bar of the City of New York, board member of Citizens Union and board member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Christophorou is also a member of the American Law Institute. 

Christophorou is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School. She served as a law clerk under Judge Joanna Seybert of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

A photo of Christophorou can be found here.

With over 30,000 members, the ABA Business Law Section is one of the association’s largest sections. It provides business lawyers with education and analysis that furthers the development and improvement of business law, and it helps its members serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally.

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