November 19, 2008
Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 28 associates and two counsel, representing all of the firm's departments, have been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2009.
"This group of attorneys has diverse legal experience across a wide breadth of practice areas, and they also exhibit the collegiality and dedication to client service that are hallmarks of Latham & Watkins," said Robert M. Dell, the firm's Chairman and Managing Partner. "We are pleased to welcome them into the partnership and are confident they will continue to make significant contributions to the success of our firm and our clients."
The attorneys elected to the partnership are:
John Casey is a litigator with a focus on securities and professional liability litigation, particularly securities class actions, derivative suits and other complex matters involving alleged director fiduciary duty violations. Casey also has significant experience defending clients in employment and consumer class actions as well as in complex contract disputes. He received a JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2000.
Bradley Faris is a corporate attorney with a focus on public and private mergers and acquisitions, with particular expertise in friendly and unsolicited tender offers and proxy contests, takeover defense counseling and advice to independent directors in conflict of interest transactions. He received a JD from Harvard Law School in 2000.
Arthur Foerster practices environmental law and has litigated toxic tort actions and matters under CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and numerous state statutes and regulations. He also has substantial experience in enforcement defense, permitting and transactional counseling, and in matters concerning insurance coverage for mass disaster, toxic tort claims and condemnation of contaminated property. He received a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1999.
Tobias Klass is a tax attorney who represents German and multinational companies and funds in German and cross-border transactions, with a focus on tax issues of mergers and acquisitions and international tax structures for inbound private equity sponsors and real estate investment funds. He completed the Second German State Exam in Hamburg's Higher Regional Court and received a Dr. jur. from the University of Kiel in 2000. He also earned an MBA from the University of Kiel in 1999.
Christian Thiele is a corporate attorney who represents German and international corporations and private equity funds on German and cross-border transactions. His main areas of expertise are mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on real estate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity. He completed the Second German State Exam in Hamburg's Higher Regional Court in 2000 and received a Dr. jur. from the University of Hamburg in 2003.
Stefan Widder is a corporate attorney with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities law. He completed the Second German State Exam in Hamburg's Higher Regional Court in 2002 and received a Dr. jur. from the University of Hamburg in 2001.
Gail Crawford is a corporate attorney with a focus on technology, intellectual property and commercial law. She advises both customers and suppliers on multi-jurisdictional IT, business process and transformation outsourcing transactions, as well as on technology and IP licensing agreements and joint ventures, technology procurement, data protection issues and telecommunications regulation. She received a BA in Law from Cambridge University in 1997, a postgraduate law degree from Nottingham Law School in 1998 and an IP diploma from Bristol University in 2004.
Stephen Fietta is a litigator with focus on public international law and international arbitration. He advises sovereign states and private clients on all aspects of public international law including investment protection, land and maritime boundaries, international energy law and sovereign immunity, and he appears as counsel before international courts and tribunals. He received a BA and an MA in Law from Cambridge University in 1993 and a postgraduate law degree from the College of Law, Guildford in 1994.
Reena Gogna is a finance attorney with a wide range of experience in general banking and finance matters, including leverage finance and cross border acquisitions, debt restructurings and re-financings. She advises financial institutions, corporate borrowers and private equity investors. She received an LLB from the London School of Economics in 1997 and a postgraduate law degree from the London College of Law in 1998.
Antti Ihamuotila is a corporate attorney focused on equity and debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and public company representations. He has advised on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, public and private mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments and on general corporate matters including compliance with US federal securities laws. He received an LLM from Helsinki University in 1998 and LLM from Harvard Law School in 2000.
Andy Kolacki is a finance attorney focused primarily on general banking and acquisition finance work. He represents a wide range of financial institutions, private equity sponsors and corporations in leveraged finance, debt restructurings and cross-border acquisitions. He received a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Manchester in 1996 and a CPE and postgraduate law degree from Nottingham Law School in 1997 and 1998 respectively.
Jeff Lawlis is a corporate attorney working out of the firm's London and Milan offices with a focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, company representation and general securities matters. Lawlis has extensive international experience representing companies, sponsors and investment banks in a variety of industries on a wide range of both public and private cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on the Italian and Spanish markets. He received a BA from Denison University in 1995 and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998.
Brian Glennon is a litigator with a focus on securities and professional liability litigation and white collar criminal defense. He has prosecuted and defended numerous lawsuits in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels, and he also advises clients with regard to enforcement actions brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice. He received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2000.
Jason Silvera is a corporate attorney with a focus on mergers and acquisitions for private equity firms and public and private companies. He has extensive experience in acquisitions and dispositions in a broad range of industries, including sports, entertainment and media, internet and technology, life sciences, retail, logistics and manufacturing. His practice also includes general company representation and corporate finance and securities matters. He received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2000.
