Latham & Watkins Names 27 New Partners, 28 New Counsel

Group includes transactional, litigation and regulatory lawyers with extensive experience across industries, adding further depth to Latham’s market-leading practices.

November 01, 2016

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 27 associates have been elected to the partnership and 28 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2017. 

The group includes lawyers from across the firm’s five departments who are based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, providing clients with a breadth of resources and experience in the world’s major financial, business and regulatory centers. 

“Our new partners and counsel embody Latham’s strengths across practices, industries and markets, as well as our strong commitment to teamwork and client service,” said Bill Voge, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “We congratulate them on their accomplishments and know that they will continue to achieve great things in delivering exceptional client service, building our practice and strengthening our culture.” 

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

Boston 

Stephen W. Ranere is a member of the Corporate Department who advises on a wide range of complex emerging companies matters, including entity formation and structuring, corporate governance and securities compliance, as well as venture capital, M&A and capital markets transactions. His practice largely focuses on the representation of private and public companies in the technology, healthcare and life sciences industries. Ranere received his JD from Suffolk University Law School in 2008. 

Chicago 

Christopher R. Drewry is a member of the Corporate Department who represents large multinational corporations and private equity sponsors in negotiated and hostile public and private M&A transactions. He has substantial experience advising special committees of boards of directors in conflict of interest transactions and counseling boards and senior management on corporate governance and takeover defense matters, including shareholder activism. Drewry received his JD from Notre Dame Law School in 2007. 

Jason Morelli is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on M&A transactions for private equity firms and public and private companies, as well as strategic investments, takeover defense matters and proxy contests. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including real estate and hospitality. Morelli received his JD from Notre Dame Law School in 2007. 

Jonathan P. Solomon is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice encompasses a wide variety of M&A transactions, including public and private mergers, leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, dispositions, strategic investments, joint ventures and related general corporate governance. He regularly advises both public and privately held companies, as well as private equity funds, family offices and their portfolio companies. Solomon received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2007. 

Eric Swibel is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who represents clients in civil and criminal government investigations and internal investigations, as well as litigation in both federal and state courts. His practice focuses on matters involving the US federal securities laws, including representations of clients in a broad range of US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement matters and securities class action litigation. Swibel received his JD from the Emory University School of Law in 2008. 

Dubai 

Brian A. Meenagh is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on complex technology transactions, as well as projects and joint ventures, procurement and sourcing, data privacy, cybersecurity, emerging technology companies and FinTech. He has particular experience representing clients in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in negotiations with leading global and regional technology and software vendors. Meenagh received his BA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1999 and his LPC from the College of Law, Birmingham in 2005. 

Frankfurt 

Alexander Lentz is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on the representation of investment banks, private equity firms and public and private companies in high yield bond offerings, as well as various finance matters. He completed the First German State Exam at the University of Trier in 2003 and the Second German State Exam in Mainz’s Higher Regional Court in 2007. He received his Dr. jur from the University of Trier in 2005. 

Axel Schiemann is a member of the Finance Department whose practice is focused on advising financial institutions on regulatory matters. He has extensive experience advising clients in the context of FinTech innovations, M&A transactions in the financial industry, issuance of regulatory capital instruments, bank insolvencies, and restructurings, as well as regulatory proceedings and investigations. Schiemann completed the First German State Exam at the University of Bayreuth in 2006 and the Second German State Exam in Nuremberg-Fuerth’s Regional Court in 2008. 

Hamburg 

Nils Röver is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on M&A, private equity and distressed M&A transactions. He also advises clients in cross-border mergers and the law of the European company (SE). Röver completed the First German State Exam at the University of Hannover in 2004 and the Second German State Exam in Celle’s Higher Regional Court in 2006. He received his Dr. jur from the University of Hannover in 2009. 

London 

Ekin E. Akar is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on representing investment banks, private equity firms and corporate issuers in cross-border public and private debt and equity offerings. She has particular experience in issuances of high yield debt securities and bridge lending in the context of acquisition financing transactions. Akar received her LLB from Galatasaray University in 2004 and her LLM from Harvard Law School in 2007. 

Deborah J. Kirk is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on intellectual property and technology-related advice in connection with M&A and private equity transactions – representing a broad range of clients, principally in the consumer products, e-commerce, financial, media and pharmaceutical sectors. She studied law at Durham University and received her LPC from Nottingham Trent University in 2004, and also earned a Diploma in Intellectual Property in 2008. 

