Latham & Watkins Names 31 New Partners, 12 New Counsel

Talented group of lawyers possesses deep practice and industry experience and strong dedication to client service and teamwork.

07 November 2017

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 31 associates have been elected to the partnership and 12 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2018. 

The lawyers practice across the firm’s five departments and are based in the world’s major financial centers, providing clients with a breadth of transactional, litigation, and regulatory capabilities. 

“We are extremely proud of this group of new partners and counsel. They have delivered strong counsel in cutting-edge areas of the law, with an unwavering commitment to client service and teamwork, and they have contributed much to the growth of our firm. We commend them for their accomplishments and look forward to their continued success,” said Bill Voge, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. 

Jennifer Van Driesen, Chair of the firm’s Associates Committee, added: “These promotions are the culmination of many years of effort, team play, proven leadership, and achievements by this group of lawyers, whom we heartily congratulate.” 

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

Boston 

Kristen Smith Grannis is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses her practice on private equity and M&A matters, with particular experience in transactions involving the technology, healthcare, life sciences, retail, and industrial and manufacturing sectors. She also advises on growth equity financings, venture capital financings, search fund financings and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. She received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2008.

David C. Tolley is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who represents clients from various industries, including healthcare and life sciences, in government enforcement and complex regulatory matters. He also regularly conducts internal investigations and provides regulatory compliance counseling. Tolley received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2009. 

Century City 

Rick Offsay is a member of the Corporate Department who advises clients in transactions across the entertainment and media industry. He handles a wide range of complex transactions, with a focus on strategic joint ventures, M&A deals, and the financing and distribution of motion pictures, television programs, and other content. Offsay received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2009. 

Laura R. Washington is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation in the entertainment and media industry. She represents clients in a range of intellectual property disputes including copyright and trademark infringement, and her experience includes trial and appellate work, motion practice, and discovery in state and federal courts. She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009. 

Chicago 

Enrique Rene de Vera is a member of the Tax Department whose practice focuses on transactional tax matters. He advises clients from a range of industries on M&A transactions, joint ventures, restructurings, and financing transactions in both domestic and cross-border contexts. His experience includes advising private equity funds, renewable energy developers and investors, public and privately held companies, and family offices. He received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2008. 

Johanna Spellman is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses her practice on environmental and class action disputes, including toxic torts, product liability, alleged violations of environmental law, putative class action claims, and other complex commercial matters. She has particular litigation and trial experience defending clients from the energy and sports sectors. Spellman received her JD from Yale Law School in 2007. 

Matthew L. Warren is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on a wide range of insolvency issues and restructuring transactions. He has extensive experience representing both public and private companies as well as secured lenders, administrative agents, and noteholders. Warren received his JD from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law in 2008. 

Düsseldorf 

Natalie Daghles is a member of the Corporate Department who advises clients including multinational corporations and financial sponsors with respect to cross-border M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, joint venture transactions, and related corporate governance matters. She completed the First German State Exam at Muenster University in 2004 and the Second German State Exam in Düsseldorf’s Higher Regional Court in 2007. She received her Dr. jur from Humboldt University in Berlin in 2009.

London 

Charles Armstrong is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border leveraged finance and restructuring transactions. He represents sponsors, arranging banks, and debt funds across multi-tiered capital structures, including bank and bond/bridge, first and second lien, bank and mezzanine, unitranche, and holdco PIK transactions. He received his graduate law degree and his LPC from Nottingham Law School in 2000 and 2001, respectively. 

Huw Thomas is a member of the Corporate Department who advises on both UK-based and cross-border private equity, M&A, and joint venture transactions, as well as corporate restructurings and general corporate matters. He has particular experience representing clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He received his graduate degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and his GDL and LPC from BPP Law School, London in 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively. 

Los Angeles 

Sean C. Denvir is a member of the Corporate Department who represents private equity firms, as well as public and private companies, in M&A transactions, including mergers, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, strategic transactions, and minority investments. His practice covers a range of industries, including entertainment, sports and media, technology, and consumer products. Denvir received his JD from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law in 2008. 

Josh Holt is a member of the Finance Department who advises both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of transactional matters. His experience includes structuring and negotiating various financial transactions, including senior secured, second lien, subordinated and unsecured credit facilities, leveraged acquisition financings, cash flow and asset based working capital financings, private placements, cross-border financings, participation agreements, and other agreements among financing sources. Holt received his JD from the University of Washington in 2008. 

Milan 

Giancarlo D’Ambrosio is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice encompasses a wide variety of M&A, capital markets, and corporate transactions. He represents private equity funds, publicly traded and privately held companies, and financial institutions in strategic transactions and corporate governance matters. His experience spans a broad range of industries including sports, fashion, and entertainment and media. D’Ambrosio received his law degree from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) in 2003 and his LLM from Columbia Law School in 2007. 