Michelle Kelban is a finance attorney practicing in all aspects of commercial real estate law, with a particular concentration on real estate finance and capital markets. She has significant experience in single asset and multiple property portfolio real estate financings from the borrower's and lender's perspectives, including securitized financings, participations and syndications secured by a range of property types such as hotels and resorts, casinos, office buildings and power plants. She also has substantial experience in mezzanine financing, the structuring of equity investments, and in workouts and restructurings of troubled loans. She received a JD from George Washington University Law School in 2000.
David Kurzweil is a corporate attorney focused on mergers and acquisitions and general public company representation. His broad experience includes representations of principals, special committees, private equity and leveraged buyout funds and financial advisors. He has also represented issuers, underwriters and initial purchasers in numerous debt and equity securities offerings, and he has provided general corporate advice to both public and private companies. He received a JD from Columbia Law School in 1997.
William Lu is a tax attorney whose practice covers a wide variety of tax related issues in both domestic and international contexts. His practice is primarily in the areas of securities offerings, structured finance, financial derivatives, bank financings and various international tax matters, representing special purpose vehicles, foreign companies, investment banking companies, financial guarantors and other publicly and privately owned companies. He received a JD in 1999 and an LLM in 2002 from New York University School of Law.
Ian Schuman is a corporate attorney who has represented both issuers and underwriters in a variety of capital market transactions in a broad array of industries. He also represents companies with respect to general corporate governance and securities matters. He received a JD from New York University School of Law in 2000.
Keith Simon is a finance attorney focused on insolvency matters on behalf of secured lenders, debtors and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts. He received a JD from Northwestern University Law School in 1999.
Jane Summers is a finance attorney focused on the representation of banks and other financial institutions in senior lending transactions. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins in 2005, she served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Loan Syndications & Trading Association (LSTA), the industry organization for the corporate loan market. Earlier in her career, she worked in the legal department of Barclays Capital (Americas), where she served as Deputy General Counsel. She received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984.
David Teh is a finance attorney with a focus on senior bank lending and leveraged financings. He has experience representing financial institutions and financial sponsors in a wide range of financing transactions including cross-border, first and second lien and infrastructure financings. He received an LLB from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia in 1994.
Steven Chinowsky is a corporate attorney whose practice focuses on high technology, life science and intellectual property transactional matters, including acquisitions and dispositions of intellectual property portfolios as well as agreements pertaining to technology licensing, research and collaboration, joint ventures, and Internet-related and general commercial matters. He received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1998.
Divakar Gupta is a corporate attorney focused on the representation of public and private emerging growth companies and investment banking firms. He has handled a variety of significant business transactions, including public offerings of equity and convertible debt, venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions. He received a JD from Harvard Law School in 2000.
Kelly Richardson is an environmental attorney who handles a variety of compliance, transactional and litigation matters emphasizing hazardous waste management, storm water compliance, waste water compliance, site cleanups, air issues and due diligence. He represents clients in administrative enforcement matters, environmental permitting and environmental insurance coverage litigation. He received a JD from Georgetown Law School in 2000.
Brook Roberts is a litigator whose practices focuses on complex disputes, including insurance, environmental and general commercial litigation. He received a JD from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2000.
Matthew Harrison is a litigator with a focus on securities and professional liability litigation, including accountants' liability, securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits. He received a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2000.
Joshua Holian is a litigator focused on antitrust and trade regulation issues, including civil antitrust, cartel investigations, mergers and acquisitions, and distribution and pricing matters. He received a JD from Stanford Law School in 2000.
Gregory Chin is a corporate and securities attorney who represents public and private companies in the life science, cleantech and other emerging growth industries in general corporate matters, public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital financings. He also represents numerous venture capital firms, private equity firms and investment banks that support emerging growth companies. He received a JD from Harvard Law School in 1999.
Rajiv Gupta is a corporate attorney with a focus on corporate finance and general securities matters. He has extensive experience in corporate and other finance transactions, representing both issuers and underwriters in public and private, high yield and investment grade, convertible debt and equity offerings of all kinds. He received an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997, an LLM from the University of Cambridge in 1996 and an LLB from the University of Delhi in 1995.
Kevin Metz is a litigator focused on complex civil and class action securities litigation, internal investigations and the defense of accountant professional liability claims. He regularly represents clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and other regulatory authorities. He received a JD from Yale Law School in 1999.
About Latham & Watkins
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Notes to Editor
1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with an affiliated limited liability partnership conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy.
Robert M. Dell, Chairman and Managing Partner, 415.395.8050
Richard Bress, Chair, Associates Committee, 202.637.2137