Los Angeles 

John C. Heintz is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. His practice focuses on infrastructure and project siting, environmental regulatory compliance and environmental litigation for energy, manufacturing and developer clients. He has particular experience in the areas of contaminated properties, air and water quality. Heintz received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 2008. 

Jordan A. Miller is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on M&A transactions representing 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, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, in addition to general corporate transactional matters. Miller received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2007. 

Winston P. Stromberg is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. His practice focuses on obtaining and defending land use entitlements and environmental approvals for major real estate development, energy and infrastructure projects. He represents developers, corporations, land owners, institutions, nonprofits and utilities before local, state and federal agencies, and defends project approvals in court. He received his JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2008. 

New York 

Paul L. Bonewitz is a member of the Finance Department who advises on a wide range of leveraged finance transactions, including secured and unsecured credit facilities, recapitalizations, bridge lending and committed financings. His practice focuses particularly on cross-border transactions and acquisition financing, including leveraged buyouts and going private transactions. Bonewitz received his JD from the St. John’s University School of Law in 2008. 

Alexandra Croswell Kelly is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice includes advising on a wide range of M&A transactions, joint ventures, controlling and minority investments, and other general corporate matters. She has extensive experience representing private equity firms, financial institutions and public and private companies across a variety of industries and has a particular focus on the financial services/asset management sector. She received her JD from the New York University School of Law in 2008. 

Matthew C. Dewitz is a member of the Tax Department whose practice focuses on transactional tax matters relating to leveraged buyouts, tax-free reorganizations, other M&A transactions, joint ventures, restructurings, recapitalizations and debt and equity financings. He has experience representing private equity funds, investment banks, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and venture capital funds, as well as other public and private companies. He received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2008. 

David A. Hammerman is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on financial restructurings and Chapter 11 reorganizations. He represents creditors, shareholders, purchasers and distressed companies in all facets of the restructuring and reorganization process, including out-of-court workouts. Hammerman received his JD from the Fordham University School of Law in 2006. 

Orange County 

Andrew R. Gray is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on securities litigation and professional liability. He represents public companies, directors and officers in securities class actions suits, shareholder derivative litigation, corporate control and merger disputes, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and other complex litigation. Gray received his JD from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2007. 

Daniel E. Rees is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice encompasses a broad spectrum of corporate matters, including M&A, capital markets and other strategic transactions, as well as takeover defense, securities law compliance and corporate governance. His clients include companies and investment banking firms in public and private transactions and various securities offerings, including initial public offerings. Rees received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2007. 

San Diego 

Omar Nazif is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on project finance transactions in the energy and gaming and hospitality industries. He represents financial institutions, sponsors and developers in connection with all phases of the development and financing of projects, with a particular focus on the renewable energy sector. Nazif received his JD from Stanford Law School in 2006.

San Francisco 

Christopher Campbell is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who handles complex litigation with a focus on antitrust and unfair competition. He has significant litigation and trial experience defending complex business disputes, consumer class actions and government investigations, and represents clients in competition-related regulatory proceedings and investigations around the globe, spanning multiple industries including technology, transportation and consumer products. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2007. 

Andy Gass is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who practices primarily in the areas of antitrust law, copyright law and the intersection between the two. He represents technology companies and other clients from the earliest phases of product design, to licensing and commercialization, through litigation. Gass received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2008. 

Silicon Valley 

Giri Pathmanaban is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who primarily handles intellectual property litigation. His practice focuses on all phases of patent litigation actions pending before federal district courts and at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). He also has substantial experience at phases of post-grant proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), including arguing final hearings in Inter Partes Review proceedings. Pathmanaban received his JD from the Columbia University School of Law in 2007. 

Washington, D.C. 

Adam M. Greenfield is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who represents clients in patent matters before federal district courts, the ITC, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the PTAB. These matters most frequently involve electrical and computer technology, and they are often complicated further by antitrust, false advertising or other issues. Greenfield received his JD in 2007 from the University of Illinois. 

Matthew T. Murchison is a member of the Corporate Department who handles regulatory, litigation and transactional matters in the communications sector. He has represented clients in policymaking and merger proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, and in cases before the US Supreme Court, the US Courts of Appeal and the US District Courts concerning the First Amendment, communications law, administrative law, intellectual property and privacy. Murchison received his JD from Stanford Law School in 2008. 

