Latham & Watkins Names 19 New Partners, 22 Counsel

Promotions reflect diverse capabilities across practice areas and industry sectors.

30 October 2014

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 19 associates have been elected to the partnership and 22 associates have been promoted to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2015. 

The group includes lawyers from across the firm’s five departments, reflecting capabilities in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters in a range of industry sectors.

“These lawyers have diverse skills and subject area expertise that have helped our clients and our firm achieve success,” said Robert M. Dell, Global Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “Current and potential clients are increasingly seeking lawyers who understand their businesses and take proactive and innovative steps to address important legal issues — and our newly promoted partners and counsel have demonstrated those abilities and shown strong commitment to client service and a dedication to teamwork that are the hallmarks of our firm.” 

The lawyers elected to the partnership are: 

Boston 

J. Ryan McCarthy is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice encompasses a variety of leveraged transactions, growth equity investments, strategic transactions and joint ventures, with a focus on the representation of financial sponsors. McCarthy represents public and private companies across industries, including healthcare, energy, technology and retail. McCarthy received his JD from Boston University School of Law in 2005. 

Chicago 

Brandon R. Anderson is a member of the Finance Department who represents financial institutions, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers in complex financing transactions. His specialties include US and cross-border asset-based and cash-flow recapitalizations and acquisition financings. He has additional experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting restructurings and other secured and unsecured lending transactions. He received his JD from University of Iowa College of Law in 2006. 

Laura P. Bauer is a member of the Corporate Department. Her practice covers diverse aspects of private and public company representation, including M&A, investment transactions, capital markets, joint ventures and restructurings. She also regularly advises companies on corporate governance, securities law and other general corporate matters. Bauer received her JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005. 

Hong Kong 

Yiu Kwong (Stephen) Chan is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on a broad range of corporate finance transactions in M&A, private equity, takeovers, restructurings, initial public offerings, REIT offerings, H share listings and general compliance matters. He has advised major multinational clients in various industry sectors such as energy, mining, retail and finance. He received his PCLL from City University of Hong Kong in 2003 and his PGDL from the College of Law, London, in 2001. 

Houston 

John M. Greer is a member of the Corporate Department and has an extensive practice covering a broad range of corporate and securities transactions in the energy industry, including master limited partnerships. In particular, Greer’s practice focuses on representing issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, representing both sponsors and portfolio companies in private equity transactions and advising public and private clients in M&A transactions. He received his JD from the University of Houston Law Center in 2005. 

David J. Miller is a member of the Corporate Department. He represents financial institutions and companies in a wide variety of financing transactions, including secured and unsecured high-yield debt offerings, initial public offerings, bridge lending and loan commitments, and he also advises companies on general corporate governance and public company matters. His practice focuses primarily on the energy industry. He received his JD from Cornell Law School in 2006. 

Debbie Yee is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on representing companies and investment banks in equity and debt capital markets transactions, as well as companies in M&A transactions and other general corporate matters. She devotes a significant portion of her practice to corporate and master limited partnership clients in the energy industry. Yee received her JD from New York Law School in 2006. 

London 

Francesco Lione is a member of the Corporate Department. He represents investment banks, private equity firms and corporate clients in bridge, bond and other leveraged financings of acquisitions and recapitalizations. Lione received his LL.M from Columbia University School of Law in 2005. He received his Advanced Diploma in Law and Economics and his JD from La Sapienza-Università di Roma in 2004 and 2001, respectively. 

Los Angeles 

Lewis W. Kneib is a member of the Corporate Department, focusing his practice on corporate finance and public company representation. He has extensive experience representing issuers and investment banks in public and private debt and equity offerings, with a particular focus on the real estate, hospitality, gaming and alternative asset management industries. He received his JD from University of Michigan Law School in 2005. 

Madrid 

Manuel Deó is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses primarily on cross-border M&A, private equity and corporate finance transactions, including leveraged finance, high-yield transactions and other debt and equity capital markets offerings. He has extensive experience representing Spanish and international clients on a spectrum of multinational M&A and restructuring transactions and joint ventures involving Spain, Latin America and the US in a variety of industries. He received his MA and BA in Law from ESADE Law School in 2004. 

New York 

Nathan Ajiashvili is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on the representation of issuers and underwriters in a variety of capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, high-yield debt offerings, cross-border public and private debt and equity offerings, leveraged buyouts, mezzanine debt offerings and liability management transactions. He advises clients across diverse industry sectors, such as retail and consumer products, life sciences, medical technology, automotive, gaming and hospitality. Ajiashvili received his JD from New York Law School in 2005. 

Stelios G. Saffos is a member of the Corporate Department who focuses on capital markets and leveraged finance ‎transactions. He advises investment banks and other financial institutions as well as ‎domestic and foreign companies and investors in public and private acquisition financings, initial public offerings, secured and unsecured high-yield debt offerings, mezzanine financings, restructurings‎ and complex workouts, in addition to advising domestic and foreign companies on general corporate and securities matters. He received his JD from Rutgers University School of Law in 2006. 

