Latham & Watkins Names 20 New Partners, 24 Counsel

Associate promotions cover diverse markets and practice areas.

November 04, 2013

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 20 associates have been elected to the partnership and 24 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2014.

The group includes lawyers from across a number of transactional, litigation and regulatory practices who represent clients in a range of industry sectors.

“The careers of these lawyers reflect core attributes that drive the success of our firm and our clients, particularly a strong commitment to client service and a dedication to teamwork,” said Robert M. Dell, Chairman and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “We congratulate these new partners and counsel on their accomplishments. The firm is confident they will continue to thrive in their new roles as they help our clients achieve their business goals and also contribute to the success and growth of our practice.”

The lawyers elected to the partnership are:

Brussels

Luca Crocco is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on EU and Italian competition law. Crocco represents international companies, particularly in the manufacturing, consumer goods, transport and electronics sectors, before the European Commission and the Italian competition authority in cartel, abuse of dominance, state aid and merger control proceedings. Crocco, a member of the Salerno Bar, Italy, received a JD from the Università degli Studi di Siena in 1999. He also received a Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford in 2000 and an MA in EU Legal Studies from the College of Europe in 2005. Crocco is one of the founders of antitrustitalia, the association of Italian antitrust professionals based in Brussels.

Dubai

Harjaskaran Rai is a member of the Finance Department. He has experience advising clients in banking, project and asset finance, Islamic financing including sukuk issuances and securitizations, and general corporate matters relating to Saudi Arabia. He advises financial institutions, corporations and sponsors in the energy, mining and metals and communication industry sectors. He received his LPC from the BPP Law School in 2003.

Nomaan A. Raja is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on debt and equity capital markets transactions, including high-yield bond offerings, sukuk offerings, EMTN and GMTN programs and initial public offerings. His practice also encompasses corporate restructurings, M&A matters, investments, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. He received his LLB from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1996 and an LLM from New York University in 2005.

Hamburg

Jörn Kowalewski is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on corporate restructurings, both outside and inside of insolvency proceedings, as well as the acquisition of companies and of distressed debt. Kowalewski also advises distressed investors, lenders, lender groups and steering committees, as well as debtors, in out-of-court restructurings, the acquisition of distressed companies and corporate groups, and representations in bankruptcy proceedings and in the context of insolvency plan negotiations. He received his Dr. jur. from the University of Hamburg in 2007.

London

James P. Burnett is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on representing investment banks, private equity firms and companies in public and private debt and equity offerings, bridge loans, acquisition financing and liability management transactions. Burnett has particular experience advising on issuances of high yield debt securities and leveraged transactions. He received his JD from the Columbia University School of Law in 2005.

Richard Butterwick is a member of the Corporate Department who advises clients on a wide variety of domestic and cross-border corporate finance transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and capital markets transactions. Between 2009 and 2011, he was seconded to the UK Takeover Panel, where he regulated transactions governed by the UK Takeover Code and was involved in the revision of its rules. He received his LLB from Trinity College in Dublin in 2002.

Jennifer M. Engelhardt is a member of the Corporate Department. She specializes in complex debt capital markets financings and bridge lending and has significant experience representing investment banks, private equity firms and corporate issuers across Europe, the Middle East and Asia in connection with cross-border public and private debt and equity offerings, acquisition financing and liability management transactions. Her experience advising on issuances of high yield debt securities covers a broad range of industry sectors with a particular focus on energy. She received her JD from New York University School of Law in 2005.

Karl Mah is a member of the Tax Department. His practice focuses on the corporate tax aspects of complex domestic and cross-border transactions and restructurings, where he acts for financial institutions, private equity sponsors and major corporations. He received a first class honors degree from Cambridge University in 2001, and graduated with distinction from the BPP Law School in London in 2003. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Institute Medal by the Chartered Institute of Taxation for achieving the highest score in the Institute’s examinations, which are considered to be the ‘gold standard’ among tax professionals in the United Kingdom.

Los Angeles

Jason R. Bosworth is a member of the Finance Department who advises banks, commercial finance companies, equity sponsors and other borrowers in transactional matters. He has experience in asset-based financing, acquisition financing and working capital financing, and he has represented clients in M&A transactions and securities offerings, as well as in the negotiation and documentation of secured and unsecured credit facilities involving term and revolving loans for acquisition and working capital purposes. Bosworth received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2005.

