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Accessing Liquidity Through COVID-19 -- Considerations for Borrowers


Speaker(s): Ramya S. Tiller, Zahra J. Khosrovi Sowder
Recorded on: Jun. 26, 2020
PLI Program #: 301943

Zahra J. Khosrovi Sowder is a counsel based in the New York office and is a member of the firm’s Finance Group. Ms. Sowder’s practice focuses on complex financing transactions, including leveraged acquisitions and investments, refinancings and mezzanine lending.

Ms. Sowder regularly advises the firm’s corporate and private equity clients on syndicated institutional loans, high-yield debt offerings and revolving credit facilities, and has extensive experience with asset-based loan facilities. She also advises the firm’s mezzanine investor clients on subordinated and second-lien investments and workouts.

Ms. Sowder's publications include “Asset-Based Loan Facilities: Recent Market Trends Relating to Availability,” Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability (June, 2014).

Ms. Sowder joined the firm as an associate in 2008. She received her J.D. in 2008 from UCLA School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Women’s Law Journal, and her B.A. in Classics from Vassar College in 2002.

Ms. Sowder is a member of the Bar of New York.


Ramya S. Tiller is a corporate partner based in the New York office. Ms. Tiller is in the Finance Group, and has experience in a broad range of financing transactions, including complex acquisition and leveraged finance transactions, such as the $5.385 billion financings related to the separation by spinoff of the Herc Rentals equipment business from Hertz and the financing aspects of Discovery’s $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, fund finance transactions and other alternative capital transactions.

Ms. Tiller is ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer in Commercial Lending by The Legal 500 US (2019), where she has been described as “highly rated,” and she is recognized as a Notable Practitioner in Banking by IFLR1000 (2018). Ms. Tiller is a frequent speaker on finance-related topics for the Practicing Law Institute.

Ms. Tiller joined Debevoise in 2007. She holds a B.A. LLB (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, where she graduated third in her class in 2002. She received an LL.M. (Corporate Law) from New York University in 2005, where she was a Hauser scholar. Ms. Tiller is fluent in German.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Tiller worked for a leading Indian law firm in Mumbai, India. Between 2010 and 2012, she served as a member of the Finance group at an international law firm in Munich, Germany.