Latham & Watkins Elects 23 New Partners, 11 New Counsel

Group includes transactional, litigation and regulatory lawyers across many sectors.

November 7, 2011

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys have been elected to the partnership, and 11 associates have been elected to the role of counsel, effective January 1, 2012.

The group comprises attorneys who advise clients in a range of transactional, litigation and regulatory practice areas and across a number of core industry sectors such as energy, financial services, healthcare and technology, among others.

“These attorneys have consistently demonstrated their exceptional legal skills and intense dedication to client service. They’ve also shown the attributes of team spirit and intellectual curiosity that are hallmarks of the firm, and which make them valuable resources to their colleagues and clients alike,” said Robert M. Dell, Chairman and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “We congratulate the attorneys on reaching these milestones and look forward to their continued contributions to our clients and our firm.”

The attorneys elected to the partnership are:


Matthew Kutcher is a litigator whose practice specializes in white collar and government investigations, as well as securities and professional liability defense. He represents corporations, accounting firms and investment banks, as well as their officers, directors and executives, in government investigations and private disputes, involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), US and EU trade sanctions, export controls, money laundering, securities laws and commercial contract disputes. He received a JD from Yale Law School in 2001.


Christoph Baus is a litigator whose practice focuses on contentious matters involving capital markets and securities law matters, shareholder disputes, M&A transactions and restructurings. In addition, he regularly represents clients on professional liability matters, defending members of corporate bodies, as well as lawyers and auditors, against liability suits. He recently has taken leading roles in managing cases involving several large international insurance entities and municipal governments. He received a Dr. jur. from the University of Goettingen in 2002, and he completed the Second German State Exam at Braunschweig’s Court of Appeals in 2004 and the First German State Exam at the University of Goettingen in 2000.


David Boles is a corporate attorney with a focus on equity and debt capital markets, company representation and general securities law matters. He represents investment banks, sponsors and companies in a variety of industries on a range of both public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. He received a BA from Rice University in 1995 and a JD from Duke University School of Law in 2002.

Oliver Browne specializes in international arbitration and the resolution of cross-border disputes. He has particular expertise in complex matters, such as those arising out of oil and gas, construction, infrastructure, energy and power projects, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, distribution agreements and long term supply contracts, and those arising in the financial services and private equity sectors. He has also acted in investment treaty disputes for and against states and state entities. He received a LLB from King’s College London in 1999 and a Matrîse en Droit from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, also in 1999.

Claire Keast-Butler is a corporate attorney who specialises in equity capital markets transactions. She has considerable experience representing issuers, investment banks, corporate finance houses and investors on initial public offerings and secondary offerings and representing investors on PIPE transactions. Her practice also encompasses general securities and corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions. She received a LLB from University College London in 1998.

Bobby Reddy is a corporate attorney qualified in England and Wales and the State of California, whose practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity, investment funds, and company representation, with particular expertise in cross-border transactions. He has represented clients involved in a number of industries, including entertainment, energy, healthcare, communications, retail, transportation, manufacturing and information technology. He studied law at Guildford College of Law and Cambridge University.


Kimberly Posin is an insolvency attorney who specializes in representing public and private corporate debtors and secured lenders in all aspects of chapter 11 proceedings, including transactional bankruptcy matters and bankruptcy-related litigation. Her practice also involves representing debtors and purchasers in distressed asset sales and corporate clients in out of court restructurings. Her clients include major banking, financial, technology, transportation and power companies. She received a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2002.


Christian Jahn is a finance attorney with a broad practice that includes acquisition finance, syndicated corporate loans, real estate finance and project finance. He has advised German and international banks and investors on complex financings of cross-border acquisitions and cross-over corporate loans and counsels clients on the financing aspects of private equity and other M&A transactions. He completed the Second German State Exam at Nuremberg’s Higher Regional Court in 2003 and the First German State Exam at the University of Passau in 2001.


Jocelyn Noll is a transactional tax attorney whose practice focuses on corporate and partnership taxation. She represents public and privately owned corporations, investment funds, partnerships and LLCs with respect to federal tax matters pertaining to mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, public and private financings, securitizations and restructurings. She received a JD from New York University School of Law in 2001.

William Reckler is a litigator whose practice focuses on white collar defense and investigations, and securities litigation. He has notable expertise in conducting internal investigations in anticipation of potential state and/or federal regulatory action. He has represented clients in connection with a number of such state and federal investigations related to allegations ranging from accounting fraud, to False Claims Act violations, to improper payment of kickbacks, to stock options backdating. He has also represented civil defendants in complex multidistrict litigation and commercial disputes arising from such matters, and is currently involved in litigation arising out of mortgage-backed securities transactions and the recent financial crisis. In 2010, he led one of the first internal investigations in Bahrain for an investment banking client. He received a JD from Harvard Law School in 2002.


