Preetha Gist


Washington, D.C.

Preetha approaches client engagements with the understanding of value and need for business focus gained as a general counsel for the capital markets unit of a major U.S. financial institution. She balances her in-depth technical knowledge with pragmatic insights to develop workable solutions for her clients, whether advising on regulatory matters or representing them in transactions.

Banks and other capital market financial service providers, particularly those active in the structured finance markets, face a challenging and ever-changing regulatory environment. Preetha has deep structured/bankruptcy and bank regulatory experience. She is recognized and highly regarded in the industry as a true sale/non-consolidation lawyer and participates in industry-wide efforts to respond to regulatory changes in that area. Preetha also has highly valued knowledge in regulatory financial accounting issues, which affect the structuring of structured transactions.

Preetha is active in the Structured Finance Association and currently serves as the co-chair of the Structured Finance Association's Derivatives in Securitization Task Force. She regularly participates in industry advocacy efforts partnering with in-house government relations departments to educate and advise lawmakers on the real-world impacts of proposed legislative initiatives. She is also a thought leader and speaks frequently on regulatory issues relevant to the securitization industry.

Prior to joining the firm, Preetha was a partner in Chapman and Cutler's Asset Securitization Department. Before that, Preetha served as a general counsel for Capital Markets at a U.S. bank and prior to that, as in-house counsel in other financial institutions, supporting debt capital markets, loan capital markets, asset securitization and derivatives business units. She began her career as an associate at Orrick.