New York

Thomas J. Malone is a member of the Corporate Department with a broad practice representing public and private companies and private equity funds in connection with M&A transactions, complex investments, carve-outs, development projects, joint ventures, reorganizations, commercial relationships and other general corporate matters. Malone advises clients across various industries, including telecommunications, commodities, energy, media, entertainment, healthcare and retail. He received his JD from Cornell Law School in 2005.

Kevin M. McDonough is a member of the Litigation Department. His practice focuses on securities litigation and professional liability, government and regulatory investigations, and complex commercial litigation. He has substantial experience in defending issuers and auditors in SEC and other regulatory investigations and shareholder class action litigation. He has represented all of the major accounting firms in a variety of matters, including many arising out of the financial crisis. McDonough received his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2005.

Orange County

Ryan R. Owens is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on patent litigation and related intellectual property matters. He has experience in all stages of litigation and with a broad range of technologies including telecommunications, semiconductors, light-emitting diodes, medical devices, DNA sequencing, plant genetics, pharmaceuticals, computer software and computer components. He has a degree in Chemistry and received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2004.

San Diego

Colleen C. Smith is a member of the Litigation Department. She represents public companies, directors and officers and accounting firms in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, M&A litigation, SEC investigations, internal investigations and other complex, high-stakes litigation. She is experienced in all aspects of complex litigation, including major motion practice, fact and expert discovery, trial and appeals. Smith received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2003.

San Francisco

Brendan A. McShane is a member of the Litigation Department who specializes in antitrust, unfair competition and complex business litigation matters, with significant experience defending against consumer class actions and government investigations. McShane represents corporate clients in a variety of industries, including the consumer products, technology and travel related industries, among others. He is also active in the ABA Antitrust Section’s Trial Practice Committee, and is the editor of a forthcoming committee publication. McShane received his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 2003.

Sarah M. Ray is a member of the Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on complex civil antitrust cases, government investigations and other competition-related commercial cases. Her experience includes representing leading technology and media companies in class action litigation, claims of unfair competition under California law and matters involving patent licensing, patent pools and standard setting bodies. Ray also has an active practice counseling large internet and technology companies on development and procurement arrangements, and she regularly represents clients in national and international mediation and arbitration proceedings involving commercial contract and complex business disputes. She received her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2003.

Haim Zaltzman is a member of the Finance Department and a transactional attorney who advises on a wide range of finance-related transactions, including emerging companies/pre-cash flow debt and hybrid financings, renewable energy finance transactions, technology-related private equity financings, leasing transactions and special secured transactions/finance matters in the technology space. He frequently represents energy, technology and life sciences companies, renewable energy developers, banking clients and capital providers in finance transactions. Zaltzman, who practices in the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2005.

Silicon Valley

Jim Morrone is a member of the Corporate Department. He advises public and private emerging growth companies, investors and underwriters on matters including public and private equity and debt offerings, M&A transactions, restructurings, corporate governance and venture capital financings. Morrone represents clients from a variety of industries including internet, digital media, cleantech and life sciences. He received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1999.

Washington, D.C.

Scott D. Forchheimer is a member of the Finance Department. He represents private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and other borrowers in secured lending and other financing transactions, including acquisition financings, cash-flow and asset-based loans and subordinated debt facilities and secured notes offerings. In addition, he has experience advising a variety of clients in multiple industries on matters involving secured finance and general corporate issues. Forchheimer received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005.

David J. Greene is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on investment fund formation, structuring and related transactions, as well as the representation of institutional investors in alternative asset products. Greene regularly advises investment fund sponsors of, and institutional investors in, investment funds, including infrastructure, buyout, energy, natural resource, commodity, distressed asset and other funds. He also advises sponsors of private investment funds on registration and compliance matters under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, as well as clients engaged in M&A transactions in the investment management sector. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2005.

Brian E. Kowalski is a member of the Litigation Department. He advises clients on securities enforcement and white collar criminal investigations and proceedings, conducts internal corporate investigations, and counsels on related civil litigation. He has represented clients in investigations and litigation involving accounting and securities regulation, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and similar international laws, healthcare regulation and other complex regulatory matters. Kowalski received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005.

In addition, the new counsel are:

Chicago

Cynthia A. Caillavet is a member of the Finance Department. Her practice focuses on representing commercial and investment banks, private equity firms and borrowers in syndicated finance transactions, including acquisition financings and other secured lending transactions. She has significant expertise in banking, private equity finance and restructurings, including substantial experience with transactions in the energy sector. Caillavet received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law in 2005.

