Cadwalader Elects 9 New Partners and Promotes 8 New Special Counsel and Counsel

December 19, 2022

Cadwalader today announced that nine attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2023. In addition, the firm promoted eight attorneys to special counsel and counsel. 

“Our new partners, along with our new special counsel and counsel, have distinguished themselves through exceptional legal skills, outstanding client service and their consistent embodiment of our Firm values,” said Pat Quinn, Cadwalader’s Managing Partner. “We look forward to their important contributions and leadership in the years to come.”  

The following attorneys have been promoted to partner:

Kathryn M. Borgeson, Financial Restructuring, Washington, DC – Borgeson’s practice is concentrated in the areas of bankruptcy and structured finance. She provides advice to lenders in connection with the origination and securitization of complex bankruptcy-remote commercial mortgage loans. She also advises financial institutions on the safe harbor provisions for financial contracts under multiple insolvency regimes. Borgeson received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, with honors, and her B.B.A. from Villanova University.

Patrick A. Calves, Finance, New York – Calves counsels clients on a variety of bilateral and syndicated financing structures, including term loans, liquidity lines, NAV facilities, subscription facilities, hybrid facilities, margin loans and repurchase, securities lending and prime brokerage facilities. Calves’ practice includes work on structures involving a variety of non-standard collateral, such as hedge fund interests, private equity fund interests, capital contribution obligations and restricted stock positions. He also counsels both financial institutions and “buy-side” market participants on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues relating to securities and derivatives trading. Calves earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College. 

Danyeale Chung, Finance, Charlotte – Chung’s practice is concentrated in the area of fund finance, and she represents some of the largest and most prominent lenders in the fund finance industry in structuring, negotiating, documenting and syndicating multi-jurisdictional and multi-currency subscription facilities and other lending arrangements, often across from top-tier sponsors. She regularly advises lenders on some of the largest and most complex subscription financings in the market, ranging in size from $35 million to $6 billion in terms of lender commitments. Chung advises lenders regarding fund documentation, including governing agreements, and negotiates third-party investor documents. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. 

Alexander Collins, Capital Markets, London – Collins focuses on structured finance, with an emphasis on collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). He has acted on a wide range of cross-border structured finance transactions and, in respect of CLOs, has represented arrangers, asset managers and warehouse finance providers in connection with a variety of European CLO 2.0 transactions and warehouse facilities, advising on numerous public CLO transactions, warehouses and related transactions such as the establishment of originator retention structures and retention financings. Collins also acts on collateralized fund obligations (CFOs) and rated feeder transactions as well as asset-backed financing transactions. He earned his LPC from the College of Law, Moorgate and his LL.B. from City, University of London. 

Leah Edelboim, Finance, New York – Edelboim advises banks and other financial institutions on syndicated and bilateral subscription credit facilities as well as NAV, asset-backed and hybrid facilities. She also has significant experience representing private equity, real estate, natural resources, debt funds and other fund borrowers in these transactions. Edelboim also represents funds in a variety of direct lending transactions. Her finance experience also includes advising lenders and corporate, sponsor, and investor borrowers in all aspects of secured and unsecured financing transactions, with a wide range of lending structures including acquisition and leveraged loans, investment grade facilities, middle market loans, asset-based loans, project finance transactions, and private placements. She received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, her LL.M. from St. John’s University School of Law and her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Matthew Karlan, Global Litigation, New York – Karlan has experience representing clients in a broad range of complex litigation matters, including securities, M&A, corporate governance, antitrust, RICO and bankruptcy matters, as well as other commercial disputes. He has tried cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts and arbitral tribunals, including before the Southern District of New York and the Delaware Court of Chancery. Karlan received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from Bowdoin College.

Adam K. Magid, Global Litigation, New York – Magid has extensive experience handling high-risk and complex commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts around the country. His diverse trial and appellate practice focuses on federal securities law, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, and appraisal actions, litigation arising from corporate control disputes and proxy contests, derivative claims, business and contract disputes, and disputes involving shareholders, partnerships, and limited liability companies. His clients in these matters include financial institutions, hedge funds, corporations, directors, executives, and high-net-worth individuals. Magid received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A. from Stanford University.

