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Weil Elects 12 New Partners and 15 New Counsel

NEW YORK, November 25, 2014: International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that it has elected 12 new partners and 15 new counsel, effective January 1, 2015.

“I am pleased to introduce this diverse and extremely talented group of lawyers,” said Firm Executive Partner Barry Wolf.  “More than half are based outside of the United States, reflecting the strength of our global operations.  They have significant and wide-ranging experience across our Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance & Restructuring, and Tax departments, and will help our clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives.”

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

Partners 

Fabienne Beuzit is in the Business Finance & Restructuring practice and is based in Paris.  She has a large and diversified practice in both cross-border and French insolvency matters, spanning restructuring, insolvency, litigious bankruptcy proceedings and distressed M&A.  She represents debtors, lenders, shareholders and investors (either turnaround or hedge funds) in all aspects of distressed situations.  She has been involved in the largest chapter 11 cases in France, such as Valiance, Mory and Altia Group, and has also been active in major LBO debt restructuring cases including Quick Group, CPI and Vivarte (advising Oaktree Capital Management).  She has extensive experience representing parties in prepackaged chapter 11 cases (Alma Group) and has served as investors’ counsel on a significant range of asset deals (in- or out-of-court).  She is an active member of several professional associations including Turnaround Management Association and Association pour le Retournement de l’Entreprise (French turnaround association).  She teaches restructuring at HEC Business School.

Patrick Bright is in the Banking & Finance practice and is based in London.  He specializes in high yield and other U.S. securities offerings, European bond restructurings and general U.S. securities law.  He is a New York-qualified lawyer and has experience in U.S. domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.  He regularly represents leading private equity firms and underwriters on some of the largest transactions in Europe.  Recent transactions include advising J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on the financing of Hony Capital's acquisition of Pizza Express from the Gondola Group; Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on PAI's acquisition of DomusVi; Ares Capital on the PIK financing for the take-private of Daisy Group plc; and Aston Martin Holdings (UK) Limited in its private placement of senior subordinated PIK notes. 

Andrew Chizzik is in the Private Funds group and is based in New York.  He specializes in private fund formation and related areas, and has extensive experience representing private fund sponsors in structuring and negotiating the terms of domestic and offshore private funds.  Additionally, he represents certain prominent limited partners in their investments in private equity funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds and credit funds, as well as buyers and sellers of secondary interests in such funds.  His representative clients include Apollo Global Management, Brookfield Asset Management, Genstar Capital, Greenbriar Equity Group and WL Ross & Co. 

Edouard de Lamy is in the Tax practice and is based in Paris.  He focuses on international and domestic taxation, with particular emphasis on tax structuring of M&A transactions as well as restructuring and reorganization matters.  This year, he was involved in the tax structuring of the management buy-out of Ceva, the acquisition of Rexam Healthcare by Montagu Private Equity, the acquisition of the Sebia Group by Astorg and Montagu Private Equity, the buy-out of Homair Vacances by Carlyle, and the disposal of the Vedici Group by 3i, as well as major restructuring matters, such as the debt restructuring of Sequana and Vivarte.

Anish Desai is in the Patent Litigation practice and is based in Washington, D.C.  He has represented clients and tried numerous cases before the International Trade Commission and U.S. District Courts in litigations involving the fields of semiconductor processing, networking, computer architecture, mobile device software and hardware, and renewable energy. He has a background in electrical engineering and also has experience with Inter Partes Review and Reexamination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Recent cases he has been involved with include representing General Electric in patent infringement actions against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries relating to wind turbines and multiple litigations on behalf of a major supplier of smartphone and computer technology.  

Stephen Fox is in the Private Funds group and is based in London.  He specializes in advising on the establishment and day-to-day operation of private investment funds for a variety of independent and institutional fund managers across a range of asset class strategies and special situations, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, credit and structured secondary fund solutions.  His clients include aPriori Capital Partners, Aleph Capital Partners, Apax Partners, Graphite Capital and Montagu Private Equity.  He also advises a number of institutional investors on their participation in private investment funds.  He has completed secondments to China Investment Corporation in Beijing and to Apax Partners for 12 months, initially as their interim general counsel and, subsequently, in-house funds counsel during their most recent global private equity fundraising.

Lyuba Goltser is in the Public Company Advisory Group and is based in New York.  Her practice focuses on securities law issues, SEC disclosure, executive compensation, governance, and compliance matters, including in M&A and capital markets transactions.  She advises public companies on matters relating to restatements and internal control issues and Sarbanes-Oxley implementation.  She regularly advises on SEC regulations and compliance issues faced by newly-listed public companies and companies preparing to go public. 

