Weil Elects 8 New Partners and 12 New Counsel

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 12:17

NEW YORK: International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that it has elected 8 new partners and 12 new counsel, effective January 1, 2016. 

“I am very excited to introduce this group of exceptional lawyers who make up our new partner and counsel class,” said Firm Executive Partner Barry Wolf.  “They are based in nine offices on three continents and have significant, wide-ranging experience across our Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance & Restructuring and Tax departments, reflecting the broad strength of our global platform.  They will provide our clients with the legal excellence and top service that are a hallmark of Weil.”

The new partners and counsel are based in Boston, Budapest, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Princeton and Washington, D.C.  Biographical information for them is below.  

Garrett Charon is in the Private Equity practice and is based in New York.  He has a diverse transactional and corporate counseling practice with an emphasis on representing alternative asset managers, particularly private equity sponsors, in a wide variety of transactions, including leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and dispositions.  He also advises private equity sponsors throughout the life cycle of their investment in a portfolio company.  He has worked on matters for a wide range of clients, including Apollo Global Management, CCMP Capital, CVC Capital, Lee Equity Partners and Partners Group.  

James Harvey is in the Private Equity practice and is based in London.  He advises on a wide range of private equity, M&A transactions and other corporate matters, including both domestic and cross-border acquisitions, sales of companies, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work.  Recent transactions on which he has advised include representing Alstom on the sale of its energy business to General Electric, Montagu on its acquisition of the Healthcare Devices and Prescription Retail business divisions of Rexam, Lion Capital on the sale of its interests in UK breakfast cereal manufacturer Weetabix, and TowerBrook on its sale of fashion retailer Phase Eight.

David Irvine is in the Tax practice and is based in London.  He is qualified as both a lawyer and chartered accountant and advises private equity, infrastructure, real estate, and debt fund sponsors and management teams on the domestic and international aspects of fund structuring and tax-efficient incentivization arrangements.  He also advises a number of institutional investors on their investments with and into private funds, provides them with assistance in relation to own account transactions and strategic advice on managing their tax profile.  He also advises on financing and restructuring transactions, as well as the UK tax issues arising in public and private cross-border M&A transactions.  He has advised on various matters affecting the Lehman estate post-bankruptcy, Apollo on the tax aspects of the Stemcor restructuring, PJT Partners on its spin-out from Blackstone, and Graphite Capital, BlackRock, Glennmont Partners and Abraaj on various structuring and fundraising matters. 

Sachin Kohli is in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is based in New York.  He has experience in all aspects of representing public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, in acquisitions and divestitures.  Further, he provides counsel regarding general corporate matters, including reporting requirements, corporate governance issues, defensive measures and other strategic considerations.  His headline representations include advising Intel on its acquisition of Altera Corporation; Kinder Morgan on its acquisition of all outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, Kinder Morgan Management and El Paso Pipeline Partners; and DIRECTV on its acquisition by AT&T.  He is currently serving on the Corporations Law Committee of the New York City Bar.

Faiza Rahman is in the Capital Markets practice and is based in New York.  She advises underwriters, issuers and private equity sponsors in a diverse range of debt and equity capital markets transactions, including high yield debt, initial public offerings, investment grade debt offerings, and tender and exchange offers.  She also advises issuers on SEC filings, reporting and governance requirements.  Her recent representations include Ollie’s Bargain Outlet (a portfolio company of CCMP Capital), INC Research (a portfolio company of Avista Capital Partners and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan) and Papa Murphy's Holdings (a portfolio company of Lee Equity Partners) in their respective IPOs; Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in high grade bridge commitments; Metaldyne Performance Group (a portfolio company of American Securities) in its high yield debt offering; and Sotheby’s in its share repurchase transactions. 

Stephanie Srulowitz is in the Private Funds practice and is based in New York.  She primarily represents private investment fund sponsors in connection with the formation, structuring and negotiation of their investment funds, as well as providing sophisticated advice regarding carried interest sharing and other economic and governance issues.  She has also represented certain institutional investors in connection with their private fund investments, including private equity, real estate and other closed-end funds.  She advises regularly with respect to co-investment structures and terms for her private equity clients, which include Altas Partners, American Securities, Berkshire Partners, CCMP Capital, Lee Equity Partners, Perella Weinberg Partners and Providence Equity Partners.

Oliver Walker is in the Tax practice and is based in London.  He principally advises clients in relation to M&A transactions, corporate reorganizations, and management incentives.  He is also leading the tax aspects of a number of high profile cases in the courts, and provides VAT expertise on structured finance transactions.  He has recently represented Littlewoods in its landmark case against HMRC concerning the right to compound interest on overpaid VAT; Providence Equity Partners on its “take-private,” alongside WPP Group, of Chime Communications; the sponsors in relation to the IPO of Worldpay; and Securitas Direct and its core management team in the restructuring of management’s equity participation following the acquisition of Bain’s interest in the company by Hellman & Friedman.

