Former U.S. Attorney In Florida Joins Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Saturday, January 1, 2005 - 01:00

Christopher R.J. Pace has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as a partner in the firm's Litigation/Regulatory Department. He also is a member of the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation, Securities/Corporate Governance and Appellate practices groups.

Mr. Pace has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the country as well as foreign jurisdictions. He represents clients in large class action lawsuits, including those alleging securities fraud and unfair competition, derivative cases, SEC and other regulatory agency investigations, and criminal/grand jury matters. Mr. Pace also counsels corporate boards and audit committees on securities, governance and compliance issues and conducts corporate internal investigations.

Weil Gotshal has advised senior management of Eye Care Centers of America, Inc. (ECCA), the second largest optical retail chain in the U.S., and Thomas H. Lee Partners, ECCA's largest investor, in a definitive agreement to sell the company to Moulin International Holdings Limited and Golden Gate Capital for $450 million. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory and other approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2005.

Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., is a Boston-based private equity firm focused on identifying and acquiring substantial ownership positions in growth companies.

Weil Gotshal's team involved in the transaction included: partners James Westra (Boston, Corporate), Sharlyn Heslam (Boston, Corporate) and Angela Fontana (Dallas, Corporate - Banking & Finance), and associates Stephen Mason (New York, Corporate), Philip Brewster (Boston, Corporate), Amy Meese (Boston, Corporate), Scott Sontag (New York, Tax), Benjamin Ferrucci (Boston, Employee Benefits), Edward Kim (New York, Employee Benefits) and Matthew Pacey (Dallas, Corporate - Banking & Finance).