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Secured Transactions 2014: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9

Author(s): Kenneth Chin, Penelope L. Christophorou
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Jan 2014
PLI Item #: 48161
CHB Spine #: A966

Kenneth Chin
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
PH:  (212) 715-9459


Mr. Chin has over 25 years of experience providing legal and transactional advice to a wide variety of clients in corporate and financing transactions.

Mr. Chin has represented clients in a broad array of commercial matters, including asset securitizations, acquisition financings, acquisition agreements, aircraft financing and leasing, bank syndicated credit agreements, bankruptcy liquidations and reorganizations, competitive bid option credit facilities, convertible debt financings, debtor-in-possession financings, distressed debt purchases and sales, engineering and supply agreements, equipment financing and leasing, equity investments, insurance company note agreements, letters of credit, leveraged buy-outs, leveraged leasing, mezzanine financings, mortgage warehouse lending, multi-currency credit facilities, municipal bond financings, participations and assignments, project financings, second lien financings, secured transactions, shareholder  agreements, subordinated debt financings and work-outs.  Among Mr. Chin’s clients are commercial banks, corporate borrowers and lenders, distressed debt funds, entrepreneurs, equipment manufacturers, finance companies, hedge funds, individuals, insurance company lenders, investment banks, merchant banks and private equity sponsors.

Mr. Chin is a Recognized Practitioner in Banking and Finance in Chambers USA 2014.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America (2010-2015) and in New York Super Lawyers (2008 and 2011-2014). In 2014, he received the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award from the Asian American Business Development Center.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986 and his A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 1983. 

Ms. Christophorou’s practice focuses on commercial law, including specialties in secured transactions, the Uniform Commercial Code and bankruptcy law.  She regularly represents financial institutions, corporations, central banks and sovereigns in secured lending, a wide range of derivatives and other financial transactions and insolvency matters.

Ms. Christophorou joined the firm in 1989 and became counsel in 2000. She received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989 and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. From 1994 through 1995, Ms. Christophorou served as law clerk to the Honorable Joanna Seybert in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.

From August 2009 to August 2012, Ms. Christophorou served as chairperson of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the American Bar Association. She previously was chairperson of its Investment Securities Subcommittee.  Ms. Christophorou currently serves on the Council of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

From September 2000 to September 2003, Ms. Christophorou served as chairperson of the Uniform State Laws Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Christophorou is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Ms. Christophorou serves on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization.

Ms. Christophorou lectures frequently on secured transactions matters.

Ms. Christophorou is a member of the Bar in New York. Ms. Christophorou’s native language is English, and she is fluent in modern Greek.