Sandra M. Rocks, Esq. is Counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City. Ms. Rocks graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1979 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1980. Ms. Rocks’ practice focuses on commercial financing, including secured transaction and bankruptcy law.
Ms. Rocks participated on behalf of EMTA (formerly the Emerging Markets Traders Association) in the development by The Hague Conference on Private International Law on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with Intermediaries (the “Hague Securities Convention”), which became effective in the United States on April 1, 2017. She also participated in UNIDROIT projects to create Netting Principles (finalized May 2013) and the Convention On Substantive Rules For Intermediated Securities (finalized October 2009), acting as a co-coordinator for the private financial sector for UNIDROIT’s Study Group. Ms. Rocks was a member of the Subcommittee on Legal Issues of the Group of 30 Global Monitoring Committee (2005). She participated as an industry expert in connection with the United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade (finalized in 2004).
Ms. Rocks currently serves on the TriBar Committee on Legal Opinions and participated in the preparation of TriBar’s original and updated reports on security interest opinions under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”). Ms. Rocks has served as chair and co- chair of various American Bar Association Business Law Section UCC committees.
Ms. Rocks is co-author of The ABC’s of the UCC, Article 8: Investment Securities. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles on UCC and securitization matters and is a frequent speaker on Articles 8 and 9 of the UCC and related international initiatives.
Ms. Rocks is a member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.
Ms. Rocks is a member of the Board of Directors of Susquehanna University and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Hazon.