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Cristine Pirro Schwarzman
Ropes & Gray LLP

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Cristine Pirro Schwarzman
Partner, Business Restructuring Practice Group
Ropes & Gray LLP
What led you to a career in the deal-making industry?
I enjoy problem solving. Brokering deals is really about figuring out various pressure points for seemingly adverse parties and understanding their true wants and needs.
How does diversity add value in the deal-making process?
Diversity is imperative to promoting different viewpoints and fostering better decision-making. In addition, as more women and minorities emerge as clients, that necessitates corresponding advances in the service industry.
The most memorable deal I worked on....
Besides Lehman, it would be Windstream Holdings, a complex case that we filed in seven days flat. Additionally, Sabine Oil & Gas, which required two trials over 18 months.
Advice for achieving success in the industry....
Don’t quit! Women often self-select out before they’ve even decided where their career and family choices may take them. Continue to work hard, and reach out to mentors for guidance.

Profile:

Cristine represents debtors, lenders and investors along with private equity sponsors in acquisitions, out-of-court restructurings and Ch. 11 cases. She also advises boards of directors and senior management of distressed companies on fiduciary and corporate governance issues. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Cristine was a partner at another top New York law firm in the restructuring group. She also worked as the term clerk for Chief Judge Gonzalez of the Southern District of New York and then joined the restructuring group of another preeminent New York law firm.

Location: Ropes & Gray LLP, New York, New York, United States.

Education: J.D., from University of Pennsylvania Law School, Certificate in Business Economics, The Wharton School and B.A., from University of Pennsylvania.


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