Reena Agrawal Sahni


Reena Sahni is a partner in the global Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group. She has extensive experience advising on bank regulation, bank insolvency, recovery and resolution planning and bank capital markets transactions, including Dodd-Frank implementation for U.S. and non-U.S. banks and other financial institutions. Ms. Sahni is shortlisted for the 2016 Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards – Best in Financial Regulation.  She was also  recognized as a “Rising Star” by IFLR1000 in 2016. Ms. Sahni also advises on corporate governance, OFAC and AML compliance, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions.

Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Ms. Sahni was Counsel at Davis Polk. She was previously a law clerk for the Hon. Jon O. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and she served as a Senior Attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2007 to 2009. While at the SEC, Ms. Sahni led investigations into securities fraud, including violations of the Investment Advisers Act, the Securities Act and the Exchange Act.

Selected Experience

  • Financial institutions on various unique and unprecedented financial crisis-related matters, including representing multiple bank holding companies in their first, second and third resolution plans
  • Principal trade organizations on comment letters on proposed regulations related to living wills and the Orderly Liquidation Authority and the Financial Stability Board’s proposal on key attributes of effective resolution regimes, as well as other regulatory reform issues

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, “Accountability:  The Senior Mangers and Beyond,” The Clearing House’s Banking Perspective (Q4 2015)
  • Co-author, U.S. chapter in Global Legal Insights:  Banking Regulation (July 2015)
  • Co-author, “Confronting Systemic Risk:  Enhanced Standards for Foreign Banks,” Business Law Today (May 2015)
  • Co-author, U.S. chapter in Research Handbook on Crisis Management in the Banking Sector (2015)
  • Co-author, “Overview of U.S. Bank Regulation and Recent Developments,” The Banking Regulation Review (2010 - 2014)
  • Co-author, “Navigating the U.S. Living Wills Requirements,” American Bar Association Banking Law Committee Journal (November 2011)
  • Co-author, Credible Living Wills: The First Generation, Davis Polk and McKinsey & Co. (April 2011)

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, Northwind’s 2017 Financial Services Invitational Forum, Cyber Security: Because ‘There Ain’t No Cure for the Cyber Crime Blues’ (April 26-28, 2017)
  • Moderator, ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, The Evolving Ethics of Incentive Compensation (April 5-8, 2017)
  • Speaker, European Recovery & Resolution Planning Summit (December 14, 2016)
  • Panelist, The Clearing House Annual Conference, Trans-Atlantic Perspectives on Bank Regulation (November 29, 2016)
  • Moderator, Institute of International Finance Annual Membership Meeting, Ensuring Robust Financial Market Infrastructure (October 7, 2016)
  • Speaker, AIBA, Recent Developments in AML, BSA and OFAC Enforcement and Regulations (September 20, 2016)
  • Speaker, European Recovery & Resolution Strategies Summit (July 5-6, 2016)
  • Speaker, First-Ever US Recovery & Resolution Strategies Summit (February 23-24, 2016)
  • Panelist, Northwind Financial Services Invitations Forum conference focused on Fintech issues (2016)
  • Speaker, 4th Annual European Summit on Recovery and Resolution Strategies (December 2, 2015)
  • Panelist, The Clearing House Annual Conference, An Analysis of Cross-Border Ethics and Conduct Policies and Practices (November 16, 2015)
  • Panelist, ABA 2015 Business Law Section, The Goldilocks Problem:  Re-Examining Prudential Regulation and Whether Too Much or Too Little is Just Right (April 17, 2015)
  • Moderator, ABA 2015 Business Law Section, Systemically Important Financial Institutions (April 16, 2015)
  • Panelist, IIB Seminar on Cross-Border Regulation of Bank Compensation and Governance (April 7, 2015)
  • Panelist, SIFMA Annual Legal and Compliance Conference, Current Issues in Bank Regulation (March 2015)
  • Speaker, 3rd Annual European Summit on Recovery and Resolution Strategies (March 18, 2015)
  • Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute, Proposed Chapter 14 and the Future of Large Financial Institution Resolution (July 15, 2014)
  • Panelist, SIFMA, Compliance and Legal Society 2014 Annual Seminar, Dodd-Frank: Developments and Prudential Issues (March 30, 2014)
  • Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute, Resolving Complex Financial Institutions: Chapter 14, OLA, and Living Wills (October 11, 2013)
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, Banking Law Committee, Dodd-Frank Enhanced Prudential Standards for Large Foreign Banking Organizations (April 6, 2013)
  • Panelist, Institute for International Bankers Dodd-Frank Seminar: Living Wills Panel (January 15, 2013)
  • Panelist, New York City Bar Association, A Practical Guide to “Living Wills” Under Dodd-Frank for Financial Institutions & Those Who Advise Them (April 12, 2012)
  • Panelist, SIFMA, Compliance and Legal Society 2011 Annual Seminar, Fixed Income Market Structure Issues (March 21, 2011)
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