Moscow 

Olga Ponomarenko is a member of the Corporate Department who advises on a range of M&A, capital markets, and other financial and corporate transactions involving diverse industries. Her work has included advising on initial public offerings (IPOs) of Russian companies, as well as offerings of shares and depositary receipts both within and outside of the United States. She received her law degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2006. 

New York

Benjamin J. Cohen is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on a range of capital markets and other financial transactions, as well as advising companies on general securities and corporate matters. He advises on matters involving a variety of sectors including retail, technology, natural resources, homebuilding, and energy. Cohen received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2009. 

Blake T. Denton is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation, merger litigation, anti-money laundering controls, and other securities and complex commercial matters. He has particular experience in representing lenders in disputes, including several major financial institutions. Denton received his JD from Brooklyn Law School in 2008. 

Jason C. Hegt is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who represents financial institutions, professional services firms, and public corporations in a range of civil litigation and related government investigations. He has significant experience handling securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, professional liability matters, and other complex civil litigation, as well as SEC and other government investigations. Hegt received his JD from the American University, Washington College of Law in 2009. 

Kristin L. Mendoza is a member of the Corporate Department who represents public and private companies, including private equity firms and strategic investors, in connection with domestic and cross-border M&A, disposition, joint venture and spin-off transactions, reorganizations, and general corporate matters. She has extensive experience in private equity transactions across a variety of industries, particularly in the energy sector. Mendoza received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2008 and her LLM from the University of London in 2009. 

Reza K. Mojtabaee-Zamani is a member of the Corporate Department who advises on equity derivatives and equity-linked products. His areas of experience include convertible notes and related equity derivatives, equity-linked capital markets transactions, structured share repurchase transactions, hedging and monetization transactions, margin loans and other equity-based finance transactions. He received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2009. 

Peter J. Sluka is a member of the Corporate Department who represents investment banks, private equity sponsors, corporate issuers, and mezzanine and other private debt funds in a variety of public and private capital markets and financing transactions, including IPOs, debt and equity offerings, bridge loans, mezzanine financings, and a range of secured and unsecured lending transactions. He has industry experience in the technology, industrials, energy, and retail and consumer sectors. Sluka received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009. 

Lilia B. Vazova is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses her practice on white collar defense and investigations. She represents clients in cross-border, multi-jurisdictional government investigations, and complex business disputes, spanning multiple industries including financial institutions, energy, and automotive. She received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009.

San Francisco

Julie D. Crisp is a member of the Tax Department who advises on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, often in the context of M&A and other corporate transactions. She regularly counsels executives and public and private companies across various industries on all types of compensation arrangements and benefit plans, with extensive experience advising clients in the oil and gas, entertainment, and internet and digital media sectors. She received her JD from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law in 2009. 

Kirsten M. Ferguson is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice encompasses antitrust and competition law, class actions, and complex litigation in federal and state court. She has significant litigation and trial experience defending complex business disputes and consumer class actions, and she represents major corporations around the globe from various industries including entertainment, technology, and energy. She received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2007. 

Marcy C. Priedeman is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses her practice on securities litigation, professional liability, and complex commercial litigation. She has particular experience in complex disputes related to accounting and financial transactions across a range of industries. She received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008. 

Gregory K. Sobolski is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on patent litigation. He represents patent owners and accused infringers in matters involving a range of complex technologies before US federal district courts, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. He received his JD from Stanford University Law School in 2009. 

Singapore

Marcus Lee is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on M&A transactions, both public and private, and the representation of issuers and underwriters in a range of capital markets matters. He has particular experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as emerging companies, particularly in matters involving the infrastructure and energy sectors. Lee received his LLB from the University of Nottingham in 2002 and his graduate law degree from the National University of Singapore in 2003. 

Tokyo 

Nozomi Oda is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice encompasses cross-border public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, strategic investments, and capital markets transactions, as well as a wide variety of Japanese regulatory matters. Her industry experience includes the healthcare and life sciences, information technology, and financial sectors. Oda received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tokyo in 2001 and her LLM from Harvard Law School in 2008. 

Washington, D.C. 

Michael E. Bern is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who handles US Supreme Court, appellate, and trial court matters with particular experience in litigation involving financial institutions, the food and beverage industry, and the life sciences sector. His work encompasses a broad cross-section of subjects, including the First Amendment, administrative law, securities law, antitrust law, and contract interpretation. Bern received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2008. 

Matthew R. Conway is a member of the Tax Department whose practice focuses on executive compensation and employee benefit matters in corporate transactions. He also advises public and private companies, private equity sponsors, and executives in the negotiation of employment and separation agreements and the design, implementation, and disclosure of deferred compensation, retention, and equity and other incentive programs, with particular experience in the technology and life sciences industries. Conway received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008. 

