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Steven T. Kargman is a leading expert on international debt restructurings and cross-border insolvency, and he served formerly as General Counsel of the New York State Financial Control Board, the chief financial oversight agency for New York City, and as Lead Attorney with the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the official export credit agency of the US government.

He has worked on numerous high-profile and complex restructuring and infrastructure project transactions in emerging markets. He has also advised multilateral institutions and national governments in developing countries and emerging markets on a wide range of financial and commercial matters. He has published numerous articles in leading professional journals, held leadership positions in major professional organizations, and has taught at law schools in the US and China, including Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), Shenzhen, and University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, and has been a frequent lecturer at the International Law Institute (ILI) in Washington, DC. He is frequently invited to lecture at prestigious forums around the world, including at academic, professional, and industry conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a Founding Member and former two-term Board member of the International Insolvency Institute (III), a member of the International Exchange of Experience on Insolvency Law (IEEI), a member of the World Bank’s Task Force on Insolvency & Creditor/Debtor Regimes, and an expert with P.R.I.ME. Finance. He served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Subcommittee on International Bankruptcy of the Business Bankruptcy Committee, and he currently serves as Vice-Chair of its Coordinating Committee for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and as an ABA delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group V (Insolvency Law).

 

A former Henry Luce Scholar in Singapore, he received his JD from Yale Law School and his BA from Swarthmore College.

EXPERTISE


 

International debt restructuring/cross-border insolvency

Emerging market restructurings

Sovereign debt restructuring/corporate debt restructuring/project restructuring

Non-performing loans (NPLs)/asset management companies (AMCs)

International project finance

Distressed debt

 

EDUCATION


Yale Law School

JD


Swarthmore College

BA, Political Science/Economics

WORK HISTORY


SEDA Experts

Managing Director

2024-Current


Kargman Associates/International Restructuring Advisors

President

2005-Current


Peking University School of Transnational Law

Member, Affiliated Transnational Faculty

2013-Current


University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)

Visiting Faculty Member

2016-Current


Insolvency Law Academy

Member, Standing Committee

2022-2023


American College of Bankruptcy

Chair, International Fellows Nominating Committee

2018-2022


Yale Law School

Member of Executive Committee of Yale Law School Alumni Association

2018-2021


American Bar Association, Subcommittee on International Bankruptcy, Business Bankruptcy Committee

Co-Chair

Vice Chair

2005-2014


International Restructuring Expert Witness

International debt restructuring/cross-border insolvency

Emerging market restructurings

Sovereign debt restructuring/corporate debt restructuring/project restructuring

Non-performing loans (NPLs)/asset management companies (AMCs)

International project finance

Distressed debt

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