Karen Stretch > Dechert LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
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Work Department

Financial Services and Investment Management




Karen Stretch focuses her practice on advisory and transactional derivatives, advising clients worldwide on a range of discrete and transactional derivatives and related regulatory matters, trading documents and non-traditional investment and financing techniques, including repos, TRS, dynamic portfolio swaps, stock loans and other structured derivatives.

Ms. Stretch routinely advises on regulatory compliance relating to derivatives, trading and benchmarks, such as EMIR, SFTR, the Short Selling Regulation, the Benchmarks Regulation and BRRD, with a focus since 2017 on LIBOR and benchmark reform.  Ms. Stretch is leading the firm’s coverage on LIBOR and derivatives and is an integral part of the Dechert LIBOR taskforce.

Ms. Stretch also has significant experience advising on matters relating to the establishment of structured capital markets transactions with a credit focus, as well as fund products, during her career having provided full service support to several funds and investment vehicles including MTN program updates, follow-on offerings, new compartments and sub-funds, subscriptions and restructurings as well as prime brokerage arrangements.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Stretch worked at another global American law firm in a similar role and a leading French bank in London as a senior trading, sales and derivatives lawyer.


  • University of Warwick, B.A., 2003, with Honors
  • Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2004, with Distinction

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

(Next Generation Partners)

Karen StretchDechert LLP

Dechert LLP is ‘deeply knowledgeable about ISDA documentations and market practice‘, and clients remark that ‘the attention to detail is second to none, turnaround times are fantastic, and nothing was too much to ask‘. The firm acts for both the global buy-side client base and sell-side clients across an array of derivatives  and financial market regulatory issues. Its buy-side client base ranges from hedge fund start-ups to global asset managers, hedge funds, private equity funds and retail funds across the world. Gus Black leads the financial services group, in which John McGrath and Karen Stretch are the key partner for derivatives and structured products. Stretch is ‘dedicated, excellent to work with, very responsive and provides practical advice‘.