Louisa Watt is a Partner and a Practice Group Leader of the Firm's Special Situations, Distressed Debt & Trading Practice Group.

Louisa’s practice focuses on representing investment funds and financial institutions in the acquisition and sale of loan portfolios, syndicated bank loans, debt instruments, derivatives, insolvency, and litigation claims throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. Louisa has extensive experience of secondary loan trading in distressed situations and the creation of bespoke documentation for complex cross-border loan transactions.

Louisa advises clients on all aspects of loan portfolio sales and acquisitions including financing, tax, regulatory, trading, insolvency, and special situations analysis. She advises from the outset of a transaction from structuring the sales process, drafting and negotiating bid documentation, reviewing performing and non-performing loans, trading analysis and execution through to debt restructuring and navigation of the various insolvency regimes throughout Europe.

Louisa also advises on the structuring of acquisitions, sales and financing of complex litigation including international arbitration awards, high-value financial disputes, and commercial banking contract claims.

Louisa is currently an active participant in the Loan Market Association. She serves on an LMA trading documentation committee that continually reviews and updates the market standard documentation for par and distressed debt transactions as well as an LMA confidentiality committee that advises on issues of confidentiality affecting the loan market.

Before joining Brown Rudnick, Louisa was a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP where she led the firm's Loan Portfolio and Debt and Claims Trading practice.



Loan Portfolios

Representing buyers of loan portfolios in the aircraft, real estate, hospitality, healthcare and shipping sectors across the U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Nordic region.

Litigation Funding

Representing investors in ICSID and UNCITRAL Arbitrations and cross-border complex litigation matters relating to high-value financings, investments, and contract claims.


Advising buyers and sellers of distressed debt and claims across Europe, CEE, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.


College of Law, Chester
Liverpool John Moores University – LLB, (hons), 1998

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England & Wales
Speaking Engagements
Speaker, Loan Market Association Training Day (11 February 2021)
Awards and Honors
The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Insolvency and Restructuring Law, 2021-2022
Legal 500 UK, Property Finance, 2020