Alfred Y. Xue is a member of the Finance Department. He advises arrangers and banks in acquisition financings and other leveraged financings, with a focus on the energy, technology, retail and automotive industries and cross-border transactions. In addition, he represents lenders and hedge funds in complex workouts and distressed debt situations. Xue received his JD from Columbia University School of Law and his LLB from King’s College London, both in 2006. 

Orange County 

Marc T. Campopiano is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. His practice primarily involves major energy and infrastructure transactions, including the regulatory approval and development of large power plant and transmission line projects. Having formerly worked as an environmental consultant, Campopiano has built a distinctive practice that combines a deep knowledge of technical and legal issues. He received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2006. 

San Diego 

Matthew T. Bush is a member of the Corporate Department. He advises private emerging growth and public companies, investors and underwriters on a broad range of corporate matters including formation, venture capital financings, initial public offerings, corporate governance and strategic mergers and acquisitions. He received his JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2006. 

San Francisco 

Andrea M. Hogan is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department whose practice focuses on environmental regulatory and litigation matters. She advises clients on permitting and other regulatory issues, with a particular focus on matters involving federal land use and contaminated sites, and she also represents clients in a range of environmental litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including in matters related to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Clean Air Act. She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. 

Silicon Valley 

Brian J. Cuneo is a member of the Corporate Department. He regularly advises public and private companies, investment banks and venture capital investors in a broad spectrum of corporate matters, including equity and debt capital market transactions, M&A transactions, formation and corporate governance, securities compliance and venture capital financings. Cuneo’s experience covers a broad range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on the life sciences sector, including drug development, medical devices and diagnostics. He received his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2006. 

Washington, D.C. 

Jason D. Cruise is a member of the Litigation Department. He specializes in representing clients on antitrust matters before enforcement agencies such as the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Trade Commission and the offices of state attorneys general. As a member of the firm’s global merger control team, he also advises on regulatory reviews and investigation matters in many foreign jurisdictions. Cruise received his JD from University of Virginia School of Law in 2005. 

Adam L. Kestenbaum is a member of the Tax Department who specializes in executive compensation and employee benefits matters. He advises public and private companies, private equity sponsors and executives on all types of compensation arrangements and benefit plans, often in connection with M&A transactions and securities offerings. Kestenbaum works in a variety of industries with extensive experience advising oil and gas companies and master limited partnerships. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006.

In addition, the lawyers promoted to counsel include: 

Abu Dhabi

Edward H. Hills is a member of the Finance Department whose practice covers a range of international transactional matters including banking, project finance and development, trade finance, acquisition finance and Islamic finance. He has experience representing commercial and investment banks, export credit agencies and project sponsors, and he advises on transactions across a variety of business sectors. He completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London, in 2002 and received his Postgraduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School in 2001.

Chicago

Margrethe K. Kearney is a member of the firm’s Environment, Land & Resources Department. Her practice focuses on environmental litigation and environmental enforcement defense, as well as advising clients on compliance with environmental laws. In addition, she advises clients on the environmental aspects of a variety of corporate and finance transactions and on insurance coverage matters, including cyber risk coverage. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2005.

Michael J. Nelson is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice focuses on sports litigation, class actions and other complex litigation, including antitrust, insurance, commercial and environmental disputes. Along with the sports industry, he has successfully litigated cases and resolved disputes for clients in business sectors that include media and entertainment, oil and gas, retail, accounting, insurance and finance. He received his JD from George Mason University School of Law in 2002.

Hamburg

Torsten Volkholz is a member of the Finance Department whose practice focuses on real estate finance. He also has experience in acquisition, project and restructuring finance, asset-based and general corporate lending, insolvency matters and legal issues pertaining to foundations. Volkholz received his Dr. jur. from University of Kiel in 2007 and his LL.M from Tulane Law School in 2001.

Los Angeles

Neeraj Arora is a member of the Finance Department. He represents financial institutions and sponsors in connection with all phases of the development, financing and acquisition of major projects. Arora has particular experience advising clients on energy infrastructure project financing, as well as the development and disposition of commercial and residential infrastructure projects. He received his JD from Yale Law School in 2005. 

Elizabeth Y. J. Oh is a member of the Finance Department. Her practice includes the representation of lenders, borrowers and equity sponsors in complex financing transactions and other general transactional matters, with specialties in asset-based, acquisition and working capital financing. She received her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006. 

Milan 

Isabella Porchia is a member of the Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on corporate finance, including equity and debt capital markets offerings, company representation, corporate law, general securities law and financial regulatory matters, and equity derivatives. She received a Master of Laws in Securities Laws and Financial Markets from Università degli Studi di Milano in 2003 and an LL.M in International Business Law from London Guildhall University in 2000. 