Ariel Kronman is in the Structured Finance & Derivatives practice and is based in New York.  He regularly advises asset managers, financial institutions, private equity sponsors and other clients.  He has expertise in credit, equity, FX, energy and commodities, total return swaps, and interest rate swaps.  He is an expert on the Commodity Exchange Act and related Dodd-Frank regulatory issues.  His practice also includes CLOs and other securitizations.  He recently advised Brookfield in establishing the derivatives platform of its liquid credit hedge fund and Hess Energy Trading Company in its spin-off from Hess Corporation.

Brian Maher is in the Structured Finance & Derivatives practice and is based in London.  He advises on a wide range of finance matters, including securitizations, CLOs, covered bonds, restructurings, refinancings, portfolio acquisitions, warehouse facilities, asset-based lending and secured loan transactions.  He completed a secondment to the securitization team at Barclays’ investment bank and has also spent time working in the Firm’s New York office.

Tom Richards is in the Banking & Finance practice and is based in London.  He has particular expertise in leveraged finance transactions and acts for some of the leading sponsors and arrangers in the market, including Advent International, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree Capital Management and Deutsche Bank.  Recent transactions include acting for Advent on bids for Proserv, Pioneer and Prezzo plc; Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on the financing of PAI’s acquisition of DomusVi; Goldman Sachs on the financing of EQT’s bid for Wild Flavors; and Ares Capital on the PIK financing for the take-private of Daisy Group plc.  He has worked for extended periods on secondment at Goldman Sachs and HSBC in their leveraged finance teams.

Gavin Westerman is in the M&A practice and is based in New York.  He is in the Corporate Department and focuses on distressed and restructuring matters and regularly represents companies, equity holders, creditor committees and purchasers in chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court restructurings and exchange offers.  His experience also includes representing public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, in public and private acquisitions and divestitures.  He has been part of the teams advising LodgeNet Interactive in its prepackaged chapter 11 filing and members of an ad hoc group of senior noteholders in the chapter 11 restructuring of KV Pharmaceutical. 

Caroline Zalka is in the Securities Litigation practice and is based in New York.  She focuses on litigation of securities, derivative and complex business matters at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts, and before arbitration panels.  She also has extensive experience advising on internal investigations as well as federal, state and foreign governmental and regulatory investigations, including those commenced by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York District Attorney’s Office and the New York Attorney General’s Office.  Recent experience includes representing Aérospotale in a securities class action relating to its quarterly earnings projections, Archstone-Smith Real Estate Trust in nationwide multidistrict litigation related to a REIT merger, General Electric in a securities class action arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, and lululemon athletica in securities class action and shareholder derivative actions.

Counsel

Ewa Bober is in the Capital Markets practice and is based in Warsaw.  She advises issuers, selling shareholders and investment banks on all aspects of international and domestic public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities.  She also provides comprehensive legal assistance to financial institutions, including investment funds, and advises clients on tender offers, public-to-private transactions and M&A involving public companies.  Recent representations include the initial public offerings of Prime Car Management S.A., PEIXIN International Group N.V., Polski Holding Nieruchomości S.A. and ZE PAK S.A., and a secondary public offering of newly issued shares in Alior Bank S.A. 

Barbra Broudy is in the Capital Markets practice and is based in New York.  She advises both issuers and underwriters in a variety of securities transactions, with a focus on initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary equity offerings, and investment grade debt offerings.  Recently, she advised Dave & Buster’s Entertainment on its IPO and listing on NASDAQ.  Other recent matters include representing Vantiv on its IPO and several secondary offerings of common stock, Ceridian Corporation on a senior exchangeable notes offering, and the underwriters in investment grade bond offerings by Microsoft.

Charles Cardon is in the M&A practice and is based in Paris.  Recently, he advised Atos on its public offer for Bull; the majority shareholders of Gaztransport & Technigaz SA, Tarkett and Worldline, respectively, on the IPOs of these three large companies on Euronext; and GDF SUEZ in the deconsolidation of Suez Environnement.  He is a visiting professor at the Panthéon-Assas Law School, where he teaches on public takeover and securities laws. 

Kelly DiBlasi is in the Business Finance & Restructuring Department and is based in New York.  She has a wide breadth of experience in complex restructuring matters, representing debtors, creditors and equity interest holders in domestic and international cases, both in- and out-of-court.  She has particular expertise in municipal bankruptcies and restructuring matters involving monoline insurance companies.  She is currently representing monoline insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Company as a creditor in the chapter 9 case of the City of Detroit, and previously negotiated and drafted FGIC’s plan of rehabilitation. 

Gautier Elies is in the M&A practice and is based in Paris.  His practice focuses on buy-out transactions and general corporate matters.  This year alone, he was involved in the management buy-out of Ceva, one of the largest private equity transactions in the French market; the acquisition of Corialis by Advent International; the buy-out of Eleven Paris; and the alliance between Altice and the shareholders of Outremer Telecom.