Kathleen P. Lally is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on consumer class action and complex commercial disputes, defending clients in a variety of industries and jurisdictions. She has extensive experience with clients in the automotive, food and drug, and retail and consumer products industries. Lally is experienced in all aspects of consumer class actions and has particular expertise in issues of federal preemption and US state consumer fraud and false advertising laws. She received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004.

Hong Kong

Guiping Lu is a member of the Corporate Department. He advises clients on corporate and securities matters, including US and international equity and debt offerings, M&A and private equity transactions and venture capital financings. He also advises US-listed companies on US securities law and SEC rule compliance matters. Lu received both a JD in 2003 and an LLM in Asian and Comparative Law in 1998 from the University of Washington Law School.

London

Daniel Smith is a member of the Litigation Department. He practices commercial litigation, focusing on financial services, white collar crime, professional negligence and insurance disputes. He has experience advising clients in major cross-border disputes including investigations into fraud and other wrongdoing, litigation claims and defense, contentious regulatory matters and arbitration, and on insurance aspects of disputes. He also advises on pre-dispute bribery and corruption issues in the context of acquisitions and compliance enhancement. Smith received his Law Degree from Worcester College in Oxford in 1996, and holds a BCL from Worcester College and an LPC from the College of Law in York.

John-Patrick Sweny is a member of the Finance Department. He specializes in complex project finance and structured finance transactions, and he also has experience in leveraged finance and restructuring transactions, representing sponsors, commercial banks, export credit agencies, other financial institutions and private equity investors. Sweny’s practice has a particular focus on the oil & gas sector as well as the cleantech industry. Sweny received his PGDL and LPC from the College of Law, London, in 2001 and 2002 respectively.

Los Angeles

Charles P. Courtenay is a member of the Litigation Department. He advises clients on intellectual property and complex litigation matters, with particular emphasis on cross-border and technology issues. He has litigated patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases, as well as contract disputes focused upon software and other high tech industries. He completed the CPE at the College of Law, London in 1998 and the BVC at the Inns of Court School of Law in London in 1999. Courtenay, who is dual qualified in the US and UK, will relocate to the firm’s London office in early 2014.

Beth P. Gordie is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. She focuses her practice on obtaining government and environmental approvals for major infrastructure, energy and development projects. She represents land owners, developers, institutions and utilities before local, state, and federal administrative agencies. Her work includes advice on large, complex development projects that incorporate legal, political, community and public relations issues. Gordie received her JD from Seattle University School of Law in 2003.

Benjamin J. Hanelin is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. He practices in all areas of environmental law with a particular focus on major infrastructure improvements and California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) litigation, governmental and administrative law, as well as matters involving local and state administrative and legislative decision-making. He advises private developers, corporations, institutions and non-profit organizations regarding local planning and zoning regulations and related environmental matters, and on state land use regulations, including CEQA and the California Coastal Act. He received his JD from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 2004.

David M. Wheeler is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on M&A transactions, corporate and securities law, capital markets and public company representation. Wheeler previously served as the General Counsel & Executive Vice-President of Fuse Mobile, Inc., a venture-backed retail wireless company. He received his JD from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law in 2002.

Milan

Marcello Bragliani is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on banking and finance matters. He has experience in acquisition finance, project finance, restructuring, corporate finance, debt capital markets and related corporate governance. Bragliani received his Law Degree from the University of Ferrara in 2003, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Sole 24 Ore business school in 2004 and an LLM from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008.

Gaia Guizzetti is a member of the Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on corporate law, M&A, private equity and restructuring, with an expertise on domestic and cross-border transactions involving private and public entities. She received her Law Degree from the University of Pavia in 1999 and an LLM in Corporate Law from New York University in 2005.

Marco Leonardi is a member of the Finance Department. He advises clients on banking and finance matters, and he has experience in a variety of acquisitions, corporate, infrastructure and real estate finance, distressed lending and restructurings. He received his law degree from the University of Genoa, Italy in 2001.

Moscow

Yulia Dementieva is a member of the Corporate Department. She advised clients on capital markets matters, acting for issuers, underwriters and depositary banks in relation to public and private offerings, as well as on public M&A and finance matters. Dementieva has experience in corporate finance and in domestic and international securities offerings in a wide variety of industry sectors. She earned her Diploma in Law from Moscow State University in 2003.

Munich

Tobias Leder is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on employment law in the context of restructurings and downsizings, M&A and individual employment relations as well as data privacy and compliance matters. In addition to his client practice, he is a regular author of articles on German, European and international labor and employment law. Leder received his Dr. jur. from Bucerius Law School in 2005 and holds an LLM from Duke University School of Law.

