Latham & Watkins Names 25 New Partners, 31 New Counsel

Promotions reflect extensive transactional, litigation and regulatory experience across global markets and industries.

28 October 2015

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 25 associates have been elected to the partnership and 31 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2016.  

The group includes lawyers from across the firm’s five departments who are based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, reflecting a breadth of legal capabilities in the world's major financial, business and regulatory centers.

“This diverse group shares a commitment to innovative legal work and premier client service consistent with our core values at Latham & Watkins,” said Bill Voge, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “They are leaders in their respective practices and industry groups, while also serving as consummate team players who strengthen our global platform. We are confident in their continued contributions to the success of the firm and our clients.” 

The lawyers elected to the partnership (grouped by their primary office location) are: 

Chicago 

Rachel K. Bates is a member of the Finance Department who focuses on complex real estate transactions with a particular emphasis on hospitality and private equity matters. She has extensive experience representing public and private owners, operators, developers, financial institutions, funds and real estate investment trusts (REITs) in a wide range of transactions for all real estate asset classes, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures, management agreements and workouts. Bates received her JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007. 

Marc N. Zubick is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice primarily involves patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, including claims arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act. He has represented both branded and generic pharmaceutical companies from the pre-litigation stage through trial in various federal district courts. Zubick received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2007. 

Houston 

Thomas G. Brandt is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on capital markets and M&A transactions, primarily involving master limited partnerships (MLPs) and other companies in the oil and gas industry, and he also provides ongoing advice to clients on corporate governance matters. Brandt received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2007. 

Stephen C. Szalkowski is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on M&A and joint venture transactions in the energy industry. He has particular experience advising companies and private equity firms with respect to transactions involving upstream and midstream oil and gas assets and businesses. Szalkowski received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 2007. 

London 

Adrian Chiodo is a member of the Finance Department whose practice primarily involves cross-border leveraged finance and public-to-private transactions. He regularly advises a broad range of financiers, issuers, commercial banks, governmental entities and private equity sponsors and portfolio companies. Chiodo received his LLB from the University of Sydney in 2000. 

Robbie McLaren is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice involves M&A and private equity transactions, as well as reorganizations and general corporate matters. He has represented clients in a number of industries, with a particular focus on the life sciences, healthcare, and mining and metals sectors in recent years. McLaren received an LLB and an LPC from the University of Edinburgh in 2003 and 2004, respectively. 

Farah O’Brien is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice encompasses M&A, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. She has particular experience representing private equity sponsors, investment banks and strategic company clients in both domestic and cross-border acquisitions. O’Brien received her LPC from BPP Law School in 2002 and an MA from Oxford University in 2005. 

Helena Potts is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on complex international cross-border restructurings. Additionally, she has acted for the full spectrum of stakeholders in formal and informal restructurings and refinancings. Potts received her BA in Accounting & Law from the University of Manchester in 2002 and her LPC from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in 2003. 

Los Angeles 

Douglas H. Burnaford is a member of the Finance Department whose practice covers investment management, structured finance and leveraged financings. He represents asset managers, investment advisors and business development companies, as well as borrowers, lenders, issuers, structuring advisors and other traditional and non-traditional financial and institutional investors in complex financing transactions and other general business and finance matters. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006. 

Michelle L.C. Carpenter is a member of the Tax Department whose practice focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits and compensation matters. She advises a number of REIT clients, as well as various public and private companies, on a range of compensation arrangements and benefit plans. Carpenter received her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2007. 

Milan 

Giovanni B. Sandicchi is a member of the Corporate Department who regularly advises clients on M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions, as well as strategic commercial contracts, corporate governance issues, comparative contract law and international financial transactions involving regulated financial intermediaries. He also has considerable experience in the aerospace and defense and energy sectors. Sandicchi received a law degree from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in 2001, a Master Degree in Law and Economics from the University of Bologna in 2004 and an LLM from the New York University School of Law in 2005.

New York 

Kegan A. Brown is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources and Litigation Departments. His practice focuses on complex environmental, products liability and toxic tort litigations, environmental regulatory matters and transactional advice. He advises clients across a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, retail and consumer products, chemical, pulp and paper, and oil and gas. He received his JD from Rutgers University School of Law in 2007. 

Adam J. Goldberg is a member of the Finance Department, focusing on corporate and cross-border restructurings and chapter 11 reorganizations. He represents parties of all types in all facets of the restructuring and reorganization process in and out of court, including financing for troubled businesses, acquisitions of distressed assets and sovereign restructurings. Goldberg received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2006. 

