Latham Elects 22 New Partners

Promotions from counsel include accomplished practitioners with diverse experience across practices, industries, and markets.

04 March 2019

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 22 counsel have been elected to the partnership. The group consists of accomplished practitioners from around the world who advise clients on a range of corporate, litigation, finance, and regulatory matters.

“We are delighted to welcome these highly talented lawyers into the partnership. They have an unwavering commitment to client service and bring tremendous knowledge, experience, and a spirit of collaboration to our practice across the firm’s global platform,” said Rich Trobman, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins.

The promotions announced today follow the recent election of 31 associates to the partnership, announced in November 2018 and effective January 1, 2019.

The partners promoted from counsel on March 1, 2019 (grouped by their primary office location) include:

Chicago

Nicholas J. Siciliano is a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice in the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on class action and corporate governance litigation, as well as other complex commercial disputes. He represents public companies, directors, and officers in securities fraud class actions and shareholder derivative litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He also represents clients in government investigations and related litigation. He received his JD from Notre Dame Law School in 2005.

Frankfurt

Sibylle Münch is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department. She advises German and international banks, financial institutions, and companies on national and cross-border financings. She completed the First German State Exam at the University of Wuerzburg in 1996 and the Second German State Exam at Düsseldorf’s Higher Regional Court in 1998.

Hong Kong

Manas Chandrashekar is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department who represents Asian and international private equity sponsors, financial institutions, and non-bank lenders on a range of complex cross-border financings across Asia, with a primary focus on acquisition and leveraged finance. He received his BA LLB from the National Law School of India University in 2002 and his LLM from Cornell Law School in 2003.

Dominik Sklenar is a member of the Capital Markets Practice. He is qualified in California and Hong Kong, and advises on corporate finance and other corporate matters, with a focus on cross-border transactions. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Daying Zhang is a member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on corporate and securities law matters, including US registered equity and debt offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S equity and debt offerings, and H share offerings. She advises a range of issuers and underwriters, particularly in the technology, financial, and energy sectors. She received her JD from the New York University School of Law in 2007.

Houston

Pamela C. Kellet is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department. Her practice focuses on representing lenders and borrowers in complex financings, with a focus on oil and gas transactions. She has extensive experience advising clients with respect to reserve-based loans, midstream credit facilities, and public and private M&A financings. She received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2007.

London

Jeremy Green is a member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on structuring and documenting over-the-counter (OTC) derivative and structured financing transactions across asset classes, with an emphasis on strategic corporate equity derivatives and structured equity financing, as well as advising market participants on issues arising in the credit derivatives market. He received his LLB from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2004.

Los Angeles

Kenneth D. Askin is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department who advises on domestic and cross-border acquisition financings, structured financings, and other secured and unsecured leveraged finance transactions. He represents a range of clients across industries including financial institutions, gaming entities, private equity sponsors, real estate investment trusts, and other institutional investors. He also has experience representing managers in collateralized loan obligation transactions. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006.

Ghaith Mahmood is a member of the Technology Transactions Practice in the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on technology and intellectual property-related transactions, advising companies and investors in a broad range of technology and digital media sectors including in software, video games, virtual and augmented reality, social media, digital media, digital health, e-commerce, and information technology. He received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2007.

Elizabeth Y. J. Oh is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department who advises on debt financing for direct lenders in the late stage growth and lower middle market space, including technology and life sciences companies, practicing in the firm’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. She also represents private equity sponsors and public companies in leveraged finance transactions, with a focus on domestic and cross-border acquisition financings. She received her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006.

Madrid

Fernando Colomina Nebreda is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department who advises financial institutions, sponsors, and corporate borrowers and issuers in a range of banking, finance, refinancing, and restructuring transactions. He has particular experience in cross-border acquisition finance and high-yield debt offerings. He received his BA in Law and his Masters in Stock Exchanges and Financial Markets from the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles in 2004.

New York

Dennis G. Craythorn is a member of the Public Company Representation Practice in the Corporate Department. He advises public companies across industries on corporate, securities, and governance issues, including compliance with Exchange Act disclosure requirements, proxy rules, insider trading rules, stock exchange governance rules, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related regulations. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005.

Elizabeth Jaffe is a member of the Real Estate Practice in the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate law, including real estate finance, joint ventures, commercial dispositions and acquisitions, and leasing matters. She also has experience with the real estate aspects of M&A, project finance, corporate banking, and secured high-yield transactions. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2004.

Catherine H. Lee is a member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Corporate Department who represents corporate and institutional clients on the structuring, negotiation, and execution of complex OTC and capital markets derivative products. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2004.

Abhay D. Lele is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of financial institutions, borrowers, and issuers in leveraged finance transactions, with an emphasis on acquisition financings. He received his JD from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2001.

Alan W. Tamarelli, Jr. is a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice in the Corporate Department. He represents and counsels biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and other companies in connection with intellectual property and technology licensing agreements, commercial collaborations, and M&A transactions, among other technology-driven strategic transactions, practicing in the firm’s New York and Boston offices. He received his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1995. 

Paris

John Adam is a member of the International Arbitration Practice in the Litigation & Trial Department. His practice focuses on international arbitration, including both commercial and investor-state disputes, primarily in the construction, oil and gas, and power sectors. He received his LLB from King’s College, University of London in 1998 and his Licenciatura en Derecho from the University of Seville, Spain, in 2000. 

Silicon Valley 

Patricia Young is a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice in the Litigation & Trial Department who represents clients in a range of intellectual property litigation matters spanning the technology, life sciences, and industrial sectors. She has significant experience litigating and managing high-stakes, complex, multi-patent, multi-defendant, and multi-jurisdictional cases, and she also counsels clients on patent and intellectual property issues arising in corporate M&A transactions. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2005. 

Washington, D.C. 

Benjamin Berman is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department who represents private equity funds, portfolio companies, and other corporations in acquisition financings, refinancings, secured loan transactions, fund subscription lines of credit, and asset-based loans. He received his JD from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2007. 
 
Paul M. Dudek is a member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Corporate Department whose practice covers all aspects of global capital markets transactions, with a special focus on non-US companies and sovereigns. He plays a key role in Latham’s National Office, which serves as a central resource for clients and lawyers facing complex issues under US securities laws. He joined Latham in August 2016 following 23 years of service as Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance in the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance. He received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 1982. 
 
Brian D. Miller is a member of the Public Company Representation and Capitals Markets Practices in the Corporate Department who advises public company and private equity fund clients on complex issues arising under US securities laws. He has significant experience in public and private securities offerings, as well as general company representation and securities matters, including reporting issues under Section 13 and Section 16 of the Exchange Act. He received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2006. 
 
Elizabeth M. Richards is a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice in the Corporate Department who advises clients with respect to regulatory and compliance matters involving the US Food and Drug Administration at all stages of the biotechnology product life cycle. She completed a JD/MPH joint degree program in 2008, receiving her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Notes to Editors
1 Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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