Latham & Watkins Names 31 New Partners, 22 New Counsel

The promoted lawyers have diverse practice and industry experience, and a strong commitment to client service and teamwork.

29 October 2018

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 31 associates have been elected to the partnership and 22 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2019.

The talented group of lawyers practice across the firm’s five departments, providing clients with a breadth of market-leading transactional, litigation, and regulatory advice. 

“We congratulate these new partners and counsel on their promotions, which have been earned through a dedication to quality, integrity, and client and community service across our global platform. They truly embody our culture of teamwork and innovation, and we look forward to their continued success,” said Rich Trobman, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. 

“Progression at Latham is the culmination of a multi-year process that involves ongoing professional development, business planning, formal evaluations, and informal feedback. Each of these lawyers has advanced because of sustained effort, proven skill, and demonstrated success,” noted Peter Gilhuly, Chair of the firm’s Associates Committee, a group consisting of roughly half partners and half associates which, among other responsibilities, recommends promotions to partner and counsel each year. 

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

Boston 

Nathaniel Amory is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on private equity transactions and M&A matters. He has significant experience representing investors, financial sponsors and their portfolio companies, and strategic acquirers in connection with leveraged transactions, growth equity investments, strategic transactions, and joint ventures, across a range of industry sectors. He received his JD from the Boston University School of Law in 2009

Chicago

James Ktsanes is a member of the Finance Department whose practice encompasses diverse aspects of out-of-court financial restructurings and bankruptcies. His experience includes representing major global banking institutions, secured lenders, noteholder groups, asset purchasers, and corporate debtors. He received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2007.

Heather A. Waller is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who represents clients in both the state and federal courts in a variety of complex litigation matters, including securities, environmental, insurance, and general commercial litigation. She has particular experience defending clients in connection with investigations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and related civil litigation. She received her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2010.

Frankfurt

Max Hauser is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on global antitrust and competition law. He advises clients on a broad range of transactional, behavioral, and antitrust litigation matters, with a focus on complex merger control proceedings in Germany, the EU, and other jurisdictions across a range of industry sectors. He completed the First German State Exam at Leibniz University Hannover in 2006 and the Second German State Exam in Frankfurt’s Higher Regional Court in 2010. He received his Dr. iur. from Leibniz University Hannover in 2008.

Houston

Chris Bennett is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on M&A and joint venture transactions in the energy industry, with an emphasis on upstream and midstream transactions. His experience includes acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas assets and businesses, joint ventures and other strategic combinations, and complex commercial contracts, as well as private equity investments and corporate governance matters involving energy companies. He received his JD from Tulane University Law School in 2010.

Nick S. Dhesi is a member of the Corporate Department who represents clients in a variety of strategic transactions involving the energy industry, including M&A matters, capital markets transactions, and private equity investments. He has particular experience advising energy corporations and master limited partnerships on public M&A transactions, initial public offerings, corporate governance matters, and compliance with securities laws. He received his JD from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2010.

Bryant P. Lee is a member of the Tax Department who advises on the US federal income taxation of various transactions, including M&A, restructurings, and capital markets offerings. He regularly advises publicly traded partnerships, master limited partnerships, corporations, private equity firms, and investment banks involved in the energy sector. He received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2010.

London

Karan Chopra is a member of the Finance Department whose practice encompasses a range of cross-border leveraged finance transactions and debt restructurings. His experience includes the representation of financial institutions, senior loan and subordinated credit investors, private equity sponsors, and corporate borrowers. He received his LLB from the University of Bristol and his LPC from BPP University Law School in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Fritz Ernemann is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on international capital markets matters and other financial transactions, including public and private offerings of debt and equity, as well as advising companies on general securities and corporate matters. He has particular experience advising investment banks, private equity firms, and companies on issuances of high yield debt securities, leveraged transactions, and acquisition financings. He received his JD from Cornell Law School in 2009.

Fiona M. Maclean is a member of the Corporate Department who advises on a range of technology transactions and data privacy matters. She advises on data strategy and compliance, complex system integration, and multi-jurisdictional technology transformation projects, with particular experience in cloud computing. She has also represented clients in intellectual property, cybersecurity, and FinTech matters. She received her LLB from the University of Aberdeen and her LPC from the University of Strathclyde in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She received both her Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Oxford and her QLTT qualification in 2012.

