Cadwalader partners Wesley Misson and Bonnie Neuman have been named 2017 Rising Stars by Law360. The publication’s Rising Stars program recognizes top attorneys under the age of 40.
"Wes and Bonnie are earning the trust and respect of clients and colleagues with their commitment to service and outstanding legal and business insight,” said Cadwalader Managing Partner Patrick Quinn. “It’s quite clear why we continue to invest time and resources in our promising young attorneys and future leaders.”
Misson is one of the leaders of Cadwalader’s preeminent global fund finance practice and is widely regarded as one of the leading lender’s counsel for fund finance in the country. He advises lenders primarily on structuring and negotiating subscription credit facilities for private equity and other private investment funds – a critical process that provides funds with flexible and efficient access to liquidity. In 2016 alone, Misson led and closed more than 40 deals with transaction values totaling more than $15 billion, while also advising lenders on the year’s largest U.S. and European subscription facilities.
A highly regarded thought leader and author in his field, Misson’s dedication to the advancement of fund finance has driven the success of key industry events. He helped launch the annual Subscription Credit Facility and Fund Finance Symposium in 2010 (now sponsored by the Fund Finance Association), which has grown into the premier fund finance market event and has expanded its global footprint with conferences in Europe and Asia. In December 2016, Misson was one of the moderators at the inaugural Cadwalader Finance Forum. Held in Charlotte, the unprecedented gathering of leading banking practitioners from across the country featured more than 350 industry professionals.
Neuman, who was also named a Law360 Rising Star last year, focuses her practice on the area of real estate finance, representing clients in domestic and cross-border transactions, including the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans, syndication, loan servicing, non-performing loan securitizations, loan restructuring and bankruptcy-related matters. Her clients include global investment banks, national and international financial institutions, investors and servicers. In the past twelve months, Neuman has advised on nearly $10 billion of mortgage and mezzanine loan originations for her clients.
Neuman also plays a leading role in Cadwalader’s diversity and recruiting efforts. She is a member of the firm’s hiring committee, is involved with the firm’s Women’s Sponsorship Program (having benefited from that program herself), serves as a partner mentor for summer associates and is involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts both on- and off-campus. She also is active in the commercial real estate industry as a member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Women’s Community Outreach Committee, where she serves as the co-chair of the Education and Empowerment Sub-Committee.
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