Shearman & Sterling Strengthens Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Practice in New York with Addition of Joel Moss

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling has strengthened its financial restructuring & insolvency practice with the addition of Joel Moss, who joins the firm as a partner in the New York office.

Mr. Moss comes to Shearman & Sterling from Mayer Brown LLP, where he was a partner. Prior to that, he was in-house counsel at Barclays, where he handled bankruptcy and restructuring matters for the bank in the US for a variety of internal clients, negotiating and reviewing restructuring documentation and documentation for DIP and exit financings, as well as structuring financial transactions to mitigate bankruptcy risk. Mr. Moss assisted the prime services group and other transactional areas of the bank on netting and other bankruptcy issues relating to futures, derivatives and commodities. He also was the lead lawyer in preparing the Barclays US resolution plan (“living will”) required under the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Lexington Partners Establishes $10.1 Billion LCP VIII Investment Fund

Simpson Thacher represented Lexington Partners L.P. (“Lexington Partners”) in the establishment of its eighth fund dedicated to acquiring interests in global private investment funds through negotiated secondary market purchases, Lexington Capital Partners VIII, L.P. (“LCP VIII”). Lexington Partners has announced that the LCP VIII investment program raised $10.1 billion of total commitments.

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Shareholder Michael D. Hall Joins Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is proud to announce the recent addition of Shareholder Michael D. Hall to the firm’s New York and Newark offices. Hall comes to Buchanan from McDermott Will & Emery LLP where he was a partner in the New York Trial Department.

Hall is a skilled litigator with experience in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment law, toxic and mass tort litigation, contract disputes and breach of fiduciary duty. He also has experience with large class action and multi-district lawsuits.

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Fiat Chrysler’s $3 Billion High‑Yield Senior Debt Offering

Cravath represented the initial purchasers, led by J.P. Morgan Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch, in connection with the US$3 billion 144A/Reg. S high‑yield senior debt offering of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., the seventh largest automaker in the world. The transaction closed on April 14, 2015.

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Craig B. Whitney Joins Frankfurt Kurnit as Litigation and Intellectual Property Partner

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC has added Craig B. Whitney as a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups. Mr. Whitney joined the firm today.

“Craig Whitney is a rising star in the IP Litigation world and a perfect fit for our IP Litigation team,” said Frankfurt Kurnit Litigation Group Chair Edward H. Rosenthal. “We are thrilled that he is joining us.”

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Stroock Bolsters Litigation Practice Further with Two Partners and Special Counsel in New York and Miami

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC, announced the addition of two new partners and a special counsel. Joining the firm are Michael C. Keats, a litigation partner in New York, and Laura Besvinick, an insurance litigation partner in Miami. Julie Nevins, who focuses on complex commercial litigation, has joined the firm as special counsel in Miami.

The continued expansion of the firm includes two recent additions in the Los Angeles office, Steven D. Atlee, a financial services/class action partner in the Litigation Practice Group, and Yousuf I. Dhamee, an investment management partner.

“The addition of these talented and experienced lawyers will bolster the firm’s strong national litigation practice in key practice areas – insurance, securities, commercial litigation and commodities,” said Alan M. Klinger, Stroock’s co-managing partner and co-chair of Stroock’s Litigation Practice Group.

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Dechert Advises Wells Fargo on Deal with GE Capital Real Estate

Leading international law firm Dechert LLP advised Wells Fargo in relation to its agreement to purchase commercial real estate loans valued at US$9 billion in the United States, UK and Canada from GE Capital Real Estate as part of an overall transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion. Wells Fargo purchased performing first mortgage loans, and private equity firm Blackstone acquired US and European equity assets as well as first mortgage loans in Mexico, Australia and the US, with Wells Fargo providing financing for certain of Blackstone’s acquisitions.

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