Stacey L. VanBelleghem is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. She represents clients in a variety of industry sectors in major project infrastructure and development, administrative rulemaking and litigation under federal environmental law. VanBelleghem has particular experience in air quality and climate change matters and federal permitting and approvals. She received her JD from the American University, Washington College of Law in 2008.

In addition, the lawyers promoted to counsel include:

Boston 

Emily E. Taylor is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on the representation of technology, life sciences and retail companies from startup through initial public offering. She advises private and public companies on early-stage formation and strategy, debt and equity financings, M&A transactions, public offerings, securities law compliance and corporate governance. Taylor received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2007. 

Brussels 

Rita Motta is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who advises on EU competition law, including international cartel investigations, merger control, abuse of dominance investigations and State aid. She has particular experience representing clients in complex cartel investigations and merger filings involving multiple jurisdictions, including in Latin American countries. Motta received her LLB and her LLM from the University of São Paulo, Brazil in 1998 and 2002, respectively. She received her Master of European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in 2006. 

Chicago 

Jeffrey N. Anderson is a member of the Finance Department who advises clients on complex real estate transactions, including secured financings, project finance matters, real property acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, joint ventures and M&A transactions. His clients include lenders, developers, private equity firms, REITs, asset managers and operators across a variety of industries. Anderson received his JD from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2007. 

Manasi Bhattacharyya is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice encompasses capital markets transactions, securities regulation and general corporate law matters. Her clients include underwriters, initial purchasers, and both US- and non-US issuers of public and private debt and equity in a broad array of industries. Bhattacharyya received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2007. 

Nathan J. Logan is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financing transactions. His clients include private equity firms, REITs, developers, asset managers and operators in a variety of industries, with a particular emphasis on hospitality, self-storage, office and retail. Logan received his JD from Notre Dame Law School in 2006. 

Kelly Thomason Self is a member of the Finance Department who represents both lenders and developers in connection with all phases of the development, construction, operation and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, including geothermal, solar, wind, natural gas, pipeline and water projects. She also represents clients in the structuring and negotiation of joint venture investments and other development relationships. She received her JD from the Duke University School of Law in 2008. 

Dubai 

Christian Adams is a member of the Finance Department who advises financial institutions, companies and governments based in the Middle East and globally on a broad range of banking, financial and restructuring matters. He has particular experience in the emerging company and technology sectors. Adams received his LLB from the University of Leeds in 2003 and his LPC from the College of Law, York in 2004. 

Hamburg 

Andreas Lönner is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on general corporate advice and M&A transactions. He has particular experience in stock corporation and capital markets law, as well as complex reorganizations. Lönner completed the First German State Exam at the University of Munich in 2003 and the Second German State Exam in Munich’s Higher Regional Court in 2005. He received his Dr. iur from the University of Goettingen in 2011. 

Hong Kong 

Zheng Wang is a member of the Corporate Department who advises on various corporate and securities matters, including US and international offerings of debt and equity securities. She also has experience advising Chinese companies and banks on M&A and private equity transactions, as well as in foreign direct investments in China. Wang received her LLB from Peking University Law School in 1999 and her LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2004. 

Houston 

Pamela Kellet is a member of the Finance Department. She advises lenders and borrowers in complex financings with a focus on oil and gas transactions, including reserve-based loans, midstream credit facilities and public and private M&A financings. Having practiced in New York and Houston, she has represented leading commercial and investment banks, master limited partnerships, private equity funds and hedge funds. Kellet received her JD from the Columbia University School of Law in 2007. 

London 

James Baxter is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on international debt capital markets transactions, with a particular emphasis on emerging markets. He advises investment banks and issuers in connection with public and private debt offerings, listings on major European stock markets, liability management transactions, and issuances of convertible and exchangeable bonds. Baxter received his BA in Law from Oxford University in 2003. 

Sarah Gadd is a member of the Tax Department who advises a range of clients on various aspects of employment law, human resource issues, benefits and incentives, including share-based incentives. She has particular experience in the employment, benefits and human resource aspects of cross-border corporate and outsourcing deals. Gadd received her LPC and her postgraduate law degree from Nottingham Law School in 2004. 

Shahid L. Jamil is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on acquisition and leveraged finance transactions, as well as general corporate lending. He has particular experience in transactions involving the energy, healthcare and internet and digital media industries. Jamil received his BA in Law from King’s College London in 2000; was called to the Bar of England & Wales from the Hon’ble Society of Gray’s Inn in 2001; and received his LLM from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002.

