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White & Case Elects 28 New Partners

New York, October 12, 2012 ... Global law firm White & Case LLP today announced the promotions of 28 lawyers worldwide to its partnership. The promotions are effective January 1, 2013 and span eight of the Firm's Global Practices, with a focus on Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Disputes.

"Our new partners strengthen our global practices and our ability to serve our clients around the world," said White & Case chairman Hugh Verrier. "With their energy and enthusiasm, we are building for the future."

Listed by the regions in which they are based, the new partners are:

Americas
  • Raj Gandesha is based in New York and has been named a partner in our Global Intellectual Property Practice. He is qualified in New York and advises on a wide variety of intellectual property and commercial litigation matters, including complex patent, trade secret, copyright and antitrust litigations.
  • Marius Griskonis is based in New York and has been named a partner in our Global Project Finance Practice. He is qualified in New York and Lithuania and focuses on international and domestic corporate and financing transactions, with an emphasis on project and asset-based financing.
  • Manuel Groenewold Ortíz-Mena is based in Mexico City and has been named a partner in our Global Capital Markets Practice. He is qualified in Mexico and advises on corporate matters including securities, banking, public debt, privatizations, mergers and acquisitions and asset sale procedures.
  • Richard S. Kebrdle is based in Miami and has been named a partner in our Global Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. He is qualified in Florida and represents distressed investors and funds in domestic and cross-border cases.
  • Hansel T. Pham is based in Washington, DC and has been named a partner in our Global International Arbitration Practice. He is qualified in Washington, DC and New York and has substantial experience representing clients in investor-state disputes in domestic and international arbitrations.
  • Justin Wagstaff is based in New York and has been named a partner in our Global Banking Practice. He is qualified in New York and specializes in the negotiation and documentation of acquisition and leveraged financings and debtor-in-possession and exit financings.

Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Charles-Henri Arminjon is based in Riyadh and has been named a partner in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He is qualified in France and concentrates on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general commercial law.
  • Charles Balmain is based in London and has been made a partner in our Global Commercial Litigation Practice. He is an English-qualified solicitor and a solicitor advocate whose practice covers a broad range of commercial matters on behalf of corporate clients and financial institutions, including competition disputes.
  • Sebastian Buss is based in Istanbul and has been named a partner in our Global Project Finance Practice. He is an English-qualified lawyer who focuses on international finance transactions with a particular focus on asset and project finance.
  • Antoine Cousin is based in Riyadh and has been named a partner in our Global Project Finance Practice. He is qualified in New York and France and focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships, construction, competitive tenders and joint ventures.
  • Stefan Feuerriegel is based in Hamburg and has been named a partner in our real estate practice. He is a German-qualified lawyer with experience in commercial real estate, complex leasing and large scale developments.
  • Guniz Gokce is based in Istanbul and has been named a partner in our Global Banking Practice. She is qualified in Turkey and New York and acts for arrangers, lenders and financial institutions on cross-border financings and securitizations, syndications, and structured financings.
  • Alexandre Jaurett is based in Paris and has been named a partner in our employment practice. He is qualified in France and specializes in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law with particular expertise in restructurings, and the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
  • Markus Langen is based in Frankfurt and has been named a partner in our Global Commercial Litigation Practice. He is qualified in Germany and focuses on financial liability litigation, particularly in relation to compliance and risk issues.
  • Jonathan Langley is based in Moscow and has been named a partner in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He is qualified in England and Wales, and advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate matters.
  • Darina Lozovsky is based in Moscow and has been named a partner in our Global Capital Markets Practice. She is qualified in New York and represents underwriters, issuers and placement agents in Rule 144A/Regulation S debt and equity offerings.
  • David Manson is based in London and has been named a partner in our Global Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. He is English qualified and advises on all aspects of national and cross-border restructurings, specializing in the technical aspects of administrations and schemes of arrangement.
  • Nathalie Nègre-Eveillard is based in Paris and has been named a partner in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. She is qualified in France and advises both domestic and international clients and investors on mergers and acquisitions, LBOs, corporate restructurings and general corporate matters.
  • Laura Prater is based in London and has been named a partner in our Global Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. She is qualified in Australia and advises financial institutions, companies and directors on insolvencies and restructurings.
  • Matthias Stupp is based in Hamburg and has been named a partner in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He is qualified in Germany and focuses on cross-border transactions, corporate restructurings and corporate financings.
  • Jirí Tomola is based in Prague and has been named a partner in our Global Banking Practice. He is qualified in the Czech Republic and advises clients on acquisition finance, structured finance and export finance.
  • Guillaume Vallat is based in Paris and has been named a partner in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He is qualified in France and focuses on assisting French and international companies with corporate transactions including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and reorganizations.
  • Michael Watson has been named a partner in our Global Project Finance Practice. Currently based in London, he will be relocating to Abu Dhabi. Michael is qualified in South Africa and England and Wales, and has significant experience with infrastructure projects and project financings.
  • Stuart Willey is based in London and has been named a partner in our bank regulatory practice. He is English qualified and was formerly Chief Counsel to the UK's Financial Services Authority. Stuart specializes in financial regulation, focusing on securities firms, banking and financial market regulation.
  • Julia Zagonek is based in Moscow and has been made a partner in our Global International Arbitration Practice. She is English qualified and focuses on international arbitration, primarily advising on commercial matters.

Asia
  • Jonathan Olier is based in Singapore and has been named a partner in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He is qualified in England and Wales and France, and specializes in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity buyouts and restructurings.
  • Nandakumar Ponniya is based in Singapore and has been made a partner in our Global International Arbitration Practice. He is qualified in Singapore, England and Wales, and New York, and specializes in international arbitration with a focus on construction law.
  • Alexander W. Woody is based in Tokyo and has been named a partner in our Global Project Finance Practice. He is qualified in Hawaii and Texas, and is a Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan. He focuses on energy project development and financing, with particular expertise in the LNG sector.

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