Cadwalader Elects Five New Partners

December 20, 2013

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, today announced that five attorneys have been elected partners of the firm.

“I am extremely pleased that these five talented attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership,” said W. Christopher White, Chairman of Cadwalader. “Their collective expertise and experience spans a wide-range of practice areas and industries and has included work on numerous complex and high-profile matters. These individuals demonstrate the qualities we strive to develop in all of our attorneys – strong legal acumen and the ability to serve as trusted business advisors to our clients – and together they strengthen the sophisticated counsel we provide to our clients on their most important issues.”

The new partners are:

Joseph Beach represents investment banks, asset managers, commercial paper conduits and fund managers in secured financings, CLOs and CDOs, and other asset-backed securitizations. He has extensive experience in asset-backed commercial paper facility origination and restructurings, as well as CLO/CDO management rights acquisitions and dispositions. Joseph received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, his B.A., cum laude, from Davidson College, and an M.A. in International Relations from Duke University Graduate School.

Shlomo Boehm has a diverse federal income practice that covers a broad range of matters. He works on securitizations, investment fund structuring, structured finance transactions, derivatives and financial product development, cross-border lending transactions, medium-term note programs, and insurance linked securities. He also has experience with mergers and acquisitions, workouts, IPOs, tax controversies and not-for-profit health care matters. Shlomo graduated from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in 1999 and Columbia Law School, where he was twice named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Athena Eastwood represents financial institutions, hedge funds, energy and commodity companies, and agricultural cooperatives in government investigations and regulatory, legislative and compliance matters involving commodities and derivatives. She has extensive experience with respect to all aspects of implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and its impact on swap dealers, end-users, futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators, and commodity trading advisors. Athena also advises clients with respect to a wide range of transactional matters relating to the purchase and sale of physical commodity assets, including crude oil, natural gas, coal, environmental commodity products, and agricultural commodities. Athena received a B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from University of Virginia Law School, where she currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching a class on energy commodities and derivatives regulation, and previously served as executive editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.

Robert Kim has extensive experience in the commercial mortgage-backed securities marketplace and in structured finance transactions, including those involving CMBS, real estate CLOs and CDOs, structured mortgage and mezzanine loan participations, and a variety of other forms of financing involving real estate and other assets. His experience includes representation of issuers, underwriters, loan sellers and collateral managers in public and private offerings of commercial mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed securities, and representation of institutional investors in secondary market transactions. Robert received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his A.B. from Harvard University.

Michael Lazaroff represents companies in complex litigation, including governmental actions, multidistrict actions, class actions and international litigation across a range of industries, including beverage, pharmaceutical, medical device, waste, securities and airline. He has experience in several different areas of substantive law, including both private and governmental antitrust counseling, litigation and investigations (including both civil and criminal government investigations), distributor and bottler litigation, and litigation involving feuding partners. Michael has also been involved in matters pertaining to the laws of numerous foreign countries. He earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University and received his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Articles and Submissions Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law.

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