Lori D. Goodman is a member of the Tax Department who advises clients on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, often in the context of M&A and corporate finance transactions. She regularly counsels public and private companies in connection with employment agreements, severance agreements, change in control agreements, award agreements, equity and non-equity compensation plans, and executive compensation disclosures for proxy statements and other securities filings. Goodman received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2003. 

Austin Ozawa is a member of the Tax Department whose practice focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits matters for both public and private companies. He has particular experience handling executive employment agreements, equity and non-equity incentive compensation plans and arrangements, ERISA issues related to debt and equity financing transactions, and executive compensation and disclosure issues for public companies. He received his JD from the Columbia University School of Law in 2007. 

Jesse K. Sheff is a member of the Finance Department. He advises arrangers and traditional and non-traditional financing sources in connection with acquisition and other leveraged financings, including complex cross-border transactions. He has experience in a broad range of industry sectors, such as technology, media and telecommunications, healthcare and life sciences, and consumer products. Sheff received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2004. 

Orange County 

Hilary A. Shalla is a member of the Finance Department. Her practice focuses on real estate transactional matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, leasing and financing of complex real estate portfolios, as well as the development of commercial real estate. She has particular experience advising on REIT and MLP transactions, including in connection with initial public offerings, mergers and other similar transactions. Shalla received her JD from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2005. 

San Diego 

Jennifer Koh is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on patent litigation and related counseling, with a particular emphasis on matters pertaining to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, molecular diagnostics and DNA sequencing. Her experience includes trial and appellate work in cases arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act. She received her JD from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2005. 

Silicon Valley 

Lisa K. Nguyen is a member of the Litigation Department who regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex patent cases, with a focus on the semiconductor, information technology and communications industries. She has significant trial experience, and her work includes actions pending before the US International Trade Commission and federal district and state courts. Nguyen received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006. 

Benjamin A. Potter is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice encompasses the full spectrum of emerging companies work primarily in the technology, life sciences and cleantech industries. He regularly advises private and public emerging companies, venture capital firms and investment banks on corporate governance matters, venture capital financings, M&A transactions, technology licensing and public offerings. Potter received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006.

Chad G. Rolston is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice primarily focuses on M&A transactions, where he regularly represents both publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as private equity funds and their portfolio companies, on public and private mergers, leveraged buyouts, acquisitions and dispositions, and general corporate transactional matters. Rolston received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2007. 

Washington, D.C. 

Sarah A. Greenfield is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on securities litigation and professional liability. She represents public companies, directors and officers in a variety of industries in securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, M&A litigation, SEC enforcement actions and other complex, high-stakes litigation. She also has experience conducting internal investigations of companies regarding their financial reporting, disclosures and internal control procedures. Greenfield received her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2007. 

Shagufa R. Hossain is a member of the Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on the representation of private equity firms, investment banks and public and private companies in a variety of financing and other transactions, including cross-border and leveraged buyouts as well as debt and equity offerings. She received her LLM from the University of London in 2003 and her JD from the University of Miami School of Law in 2006. 

Leakhena Mom is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice primarily involves the representation of private equity firms, investment banks and public and private companies in a variety of financing and other transactions. She has experience in high-yield financings for private equity clients and advises on securities regulation and corporate matters. She received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006. 

Andrea A. Ramezan-Jackson is a member of the Tax Department. She focuses her practice on representing public and private companies and private equity sponsors in US federal income tax matters in connection with domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, Up-C transactions, joint venture transactions, reorganizations, restructurings, private equity investments and financing transactions. Ramezan-Jackson received her JD from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2004 and an LLM in Taxation from the New York University School of Law in 2005. 

In addition, the lawyers promoted to counsel include: 

Chicago 

Garrett S. Long is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice encompasses general business litigation at both the trial and appellate level, with an emphasis on toxic torts and corporate litigation. His experience includes the representation of numerous public and private companies in major, multi-plaintiff and class action commercial lawsuits, including significant experience defending companies against allegations related to exposures to hazardous substances from soil, groundwater and airborne contamination. Long received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006. 

Nicholas J. Siciliano is a member of the Litigation Department who focuses his practice on securities litigation and commercial disputes. He has represented clients in federal securities and M&A-related litigation and other matters involving alleged director fiduciary duty violations, as well as internal investigations of potential criminal conduct. He also has significant experience with intellectual property litigation. Siciliano received his JD from the Notre Dame Law School in 2005. 