James McCrory is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on the establishment and operation of private investment funds. He has extensive experience advising global sponsors and cornerstone investors in connection with private fundraisings, fund restructurings, managed accounts, strategic partnerships, and co-investment arrangements. He received his LLB from the University of Nottingham and his LPC from BPP University Law School in 2004 and 2006, respectively.

Christian F. McDermott is a member of the Corporate Department who advises clients on technology transactions, including large-scale outsourcing transactions and complex commercial contracts. His practice focuses on the financial services and technology industries, and he has notable experience in the field of FinTech and payments. He received his LLB and his DipLP from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and 2006, respectively. He received his LLM from Cambridge University in 2007.

Angel Quek is a member of the Finance Department whose practice involves a broad range of banking and finance transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border leveraged and acquisition financings. She has extensive experience advising banks, sponsors, corporate borrowers, and other financial institutions, including a number of international private equity and asset management firms, across a variety of capital structures including senior debt, first/second lien financings, and unitranche debt, as well as bank/bond and bridge financings. She received her LLB from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2006.

Chirag J. Sanghrajka is a member of the Finance Department who advises on project development and finance and banking transactions, with particular focus on the oil and gas, power, and natural resources sectors. His experience includes the development and financing of a number of landmark projects in the Middle East, including multi-source financings involving commercial bank debt, bonds, ECA-supported facilities, and Islamic financing arrangements. He received his postgraduate law degree and his LPC from BPP University Law School in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Matthew B. Schneider is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on international capital markets transactions and securities regulation. His experience includes representing investment banks and private equity firms in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, acquisition financings, and liability management transactions, with a particular emphasis on issuances of high yield debt securities. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.

Linzi Thomas is a member of the Corporate Department who advises on both UK and international private equity and M&A transactions, as well as general corporate matters across diverse industries, with particular focus on representing private equity clients on investments in Africa. She also has extensive experience representing private equity sponsor in large, high-profile buyouts. She received her LLB from King’s College London and her LPC from the College of Law, London in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Los Angeles

Ted A. Dillman is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and workouts, as well as special situations financing, distressed M&A, and other transactional matters. He represents debtors, creditors, and buyers in a variety of insolvency and restructuring matters, advises hedge funds and private equity funds in connection with distressed acquisitions and debt purchases and placements, and he counsels boards of directors on complex fiduciary issues. He received his JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2008.

Brent T. Epstein is a member of the Corporate Department who represents public and private companies and financial institutions in a variety of domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, including capital markets and M&A matters, as well as corporate governance matters. He has particular experience with complex transactions involving real estate investment trusts (REITs). He received his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2008.

Drew Levin is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on insurance coverage, with a particular emphasis on representations and warranties insurance matters. He has significant experience negotiating all forms of transactional insurance, tax, and other liability policies, as well as pursuing claims under those policies on behalf of policyholders. He received his JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2009.

New York

Andrew D. Baker is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on capital markets transactions, with particular experience in bridge facilities, high yield debt offerings, and acquisition financings, in which he advises clients across a broad array of industry sectors. He received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 2009.

Y. Bora Bozkurt is a member of the Tax Department who specializes in US federal income taxation in connection with various transactions, with a particular emphasis on international and corporate tax. His practice encompasses a range of cross-border and domestic transactions, including financing transactions, derivatives, private and registered securities offerings, cross-border tax planning and restructuring, and other structured finance transactions. He received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2009 and his LLM from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010.

Chirag K. Dedania is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on project finance transactions relating to power, oil and gas, LNG, and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on commercial bank loans, syndicated loans, and private placements. He has extensive experience representing investment banks, private equity sponsors, corporate and mezzanine sponsors, and other private debt funds. He received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2009.

Nicole D. Fanjul is a member of the Finance Department who focuses her practice on advising on a wide range of leveraged finance matters. She has extensive experience representing investment and commercial banks and borrowers in a variety of complex finance transactions, including cross-border transactions, high-value acquisitions, and debt restructurings spanning diverse jurisdictions and industries. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2009.

Adam J. Gelardi is a member of the Corporate Department who represents both financial institutions and domestic and foreign issuers in a variety of public and private capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, block trades, and debt offerings. He also advises clients on general securities and corporate matters involving a variety of industry sectors. He received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2009.

Scott C. Ollivierre is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on bank financing transactions, with a particular emphasis on private equity matters. He represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as financial institutions and debt investors. He received his JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2009.

