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Karen Pelzer


Ms. Pelzer is counsel in the Financial Institutions Group of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.  Her practice focuses on bank regulatory and financial reform advice, bank M&A and capital markets transactions for U.S. and non-U.S. banks and other financial institutions.  She is experienced in advising on living wills and a wide variety of financial regulatory matters.  Upon joining Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in 2008, she was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and provided corporate advice on public and private M&A transactions.  In 2011, she joined the Financial Institutions Group.  Her clients include many of the largest U.S. and foreign financial institutions.


  • Davis Polk since 2008
  • Hengeler Mueller, 2005-2008


  • State of New York
  • Germany


  • Erste Juristische Staatsprüfung, University of Cologne, 1999
    • with honors
  • Diplom-Kauffrau, University of Hagen, 2002
  • D., University of Bonn Faculty of Law, 2003
    • magna cum laude
  • Juristische Staatsprüfung, Oberlandesgericht Köln, 2004
  • M., Columbia Law School, 2011
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

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