Monty Ward is in the Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions practices and is based in Dallas.  His practice focuses on complex corporate transactions, including representing clients in public and private acquisitions, upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions, joint ventures and other investment transactions.  He has represented a wide range of clients in a variety of industries and has recently advised WPX Energy on its acquisition of RKI Exploration & Production, KTR Capital Partners on the sale of its real estate assets and its operating platform to Prologis and Zedd Energy Holdco on its acquisition of certain offshore Peruvian oil and gas assets pursuant to a 363 bankruptcy sale from BPZ Resources.

Counsel

Thomas Falkus is in the Structured Finance & Derivatives practice and is based in London.  He advises on a wide range of finance matters, including residential mortgage-backed securities, collateralized loan obligations, conduit financing, credit card receivables, portfolio acquisitions, warehouse facilities, restructurings and refinancings. He also advises on an extensive range of derivatives matters including credit derivatives, FX and interest rate swaps, total return swaps and equity derivatives.  Select representations include advising Hertz Europe on the securitization of its rental car fleets in France, the Netherlands and Australia; Deutsche Bank on a series of multi-jurisdictional mortgage portfolio acquisitions; GSO on a leverage facility for its European direct lending fund; and Apollo on its forthcoming European CLO (ALME IV).

Matthew Goulding is in the Private Equity practice and is based in Boston.  His practice focuses on transactional work for private equity firms and their portfolio companies, including going private transactions, leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and minority investments in the United States and abroad.  He has deep experience counseling clients across many industries, including digital media, software, retail and nature resources.  He has established relationships with several of the Firm’s private equity clients, including Advent International, Berkshire Partners, Providence Equity Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Riverside Partners.  Recent transactions include representing Berkshire Partners in the sale of Grocery Outlet to Hellman & Friedman and the sale of National Vision to KKR, and representing Partners Group in the sale of Universal Services of America to Warburg Pincus.

Brianne Kucerik is in the Antitrust practice and is based in Washington, D.C.  She advises on all aspects of antitrust law, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, government investigations, private litigation and general antitrust compliance.  She regularly secures antitrust approvals at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice, and has obtained antitrust clearance for major transactions in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and retail.  She recently represented Signet Jewelers Limited in its acquisition of Zale Corporation; helped secure the dismissal for Hilton Worldwide of a federal multidistrict antitrust class action challenging alleged agreements between online travel companies and hotels regarding the retail prices for online hotel room reservations; represented Johnson & Johnson in its purchase of Swiss-American orthopedic devices maker Synthes; and is currently involved in one of the largest transactions in history. 

U-Hyeon (Billy) Kwon is in the Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions practices and is based in Hong Kong.  He is experienced in cross-border M&A transactions and U.S. public M&A transactions.  His practice focuses on representing public and private companies and private equity sponsors in transactional matters, including cross-border and domestic acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buyouts and other going private transactions, restructurings and joint ventures, and general corporate matters.  Representative transactions include advising Hahn & Company in its joint acquisition (together with Hankook Tire Co.) of a controlling stake in Hanon Systems (formerly known as Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp.), Anchor Equity Partners in its acquisition with KKR of a controlling stake in Ticket Monster, and Suez Environnement in the sale of its indirect stake in Companhia de Electricidade de Macau - CEM, S.A.

Kevin Meade is in the Complex Commercial Litigation practice and is based in New York.  He has extensive experience litigating complex commercial disputes in a variety of industries as both plaintiff and defendant in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies.  Among other representations, he recently obtained a judgment on behalf of Credit Suisse arising from a hedge fund’s failure to settle trades, as well as a complete dismissal on behalf of Credit Suisse of a master planned community developer’s claims. He also helped obtain a complete dismissal of claims that were brought against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under the federal Shipping Act, a trial victory for Lehman Brothers challenging Bank of America’s seizure of deposited funds shortly before Lehman’s bankruptcy, and a complete dismissal for UnitedHealth Group and several of its affiliates in one of the first cases brought under the New York State False Claims Act.

László Nanyista is in the Complex Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration practices and is based in Budapest.  He has significant experience advising Hungarian and international clients in complex commercial and regulatory disputes, public takeovers, antitrust and insider trading issues with a focus on the energy and telecommunications sectors.  His experience includes representing and advising companies in major corporate, commercial and capital markets lawsuits; anti-takeover defenses, cartel and antitrust law; and squeeze-outs and takeover-related issues.  He also regularly represents clients in major commercial and treaty arbitration proceedings.  His clients have included General Electric, Hungarian oil company MOL, Magyar Telekom, K&H Bank, Hungarian film commissioner Mr. Andy Vajna, Hungary's state-owned electric utility company MVM, and the Hungarian State. 

