Cadwalader Elects 10 New Partners and Promotes 7 New Special Counsel and Counsel

December 15, 2016

Cadwalader today announced that attorneys Joshua Apfelroth, Nathan Bull, Sophie K. Cuthbertson, David S. Gingold, Michele C. Maman, Stephanie Marcantonio, Sinjini Saha, Adam D. Summers, Daniel Tobias and Edward S. Wei have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2017.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome these outstanding attorneys to our partnership,” said Pat Quinn, Cadwalader’s Managing Partner. “This is another great group of young partners – our largest incoming class since 1993 – and each has demonstrated first-rate legal skills and superb client service capabilities. It is gratifying to note that four of our new partners are products of our Sponsorship Program for high-performing female and diverse attorneys. This class demonstrates that Cadwalader is a great place for exceptional young attorneys to succeed.” 

In addition, the firm promoted five attorneys – Tom Bainbridge, Suzanne Bell, Joo H. Kim, Ronald N. Lanning and Jared Stanisci – to special counsel and two attorneys – Merryn Craske and Ngoc Pham Hulbig – to counsel. 

The firm’s new partners are as follows:

Joshua Apfelroth, Corporate, New York – Josh’s practice involves counseling clients in a broad range of complex transactional matters, including public and private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, proxy contests, tender offers, exchange offers, spinoffs and joint ventures. He also represents issuers, underwriters and selling stockholders in connection with public and private securities offerings. Josh’s practice also includes the representation of investment banks in their capacity as financial advisors on M&A and other transactions. In addition to his transactional experience, Josh advises clients in a wide array of governance, securities and other commercial matters, including directors' duties and responsibilities, board composition, disclosure issues and compliance. Josh received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University and a B.A. from American University.

Nathan Bull, Litigation, New York – Nathan concentrates his practice on complex securities and commercial litigation in state and federal court, including many matters defending directors and officers and numerous representations involving complex financial instruments and structured products. In particular, Nathan has substantial experience representing clients in complex contractual disputes, merger litigations and bankruptcy-related proceedings, as well as class action, shareholder derivative and RICO litigations. Nathan also has extensive experience in a variety of regulatory matters and enforcement actions brought by various federal and state entities and departments. Nathan earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and received a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sophie K. Cuthbertson, Capital Markets, Washington, DC – Sophie focuses her practice primarily on privately offered structured fund products, including U.S. and non-U.S. hedge funds, fund-of-funds, commodity pools and private equity-style hedge funds, and publicly and privately offered student loan asset-backed securitization offerings. She also has significant experience with institutional and retail unsecured medium-term note offerings and other investment grade debt offerings. Her clients include large public companies, investment banks and asset managers. Sophie received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

David S. Gingold, Capital Markets, New York – David’s practice is concentrated in structured finance, derivatives and securitization. He has a wide range of experience representing underwriters, issuers, collateral managers, investors, loan sellers and swap providers in various types of public and private securities offerings and structured finance transactions. Along with corporate debt and equity issuances, David has provided clients with advice regarding the structuring, ongoing operation and liquidation of various types of public and private securitizations, including cash, synthetic, commercial real estate-backed and hybrid collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), collateralized loan obligations and fixed and floating rate commercial mortgage securitizations. David received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Williams College.          

Michele C. Maman, Financial Restructuring, New York – Michele’s practice is concentrated in the area of bankruptcy and financial restructuring. She has represented creditors, debtors, swap counterparties and other market participants in chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings across a variety of industries. Michele also has experience in international insolvency matters, including acting for foreign representatives in proceedings under chapter 15 and section 304 of the Bankruptcy Code and representing stakeholders in cross-border restructurings. Michele received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and graduated, cum laude, from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Stephanie Marcantonio, Corporate, New York – Stephanie advises health care providers, pharmaceutical companies and tax-exempt entities, including religious organizations and foundations, on a wide array of corporate transactional, regulatory and governance matters and represents lenders and borrowers in health care financings. Her practice includes structuring and negotiating acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and asset purchases and sales. She also advises on health care fraud and abuse issues, including representing providers in government audits and investigations and advising providers on reimbursement matters. Stephanie received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Pace University School of Law and a B.S. from Villanova University.

Sinjini Saha, Financial Restructuring, London – Sinjini, a member of Cadwalader’s Financial Restructuring Group in London, represents leading private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with cross-border leveraged buyouts and sale transactions, minority investments, joint ventures, management equity programs, equity offerings, restructurings and general corporate and securities law matters. Sinjini received her Master of Laws from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and earned her B.A./LL.B., with honors, from the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India.

