Kelley Drye Hits Trifecta With Three Lawyers Named “Rising Stars” By Law360

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 15:35

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has announced that partner Alysa Zeltzer Hutnik and special counsels Wayne J. D’Angelo and Jennifer E. McCadney were named among Law360’s 2013 Rising Stars, which recognizes top legal talent across the United States under the age of 40. Ms. Hutnik, who was honored among leading privacy and consumer protection attorneys, and Ms. McCadney, who was named among top international trade lawyers, were each selected into categories with only three honorees nationwide.

Ms. Hutnik was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Privacy and Consumer Protection Law for her work on cutting-edge issues in privacy, data security, and related consumer protection, including those involving mobile apps, providers, and online platforms. She represents top-tier brands in a range of such matters, including investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General, and related litigation in federal and state courts. Ms. Hutnik is past chair of the American Bar Association’s Privacy and Information Security Committee (Section of Antitrust Law) and was the editor-in-chief of the ABA's Data Security Handbook, a practical guide for data security legal practitioners. For several years, Ms. Hutnik has been ranked nationally in the area of privacy and data security by Chambers Global, Chambers USA and US Legal 500.

Law360 selected Mr. D’Angelo as a “Rising Star” in Environmental Law for his extensive advocacy on behalf of numerous heavily regulated industries, and his assistance guiding clients through all aspects of the federal rulemaking process, including, where necessary, litigation. He has made a name for himself in the field of emerging energy technologies and on issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing, conventional and non-conventional fuels, resource extraction, and U.S. domestic shale oil and gas development. Mr. D’Angelo is the primary author of Kelley Drye’s energy blog, “Hydraulic Fracturing Insider,” and has helped establish that publication as the go-to industry resource for analysis of regulatory and legislative issues facing natural gas development.

Ms. McCadney was recognized as a “Rising Star” in International Trade Law for her work guiding Kelley Drye clients through complex international trade rules and restrictions, and for protecting U.S. manufacturers against unfairly traded goods with her deep insight into the national and international politics surrounding trade issues. Ms. McCadney assists manufacturing clients in a broad range of industries in navigating the legislative process and counseling clients on how to utilize the process to express their position. She relies on her significant legislative experience, having played a key role in the passage of duty reduction legislation and worked to resolve issues necessary for bipartisan congressional approval of free trade agreements with Peru, Bahrain, Panama, Colombia and Korea. Ms. McCadney returned to Kelley Drye in late 2011 after serving as trade counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee.

“We were thrilled to learn that three attorneys were named to the Law360’s Rising Star class for 2013” said Lewis Rose, Washington, DC office managing partner. “As a firm, we are particularly proud to have two of the most well-respected women in their fields gain this national recognition. Jennifer, Alysa and Wayne each work tirelessly on behalf of clients facing legislative, regulatory and litigation hurdles, and they embody the dedication to client service for which Kelley Drye is known.”

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Kelley Drye represented Hitachi Zosen Corporation, a Japanese company, and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Hitz Holdings U.S.A. Inc., in connection with the  acquisition of all of the outstanding capital stock of NAC International Inc. from USEC Inc. for a purchase price of approximately $45 million.  The transaction was closed on March 15, 2013. NAC is a leading nuclear fuel cycle management company focused on the design, engineering and sale of storage casks and canisters for spent nuclear fuel, as well as specialized transportation and consulting services in connection therewith. NAC has extensive contractual relationships with major U.S. electric utility companies, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, and also provides services to various foreign governments and electric utilities. Hitachi Zosen is a major manufacturer of industrial, chemical, desalination, co-generation and energy from waste plants, machinery and equipment, as well as precision machinery, steel structures and construction machinery. Prior to entering into this transaction, Hitachi Zosen had been a fabricator of certain nuclear waste storage equipment for NAC. The closing followed clearance of the transaction by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), a multi-agency group charged with reviewing and advising the President concerning any national security concerns presented when U.S. businesses and assets are to be acquired by foreign persons.

Kelley Drye advised and assisted Hitachi Zosen in due diligence associated with the transaction, preparation of bid proposals in connection with the auction of NAC’s shares by USEC, negotiation and documentation of the Stock Purchase Agreement, which was executed on January 23, 2013, preparation and filing of the voluntary notice with CFIUS and closing of the acquisition. The Kelley Drye team was led by partner Richard R. Lury and special counsel John J. McDonald, with the support of Matthew Zucker (Corporate); Kathryn M. McMahon-Lohrer and Cameron R. Argetsinger (Regulatory – Department of Energy/Nuclear Regulatory Commission); Victoria H, Zerjav (Employee Benefits); Ryan M. Duffy (Labor & Employment); David R. Yohannan and Deepak Nambiar (Intellectual Property); Andrew H. Lee (Tax); and Shaun M. Gehan (Regulatory – CFIUS). Support on CFIUS-related matters was also provided by retired of counsel Joan M. Griffin. USEC was represented on transactional matters by Skadden Arps and on CFIUS-related matters by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. The investment advisors for Hitachi Zosen were Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities (Tokyo) and Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ (New York), while USEC was advised by Lazard Middle Market. The Tokyo-based law firm of City-Yuwa Partners provided support to Kelley Drye on this matter.