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White & Case Names 37 New Partners

New York, January 16, 2007 ... Global law firm White & Case LLP has named 37 new partners effective January 1, 2007.

Managing Partner Duane D. Wall said: "Our new class of partners represents the future of White & Case. They will add strength in a wide range of practices and offices throughout the Firm, and enhance our ability to serve our clients' needs."

The new partners, and their respective offices, are:
  • Beijing
    Stephen R. Payne advises clients on cross-border financings and investments, focusing on the development, privatization and financing of energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets through competitive solicitations and negotiated transactions.

  • Berlin
    Henning Berger focuses on German public business, advising public and private institutions on questions of administrative and constitutional law and insurance, banking, and finance supervision. He also has extensive experience in privatization, planning and environmental law in Europe.

  • Frankfurt
    Frank-Karl Heuchemer
    counsels on labor law and M&A, rendering legal advice in all areas of individual and collective labor law and civil law. He is also experienced in restructuring companies and in mass dismissals. He deals with all aspects regarding collective rights, such as redundancy payment systems and co-determination at supervisory boards.

    Juergen Klengel concentrates on corporate and individual defense, as well as corporate compliance with regard to business crime. He has substantial legal and practical knowledge about fiscal, environmental law and various aspects of business offenses. He has extensive experience with fraud, international corruption, foreign trade and payments, insolvency, customs, and banking and stock exchange law with respect to criminal offenses, as well as with insider trading and falsifications of balance sheets.

  • Johannesburg
    Shamilah Grimwood focuses on energy, infrastructure and project finance, privatization and public sector procurement (particularly, public private partnerships in the health, ecotourism, transport and housing sectors), public sector finance, administrative law and regulation, and telecommunications.

  • London
    Adrian C. Beasley is a banking and asset finance lawyer whose practice focuses on international asset finance and equipment leasing transactions, with a particular emphasis on the aviation industry. His transaction experience includes secured debt financings, tax-based leasing structures, leveraged operating lease financings, export credit financings and securitizations, representing lenders, lessors and operators.

    Brian L. Conway has extensive experience in international cross-border bank finance, representing banks, financial institutions and companies in bilateral and syndicated financings, with a particular focus on leveraged finance transactions.

    Peter Epp is an English and New York-qualified lawyer with extensive international capital markets experience gained through advising major banking, corporate and international financial institution clients on a broad range of debt, equity and equity-related, structured and regulatory hybrid transactions.

    Shawna Miller has almost 15 years of international debt capital markets and structured finance experience with a focus on cash and synthetic CDO transactions and securitizations. She had previously been a partner in a leading Canadian law firm.

    Josh R. Parbhu is an English-qualified lawyer who specializes in structured finance and has significant experience in funded CDOs. He has acted on a number of funded CDOs and structured credit programs for leading financial institutions.

    Jay Sadanandan has significant experience advising banks, financial institutions and companies on a wide range of banking and finance transactions, including cross-border acquisition finance, structured finance, investment grade finance, trade finance and general banking matters.

    Greg Stonefield has experience in UK and international M&A, equity capital markets, dual listed company structures, international reorganizations, joint ventures and private equity transactions.

    Robert Wheal has a wide range of experience in international dispute resolution with particular emphasis on banking and finance litigation, oil and gas disputes and major commercial arbitration.

  • Los Angeles
    Patrick O. Hunnius
    specializes in complex business litigation, including representing numerous clients in Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and internal investigations.

    Roberto J. Kampfner focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency, and has represented an array of debtors, creditors and other interested parties in bankruptcy proceedings, including those under Chapter 11.

    Daniel H. Peters concentrates on domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, private equity investments, corporate governance matters and other corporate and financial transactions.

  • Mexico City
    Juan Antonio Martín's focuses his practice on securities offerings, financial transactions and M&A, with an emphasis on banking and securities matters. He has participated as issuer’s counsel in several securities offerings in the Mexican market, as well as in acquisitions of Mexican companies by local and foreign investors.

  • Miami
    David P. Draigh
    is a commercial litigator who has represented foreign and domestic corporations and individuals in consumer class actions, internal investigations, contract disputes, and director and officer liability actions in the cable television, financial services, telecommunications, information services and consulting industries.

