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Andrea Pincus

Andrea Pincus



  • New York University School of Law, 1991, J.D., Root Tilden Snow Scholar
  • Yale College, 1987, magna cum laude, Honors in American Studies

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York


  • French

Andrea is a member of the Financial Industry Group, practicing in the areas of Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy as well as Derivatives & Structured Products, and is a Team Leader of Reed Smith's Derivatives & Structured Products Group. Andrea is also an adjunct member of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group.

Andrea represents financial institutions, commodities traders, hedge funds, other institutional investors, bondholders, and indenture trustees, as well as ad hoc and official committees, secured creditors, governmental entities, private individuals and debtors-in-possession. Her bankruptcy practice includes all aspects of chapter 11 cases, as well as out-of-court workouts involving private and publicly held companies, with particular expertise in the area of derivative counterparty rights under the US Bankruptcy Code safe harbors. In addition, Andrea advises clients in connection with investing or trading strategies, cross border issues, contract negotiations, and in disputes concerning breach of contract, structured debt, and derivative transactions based on ISDA and similar documentation.

Andrea has extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts, in actions for breach of fiduciary duty, director and officer liability, breach of contract, fraud, and international commercial disputes.

Andrea regularly speaks about bankruptcy practice and OTC derivatives, and was selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 - United States (2009 Edition) in the category of Structured Finance: Derivatives & Structured Products.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 1995 - Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C
    • Member of the firm’s Practice Council
  • 1991 - Legal Aid Society
    • Criminal Defense Division, Trial Attorney

Professional Affiliations

  • International Energy Credit Association, Co Chair Contracts and Legal Education Group Education and Events Committee; Co-Chair Contracts and Legal Education Group Bankruptcy Focus Group.
  • 100 Women in Hedge Funds, Philanthropy Committee

Notable Quotes

The following articles or televised interviews quote or mention Andrea and provide a perspective on the nature and scope of Andrea's practice and professional activities.

  • "Reed Smith And Clifford Chance Among Firms Advising On £662m Eurosail Restructuring," The Lawyer, 29 November 2013
  • "Shadow Play: How Credit Default Swaps Are Affecting Restructurings" The Deal Pipeline, 7 October 2009
  • "New Reed Smith Group Responds to Market Crisis" Financial Services Law 360, 23 July 2008
  • "U.S. Economy's Next Bad Thing: Alex Ritson Investigates Whether The Practice Of Credit Default Swaps Leaves The US Economy Exposed To Further Problems" BBC Newsnight, 14 July 2008
  • "Opinions Diverge On Who Calls Valuation Shots When Liquidity Is Scarce" HedgeWorld Daily News, 11 July 2008
  • "UBS In Spat With Hedge Fund Over CDO" Financial Times, 2 July 2008
  • "Credit Default Swaps: The Next Financial Crisis?" Time Magazine, 17 March 2008