Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and Richardson Patel Announce Merger

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, the 107-year-old full-service law firm with extensive ties to digital media, entertainment, and other industries, and Richardson & Patel LLP, a boutique firm concentrated largely on corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate matters since its founding in 2000, announced that the law firms will merge effective July 1, 2015. The merged firm will retain the Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK) name and combine offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.

“We’re very proud to be joining forces with the talented and entrepreneurial team at Richardson Patel”

Kevin Gaut, currently managing partner of MSK, has been appointed Chairman of the merged MSK, and Nimish Patel, currently co-founder and co-managing partner of Richardson Patel, has been appointed Vice Chairman.

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Chapman and Cutler Welcomes New York Partners Steven Wilamowsky and Ryan Jackson

Chapman and Cutler LLP is pleased to announce that Steven Wilamowsky and Ryan Jackson have joined the firm as partners in the firm’s New York City office. The addition of these accomplished attorneys marks continued growth for Chapman’s New York practice.

Wilamowsky focuses his practice on representing investors, creditors, and lenders in complex restructurings, both in and out of bankruptcy court. “Steve’s extensive litigation experience, in addition to representing investors and buyers of distressed assets through Chapter 11 sales, will contribute valuable support to Chapman’s Litigation, Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice,” noted Franklin Top III, co-head of the group. Prior to joining Chapman, Wilamowsky was a partner with Bingham McCutchen and subsequently Morgan Lewis, which acquired Bingham last year.

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Corporate Partner Joe Daniels Joins Sheppard Mullin New York

Joseph F. Daniels has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s New York office as a partner in the firm’s Corporate practice group. Daniels joins from Loeb & Loeb.

“We are very pleased to welcome Joe, who brings additional emerging company and venture capital expertise to our New York offices. His transactional practice mix, which includes VC financings, M&A, public offerings and buyouts, is both complementary and supplementary to our existing capabilities,” said Jon W. Newby, vice chairman of Sheppard Mullin.

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Evan L. Greebel and Kathleen H. Moriarty Join Kaye Scholer’s Corporate Practice as Partners

Evan L. Greebel and Kathleen H. Moriarty have joined Kaye Scholer LLP’s New York office as Partners in the firm’s Corporate Department. Greebel focuses his practice on M&A and Private Equity, with significant experience in the Life Sciences industry, and Moriarty focuses on exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and financial services regulation. In addition, they have jointly developed a leading practice in the emerging virtual currency space.

“Evan and Kathleen further enhance our core strengths in the Financial Services sector and transactional practices, as well as expand our offerings into innovative new areas” said Kaye Scholer’s Managing Partner Mike Solow. “We’re pleased to offer our clients these augmented resources and capabilities.”

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Paul Hastings Continues Finance Growth with Structured Finance Partner Additions in New York and Washington, DC

New York and Washington, DC-Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that two leading Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) and Structured Finance partners will join the firm, as it continues to bolster its Finance and Corporate practices across key markets in the United States, as well as in London and Hong Kong. Scott Faga and Eugene Ferrer join the firm from Ashurst LLP, where Mr. Faga was Global Co-Head of the Securities and Derivatives Group and Mr. Ferrer was Managing Partner for the U.S. offices. Mr. Faga is based in Washington, DC, and Mr. Ferrer is based in New York, and join Paul Hastings with a highly experienced team of lawyers including Nicole Skalla and Brian Whaley.

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Element’s $6.9 Billion Acquisition of GE Capital’s Fleet Management Operations

On June 29, 2015, Element Financial Corporation, one of North America’s leading fleet management and equipment finance companies, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with GE to acquire GE Capital’s fleet management operations in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for an all-cash purchase price of approximately $6.9 billion. Upon closing of the transaction, Element’s combined fleet management operations will include more than one million vehicles under contract.

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Leading M&A Partner Joins Latham & Watkins in New York

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Thomas W. Christopher has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of its Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Christopher brings almost 30 years of experience advising multinational companies, special committees and financial advisors in negotiated and hostile public M&A transactions. He has also built a strong reputation in corporate governance matters, including shareholder activism and takeover defense matters.

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AerCap Ireland Capital Limited and AerCap Global Aviation Trust’s $1 Billion Registered Debt Offering

Cravath represented AerCap Ireland Capital Limited and AerCap Global Aviation Trust in connection with their US$1 billion registered debt offering. AerCap Ireland Capital Limited and AerCap Global Aviation Trust are wholly owned subsidiaries of AerCap Holdings N.V., the world’s largest independent aircraft leasing company. The transaction closed on June 25, 2015.

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Delhaize Group’s $29 Billion Merger with Royal Ahold

On June 24, 2015, leading international food retailers Delhaize Group and Royal Ahold N.V. announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge in a transaction that will create a combined company, Ahold Delhaize, valued at approximately $29 billion based on their closing share prices on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Cravath is representing Delhaize in connection with this transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, each Delhaize shareholder will receive 4.75 Ahold ordinary shares for each Delhaize ordinary share.

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Brant Maller Moves to Winston & Strawn

Winston & Strawn LLP is pleased to announce that Brant Maller has joined the firm’s New York office. Mr. Maller’s practice focuses on representing investors of institutional capital in alternative asset classes, including private equity, hedge fund, real estate, and real assets. Independently, Mr. Maller will also continue his work with Alternative Investments Forum (AIF), an independent economic think tank focusing on institutional investment policy. AIF’s mission is to foster education, communication, and information exchange among the largest institutional investors globally.

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