Andrew D. Prins is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses his practice on trial court and appellate litigation involving challenges to government actions. He regularly litigates and provides counseling on novel issues of administrative and constitutional law for a wide range of clients, particularly those in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries. He received his JD from the Duke University School of Law in 2009. 

J. Cory Tull is a member of the Corporate Department who advises on M&A and other complex transactions, including leveraged buyouts, global carve-outs, joint ventures, controlling and minority investments, and other strategic transactions. He has extensive experience representing private equity firms, as well as private and public companies from an array of industries, including consumer products, sports and entertainment, manufacturing, financial services, aerospace, and technology. Tull received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009. 

In addition, the lawyers promoted to counsel include: 

Boston 

Karen E. Hodys is a member of the Corporate Department who advises technology and life science companies, and venture capital firms, on M&A and venture capital transactions. She also advises early and late-stage companies on governance, strategy, and general operational matters, and represents institutional investors in late-stage investment transactions, joint ventures, and search fund transactions. She received her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2006. 

Chicago 

Meghan McCall Hansen is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who primarily counsels clients in government and internal investigations. She has particular experience in anticorruption and securities matters, and in representing clients from the oil and gas, financial institutions, and industrials and manufacturing sectors. She received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2008. 

Dubai 

Aly Kassam is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on complex cross-border banking and finance transactions, particularly in the areas of leveraged and event-driven finance, corporate acquisition finance, syndicated lending, credit/equity portfolio acquisitions, and restructuring. He received his degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in 2006. 

Frankfurt 

Gregory C. Walker is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on equity and debt capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, private placements, and high-yield bonds and investment-grade debt offerings. He represents issuers, private equity sponsors and investment banks in a wide range of industries. Walker received his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2006 and his LLM from the University of Augsburg in Germany in 2006. 

Hamburg 

Ulrich Klockenbrink is a member of the Finance Department who advises investors, lenders, and distressed companies in restructuring, insolvency, and refinancing situations. He has particular industry experience in automotive, manufacturing, logistics, trade, service, and finance. Klockenbrink completed the First German State Exam at Westfälische Wilhelm’s-University in 2005 and the Second German State Exam in Düsseldorf’s Higher Regional Court in 2009. He received his Dr. jur from Westfälische Wilhelm’s-University in 2007 and his LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010. 

Los Angeles 

Arash Aminian Baghai is a member of the Corporate Department who primarily handles complex equity derivative transactions across diverse industries, with a particular focus on the power, healthcare, life sciences, and automotive sectors. His experience includes IPOs, follow-on debt, equity and equity-linked offerings, and debt and capital restructuring transactions, as well as the structuring of unique securities products. He received his JD from the Hastings College of the Law in 2001 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

Moscow 

Elizaveta Bacheyeva is a member of the Finance Department who advises financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide range of banking, finance, and restructuring transactions. She has particular experience in cross-border syndicated loans, project finance, financial restructurings, securitizations, and structured finance deals. She received her Diploma in Law from Tver State University in 2003 and her LLM from University College London in 2005. 

New York 

Emily C. Corbi is a member of the Corporate Department who represents public and private companies, underwriters, and private equity firms in a variety of public and private transactions. She also counsels public companies regarding their public reporting obligations, corporate governance matters, and other issues related to public company status. She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008. 

Orange County 

David D. Troutman is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses his practice on intellectual property matters, including litigation and counseling regarding trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, copyrights, and false advertising, as well as a broad range of issues commonly encountered by website owners and internet service providers. He has experience litigating in state and federal courts throughout the US. Troutman received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2008. 

Paris 

Emily Grimshaw is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who advises domestic and international clients on a range of labor and employment matters, particularly in the context of workforce reductions, reorganizations, and employee transfers, as well as in labor litigation. She also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation before French courts. She received her postgraduate business law and private law degrees at the University of Rennes in 2005 and 2006, respectively, and received her LLM from the University of Exeter in 2006. 

Carla-Sophie Imperadeiro is a member of the Finance Department with a wide range of experience representing borrowers, equity sponsors, and lead banks in financing transactions, with a particular emphasis in private equity and leveraged buyout financings. She received her graduate business law and postgraduate international trade law degrees from the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2004 and 2005, respectively, and received her postgraduate law degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 2006. 

San Francisco 

Shivaun A. Cooney is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department who advises on a range of land use and regulatory matters, as well as related transactional matters, with a particular focus on land use entitlements and environmental approvals for major real estate development projects. Her clients include developers, institutions, non-profit organizations, corporations, and land owners. She received her JD from the Duke University School of Law in 2003.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,600 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

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 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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