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Alexis A. Leventhal

Reed Smith LLP | Pittsburgh, PA

Position (job title and firm) I am an associate in the Financial Industry Group in the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith LLP.

Most interesting matter you've worked on? My practice is increasingly focused on commercial asset and equipment finance problem transactions. Recently, I had the opportunity to navigate a corporate client through a U.S. citizenship analysis for purposes of a distribution of equity under a plan of reorganization for a publicly traded debtor on account of the client’s lease rejection damages claim. This matter was interesting to me because it required me to move from my traditional comfort zone and to take a deep dive into federal statutory corporate citizenship requirement.

Role in IWIRC? I am currently the Co-Chair of the Western Pennsylvania Network.

Favorite IWIRC event you've attended? The Western Pennsylvania Network hosts an annual afternoon Holiday Tea. It’s our best attended event and, being the holiday season, the group is in excellent spirits, quick to laugh and share stories from the past year. I look forward to it all year long for the camaraderie as well as the opportunity to sport a fascinator.

What is one skill/hobby/interest most people may not know about you? I play guitar and piano and love jam sessions with my one year old son (who is also the lead singer of our 2-person band, “Momma’s Baby”).

Who is your role model? Wendy Kopp—the brainchild and birth mother of Teach for America (“TFA”). I am inspired by Wendy’s fearlessness and commitment to take on one of the country’s largest domestic crises and aspire to positively touch many lives so that “one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”

What are you most looking forward to in DC? I am very much looking forward to “The Right Stuff - Rights Offerings in Chapter 11 Cases and Cross-Border Deals” panel. I find rights offerings increasingly common-place and critical to the successful reorganization and long-term health of corporate entities and am eager to hear more from the panel experts.