  • New York
    Alan W. Avery
    concentrates on US federal and state regulation of banking organizations. His practice principally involves advising domestic and foreign banking institutions regarding the impact of federal and state banking laws on their worldwide operations.

    Colin J. Diamond counsels on securities transactions, representing both issuers and underwriters in connection with a range of debt and equity offerings. He also advises on securities law issues in connection with M&A transactions and restructurings, as well as general corporate matters.

    Matthew J. Kautz focuses on representing corporate clients and private equity funds in public and private mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes work with publicly listed companies, "going-private" transactions, private equity investments and equity co-investments.

    Someera F. Khokhar concentrates on asset finance with extensive experience in the aviation sector acting for financial institutions and lessors. Her experience includes cross-border leveraged operating leases, finance leases, ECA-supported lease transactions and secured loan transactions. She has advised on restructuring and bankruptcy matters acting for lenders and lessors.

    Jack E. Pace III is a litigator who focuses on complex commercial litigation and counseling in the areas of antitrust, trade regulation and bankruptcy. He has extensive experience defending companies in complex, multi-jurisdictional class actions, such as those involving claims under the antitrust laws, consumer protection statutes and Title VII. Jack is also an editor for Antitrust magazine, which is published by the American Bar Association.

    Tomer Pinkusiewicz is active in project finance, lending and capital markets transactions, primarily involving Latin American companies. He represents issuers and underwriters in a full range of transactions, including public offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings and private placements.

    Jonathan A. Schechter represents equity investors, investment funds, developers, lenders and owners in a broad range of real estate transactions throughout the United States and abroad. These include joint ventures and capital market transactions, financings and the acquisition, development, and disposition of all types of commercial, mixed-use, industrial and residential properties.

    John R. Vetterli represents issuers and underwriters in a full range of equity and debt securities transactions, including global and domestic registered public offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings and private placements. He has extensive experience in capital markets transactions involving Latin American issuers, as well as in tender offers and liability management transactions.

  • Palo Alto
    Mark F. Lambert is a litigator focused on intellectual property disputes. His practice includes representations in a variety of industries, including foreign and domestic manufacturers of software and hardware in matters involving trade secret, patent, trademark, and copyright claims, as well as licensing and related commercial disputes.

  • Paris
    Frédéric Bouvet concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and secondary offerings, tender offers and private equity transactions. He represents French and foreign companies in their listed and non-listed acquisition or restructuring operations, joint venture agreements and corporate reorganization.

    Victoria Westcott has substantial experience in many areas of finance, including project finance and investment in infrastructure, energy projects, aircraft and shipping finance, capital markets and syndicated loans. Previously the co-head of White & Case’s finance practice in the Firm’s Budapest office, she has in-depth knowledge of the financing markets in London, Paris and the CEE.

  • Prague
    Kvetoslav Krejcí has extensive experience in banking, capital markets, M&A, foreign investment and general corporate transactions. He is also the head of our operating Japanese desk that provides complex legal and tax services to Japanese investors in their native language and also heads our specialized pharmaceutical practice.

    David Plch is the head of the Banking and Financial Services Group of the Prague office. He concentrates on financing, financial restructuring, M&A, and legal services for financial institutions, including private equity funds.

  • Shanghai
    John C. Leary has worked in White & Case offices in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Hanoi, Prague, Mexico City and Palo Alto. In Shanghai, he specializes in cross-border M&A, private equity investments, joint ventures and venture financings.

  • Stockholm
    Anna Sundberg focuses on private M&A both within Sweden and on a cross-border basis, corporate restructurings, private equity transactions and all general corporate transactions.

  • Tokyo
    Gerald M. Fujii focuses on cross-border transactional matters, primarily in the real estate, finance and general corporate areas.

  • Washington, DC
    Nicole E. Erb is an international commercial litigator with an emphasis on multi-jurisdictional disputes. She represents foreign and sovereign clients in federal and state court litigation at all levels and before US government bodies. She also advises clients worldwide in the pursuit and development of business opportunities in compliance with US sanctions and trade embargoes.

    Eric Grannon is a litigator who specializes in antitrust, including regulatory, private, and criminal matters. He returned to White & Case in 2004 after serving as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.

    Jonathan C. Hamilton practices in international dispute resolution through arbitration and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, he also has worked in the New York and Mexico City offices of the Firm.

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