Advising on the Financial Markets

With an extensive background in securities offerings and a leading career across the financial sector, Julia Lu focuses her legal practice on the distressed debt and derivatives markets.

As a partner at the New York office of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, Lu represents some of the world’s top investment firms and funds while driving the firm’s distressed debt practice. She lives by the words “strive to add value.”

She advises clients in transactional and regulatory aspects of their trading businesses and collaborates with them to forge strategic and pragmatic legal solutions to complex trading issues.

A Wall Street player, Lu has substantial experience in derivative transactions based on secured and unsecured loans in North America, Europe and Asia. She collaborates with major broker-dealers and investment managers to formulate policies and procedures, and to draft documentation used in distressed assets, including trading bank loans, bankruptcy claims, and reorganization equities.

Lu’s career is defined by ever-increasing influence, responsibility, and leadership. Born and raised in China, she moved to the United States to attend law school. While seconded to the bank loan trading and syndication desk at Goldman Sachs, Lu served on the operating committee, and set global trading policies and processes to ensure smooth operation of the trading desk.

Her deep background in the derivatives sector is underscored by her role as a potential pool member to be called upon to conduct external reviews and determinations made by the International Swaps and Derivatives Associations (ISDA) Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee. This panel breaks the deadlock when the DC, which assesses the impact of corporate events on credit derivatives, cannot reach a majority.

Lu serves as a director for Rega Capital Dynamic Value Fund, a Hong Kong-based hedge fund. She is a sounding board for its management and investment professionals regarding investment processes, legal compliance, and risk assessment.

At the firm, Lu sits on the Investment and Attorney Development Committees. She maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes serving as counsel to the Museum of Chinese in America. She is also an active participant in the firms’ partnership with the Posse Foundation, which provides full scholarships to leading universities for extraordinary public high school students.

She holds a law degree from Albany Law School, and an LL.B from China University of Political Science and Law.