Suzana Sava-Montanari

  • Counsel
  • 45, rue Saint-Dominique
  • Paris 75007
  • France
  • T +33.1.4062.2000


Suzana Sava-Montanari is a counsel in the London and Paris offices of Latham & Watkins. Ms. Sava-Montanari is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Industry Group and Derivatives Practice.

Ms. Sava-Montanari regularly advises financial institutions, buy side market participants, and corporations in connection with derivatives and structured finance transactions and regulatory matters under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) as well as other EU prudential regulation.

Ms. Sava-Montanari has advised investment banks, sovereigns, and corporates in relation to structuring and implementing their general or finance-linked hedging strategies (FX, interest rate, and commodity) or using equity derivatives in strategic transactions. She also advised investment banks and institutional or UHNW investors on a wide variety of structured credit, fund-linked, or tax driven investments delivered through debt securities, balance sheet CLOs, OTC derivatives, or ordinary equity.

Ms. Sava-Montanari’s regulatory practice consists of assisting EU and non-EU financial institutions, asset managers, and corporates with their regulatory compliance requirements under EMIR, including in connection with clearing, margining, and reporting, as well as in their dialogue with the European rule-making bodies in the context of the legislative process. 

As part of her pro bono work, Ms. Sava-Montanari assisted, through the Financial Services Volunteer Corps in Washington, D.C., the Albanian Financial Services Authority in preparing its new Investment Funds Law. She is also one of the leaders of Latham & Watkins’ Women Enriching Business network.


Suzana Sava-Montanari has been recognized in the Accessing New Markets and Capital category.
FT Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards 2019

Thought Leadership

  • European Secured Notes — Coming to a Bank Near You? -  September 23, 2020
  • European Commission Proposes Amended Framework for the Securitisation of Non-Performing Exposures -  September 08, 2020
  • A Move Towards a New STS Framework for Synthetic Securitisations -  May 27, 2020
  • STS Securitisations: Further Clarity on Two Sets of Technical Standards -  November 25, 2019
  • EU Securitisation Reporting Rules Hit the Home Stretch -  November 05, 2019
  • US-EU Margin Rules Reference Guide -  July 08, 2019
  • We’ve Got You Covered: New European Covered Bond Framework -  April 22, 2019
  • Derivatives Market – 2017 Year in Review: A Summary -  January 25, 2018
  • CFTC Publishes Long-Awaited Comparability Determination for EU Margin Rules  -  November 01, 2017
  • 2016 Derivatives Market Year in Review -  December 14, 2016
  • Derivatives Regulation Five Years After Dodd-Frank -  December 02, 2015


  • Derivatives Market – 2015 Year in Review: A Summary -  December 09, 2015
  • Derivatives Market – 2015 Year in Review: Webcast -  December 09, 2015
  • Financial Regulatory Updates: MiFID II -  February 02, 2015

Ms. Sava-Montanari is recognized as a Rising Star. According to clients, "Suzana Sava-Montanari is very competent, experienced, smart and pleasant to work with."


The Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Bar Qualification
  • Avocat (Paris)
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • LPC, BPP Law School, 2003
  • LLB, London School of Economics, 2001
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Structured Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Banking
  • Derivatives
  • Africa Practice