Vanessa Battaglia is a Director and Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America in London. She is a derivatives and structured finance lawyer supporting the corporate equity derivatives desk at BofA. Her principal focus is on margin loans, collar financings and other equity derivatives transactions.


Before joining BofA, Vanessa was a Senior Counsel and one of the founding members of the Derivatives & Structured Products group at Travers Smith. 


Vanessa is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, New York and Brazil. She has a wealth of experience advising entities on derivatives, repos, stock lending and custody and collateral arrangements. During her time at TS she acted for a wide range of investment funds, fintechs, pension schemes, banks, asset managers and corporates.


Vanessa was appointed to the 2021 WIFM Rising Stars Program and the 2022 ISDA Future Leaders in Derivatives Program.


She is recognised as a Rising Star by The Legal 500 UK and is described as a “very capable and commercially minded lawyer, careful with details without ever missing the big picture”.