Los Angeles 

Brian Duff is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice primarily focuses on M&A, representing strategic and private equity buyers and sellers in public and private transactions. He also regularly advises public and private clients on corporate governance and structure, securities law compliance and strategic transactions. Duff received his JD from the University of Southern California in 2005. 

Ghaith Mahmood is a member of the Corporate Department whose practices focuses on technology and intellectual property-related transactions, including licensing, distribution and development agreements, and acquisition and financing transactions involving companies with significant intellectual property portfolios. He advises companies and investors on intellectual property matters within the software, entertainment, digital media, e-commerce, video game, healthcare, airline and information technology industries. Mahmood received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2007. 

Madrid 

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

Ignacio Domínguez is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on M&A, capital markets matters and restructuring proceedings. He has additional experience in insolvency proceedings and finance transactions. Domínguez received his BA in Law from the University of Salamanca, Spain in 2002 and his LLM from Harvard Law School in 2008.

Milan 

Mauro Saccani is a member of the Finance Department with broad experience in banking law. He focuses his practice on leveraged and corporate finance matters and debt restructurings, in which he has represented both lender and borrower-side clients and also has notable experience in debt capital markets matters. Saccani received his law degree from the University of Pavia in 2005 and his LLM from Stanford Law School in 2011. 

San Diego 

Amanda L. Molter is a member of the Corporate Department who represents private fund sponsors, investors and joint venture participants in forming, investing in and operating private investment vehicles. She has broad experience advising private equity sponsors operating across a wide range of industries on all aspects of the investment fund lifecycle, including global fundraising activities, investments and exits. Molter received her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2007. 

Singapore 

Tim G. Fourteau is a member of the Finance Department who focuses on project development and project finance transactions. Fourteau has experience advising developers, government agencies and lenders on power, infrastructure, and oil and gas projects, and he also has experience advising on energy-related M&A and private equity transactions. Fourteau is an adjunct professor at the Sorbonne University Law School – Asia where he has been teaching a seminar on finance transactions since 2012, and he received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2006. 

Tokyo 

Richard B. Fleming is a member of the Finance Department. His practice focuses on project development and finance transactions, with a background in leveraged and acquisition finance. Fleming regularly represents both sponsors and lenders on large, complex financings and has extensive experience in power project transactions in the Philippines, Indonesia and other regions throughout Asia. He received his JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2005. 

Washington, D.C. 

Benjamin Berman is a member of the Finance Department who represents private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and other borrowers in secured lending and other financing transactions, including acquisition financings and cash-flow and asset-based loans. He also has extensive experience representing private equity funds in connection with subscription lines of credit. Berman received his JD from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2007. 

Annie E. S. Froehlich is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on export controls and economic sanctions, as well as white collar defense and investigations. Her experience includes advising on regulatory compliance, conducting internal investigations, preparing filing submissions with government regulators and supporting corporate transactions. Froehlich received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2006. 

Sarah M. Gragert is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts around the country, with an emphasis on sports litigation. She also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations. Gragert received her JD from Cornell Law School in 2007. 

Suzanne M. Logan is a member of the Finance Department who represents private developers, lenders and governments in connection with all phases of the development and financing of domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects. She has particular experience in the negotiation of project agreements and in the development and financing of renewable energy projects. Logan received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2007. 

Allyson M. Maltas is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses her practice on complex antitrust civil litigation and class actions, and global antitrust cartel investigations. She represents corporate clients in all stages of complex civil and multi-district class action litigation, including through trial. She also has experience in investigations by competition authorities in the US and many other countries. Maltas received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004. 

Elizabeth M. Richards is a member of the Corporate Department who primarily advises clients with respect to regulatory and compliance matters involving the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at all stages of the biotechnology product life cycle. She also has extensive experience in capital markets and M&A transactions involving FDA-regulated entities. Richards completed a JD/MPH joint degree program and received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008.

Matthew D. Thurlow is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. He focuses his practice on environmental and product liability litigation, insurance recovery and regulatory compliance. Thurlow has particular experience in environmental enforcement matters brought under the Clean Air Act. He worked as a trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section at the US Department of Justice prior to joining Latham. He received his JD from Yale Law School in 2005. 

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,200 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including: Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, 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

1 Latham & 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 operates in Seoul as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi. 

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