Mathan Navaratnam, Finance, London – Navaratnam has extensive experience advising banks, alternative lenders and fund managers on the full spectrum of fund finance products, including capital call facilities, GP financings, NAV facilities across all asset classes, GP/Manager liquidity facilities, family office leverage facilities and GP-led financings. Navaratnam has over a decade’s worth of fund finance experience and has advised on some of the largest European fund finance transactions to date. He graduated from the University of Leeds with an LL.B. (Hons).

Michael J. Ruder, Capital Markets, Charlotte – Ruder concentrates his capital markets practice on commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transactions and other securitizations. He frequently represents issuers and underwriters in connection with agency and private label CMBS securitizations, including single-asset/single-borrower transactions. Ruder also advises securitization clients on sustainable finance and other ESG matters, including green bonds, social bonds and sustainability frameworks. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University. 

The following attorneys have been promoted to Special Counsel and Counsel:

Elena Bernal, Special Counsel, Capital Markets, London – Bernal focuses her practice on structured finance and capital markets transactions. She advises arrangers and financial institutions on a wide range of structured finance and cross-border transactions, with an emphasis on private asset-backed facilities to funds and middle-market facilities. She also acts on a variety of CLO transactions and warehouse facilities representing arrangers and asset managers. Bernal obtained a law degree with honors from M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University and completed an LL.M from Cambridge University.

Sara Bussiere, Special Counsel, Global Litigation, New York – Bussiere represents financial institutions, corporations, alternative entities, and officers and directors in a broad range of complex litigation, including securities, M&A, shareholder activism, corporate governance, and other complex commercial disputes, in state and federal court. Bussiere earned her J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and her B.A., with honors, from Lafayette College.

Robert DiNardo, Special Counsel, Financial Services, New York – DiNardo advises clients on the structuring and trading of complex derivatives and structured financial products. He counsels banks, funds and other financial institutions on a variety of matters, including transactional and regulatory matters, and the structuring, formation and operation of a variety of alternative investment products. DiNardo received a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, an M.B.A. from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. from Fordham University.

James Hoggett, Special Counsel, Finance, London – Hoggett focuses on fund finance, advising both lenders and GPs on a wide range of products, including subscription lines, asset-backed and hybrid facilities, as well as GP support and co-invest structures. His experience covers all asset classes and includes acting on several multibillion dollar facilities to leading primary and secondary funds. Hoggett graduated from Nottingham Law School, completed his LPC from The College of Law and received his B.A. (Hons) from the University of Bristol.

Jack Andrew Kelly, Special Counsel, Financial Services, London – Kelly’s practice involves advising sponsors and investment managers in respect of the structuring, formation and promotion of investment funds across a wide range of asset classes, including real estate, renewable energy, private equity, infrastructure, emerging markets and agribusiness. He advises on both private fund structures and publicly listed investment companies in a range of onshore and offshore jurisdictions. Kelly obtained a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Business (International Business) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Cassidy Nolan, Special Counsel, Capital Markets, Charlotte – Nolan represents investment banks and other institutional lenders in secured commercial lending transactions, CLOs and other asset-backed securitizations. Nolan received her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and her B.S., with honors, from Miami University (OH).

Kendra L. Wharton, Special Counsel, Global Litigation, Washington, DC – Wharton’s practice focuses on representing public companies and financial institutions, as well as their officers and directors, in a wide range of criminal and civil investigations, including investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She also has extensive experience managing corporate internal investigations and compliance initiatives, as well as responses to congressional inquiries and requests for testimony. Wharton received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her B.S. from the University of Louisville.

Hunter A. White, Counsel, Capital Markets, Washington, DC – White’s practice focuses primarily on representing commercial banks, investment banks, government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), managers of hedge funds and private equity funds and other financial institutions in connection with corporate, finance and structured finance transactions. He also advises investment managers on the formation and operation of both U.S. and non-U.S. hedge funds. White received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.B.A. from Texas Christian University.