San Francisco

Gavin M. Masuda is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses his practice on securities litigation, with a particular emphasis on accounting defense cases. He represents major accounting firms in connection with large corporate failures, financial frauds, and restatements, as well as companies facing securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. He received his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2008.

Nicole C. Valco is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who advises on a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including white collar, patent licensing, antitrust, and trade secrets cases. She has successfully represented clients in high-stakes federal and state matters, including numerous jury and bench trials. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2008.

Silicon Valley

Mark M. Bekheit is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on M&A and other strategic corporate transactions, primarily in the technology and life sciences industries. His experience includes public and private company mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, tender and exchange offers, joint ventures, and minority investments on behalf of strategic and private equity clients, as well as general corporate representation and strategic planning for companies. He received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2009.

Washington, D.C.

Erin Brown Jones is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose white collar defense practice focuses on domestic and international criminal investigations. She conducts both internal and government investigations, assists clients in the aerospace, energy, life sciences, and technology sectors with compliance programs, and advises on compliance issues in transactional matters. She received her JD from Notre Dame Law School in 2010.

Katherine G. Putnam is a member of the Finance Department whose banking practice focuses on representing sponsors in private equity transactions. She advises borrowers in secured lending and other financing matters, including acquisition financings, cash-flow and asset-based loans, and subordinated debt facilities. She received her JD from William & Mary Law School in 2009.

Julia A. Thompson is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses her practice on a range of securities regulation and company representation matters, advising clients across a range of industry sectors. Her experience includes capital markets and M&A transactions, as well as corporate governance and other general corporate matters. She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.
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In addition, the lawyers promoted to counsel include:

Chicago

Ryan J. LaFevers is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on leveraged finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on senior secured lending, recapitalizations, and acquisition financings. He advises financial institutions and corporate borrowers on structuring, negotiating, and documenting domestic and cross-border lending transactions. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2009.

Dubai

Basil Al-Jafari is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice involves a range of capital markets and banking transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border matters. His experience includes representing both issuers and underwriters in a number of landmark debt and equity capital markets deals in the Middle East, as well as advising on Islamic finance and liability management matters. He received his LPC from BPP University Law School in 2008.

Eyad F. Latif is a member of the Corporate Department who represents clients in a variety of venture capital, emerging growth companies, M&A, private equity, and general corporate matters. He has advised a range of clients on transactions involving US, multinational, and Middle East-based companies across a range of industries, including energy, healthcare, and technology. He received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2008.

Derek McKinley is a member of the Finance Department who advises developers, lenders, private equity sponsors, and public authorities in infrastructure development and financing. His industry experience includes matters in the conventional power and renewables, telecommunications, transportation, water, and wastewater sectors. He received his LLB from Queen Mary College, University of London and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2003, his LLM from the University of Cape Town in 2005, and his LPC from BPP University Law School in 2006.

Los Angeles

Lauren E. Paull is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department who focuses her practice on land use, environmental, and real estate development matters. She assists land owners and developers through all stages of the entitlement and development process, providing counsel to clients on particularly large and complex projects. She received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009.

Kristen M. Tuey is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose white collar defense practice focuses on conducting internal investigations, defending clients against allegations of criminal conduct, and litigating related securities and complex commercial matters. She has successfully defended clients in a variety of industries, particularly in the healthcare sector, against claims brought by federal, state, and local government agencies. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2007.

Jennifer B. Yoo is a member of the Corporate Department who advises clients in the healthcare and life sciences sectors on a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters, focusing on M&A, joint ventures, affiliations, and regulatory compliance matters. Her experience includes advising investor-owned and nonprofit health systems, hospitals, health facilities, providers, and life sciences companies, as well as public and private entities investing in healthcare companies. She received her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2007.

Madrid

Rosa Espín is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources and the Litigation & Trial Departments who helps companies navigate a full spectrum of industry-specific regulatory issues related to complex private equity transactions, M&A matters, and projects across a variety of industries, especially in the energy, natural resources, and infrastructure sectors. Her practice focuses primarily on public law and compliance, and she has particular experience advocating before Spanish agencies and regulators. She received her Ph. D. in Global Public Law in 2017, her Diploma for Legal Studies from Cardiff Law School in 2007, and her BA in Law from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas of Madrid (ICADE) in 2008.

