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Russell DaSilva

New York

Russell DaSilva
French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese
Practice Group

With his hands-on knowledge of lending markets around the world, multiple language skills, and overseas living experience, Russell DaSilva brings fresh perspectives, deep cultural sensitivity, and creative problem solving techniques to complex domestic and cross-border credit transactions.

A partner in the firm's International Banking practice, he handles secured and unsecured credit facilities, including trade finance, leveraged acquisition finance, asset-based lending, and out-of-court restructuring. In the capital markets, he advises on collateral agency and trustee arrangements, secondary sales of financial assets, and derivatives. The breadth of his experience derives from actively representing lenders, borrowers, agents, arrangers, and other participants in lending transactions.

Representative experience

Represented an export credit agency in a series of loans to a Latin American commodities producer.

Represented a multilateral lender as arranger of a series of global trade liquidity facilities for borrowers in emerging market countries.

Represented a fair trade cacao producer in its first debt issuance.

Represented a U.S. private equity fund as arranger of syndicated loans to a Mexican retailer.

Acted as U.S. counsel to an English bank as agent for syndicated loans to a motion picture production company.

Represented a Japanese bank as lender to a Chilean metals exporter.

Represented a Japanese financial institution as bridge lender to a Brazilian engineering company for the acquisition of drilling vessels.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Harvard University, 1979
  • A.B., summa cum laude, Princeton University, 1976


  • American Bar Association
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • International Bar Association: Officer of Banking Law Committee, North American Regional Forum and IBA Foundation; frequent conference speaker and panel moderator

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

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