Salman Al-Sudairi is a US and Saudi qualified finance and corporate attorney with a focus on various financing transactions, including leveraged financings, project financings, Islamic financings, restructurings and capital markets transactions. He also advises Saudi Arabian and international clients in complex commercial transactions in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region in a wide range of industries, including energy, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare and hospitality. He has been instrumental in helping build the firm’s practice in the Middle East, including the opening of the firm’s Riyadh office in April 2010. He received a JD from Villanova University School of Law in 2003.


Jennifer Barry is a litigator with considerable trial experience who specializes in all aspects of commercial intellectual property, including trademarks, trade dress, copyright, trade secrets and false advertising, and with specific expertise in Internet law. She also provides client counseling and prosecution advice and manages global IP portfolios. She has represented companies in a broad range of industries, including cosmetics and skincare, software, video games, publishing, consumer electronics and pharmaceuticals. She received a JD from Duke University School of Law in 2003.

Laura Godfrey is an environmental attorney whose practice focuses on the development and defense of major energy and infrastructure projects. She represents utilities, project developers and other clients before federal, state and local agencies, including public utility commissions. She has served as lead counsel for major transmission line projects, and has defended approvals of energy and infrastructure projects in post-approval litigation. She has worked on numerous transmission lines and utility-scale renewable energy projects in the Western United States, and she also has been involved in key decisions made by federal resource agencies regarding energy projects in the Southwest United States. She received a JD from UCLA School of Law in 2002.

John Wilson is a litigator and environmental attorney whose practice focuses primarily on representing policyholders in complex insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, in addition to advising clients on environmental and general business litigation. He has substantial experience in insurance coverage matters involving a variety of first- and third-party insurance, including commercial general liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions, and political risk policies, as well as insurance bad faith claims. He has litigated before state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level, and in the international commercial arbitration setting. He received a JD from Stanford Law School in 2003.


Ashley Bauer is an antitrust and competition litigator who specializes in global cartel cases and non-cartel antitrust matters. She has played in integral role in recent antitrust victories for clients related to issues such as pharmaceutical products and air cargo. She also has a wide range of experience in federal and state litigation and private arbitration, including white collar criminal defense and environmental litigation. She received a JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2003.

Grace Chen is a tax attorney whose practice focuses on US federal income tax matters, including the tax consequences of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spinoffs, restructurings, private equity investments and financing transactions. She has experience advising public and privately-held corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, private equity and venture capital funds and emerging companies. She received a JD from Yale Law School in 2002.


Christopher Hazuka is a life sciences attorney who specializes in complex transactions in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and medical diagnostic industries. He began his career as a scientist, earning a PhD from the Neurosciences Program and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University in 1999. He then worked as a technical advisor at Townsend and Townsend, and received his JD in 2003 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He currently works within the firm’s well-regarded life sciences industry group and has developed expertise in all types of transactions that are important to life sciences companies from founding through exit, such as domestic and international transactions involving intellectual property and product rights, technology acquisitions, and a range of strategic alliance and corporate partnering transactions. He routinely represents both emerging and public companies, as well as investment banks and investors such as venture capitalists.


Timothy Hia is a finance attorney whose practice encompasses bank financings, debt and equity capital markets transactions, project financings and corporate restructurings. He has advised debtors and creditors on various acquisition financings, working capital facilities and structured financings, and has represented both issuers and underwriters on debt and equity capital markets transactions in Singapore and Southeast Asia. He has also represented sponsors, developers, financial advisors and lenders on various project finance transactions in the energy sector. He received a JD from Columbia University School of Law in 2003.


Lori Alvino McGill is a litigator in the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group. She focuses principally on appeals in the Supreme Court of the United States and federal and state courts of appeals and has handled civil and criminal matters involving a wide range of constitutional and statutory issues. She recently filed winning briefs in notable appeals involving securities and other business-critical issues, as well as in high-profile business and education cases before the US Supreme Court. She also has handled or advised on cases involving a wide array of other nationally important matters, including in the areas of administrative law, First Amendment law, criminal law, contract law, civil rights, environmental law, family law, intellectual property, telecommunications, preemption and federal jurisdiction. She currently serves on the D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures. She earned her JD in 2003 from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a James Kent Scholar. Before joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Jason Licht is a corporate attorney with significant experience in capital markets transactions, including private and public securities offerings, as well as general corporate and securities matters and company representation. He regularly represents private equity funds, investment banks and companies in these transactions, including in connection with financing for leveraged buy-out and acquisition transactions. He also represents both public and private companies in various industries, including technology, aerospace, transportation, communications and manufacturing, regarding their reporting obligations and corporate governance matters. He received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002.

Brian Murray is a communications lawyer with a particular emphasis on the regulatory treatment of Voice-over-Internet Protocol services and broadband-based services. In addition to assisting clients with matters relating to emerging technologies, he has significant experience with more traditional telecommunications and media issues, such as intercarrier compensation, universal service and the regulation of cable companies. He received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000.

David Penna is a finance attorney whose practice centers on project finance and development, representing lenders and developers in all phases of US and international projects, particularly in the energy, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors. He also has significant mergers and acquisitions experience, with a focus on deals involving power generation assets. He received a JD from Yale Law School in 2001.

