New York – Sidley is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Kochian, Gerald Brant, and Brittany Harrison have joined as partners in Sidley’s M&A and Private Equity practice. Erika Cohen has also joined as counsel. They will be based in New York.
Mr. Kochian, Mr. Brant, and Ms. Harrison’s work is focused on private equity and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular emphasis representing financial sponsors. They have joined from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, where they worked with financial sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as private and public companies.
Previously, Sidley announced the additions of private equity partners Ramy Wahbeh and Kaisa Kuusk, also from Paul, Weiss, who joined with a team of five other lawyers: Florian Kamp and Tanya Indisova as counsel and three associates. The addition of this group of 11 private equity lawyers reflects Sidley’s commitment to its growing private equity practice.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff, Gerald, Brittany, and Erika to our world-class team of lawyers,” said Michael Schmidtberger, Sidley’s Executive Committee Chair and Management Committee member. “Their reputations and proven track records in delivering outstanding results for clients make them a valuable addition to our New York office and our M&A and Private Equity practice group.”
“As we continue to invest in our existing clients, Jeff, Gerald, Brittany, and Erika will help us continue to build on our commitment to providing exceptional corporate legal services to clients,” said Yvette Ostolaza, Sidley’s Management Committee Chair and Executive Committee member. “Together they bring a deep level of experience navigating complex deals to completion across a broad array of industries and regulatory environments.”
“This group's arrival solidifies our position as one of the premier firms to turn to for complex transactions representing financial sponsors,” said Brian Fahrney, global co-leader of Sidley’s M&A and Private Equity practice group and a member of its Management and Executive Committees. “This group was well known to us through client and personal relationships, so it was an easy decision for us to recruit these talented lawyers.”
The firm’s preeminent global M&A and Private Equity 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, healthcare, real estate, consumer products, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, infrastructure, technology, media and telecoms, financial services and insurance, and metals and mining. The practice was honored as a 2022 “Practice Group of the Year” by Law360 in the Private Equity category.
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