Sep 04, 2018
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP today announced that Pearl Xiang Yuan-Garg, an experienced acquisition and leveraged finance lawyer, has joined the firm as a partner in New York.
Yuan-Garg routinely advises on leveraged financing transactions in connection with acquisitions, dividend recapitalization and restructuring across a broad range of sectors. She also has significant experience in complex workouts and restructurings.
Prior to her new position with Cadwalader, Yuan-Garg was a Counsel in the Finance Group of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP.
“Pearl is a first-rate lawyer with outstanding client relationships,” said Pat Quinn, managing partner at Cadwalader. “She will significantly enhance our acquisition and leveraged finance capabilities and will strengthen our private equity offering.”
Added William Mills, co-head of Cadwalader’s Corporate Group, “Pearl has played an important role in a number of significant transactions in recent years, and her experience on behalf of corporate and sponsor-side borrowers will be particularly valuable to our clients.”
Yuan-Garg will bolster the firm’s capabilities for clients who structure complex financings, including financings for M&A transactions. She also has experience outside of acquisition and leveraged finance – in areas such as high-yield and investment-grade bank and bond finance.
“I am very excited to be joining Cadwalader,” Yuan-Garg said. “I expect to leverage my financing expertise and relationships to support the firm’s corporate practice and its ability to execute significant cross-border transactions.”
Yuan-Garg holds a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, an M.S. in Finance from the Graduate School of People’s Bank of China (n/k/a PBC School of Finance, Tsinghua University) and a B.A. in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Prior to attending law school at Yale, she worked at the International Banking Division of China Construction Bank, Head Office.
Yuan-Garg’s arrival is the latest in a series of important lateral partner additions at Cadwalader. Antitrust partner Joel Mitnick joined the firm just a few weeks ago, following the arrivals of noted M&A partner Stephen Fraidin and the return to the firm of M&A partner Chris Cox after several years in a senior corporate role. In addition, financial regulatory partner Mark Chorazak joined the firm recently in New York, and fund finance partner Samantha Hutchinson will be joining Cadwalader in London, expanding the firm’s transatlantic fund finance offering. In recent months, litigation partner Jonathan Watkins joined the firm and real estate partner Alan Lawrence lateraled back to the firm from another major firm. Previously, partners Todd Blanche, Kyle DeYoung, and Ellen Holloman joined together to enhance the firm’s Litigation capabilities in New York and Washington, DC; partner Kurt Oosterhouse expanded the firm’s corporate finance practice with his arrival in Charlotte; partner Peter Morreale signed on to the firm’s Capital Markets practice in Washington, DC; and partner David Teigman became a member of the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits practice in New York.
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