Dubai 

Lee Irvine is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on capital markets transactions, corporate restructurings and Islamic finance. He advises financial institutions and public and private companies on a wide range of equity and debt securities offerings and other related transactions. Irvine received his GDL and a postgraduate law degree from Nottingham Law School in 2003 and 2004, respectively. 

Frankfurt 

Stefan A. Wirsch is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international clients in M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. He also has extensive experience in capital markets transactions and corporate restructurings. Wirsch completed the First German State Exam at the University of Constance in 2003 and the Second German State Exam at Karlsruhe’s Higher Regional Court in 2005. He received an LLM from the University of Cambridge in 2008 and his Dr. jur from the University of Constance in 2009. 

Hamburg 

Jana K. Dammann de Chapto is a member of the Litigation Department who focuses her practice on competition law and European Union law, particularly state aid, trade and export control, merger control, antitrust and public procurement law. Dammann de Chapto represents corporate clients from different industries, including the aerospace and energy sectors. She received an LLM from the University of Miami School of Law in 2004. She completed the First German State Exam at the University of Hamburg in 2002 and the Second German State Exam in Hamburg’s Higher Regional Court in 2007. She received her Dr. jur. from the University of Hamburg in 2007. 

Carsten Witzke is a member of the Litigation Department who focuses his practice on complex mass securities litigation and commercial law matters, as well as shareholder disputes. His practice encompasses pre-trial advice and the representation of clients in state courts and arbitration proceedings. Witzke advises clients from various industries, including financial institutions, automotive, retail and consumer products, and energy. He completed the First German State Exam at the University of Kiel in 2005 and the Second German State Exam at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg in 2008. Witzke received his Dr. jur from the University of Kiel in 2008. 

Hong Kong 

Ji-Hyun Helena Kim is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses her practice on equity and debt capital markets transactions and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Kim has experience advising clients on private equity and hedge fund-related cross-border matters, including joint venture and venture capital transactions. She received her JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2000. 

Dominik Sklenar is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. He has particular experience in complex, cross-border transactions. Sklenar received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2004. 

Houston 

Jesse P. Myers is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on representing companies and investment banks in equity and debt capital markets transactions and M&A transactions, as well as other general corporate matters, primarily involving MLPs and other companies in the oil and gas industry. He received his JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007. 

London 

Shatha H. Ali is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses her practice on transactional and regulatory matters related to derivative products. She has experience advising clients with respect to over-the-counter and structured finance transactions across a range of asset classes, as well as related insolvency and dispute resolution matters. Ali received her law degree from King's College London in 2003 and a postgraduate law degree from BPP Law School in 2004. 

Michael Green is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department whose practice covers a broad range of environmental, health and safety matters, particularly in the context of transactional work. He also has experience in environmental litigation and the management of environmental risks. Green received a BA in law from the University of Oxford in 2002 and an LPC from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in 2003. 

Anthony Kay is a member of the Finance Department. His practice focuses on leveraged finance and private equity finance, in which he acts for both private equity sponsors and financial institutions. In addition, he has a broad range of experience advising borrowers, sponsors and financial institutions across various other financing transactions, including general banking, structured finance and project finance. Kay received his LLB and BMS from the University of Waikato in 2002 and 2004, respectively. 

Benedict Nwaeke is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on complex cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, corporate restructurings and general corporate matters. He advises clients across diverse industry sectors such as retail and consumer products, communications and gaming and leisure. Nwaeke received his LLB from the University of Manchester in 2002 and his LPC from the College of Law, London in 2003. 

Los Angeles 

Kenneth D. Askin is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on acquisition financings, structured financings and other leveraged finance transactions. He represents a broad range of clients, including investment banks, REITs, asset managers, private equity sponsors and other institutional investors. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006.

Eric Cho is a member of the Tax Department who focuses his practice on US federal income tax matters. He has considerable experience advising a diverse client base on the tax aspects of M&A and joint venture transactions, reorganizations, restructurings, private equity investments and financing transactions. Cho received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2006. 

Heather A. Crossner is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. Her practice focuses on land use, environmental and real estate development matters, including large, complex development projects in which she guides land owners and developers through all stages of the entitlement and development process, including land use regulations, redevelopment law and historic preservation. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2006. 

Mark O. Morris is a member of the Finance Department. He represents private equity sponsors and public companies in cross-border and domestic leveraged financings, asset-based financing, mezzanine financing and complex restructurings. Morris received his LLB (with French Law) from University College London in 2000 and is dual qualified in both England and California. 

