November 15, 2013
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world’s most prominent legal advisors to leading corporations and financial institutions, has again been recognized as a leading law firm in several key practice areas in the 2014 edition of the IFLR 1000, a publication focused exclusively on finance and transactional law firms.
IFLR 1000 ranks Cadwalader among the top firms in the United States in several core areas, including Bank Lending; Capital Markets: Derivatives; Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization; Financial Services Regulatory; Mergers and Acquisitions; and Restructuring and Insolvency.
In the Bank Lending category, Michael Niebruegge, Patrick Quinn and Christine McMillan are recognized as “Leading Lawyers,” with Bryon Mulligan and Jeffrey Nagle featured as “Rising Stars.” Christopher McDermott is also highlighted for his work on key transactions.
In the Capital Markets: Derivatives category, the Cadwalader team is noted for providing “good advice on both the buy side and sell side. They get their teams involved, find out who is the best person to address a matter, and put deep analysis into answering questions.” The firm is also commended for helping clients adapt to new requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act. “Cadwalader continues its intensive advising of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) with regard to the amendment of existing master agreements concerning swaps.”
Recognized in Tier 1 for Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization, Cadwalader is noted for advising global banks on a full range of structured products, and for working with dealers on the development of novel proprietary indices and the issuance of structured products linked to them.
Across the Capital Markets categories, Michael Gambro, Steven Lofchie, Ivan Loncar, Ray Shirazi, Gary Silverstein and Lary Stromfeld are endorsed as “Leading Lawyers.” In addition, Shlomo Boehm, Doug Donahue, Brian Foster, James Frazier, Mark Howe, David Miller, Daniel Mulcahy, Paul Pantano and Jeffrey Robins are noted for their transactional work.
Steven Lofchie is also recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in the Financial Services: Regulatory category, and Cadwalader is touted for its “expertise in regulatory matters, and rightly so: the firm has accumulated a depth of expertise and a breadth of advisory work on Dodd-Frank and Volcker Rule compliance that few of its competitors can emulate.” In addition, Scott Cammarn and Jeffrey Robins are named “Rising Stars”; Douglas Donahue and Lary Stromfeld “are also very good.”
In Mergers and Acquisitions, Louis Bevilacqua, Geoffrey Levin and William Mills are named “Leading Lawyers.” Also noted is Jim Woolery’s arrival in February of 2013 as deputy chair of the firm and co-chair of the Corporate Department. At Cadwalader, Woolery has worked on numerous major transactions, including representing JPMorgan as financial advisor to the special committee of Dell’s board of directors in the company’s $24.4 billion acquisition by Silver Lake. In addition, “Cadwalader’s proficiency in the technology sector was also evident in Ronald Hopkinson’s representation of Quest Software’s chairman and CEO Vincent Smith in a series of proposed transactions in the final quarter of 2012.”
The firm is ranked in several UK categories, including Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation, Restructuring and Insolvency: Bond Holder and Fund Representation, Restructuring: Financial, and EU Competition. Bruce Bloomingdale is featured as a “Leading Lawyer” in Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation, and Jeremiah Wagner is noted as a “Rising Star.” Holly Neavill is recognized as a “Rising Star” in the UK Restructuring: Financial category.
In China, Cadwalader is noted in the areas of Capital Markets (foreign firm) and Private Equity (foreign firm). In Hong Kong, the firm is ranked in Capital Markets Debt, Capital Markets Equity, Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization, and Private Equity. Asia Managing Partner Rocky Lee is highlighted as the head of an active group, having recently represented VC fund SingTel Innov8 and Lightspeed Venture Partners.