Linda Filardi is a Senior Director and Associate General Counsel at Capital One Bank responsible for legal management of Corporate Finance, which includes Sponsor Finance, Regional Middle Market, the US Corporate Group, Diversified Industries and TMT. Prior to joining Capital One, she was Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Antares Capital, which was previously the leveraged finance business of GE Capital sold to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, where she managed all aspects of the Sponsor Finance Group’s NY/CA originated transactions for over 15 years and during the acquisition of Heller, Merrill Lynch Capital and Antares Capital. At GE, she was the Vice Chair of the General Electric Political Action Committee (GEPAC), and was also lead counsel for GE Capital’s marketing team. Linda is a member of the Loan Syndicated Trading Association’s Primary Market Committee, the Practicing Law Institute faculty on Going Private Transactions, a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and the current Chair of the Secured Lending Subcommittee of the American Bar Association. She has served as a moderator/panelist at numerous industry leading conferences on leveraged finance, private debt and secured lending at the LSTA, GFMI, LPGP Connect (in London and New York) and the CFA. She was featured in the 2018 October issue of The Secured Lender, among women “Making Their Mark”, and received the 2018 Ace Award at Capital One, which is given to the top 1% of the Commercial Bank. Linda joined GE Capital as Senior Counsel & Compliance Officer in Tokyo, Japan, managing legal and compliance of the commercial finance/distressed loan business in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand.
Linda started her legal career at the law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton, where she was a corporate finance and securities lawyer. Before beginning her legal career, Linda was an Assistant Treasurer at American Express Bank where she worked as a credit analyst in the aircraft leasing division after completing the nine-month Bank Credit Analyst Management Training Program.
She received her J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was Notes and Comments Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. She completed a Master’s Program in International Affairs and Economics from The John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY, including studies abroad in Paris, France and McGill University in Canada.