Hilary Sunghee Seo
  1. Counsel

Ms. Seo is counsel in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group. She advises major international banks, broker-dealers and other financial institutions on regulatory, compliance and transactional matters, with a particular focus on derivatives and broker-dealer regulation. She is actively involved in financial regulatory reform analysis and advice and serves as a core member of Davis Polk's team advising groups of U.S. and foreign financial institutions on a variety of financial services reform topics, including projects to develop streamlined solutions to comply with evolving derivatives regulatory requirements and complex cross-border issues.

Work Highlights

Ms. Seo's recent representations include:

  • Developing template non-cleared margin policies and procedures for a group of 11 U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions
  • Providing strategic advice on derivatives regulatory issues in connection with internal restructurings
  • Assisting U.S. and non-U.S. G-SIBs on their resolution plans
  • Assisting several financial institutions with swap dealer registration, ongoing implementation issues and SRO requests
  • Counseling clients subject to government regulatory and enforcement actions on collateral consequences
  • Developing template Volcker policies and procedures for a group of 45 U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions
  • Providing interpretive and planning advice related to the SEC’s developing security-based swap dealer regime

Of Note

  • Thought Leader on Financial Regulation, Davis Polk FinReg Blog, read Ms. Seo's posts

Professional History

  • Counsel, Davis Polk since 2014; Associate, 2011-2014
  • Associate, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, 1999-2002
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Eugene Nickerson, U.S. District Court, E.D. New York, 1998-1999

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Economics, Harvard University, 1993
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1998
    • James Kent Scholar
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review


  • Korean