Eric Volkman is a litigator who primarily practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He has worked on a wide variety of matters in federal and state court, where he has represented foreign countries, municipalities, companies, elected officials and other individuals in civil litigation and government investigations. He also has notable experience in export control matters and data privacy compliance in the context of international investigations. He received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2003.


The new counsel include:


William Schwab is a corporate attorney whose practice focuses on advising leading private equity funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, early- and late-stage private equity investments, leveraged recapitalizations, management buyouts and secondary transactions. He also has extensive experience representing privately held portfolio companies in a variety of industries. He joined the firm when Latham & Watkins opened its Boston office earlier this year. He received a JD from Harvard Law School in 2003.

Evan Smith is a corporate attorney who advises on emerging companies matters including formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, employment matters, corporate governance, securities law compliance and public offerings. His work covers industries that include medical technology, life sciences, high technology, software and Internet services. He joined the firm when Latham & Watkins opened its Boston office earlier this year. He received a JD from the University of Toronto in 2003.


Anne Schoening is a finance attorney who represents banks, private equity investors and companies on domestic German and cross-border finance matters. Her areas of expertise include acquisitions, real estate and ship finance, asset-based and general corporate lending and syndicated loans, and she has advised clients on corporate reorganizations and the restructuring of debt securities. She received a Dr. jur. from Bucerius Law School in 2003, and she completed the Second German State Exam at Hamburg’s Higher Regional Court in 2004 and the First German State Exam at the University of Hamburg in 2000.


Amy Quartarolo is a litigator who represents debtors, creditors and financial institutions in a wide range of bankruptcy-related and complex commercial litigation matters. She regularly practices in both state and federal courts, and has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her JD from UCLA Law School in 2002.


Yoko Takagi is a corporate attorney whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and company representation. She has broad transactional experience representing both buyers and sellers in connection with stock and asset sales as well as managing auction sale processes. She also has significant experience advising issuers and underwriters on equity and debt offerings including initial public offerings, rights offerings and high yield, and she has advised numerous clients in public and private cross border transactions. She received a law degree from Universidad de Navarra in 2000 and a LLM from Universidad Pompeu Fabra in 2001. She also received a Diploma in English Commercial Law and passed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test, both at the College of Law London in 2005.


Carrie Girgenti is a corporate attorney who specializes in intellectual property and technology-related matters. She regularly counsels clients regarding a variety of trademark, copyright and patent issues, and provides intellectual property and technology advice in the context of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. She is experienced in a wide range of IP and technology-related transactions including joint ventures, services and consulting arrangements, software licensing, strategic alliances, intellectual property and technology transfers, co-branding agreements, and supply and distribution agreements. She received a JD from Fordham University School of Law in 1998.

Clem Naples is an intellectual property litigator with a particular focus on patent infringement and trade secret actions. He has litigated cases from inception through trial and appeal in cases covering a wide range of technologies. He also has extensive experience negotiating complex patent license agreements, such as those covering worldwide patent portfolios. He has a BS in Physics, and received a JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2000. He also has a LLM from New York University School of Law.


Jérôme Commerçon is a transactional tax attorney whose practice focuses on the taxation of intra-group reorganizations, and domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He also has a valuable experience in employee's benefits and personal tax planning matters. He has a strong academic background in both business law and finance. He received in particular a Postgraduate Tax Law Degree from the Paris-Dauphine University in 2001, a Postgraduate Business Law and Management Degree from the HEC Business School in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the Paris-Sorbonne University in 1999.


Luca Pocobelli is a corporate attorney with a broad national and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate and real estate practice, including advising on competitive bids, spin-offs and demerger proceedings, drafting and negotiation on either seller or buyer side of sale and purchase, joint venture and shareholders agreements, transfer of going concerns and commercial contracts. He also has extensive experience in advising major Italian and foreign operators in connection with the setting up of asset management companies, the institution and management of real estate funds as well as in banking group restructuring and debt rescheduling transactions. He received a law degree from La Sapienza University, Rome in 1997.


Angela Angelovska-Wilson is a finance attorney with experience in mergers and acquisitions, financing, international cross-border and private equity transactions. Her work involves financial institutions regulation and includes representation of financial services firms and technology companies in transactional and regulatory matters, retail and institutional product development and distribution, electronic commerce and capital markets. She regularly counsels clients on the practical, legal and regulatory solutions that facilitate online and electronic payment systems, Internet banking and other online service activities. She received a JD from American University, Washington College of Law in 2001.

Kevin DiBartolo is a white collar defense attorney whose practice focuses on issues arising under US export controls and economic sanctions laws and regulations. He advises clients within the aerospace, defense and energy industries on issues arising under US laws and regulations governing export controls, economic sanctions, and other laws governing cross border transactions, and provides counsel related to internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, export classifications, compliance reviews and procedures, and other complex legal, regulatory, policy, licensing and enforcement issues. He received a JD from Georgetown University School of Law and a Master of Science from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2001.


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Notes to Editor

1 Latham & 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 Mohammed Al-Sheikh. 


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