Sarah M. Ward’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of borrowers and lenders in acquisition and other leveraged financings, as well as corporate restructurings and workouts. She has extensive experience representing financial institutions such as Barclays, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, and companies such as Travelport, Nasdaq, Frontier Communications and Exide. Ms. Ward serves as co-chair of the firm’s Opinion Committee and she is a former member of Skadden’s Policy Committee, the firm’s governing body. Ms. Ward’s matters have won national recognition, including numerous awards from the Financial Times, The M&A Advisor and IFR.

Ms. Ward also served as global co-head of the Banking Group from 2009-14. She has authored numerous articles related to her practice, including in publications such as Law360, Practical Law Journal and International Financial Law Review, among others. She also has lectured extensively on banking-related topics. In 2015, Ms. Ward won the “Banking and Finance Award” at the Americas Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards. Ms. Ward is recognized as a leading attorney in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and has been singled out for her extensive experience in leverage financing work. She also has been included in Best Lawyers in America in 2016, IFLR1000 (2013-15), Legal 500 U.S. (2013 and 2014) and The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers (2014 and 2015).

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Contact details

(212) 735-2126 /

Areas of Practice

Banking and Finance
  • Year Qualified



    Fordham University School of Law, 1986
    Princeton University, 1981


    New York City Bar Association
    New York State Bar Association