Angelo Ciavarella Joins Katten as Partner in New York

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced today that Angelo Ciavarella has joined the firm’s Tax Planning practice as a partner in its New York office. Ciavarella focuses his practice on structuring domestic and cross-border corporate and private equity transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, tax-free reorganizations, leveraged buyouts and other major corporate transactions, as well as lending and other financing transactions.

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Freshfields Expands US Corporate Practice with Strategic M&A Hire

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (‘Freshfields’) announced today the appointment of Aly El Hamamsy as a partner in the firm’s US corporate practice, significantly enhancing both its US offering and the firm’s position as the firm of choice for complex, cross-border matters.

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Akerman Continues New York Office Growth

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced the continued expansion of its second largest office, with the addition of New York Partners John Campo and Sanford Davis. Campo brings significant experience in complex bankruptcy and business restructuring within the real estate and financial services sectors. Davis joins the firm with substantial transactional tax experience that enhances Akerman’s core strengths in M&A and real estate transactions throughout the United States and internationally.

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Shearman & Sterling Advises on Taikang’s $1 Billion Joint Venture With NorthStar Realty to Enter the Healthcare Real Estate Markets

Shearman & Sterling is advising Taikang Insurance Group (Taikang) on the establishment of a joint venture with New York-based NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE: NRF) (NorthStar). Through the joint venture, Taikang will acquire approximately US$1 billion interest at a valuation of US$6.1 billion in NorthStar’s existing portfolio of healthcare assets in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Herbert Smith Freehills’ New York Office Hires First Latam Project Finance Partner

Herbert Smith Freehills’ New York Office has again strengthened its hub of the firm’s global Latin America offering. Edward J. Dougherty is relocating to New York from São Paolo, Brazil, to join the firm as a Partner focusing on project finance, trade finance and syndicated lending in the infrastructure, mining, power, oil & gas and financial sectors across Latin America.

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Leading Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securitizations (CMBS) Partner Joins Reed Smith in New York

Reed Smith LLP today announced that Jodi Schwimmer is joining the firm as a partner in the global Financial Industry Group (FIG) in New York. Schwimmer was most recently a partner at Dechert and brings with her two associates integrated into her practice, Samantha Chertoff and Carla Moore. The addition of Schwimmer to FIG follows closely on new partners Maria Earley, an experienced Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) attorney based in Washington, D.C.; Daniel Winterfeldt, a leading U.S. securities practitioner based in London; and Diane Roberts, a highly experienced restructuring and insolvency attorney also based in London.

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