Adam D. Summers, Corporate, New York – Adam’s practice focuses on credit and capital markets transactions. He advises investment banking clients throughout the deal process, from the early stages through closing and funding. He also represents banks and commercial lenders in syndicated credit facilities in connection with leveraged buyouts and other acquisition financings and provides ongoing counsel to agents and arrangers under such facilities. Adam also advises sponsors, companies and investments banks on the entire commitment letter process and provides counsel to his clients on securing financing commitments in connection with acquisitions. Adam received his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Yeshiva University.

Daniel Tobias, Capital Markets, London – Daniel specializes in securitization, with a focus on collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). He has represented arrangers, collateral managers and warehouse finance providers in connection with a variety of European CLO 2.0 transactions and loan warehouse facilities. Daniel has been working on CLO transactions since the resurgence of the European CLO market several years ago, and he has advised on numerous CLOs, including those with complex originator retention structures. Daniel holds undergraduate degrees in law and commerce from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Finance degree from Cambridge University.

Edward S. Wei, Tax, New York – Ed is a tax lawyer with extensive experience in U.S. and international tax matters, including taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, tax-free spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings, formation of funds, real estate transactions, equity and debt financings and restructurings. He routinely provides tax planning advice for multinational companies within and outside the affiliated group context and advises on structuring partnership and limited liability company formations (including publicly traded partnerships), joint ventures and real estate funds.  Ed received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. from Jesus College at the University of Cambridge and a B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University.

The following attorneys have been promoted to Special Counsel:

Tom Bainbridge, Antitrust, Brussels – Tom advises clients on EU and UK competition law. He specializes in cartel defense and has particular expertise advising companies in the financial services sector. Tom regularly represents clients before the European Commission and the UK Competition & Markets Authority. Tom has also successfully represented companies in appeals to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and The EU Court of Justice and has advised clients in a range of merger control proceedings. Tom received a Law & French degree from the University of Bristol and also studied at the Université de Poitiers. He attended law school at The College of Law, London and undertook post-graduate study at King’s College London.

Suzanne Bell, Capital Markets, London – Suzanne advises leading financial institutions and corporations in connection with a wide range of domestic, European and international structured finance and capital markets transactions. Her experience includes structuring and documenting commercial paper conduits, structured investment vehicles, and public and private securitizations of a range of asset classes, with particular focus on credit card receivables, auto loans and leases and trade receivables. Suzanne received her LLB (hons) from the University of Dundee in Scotland. Following her undergraduate study, she completed her Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School and received a diploma in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham.

Joo H. Kim, Capital Markets, New York – Joo focuses on the public and private offering of commercial mortgage-backed securities, and she also has extensive experience in securitizations and financing transactions involving other asset classes such as credit card receivables, trade receivables, franchise receivables, residential mortgage loans, aircraft and aircraft operating leases and whole company securitizations. Joo received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was an associate articles editor of the Minnesota Journal of Global Trade and was elected a member of the Order of the Coif. She received her B.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington and Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.

Ronald N. Lanning, Capital Markets, New York – Ron works primarily on single asset and conduit CMBS transactions, and he also has represented clients in structuring and negotiating real estate loan participations, preferred equity investments and mezzanine financing. Ron received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and an Associate Editor for the Journal of International Business Law. He received his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and his M.B.A. from Adelphi University. 

Jared Stanisci, Litigation, New York – Jared represents financial institutions, institutional investors, public and private corporations, and directors and officers in connection with complex commercial and securities litigation in federal and state court, often arising out of corporate control contests and corporate transactions. He has significant experience representing clients in class action, shareholder derivative and merger-related litigations, as well as complex contractual disputes involving structured products. Jared graduated from Yale University and received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. 

The following attorneys have been promoted to Counsel:

Merryn Craske, Capital Markets, London – Merryn advises financial institutions, originators and others on a wide range of structured finance transactions, including multi-jurisdictional trade receivables securitizations, securitizations of consumer loans, insurance premium loans and auto loans and leases, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, residential mortgage-backed securitizations and commercial mortgage-backed securitizations.  She also closely follows regulatory developments relating to structured finance. Merryn is also experienced in providing guidance to clients on a variety of other international and domestic banking and finance transactions, including secured lending, derivatives and capital markets transactions. Merryn received a B.A. (hons) from Royal Holloway, University of London and completed the Common Professional Examination – Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London.

Ngoc Pham Hulbig, Antitrust, Charlotte – Ngoc advises clients on premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, leading the research and analyses of the HSR Act’s application to particular transactions, and counsels clients on HSR Act compliance and prepares and works with clients on completion of HSR filings. Ngoc received her B.A., cum laude, from Appalachian State University, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar and Thomas J. Watson Scholar, and received her J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.