Sidley Austin LLP Elects Six in New York to Partnership; 33 Promoted to Partner Throughout the Firm
Law Firm Announces New Partners in New York Office’s Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy, Food, Drug and Medical Device Regulatory, Global Finance, Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives, Real Estate and Securities Litigation Practices
New York – Six lawyers in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP are among the 33 lawyers elected to partnership in the firm. Effective, January 1, 2012, the firm has 670 partners in offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. The new New York partners are Matthew E. Fernand, Real Estate; Alex J. Kaplan, Securities Litigation; Diane C. McEnroe, Food, Drug and Medical Device Regulatory; Michele (Miki) Navazio, Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives; Jonathan A. Nunes, Global Finance; and Alex R. Rovira, Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy.
“Welcoming the new class of partners is a great privilege and one I look forward to every year, ” said Thomas A. Cole, chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. “This is a talented and dedicated group of professionals.”
“Our new partners in New York combine their talent with a commitment to the ideals and values that are core to Sidley’s mission,” added George Petrow, managing partner of Sidley’s New York office. “I am proud to welcome them as my new partners.”
Matthew E. Fernand, 35, a partner in the Real Estate practice, focuses on the financing, development, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties and the formation of real estate joint ventures and partnerships. Additionally, Mr. Fernand has significant experience representing both landlords and tenants in office, retail and industrial lease transactions, as well as in loan workouts/restructurings.
Mr. Fernand, formerly an associate, received his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and his B.A. from Emory University.
Alex J. Kaplan, 35, a partner in the Securities Litigation practice, represents corporations, individuals and professional services firms in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, as well as in regulatory and internal investigations. Mr. Kaplan has handled cases in federal and state courts, and in sponsored and private arbitration, throughout the United States.
Mr. Kaplan, formerly an associate, received his J.D., magna cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law, where he was an editor of the Administrative Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Diane C. McEnroe, 49, a partner in the Food, Drug and Medical Device Regulatory practice, represents domestic and global companies in the food, drug, medical device and personal care industries. She has appeared before the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and regularly counsels clients on a full range of matters involving FDA regulatory compliance, claims substantiation, food safety, over-the-counter drug monograph compliance, post-marketing obligations, including adverse event reporting and recalls, and pharmaceutical regulation, including sampling compliance and state licensure and substitution issues.
Ms. McEnroe, formerly a counsel, received her J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law and her B.A. from Wellesley College.
Michele (Miki) Navazio, 51, a partner in the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives practice, advises hedge funds and other end users with respect to a wide variety of derivatives and trading documentation, including ISDA master agreements, prime brokerage arrangements and repurchase agreements, as well as with respect to credit default swaps and equity, foreign exchange and commodity derivatives. Mr. Navazio also advises on regulatory issues and developments that affect derivatives market participants, including central clearing, collateral segregation, reporting and compliance.
Mr. Navazio, formerly an associate, received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Jonathan A. Nunes, 36, a partner in the Global Finance practice, focuses primarily on the representation of issuers, sponsors, underwriters, originators, servicers, investors and loan sellers in a wide range of commercial real estate capital markets transactions, including public and private commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) issuances, re-REMICS, A/B and pari passu mortgage loan structures and mezzanine loans.
Mr. Nunes, formerly an associate, received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Alex R. Rovira, 35, a partner in the Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy practice, represents clients on various aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency matters in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in securitizations and structured finance matters. Mr. Rovira’s work has included representing both debtors and creditors rights in complex chapter 11 cases, chapter 15 cases and cross-border reorganizations.
Mr. Rovira, formerly an associate, received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his A.B. from Harvard University.
Sidley also named the following to partnership in its other offices: Chicago - Kenneth K. Bellaire, Elizabeth C. Curtin, Meenakshi Datta, Joseph M. Manicki, Melissa K. McGrory, Charles K. Schafer, Luke J. Valentino and Mark D. Werner; Dallas - Mark A. Dodd; Hong Kong - Janney Chong, Sherlyn Lau and Raymond Oh; London - Simon Fawell, Benjamin M. Klinger and Rachpal K. Thind; Los Angeles - David R. Carpenter, Andrew J. Dunbar, Olivia M. Kim, Jodi E. Lopez, Nitin Reddy and Jeremy E. Rosenthal; Washington, D.C. - Peter S. Choi, Elizabeth L. Howe, Peter V. Lindsay, Christopher M. Lyons, Quin M. Sorenson and Angela M. Xenakis.
Sidley’s New York office, with more than 340 lawyers, is one of New York City’s largest law offices. The largest portion of the firm’s Securities practice is based in New York and has been recognized worldwide in the areas of debt and equity offerings, securitization, structured finance and derivatives. In addition, Sidley’s New York lawyers have broad experience in other corporate and related areas, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and commercial finance, investment funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and other pooled investment entities, insurance, public finance, securities regulatory and enforcement, broker-dealer regulation, bankruptcy and restructuring, commodities, real estate and REITs, intellectual property, project finance and tax. Sidley also has a substantial litigation practice in New York, with approximately 80 lawyers focused on all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, arbitrations and investigations, including securities litigation, employment litigation, white collar, products liability and patent litigation. Lawyers in the New York office also have significant regulatory capabilities and provide insurance, healthcare, banking and financial institutions and securities regulatory counsel to clients in virtually every major industry.
Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s premier full-service law firms, with approximately 1700 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Repeating its performance in the inaugural 2010 survey, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the 2011/12 U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. Sidley was also named the U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in both Corporate Law and Securities Regulation in the 2011/12 survey (the first year of such designations). BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only three firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and as number one in three of those years.
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