Cadwalader Elects Five New Partners and Promotes Eight to Special Counsel and Counsel

December 10, 2020

Cadwalader today announced that five attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2021.

The new partners are Trent Lindsay, a finance lawyer in the Charlotte, NC office, Nihal Patel, a regulatory lawyer in the New York office, Michael Sholem, a regulatory lawyer in the London office, Jared Stanisci, a litigator in the New York office, and Danielle Vincenti Tully, an intellectual property litigator in the New York office.

In addition, the firm promoted seven attorneys – Nicholas Allen, Alexander Collins, Thomas Curtin, Erica Hogan, Matthew Karlan, Holly Loftis and Kevin Sholette – to special counsel and one attorney – Nicholas LaSpina – to counsel.

“Each of these outstanding new partners has served our clients with great distinction and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our firm values and collaborative culture,” said Pat Quinn, Cadwalader’s Managing Partner. “We are confident that our full promotions class – our new partners, special counsel and counsel – will contribute to the continued growth and success of our clients and our firm.”

The firm’s new partners are as follows:

Trent Lindsay, Finance, Charlotte – Lindsay’s practice is focused on fund finance, representing lenders and other credit providers in subscription facilities, management fee lines, partner loan programs, NAV facilities and hybrids. Many of his engagements are syndicated and cross-border, and he is well-nuanced in both multi-jurisdictional compliance and the credit and regulatory requirements of banking institutions across the globe. Lindsay received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from the University of South Carolina.

Nihal Patel, Financial Services, New York – Patel counsels both financial institutions and “buy-side” market participants on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues relating to securities and derivatives trading. This includes, inter alia, advice as to numerous aspects of broker-dealer regulation and swap regulatory issues arising under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Patel also has substantial experience in drafting and negotiating prime brokerage, derivatives, and other trading and financing documentation. He has been a member of Cadwalader teams representing industry and trade groups, including ISDA (drafting documentation for addressing CFTC regulations adopted under Dodd-Frank), SIFMA (margin for TBAs and derivatives capital rules) and the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (benchmark transition). Patel earned his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. from Northwestern University.

Michael Sholem, Financial Services, London – Sholem has broad experience acting for banks, fund managers and financial technology firms in relation to financial regulatory issues. His practice focuses on the supervision and regulation of banks, investment firms, payment institutions and asset managers, including in connection with new authorizations, changes of control, financial benchmarks, ESG standards, corporate governance and regulatory investigations. Sholem’s practice has also included advising non-financial groups on the impact of new regulation, with a particular focus on market infrastructure and financial technology. He also has extensive experience advising clients on developments in European Union law and Brexit issues. Sholem received a MA from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from BPP University.

Jared Stanisci, Litigation, New York – Stanisci concentrates his practice on complex commercial and securities litigation. His wide-ranging practice includes the representation of financial institutions, institutional investors, public and private corporations and directors and officers in a variety of industries, including financial services, consulting, pharmaceuticals, medical services, real estate and information technology. Stanisci’s practice includes securities, derivative and other shareholder actions; M&A litigation; shareholder activism; actions alleging breach of fiduciary duties or other misconduct by corporate directors in the Delaware Court of Chancery and elsewhere; internal investigations; sophisticated contractual disputes; litigation involving complex financial instruments and structured products; and bankruptcy litigation. Stanisci received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from Yale University.

Danielle Vincenti Tully, Intellectual Property/Litigation, New York – Tully handles complex intellectual property litigation for clients in a wide range of technology areas, including medical device, computer hardware and software, pharmaceutical, digital television systems and telecommunications. She has represented clients in the U.S. district courts, including the District of Delaware, District of Utah, Western District of Texas and Northern District of California, as well as in the United States International Trade Commission. Tully also represents clients in appeals to the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts. Her experience also includes handling ex parte and inter partes proceedings in the Patent & Trademark Office and counseling clients in a variety of IP and due diligence matters. Tully received her J.D. from Boston College and her B.S., summa cum laude, from Boston College.

The following attorneys have been promoted to Special Counsel:

Nicholas Allen, Financial Services, New York – Allen advises clients on the structuring and trading of derivatives and structured financial products. He assists with the setup and ongoing operation of structured note programs, counsels on issues arising under the federal securities laws, advises clients in the negotiation of ISDA and equity derivative transactions, and assists with hedge fund and mutual fund finance transactions. Allen received his J.D., magna cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Miami.

Alexander Collins, Capital Markets, London – Collins focuses on structured finance, with an emphasis on 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. Collins received his L.L.B. from the City University of London and his LPC from the College of Law, Moorgate.

Thomas Curtin, Financial Restructuring, New York – Curtin focuses his practice in financial restructuring and bankruptcy, including bankruptcy litigation and distressed municipal finance. He has represented creditors, investors and interested parties in chapter 9 and 11 cases, as well as in litigation arising from intercreditor and subordination agreements. Curtin received his J.D., cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from Fordham University.

Erica Hogan, Corporate, New York – Hogan’s practice is concentrated in the area of corporate law, with an emphasis on securities law, public company reporting, general corporate advisory and corporate governance. She represents public and private companies, underwriters and investment managers in a broad range of complex transactional matters, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, tender offers, securities reporting and compliance matters and other corporate transactions. Hogan received her J.D., with high honors, from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Matthew Karlan, Litigation, New York – Karlan has experience representing clients in a broad range of complex litigation in state and federal courts, including securities, M&A, corporate governance, antitrust, RICO and bankruptcy matters, as well as other commercial disputes. Karlan received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Bowdoin College. 

Holly Loftis, Fund Finance, Charlotte – Loftis advises banks and other financial institutions on the structuring and documentation of fund finance transactions. She has deep experience in subscription credit facilities, hybrid transactions and other financings that incorporate NAV components into a borrowing base. Loftis received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, an LL.M. from Boston University School of Law and a B.S. from Texas A&M University.

Kevin Sholette, Real Estate, Charlotte – Sholette’s practice is concentrated in the area of real estate finance, and he primarily represents financial institutions in connection with the origination of single- and multi-asset complex real estate loans of all balance sizes secured by all asset classes. He is also highly experienced in originating mezzanine loans, selling mortgage and mezzanine loans, handling servicing matters on behalf of clients as administrative agent, reviewing and analyzing mortgage loan issues in connection with loan purchases and sales, and negotiating co-lender and senior/subordinate intercreditor documentation. Sholette received his J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School and his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College.

The following attorney has been promoted to Counsel:

Nicholas LaSpina, Corporate, New York – LaSpina focuses his practice on executive compensation and benefit matters. He regularly advises clients on the executive compensation and benefits aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions, as well as employment and separation agreements, long-term incentive compensation design and implementation, and compensation- and benefits-related governance, tax, and securities law issues. LaSpina received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Cardozo School of Law, his LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame.  

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