New York – Sidley is pleased to welcome Germaine Nicole Gurr as an M&A and Private Equity partner in the firm’s New York office. Ms. Gurr brings experience as both a global corporate lawyer and a former executive at a global Fortune 500 company.
Ms. Gurr comes to Sidley from White & Case’s M&A practice in New York. Previously, she was vice president and deputy general counsel at Schneider Electric, a global Fortune 500 company.
Ms. Gurr has built an esteemed general corporate practice serving clients across the world in diverse industries, aided by her bilingual capabilities. She has represented clients in a wide array of matters, primarily focused on M&A, private equity, securities offerings, capital raising, joint venture and commercial transactions, and general corporate. Ms. Gurr also regularly serves as an advisor to global companies on legal and business considerations in corporate and commercial transactions, operational structuring and management, and compliance and governance matters.
“Germaine and I crossed paths early in our respective careers and I’ve maintained great respect for her over the years. She is a trusted advisor to her clients and a highly engaged teammate,” said Yvette Ostolaza, Sidley’s Management Committee Chair. “As evidenced by our new office in Miami, Sidley continues to grow and attract top-tier talent. I have no doubt that we will benefit from Germaine’s presence in our offices around the world.”
“Sidley continues to attract the highest level of talent and Germaine is no exception. Not only is she an outstanding corporate lawyer, but she is also well-versed in many industries including energy, infrastructure, chemical, food, industrial, retail, healthcare, and more,” said Dan Clivner, co-leader of the firm’s global M&A and Private Equity practice and a member of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “Her experience as in-house counsel and in private practice will be valued by our clients and leveraged by partners across the firm.”
Ms. Gurr has been recognized in the legal profession, having been listed among The Deal’s “Top Women in Dealmaking for M&A” and ILFR 1000’s Women Leaders Guide for M&A in the United States in 2021 and 2022. Additionally, The M&A Advisor named Ms. Gurr the “M&A Legal Advisor of the Year” in 2020. She is also named in Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Guide and Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Corporate/M&A in the United States in 2021.
Ms. Gurr is originally from Miami, and following her admission to the Florida and California Bar, she will practice in the firm’s New York, Miami, and Century City offices.
Sidley’s preeminent global M&A practice has nearly 500 lawyers that are engaged in the full spectrum of public and private mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions across a variety of industries including energy, life sciences, sports, entertainment, real estate, consumer products, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, technology, media and telecoms, financial services and insurance, and metals and mining.
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