Jared Friedmann is in the Complex Commercial Litigation practice and is based in New York.  He has represented both public and private clients in the banking, insurance, manufacturing, and telecommunication industries in both state and federal courts and in arbitration.  Recent experience includes defending the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in multiple litigations pending before the Federal Maritime Commission and the District Court of New Jersey; obtaining summary judgment dismissing a putative ERISA class action filed by a chiropractic provider and United Healthcare plan participants against United Healthcare alleging that benefits were improperly denied; and obtaining one of the largest settlements ever against the State of New York in the Court of Claims as plaintiffs' counsel to Tyco Electronics in a breach of contract action against New York arising from the largest contract ever entered into by the state. 

James Gee is in the Private Funds group and is based in London.  He specializes in private funds regulation and private fund formation as well as general private equity and investment management transactions.  He has a global practice advising managers and investors on the establishment, regulation and operation of a wide range of private funds (including private equity, infrastructure, real estate and hedge funds).  He also has extensive experience advising a range of clients on carried interest and co-investment arrangements.  Representative clients include Brookfield, Deutsche Bank, Graphite Capital, Hastings and IDFC. 

Thomas Goslin is in the Environmental Transactions practice and is based in Washington, D.C.  He focuses on a wide range of environmental, energy, and other regulatory concerns in the context of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financing transactions, infrastructure projects, and corporate restructurings.  He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including renewable and traditional power generation, oil and gas, natural resources, infrastructure, and automotive, and is Vice Chairman of the American Bar Association Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee.  

Adé Heyliger is in the Public Company Advisory Group and is based in Washington, D.C.  His practice encompasses counseling companies on securities laws compliance in M&A and capital markets transactions, corporate governance, and various disclosure and regulatory matters.  Previously, he served as Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers & Acquisitions of the Division of Corporation Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Proxy Contests and Business Combinations and as Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar Association Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of “Takeovers, Mergers & Acquisitions” at Georgetown University Law Center. 

David Irvine is in the Tax group and is based in London.  He is qualified as both a lawyer and chartered accountant and advises private equity, infrastructure, real estate and hedge 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 as well as providing them with assistance in relation to their own account transactions and strategic advice on managing their tax profile. He has significant experience advising on financing and restructuring transactions, and has been part of a team advising administrators of both Lehman and MF Global on a variety of matters. 

Monika Kierepa is in the Technology & IP Transactions practice and is based in Warsaw.  She specializes in intellectual and industrial property law, with a focus on copyright and trademark law.  She has provided legal advice on various aspects of IP law to numerous clients, including power companies, IT companies, biotechnology and food sector companies, Internet portals, telecommunications companies and publishing houses.  She is also experienced in commercial and capital markets law.  She has advised on several IPOs and secondary offerings and is experienced in M&A transactions and the related due diligence investigations of target companies.  Recent representations include advising Polkomtel in its negotiations of agreements regarding cooperation with Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.; The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw on day-to-day advice relating to copyright issues; and Facebook, Inc., in connection with intellectual property counselling.  

Naomi Munz is in the M&A practice and is based in New York.  She represents public and private companies in complex domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and divestitures, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions.

Stefania Di Trolio Venezia is in the Securities Litigation practice and is based in New York.  Her practice focuses on litigation of securities and derivative matters in state and federal court.  She also has extensive experience advising on M&A-related litigation, and counseling boards of directors and senior management with respect to securities, corporate governance, disclosure and regulatory issues, among others.  She also represents clients in connection with internal, governmental and regulatory investigations, including those before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. 

William Welty is in the M&A practice and is based in Hong Kong.  He has extensive U.S. public M&A and cross-border M&A experience.  His practice focuses on representing public and private companies, private equity sponsors, and financial advisors in corporate and transactional matters, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, proxy fights, restructurings, and joint ventures.  He also advises on general corporate and U.S. securities laws matters, including reporting requirements, corporate governance issues, defensive measures, and other strategic considerations.  Recent representations include advising Baring Private Equity Asia in the going-private transaction of Giant Interactive Group and the restructuring of Ambow Education, and transactions involving Providence Equity Partners and General Electric.  

Daniel Yeh is in the M&A and Private Equity practice and is based in Hong Kong.  He represents a number of China and Asia focused private equity funds and multinational corporations on a variety of complex cross-border transactions.  These include cross-border and domestic acquisitions and divestitures, going-private transactions, joint-ventures and spin-offs.  Representative clients include China Investment Corporation, China Media Capital, Baring Private Equity Asia and NewQuest Capital Partners. 

About Weil

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years.  With approximately 1200 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide, 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, Benefits, and Executive Compensation, and over two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.  Please see www.weil.com for more information, including awards and rankings.



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