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Cathleen E. McLaughlin

Partner, Corporate Department

New York

Phone: 1(212) 318-6620
Fax: 1(212) 319-4090


Cathleen McLaughlin is a partner in the Corporate Finance practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Ms. McLaughlin focuses on cross border financing in Latin America and Europe. Ms. McLaughlin’s U.S. capital markets experience includes varied transactional and advisory securities experience relating to SEC-registered and unregistered (Regulation S and Rule 144A) debt and equity offerings by U.S., Latin American, and European issuers. She has extensive experience in sovereign, corporate, and infrastructure-related financings involving Latin American and European borrowers. Before joining Paul Hastings, Ms. McLaughlin was at another international law firm where she was the head of their New York International Capital Markets practice, and founded and co-headed the firm’s Latin America practice. She is a native English speaker and has a working knowledge of Spanish.


  • The Legal 500 USA, Capital Markets: Debt Offerings (2021-2022)
  • The Legal 500 USA, Capital Markets: Global Offerings (2021-2022)
  • The Legal 500 USA, Capital Markets: High Yield (2021-2022)
  • Latinvex, Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers (2015-2018, 2020-2021)
  • IFLR1000, Inaugural "Women Leaders" guide recognizing 300 of the world’s top female lawyers working in financial and corporate law (2018)
  • Latinvex, Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers (2013)
  • Latin Business Chronicle, named Latin America’s Legal Stars and Latin America’s Top 50 Businesswomen (2012)
  • Chambers Latin America, Capital Markets, Banking & Finance and M&A (since 2010)
    • Chambers says, "Cathleen McLaughlin is ‘extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of complex finance matters’."


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. (cum laude, Order of the Coif), 1988
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1984

Engagement & Publications

  • Speaker, Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference, Living in Interesting times: How to Find the Opportunities While Avoiding the Pitfalls, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2016)
  • Speaker, National Associate of Women Lawyers Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, It’s Time to Jump in the Pool , New York, NY (July 2015)
  • Featured in Inside Counsel article, ‘Navigating Latin America, Project Finance and Risk’ (June 2015)
  • Speaker, Financial Times Live, Investing in the New Bolivia Summit, New York, NY (October 2015)
  • Speaker, Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil (November 2014)
  • Speaker, ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 2014)
  • Speaker, Penn Law’s Latin Law Students Association (LALSA), Is Latin America the Next Frontier for Top 250 Law Firms?, Philadelphia, PA (February 2014)
  • Speaker, Penn Law European Society, Trailblazing Penn Law Women: Past, Present, and Future, Philadelphia, PA (May 2013)
  • Speaker, Inter‐American Development Bank (IDB) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New Developments in Sovereign Debt Restructuring, Washington DC (April 2013)
  • Speaker, German-American Lawyers’ Association, Annual Conference on German and American Law, New York, New York (October 2012)
  • Speaker, World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Law, Justice and Development Week, Washington DC (November, 2011)

Practice Areas

Latin America
Securities and Capital Markets
Energy and Infrastructure




New York Bar


University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 1988
University of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1984

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