Partner F. Traynor Beck has been appointed office managing partner of McCarter & English's Philadelphia office, succeeding partner Joel E. Horowitz. The position includes the responsibilities of overseeing the office’s business affairs. Mr. Beck will continue his practice while serving in this new role.
Mr. Beck is a partner in the Corporate Practice group, where he brings more than 20 years of experience to his practice, which concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, business law, general corporate and public finance. His expertise ranges from advising multinational corporations in connection with the sale of international business units to advising early-stage start-up companies with respect to all aspects of their business, including equity and debt financing.
In addition, Mr. Beck has a broad range of experience in the energy sector. It includes representation of developers, power purchasers and financing sources in both fossil-based and renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, geothermal and pumped storage facilities located throughout the United States. He has drafted and negotiated power purchase agreements, inter-connection agreements, fuel-handling and supply agreements, and various lending and security documents associated with different energy projects.
In 1997, Mr. Beck left the private practice of law and co-founded Consolidation Capital Corporation, a publicly traded company that raised in excess of $500 million in its initial public offering to consolidate one or more fragmented industries. During the next two years, he served as executive vice president and general counsel and oversaw the company's acquisition program. During that time, the company completed more than 50 acquisitions and grew to $1.8 billion in annualized revenue before merging with another public company in February of 2000.
Mr. Winchester is a member of the firm’s Business & Financial Services Litigation and Product Liability Groups. A general litigator with 30 years' experience, he has represented and advised pharmaceutical, manufacturing, chemical, business, insurance, bank and individual clients with respect to corporate, coverage, M&A, commercial, tort, products liability, environmental and employment matters. He has prosecuted and defended actions in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions throughout the country. Mr. Winchester's diverse background includes service with leading international and regional law firms and a $15 billion multinational corporation.
Mr. Winchester is a member of the SEDONA Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. He is president of the Board of Directors of Opera Delaware.