Aron Potash is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department whose wide-ranging practice covers regulatory, transactional and litigation matters, with a focus on air quality and climate change issues. He has extensive experience advising on matters arising under the US Clean Air Act and state analogues; the acquisition, divestiture, financing and permitting of property and facilities; and site investigation and remediation. Potash received a JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 2007.

Moscow 

Edward R. Kempson is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on advising both banks and issuers on debt and equity capital markets transactions, particularly in the oil and gas and metal and mining sectors. He also advises corporate and strategic investors on cross-border M&A, restructurings, financings and refinancings. Kempson received an LLB from the London School of Economics in 2004 and a postgraduate law degree from BPP Law School in 2005. 

New York 

Colin Bumby is a member of the Corporate Department whose broad-based practice encompasses M&A and private equity transactions, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. He has represented private equity firms, publicly and privately owned companies, investment banks and financial advisors in transactions involving both domestic and international businesses that span a variety of industries. Bumby received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2007. 

Elizabeth Jaffe is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate law, including commercial dispositions and acquisitions, development projects, leasing matters and commercial mortgage loan transactions. She has represented clients in a variety of secured transactions, such as securitized financings, participations and syndications, as well as in acquisitions and sales of various types of commercial real estate. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2004. 

Sarah M. Lightdale is a member of the Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on securities and complex commercial litigation involving financial and transactional matters. Lightdale has extensive experience defending public company and private equity clients and individual directors and officers in class action and derivative suits related to mergers, as well as federal securities cases, arbitrations and government investigations. She received her JD from the New York University School of Law in 2005. 

Elizabeth Marks is a member of the Litigation Department who focuses her practice on securities and corporate governance litigation, and complex civil disputes. She regularly practices in both state and federal courts, and has argued before the Delaware Superior Court. Marks received her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006. 

Paul Serritella is a member of the Litigation Department whose broad-based practice covers a variety of securities, white collar, intellectual property and insurance coverage litigations. He also has experience in shareholder activism and activist investing, including securities and shareholder derivative suits. Serritella received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2005. 

Rifka M. Singer is a member of the Tax Department who focuses her practice on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. She has extensive experience in the negotiation, design and implementation of compensation plans, agreements and arrangements for senior executives, and she advises public and private company clients on the employee benefits, executive compensation and labor and employment issues that arise in the context of corporate transactions. She received her JD from the Columbia University School of Law in 2007. 

Yvette D. Valdez is a member of the Financial Institutions Group and Corporate Department. A leader of the firm’s US derivatives regulatory practice, Valdez focuses on legal, regulatory and compliance matters under the Dodd-Frank Act and other CFTC, SEC and prudential regulation. Valdez represents clients in structuring finance-linked derivatives and other hedging strategies in the energy, infrastructure and asset finance industry, and she represents financial institutions in structuring investment derivatives. She also advises on cryptocurrencies. Valdez received her JD from the Columbia University School of Law in 2005. 

Paris

Alexander Crosthwaite is a member of the Corporate Department who advises clients on M&A and private equity transactions, as well as capital market and corporate matters involving public and private entities. He graduated from HEC Paris in 2005 and received, the same year, his Postgraduate Degree in Business and Tax Law from the University of Paris I. He also received his Master’s degree in Private Law from University of Paris XI in 2004.

Silicon Valley 

Brian D. Paulson is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice includes the areas of capital markets, M&A and public company representation, with a focus on companies in the internet and digital media, semiconductor, life sciences and REIT industries. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2007. 

Tokyo 

Richard Chul Kim is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on project development, finance and structured finance transactions. Kim regularly advises Korean, Japanese and other international sponsors, lenders and government agencies in the oil and gas and power sectors on their global financing and development needs, and he also advises on various aspects of general corporate matters. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2000 and an MA in Law from Kyoto University in 2008. 

Washington, D.C. 

R. Charles (Chuck) Cassidy III is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on capital markets transactions and general securities and corporate matters. He has represented issuers, underwriters and initial purchasers in public and private debt and equity offerings, as well as private equity funds and their portfolio companies in buyout, acquisition and exit financing transactions. Cassidy received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005.

Michael Chiswick-Patterson is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice primarily involves private investment fund formation, investment management regulatory guidance and investment structuring. His areas of focus include the structuring and negotiation of investment funds, co-investment arrangements, equity syndications, internal sponsor arrangements and the tax-efficient structuring of portfolio company investments. Chiswick-Patterson received his JD from the Columbia University School of Law in 2007. 

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, 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 Editors

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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