New York

Dennis G. Craythorn is a member of the Corporate Department. He advises public company clients on corporate, securities and governance issues, including compliance with Exchange Act disclosure requirements, proxy rules, stock exchange governance rules, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related regulations. Craythorn has represented public company clients across various industries, from Fortune 500 to emerging companies. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. 

Brandon Dalling is a member of the Finance Department. His practice focuses on project development and finance, M&A transactions and energy commodity derivatives, including the representation of financial institutions, financial sponsors and strategics in all aspects of project development and finance, acquisition finance and structured hedging transactions. He advised clients across the solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, hydro, geothermal, natural gas and coal power generation, power transmission, oil and gas, refineries, toll roads and bridges, telecommunications and mining sectors. He received his JD from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2002. 

Orange County 

Charity M. Gilbreth is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources and Litigation Departments. She has extensive experience in environmental contamination, toxic tort, construction defect and business litigation matters as counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants. She advises landowners and developers with regard to potential liabilities arising from commercial, retail and residential properties. Gilbreth also counsels clients on employment law matters. She received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law in 2002.

Joseph H. Lee is a member of the Litigation Department. He focuses on intellectual property matters and is particularly experienced with all phases of patent litigation. He represents a wide range of companies, including technology companies in the Internet, semiconductor, networking, telecommunications and software industries, as well as those in other industries such as entertainment and finance. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as both an engineer and as a software developer prior to receiving his JD from Columbia Law School in 2005.

Paris

Suzana Sava-Montanari is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on debt capital markets, structured finance and derivatives transactions. She advises clients on stand-alone investment grade, high yield, hybrid and convertible bond issues, as well as on medium term note programs. Sava-Montanari also represents arrangers, asset managers, custodians and institutional or UHNW investor subscribers on structured investments and derivatives. She received her LLB from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2001 and her LPC from the BPP Law School in 2003.

Riyadh

Omar Elsayed is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on M&A and capital markets transactions, inbound and outbound investments and project development and joint ventures. Elsayed previously worked as legal counsel for SETE Technical Services, a contracting arm of the Latsis Group in the Middle East and Africa, operating from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He received his LLB from Medina University Saudi Arabia in 1999 and his LLM from the University of Manchester in 2001.

San Francisco

Betty C. Pang is a member of the Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on health care, regulatory and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and affiliations involving health facilities, physician groups and ancillary service providers. Pang handles a broad range of regulatory matters, including facility and provider licensing, fraud and abuse, self-referral and government program reimbursement compliance. Her clients include nonprofit, county and academic teaching hospitals and health systems, physician practice companies, health plans and clinical laboratories. Pang also provides regulatory counseling on third-party coverage and reimbursement issues for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies and medical suppliers. Pang earned her JD from Harvard Law School in 2003 and her MD from Stanford University in 2005.

Silicon Valley

Patricia Young is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on intellectual property with an emphasis on patent litigation. Young has significant experience managing high-stakes, complex, multi-patent, multi-defendant and multi-jurisdictional cases. She also counsels clients on patent and intellectual property issues arising from corporate acquisitions. Young has litigated patents cases for a variety of industries and fields including targeted advertising and e-commerce, file system and storage software and hardware, internet and networking technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cellular technology, memory technology, microprocessor architecture and power management technology. She has degrees in Chemistry and Economics, and received her JD from the Harvard School of Law in 2005.

Singapore

Owain Davies is a member of the Finance Department who advises on the development and financing of power, oil and gas, petrochemical, mining and infrastructure projects. He advises project developers, sponsors, project companies and lenders on some of the largest and most complex projects in the Asia-Pacific region. He has substantial experience advising on the key project contracts and has particular expertise in engineering and construction matters. Davies received his law degree from King’s College, University of London, in 1998.

Washington

Kari K. Gregory is a member of the Litigation Department and the former Director of Anti-corruption Law for a major multi-national management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. She advises on compliance and enforcement matters involving US international trade laws and regulations, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). She has experience conducting due diligence in M&A transactions, designing and implementing global compliance programs, conducting and managing internal investigations, and advising public international organizations on anti-corruption compliance matters. She received her JD from the George Washington University School of Law in 2004. 

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with approximately 2,100 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including: Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the website at www.lw.com.

Notes to Editor

1Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.

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Robert M. Dell, Chair and Managing Partner, +1.415.395.8050
Scott J. Ballenger, Chair of the Associates Committee, +1.202.637.2145

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