Anne-Sophie Noury is in the Business Finance & Restructuring Department and is based in Paris.  She has particular expertise in out-of-court restructurings, both cross-border and French insolvency matters and distressed M&A transactions.  She has advised debtors, judicial administrators, lenders, shareholders and investors in all aspects of distressed situations. Recently, she represented the French judicial administrator of FagorBrandt in the company’s restructuring and advised on the negotiations of a cross-border European insolvency cooperation.  She also represented AgroGeneration in the company’s prepackaged chapter 11 restructuring, one of the very few French prepackaged restructurings of a listed company.  She has broad experience in advising sponsors in connection with major leveraged buyout debt out-of-court restructurings, including FransBonhomme, Camaïeu or Fraikin.  She is a member of Insol Europe and the Association pour le Retournement de l’Entreprise (a selective French turnaround association).

Eng-Lye Ong is in the Banking & Finance practice and is based in Hong Kong.  He advises private equity sponsors, corporate borrowers and financial institutions on a broad range of complex financing transactions, with a focus on leveraged and acquisition financings.  His Asia experience includes leveraged buyouts, China going-private transactions, margin loan facilities, and fund financings.  Recent representations include acting for Hahn & Company on the acquisition financing for its joint acquisition (together with Hankook Tire Co.) of a controlling stake in Hanon Systems (formerly known as Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp.), and for a consortium of investors led by Boyu Capital on the leveraged financing for the pending going-private transaction of WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc.

Pál Szabó is in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is based in Budapest.  His practice covers all types of corporate and commercial transactions with significant cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures experience.  He advises private and public vendors, private purchasers and private equity firms across a range of industries, including financial institutions, energy, telecommunications and media, chemistry, life sciences, and technology.  He has also advised on competitive auction bid processes as well as company reorganizations and restructurings.  He leads the Employment Practice of the Budapest office and has advised clients on collective redundancies, benefits and incentive programs, share incentive schemes, as well as both domestic and cross-border labor-law related transactions such as reorganizations and outsourcing. His clients include General Electric, Magyar Telekom, Hungarian oil company MOL, TV2, KBC Bank, FHB Mortgage Bank, TDF Group, Hungary's state-owned electric utility company MVM, and Intrexon.

Adam Tolin is in the Product Liability & Mass Tort practice and is based in Princeton.  His areas of concentration include complex commercial litigation and product liability.  He has significant experience at trial, having recently served as trial counsel in a significant arbitration involving a complex construction project resulting in a complete defense verdict.  He also has played a key role in several, recent high-profile trials, having represented ESPN in securing a significant defense verdict following a three-week trial in the Southern District of New York involving claims brought by DISH Network, as well as securing a defense verdict for Philip Morris USA in a claim brought by 37 Missouri hospitals against six tobacco companies.  Additionally, he has represented pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca and Wyeth in trials that resulted in defense verdicts.

Millie Warner is in the Employment Litigation practice and is based in New York.  Her practice focuses on all areas of employment law, with an emphasis on employee benefits/ERISA, discrimination, and restrictive covenant and trade secrets litigation.  Further, she advises employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws, workplace investigations, executive employment and separation agreements, reductions-in-force, and employment law issues arising in connection with corporate acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations.  Significant representations include advising Marsh & McLennan in a summary judgment victory in a dispute with two former executives whose employment Marsh terminated in connection with the New York Attorney General’s 2004 investigation into the insurance industry and Marsh’s parallel internal investigation into the NYAG’s allegations, and advising KTR Capital Partners in employment matters in the sale of its real estate assets and operating platform to Prologis.  She serves as Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section.

David Yolkut is in the Complex Commercial Litigation and Appellate Litigation practices and is based in New York.  He helped secure a jury trial victory for ESPN in federal district court in New York in a lawsuit brought by DISH Network alleging breaches of certain terms of a licensing agreement.  He has also secured victories for Schindler Elevator Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and The Walt Disney Company.  He is currently representing Pandora Media in federal rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board, as well as Discovery Communications in litigation involving rights under a licensing agreement for various Discovery channels.  In addition to his experience in complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy, he has been involved in defending multinational companies in global antitrust cartel investigations, and related civil class action lawsuits, in the television and carbon fiber industries.

About Weil

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years.  With approximately 1100 lawyers in 20 offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.  The Firm's four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance & Restructuring and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and over two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.