New York 

Matthew J. Chase is a member of the Corporate Department whose practice focuses on private investment fund formation and structuring and related transactions. Chase represents sponsors of buyout funds, energy and infrastructure funds, distressed asset funds and other funds and privately placed investment offerings. He also advises sponsors of private investment funds on registration and compliance matters under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He received his JD from St. John’s University School of Law in 2005. 

Ryan K. deFord is a member of the Corporate Department who primarily advises on corporate finance and general securities law matters. He has represented underwriters, initial purchasers, issuers and other parties in various transactions, including public and private, secured and unsecured, investment grade, high-yield and convertible debt and equity offerings. He handles transactions across industries, with a focus on the communications, energy, healthcare, hospitality and retail sectors. He received his JD from Fordham University School of Law in 2003. 

Orange County 

Shannon C. Treviño is a member of the Corporate Department. She primarily advises public companies on corporate, securities and governance matters, including SEC disclosures and reports, proxy rules, stock exchange governance rules, insider transaction reporting, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act. Her clients range from Fortune 500 to emerging companies across various industries, such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, real estate, energy and retail. Treviño received her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2006. 

Paris 

John Adam is a member of the Litigation Department. He has extensive experience representing companies, states and state-owned entities in complex international commercial and investor-state arbitrations under the aegis of the principal arbitration rules, including ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, SCC and DIAC. Adam regularly handles disputes under a range of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, focusing on energy, oil and gas, construction and technology disputes. He received his Licenciatura from the University of Seville, Spain in 2000 and his LLB from King’s College, University of London in 1998. 

San Diego 

Jeffrey P. Carlin is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department whose practice focuses on litigation involving the environment and land use entitlements. He advises clients on matters implicating a variety of environmental and land use laws, including the California Environmental Quality Act, the Clean Water Act, California and federal “Superfund” laws, and state and local planning and zoning regulations. Carlin received his JD from University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2003. 

Drew T. Gardiner is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. His practice focuses on representing policyholders in complex insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. Gardiner also counsels clients in the negotiation and placement of representation and warranty policies in M&A transactions. He received his JD from University of Virginia School of Law in 2004. 

James I. Mann is a member of the Finance Department who advises clients on a range of transactional project finance and real estate projects, including casino developments and financings. In addition, he advises clients on real estate acquisition and financing transactions involving hotel, retail, office, residential and senior housing facilities; construction financings; and power plant developments and financings. He received his JD/MBA from University of Southern California in 2006.

Silicon Valley 

Andrew J. Fossum is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice encompasses a range of intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patent litigation relating to computer software, hardware and other electronic devices, such as smart phones. Fossum has extensive experience litigating before a variety of federal courts and administrative agencies, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, the District of Delaware and the US International Trade Commission. Fossum received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 2006. 

Maj Vaseghi is a member of the Tax Department whose practice focuses on benefits and compensation and company representation. She advises clients on securities law reporting and compliance, executive compensation matters, employee benefit plans and registration and corporate governance compliance. Having both law firm and in-house experience, Vaseghi has developed an expertise in public company representation. She received her JD from Columbia University School of Law in 2002. 

Washington, D.C. 

Gabriel K. Bell is a member of the Litigation Department whose practice consists of intellectual property litigation, as well as Supreme Court and appellate matters. He has represented clients from diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and data communications. He received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2004. 

Brandon John Glenn Bortner is a member of the Corporate Department who specializes in capital markets transactions, including public and private securities offerings, securities regulation, company representation and general corporate matters. He also has experience in complex contribution-style initial public offerings, such as umbrella partnership real estate investment trusts (UPREITs) and yieldcos. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. 

Drew C. Ensign is a member of the Litigation and Environment, Land & Resources Departments. He advises clients on environmental, appellate and administrative law matters, with a particular focus on the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, genetically engineered crops, and energy and power matters. He has represented clients in cases before a variety of federal and state courts, including successful Supreme Court merits cases and more than a dozen federal appeals. Ensign received his JD from New York University School of Law in 2005. 

Marc A. Granger is a member of the Corporate Department with a broad practice representing public and private companies and private equity sponsors in a wide range of complex M&A transactions, tender offers, going-private transactions, divestitures of divisions and product lines and other strategic investments. Granger advises clients across various industries, including aerospace, defense and government services, communications and healthcare. He received his JD from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2005. 

Brian D. Miller is a member of the Corporate Department who advises public company and private equity fund clients on complex issues arising under the US securities laws. He has significant experience in capital markets transactions, including public and private securities offerings, as well as general company representation and securities matters, including complex reporting issues under Section 13 and Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Miller received his JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2006.

Anne W. Robinson is a member of the Litigation Department who practices in the areas of government contracts and white collar defense. She focuses on False Claims Act litigation, bid protests and compliance matters such as mandatory disclosure obligations and codes of business ethics. Robinson represents corporations and individuals in Department of Justice investigations, federal litigation, and suspension and debarment proceedings. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2004.

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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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