Milan

Cesare Milani is a member of the Corporate and the Environment, Land & Resources Departments who focuses his practice on administrative law and public law, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has considerable experience advising private equity funds, financial institutions, and companies in the energy and industrials and manufacturing sectors on environmental law, public law concessions and authorizations, public procurement and related litigation, and energy law. He received his Degree in Law from the University of Bologna in 2007.

New York

Thomas J. Giblin is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice is focused on securities litigation, white collar defense, and other complex commercial litigation. He represents public corporations, financial institutions, accounting firms, and individuals, among other clients, in high-stakes disputes and government investigations. He received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2009.

Bryce K. Schunke is a member of the Finance Department who advises financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide range of investment grade and leveraged finance transactions, with a particular focus on acquisition financings and cross-border transactions. He has broad industry experience spanning the retail and consumer products, healthcare and life sciences, and industrials and manufacturing sectors. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010.

Paris

Semih Bayar Eren is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on complex international M&A transactions involving both public and private companies. He advises acquirers, sellers, and financial institutions in strategic transactions, and he has extensive experience in corporate governance matters. He also represents issuers, shareholders, and banks in equity capital market transactions. He received his postgraduate French private and business law degrees from the University of Paris II, and his postgraduate Swiss private law degree from the University of Fribourg.

Michael M. Ettannani is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses his practice on international capital markets matters. He represents corporate clients and investment banks, as well as private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, with respect to securities offerings and compliance with US and French securities laws. He has particular experience in IPOs and high yield debt offerings. He received his postgraduate degree in law and economic globalization from Sciences Po in 2007 and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008.

Mathilde Saltiel is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who focuses her practice on EU and French competition law. She represents French and international clients in merger control proceedings, abuse of dominance cases, and cartel cases. She has particular experience in matters involving the telecommunications, transportation, and information technology industries. She graduated from Sciences Po with a degree in business law in 2008 and received a master’s degree in European law from the University of Paris V in 2009.

San Diego

Shawn T. Cobb is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department who concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation. He represents clients across industry sectors in high-profile environmental enforcement actions, clean air and water matters, CERCLA proceedings, product liability cases, asbestos matters, and government contractor disputes. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008.

Loring R. Veenstra is a member of the Finance Department who advises on banking, project finance, and leveraged finance transactions. He represents financial institutions, sponsors, and developers in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on the development and financing of domestic and international energy, gaming, and hospitality projects. He received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2009.

San Francisco

Jason L. Daniels is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who concentrates his practice on antitrust and competition matters. He has significant experience helping clients clear complex mergers, respond to government investigations, and litigate disputes through trial across diverse industry sectors including technology, healthcare, life sciences, and retail. He also counsels clients on antitrust and competition issues such as distribution, pricing, and antitrust issues intersecting with intellectual property. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008.

Silicon Valley

Steven E. Green is a member of the Corporate Department who provides general corporate counseling related to emerging companies, with a particular focus on the life sciences and information technology sectors. He advises clients on both day-to-day matters and a range of transactions, including formations, venture capital financings, and M&A. He received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2010.

Singapore

James S. Franklin is a member of the Finance Department who focuses his practice on project development and finance matters, particularly in the energy sector. He represents export credit agencies, bank lenders, and investors in major global energy projects, and has extensive experience in a range of banking and finance transactions, including complex, cross-border acquisition and leveraged financings. He received his GDL in 2006 and completed the LPC in 2007 at BPP University Law School.

Washington, D.C.

Patrick C. English is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose practice focuses on a range of antitrust, regulatory, and transactional matters for clients in the healthcare, medical device, and life sciences industries, among others. His experience includes merger control proceedings before the US Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice, internal investigations, compliance programs, criminal cartel proceedings, and amnesty applications. He received his JD from the Northwestern University School of Law and received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2009.

Scott C. Jones is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department whose broad-based practice includes white collar criminal defense matters, with substantial experience advising on data breach responses, cybersecurity, and data privacy issues. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and has particular experience directing internal corporate investigations in government-facing matters regarding privacy and cybersecurity. He received his JD from Columbia Law School in 2007.

Timothy H. McCarten is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department who advises companies and senior executives in a range of matters, with an emphasis on white-collar criminal defense and cross-border investigations involving the US Department of Justice and other federal and state authorities and regulators. He has achieved transformative results for clients through sophisticated defense strategies and impactful crisis management, whether in the context of high-profile investigations or in sensitive, non-public matters. McCarten received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008.
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Notes to Editors

1Latham & 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, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong and 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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