Cadwalader Elects Six New Partners and Promotes Seven New Special Counsel and Counsel

December 18, 2023

Cadwalader today announced that six attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2024. In addition, the firm promoted seven attorneys to special counsel and counsel.

“We’re thrilled to announce the election of our new partners and promotion of our new special counsel and counsel,” said Pat Quinn, Cadwalader’s Managing Partner. “Their exceptional commitment to client service, hard work and ingenuity reflect the hallmarks of our firm and culture. We’re looking forward to their contributions and leadership in their new roles in 2024 and beyond.”

New partners include:

Duncan Grieve, Global Litigation (London) – Duncan focuses his practice on white collar defense and investigations. He advises a range of organizations, including multinationals, both on internal corporate investigations and during investigation or prosecution by regulatory bodies including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Duncan earned his B.A. from the University of York, and both his GDL and LPC from BPP University Law School.

Molly Lovedale, Partner, Finance (Charlotte) – Molly’s practice focuses on real estate finance. She primarily represents financial institutions in connection with the origination of mortgage loans secured by commercial office buildings, retail properties, hotels, warehouses and multi-family housing, including many multi-state, multi-property pooled transactions.  She also has experience in the origination of mezzanine loans, the servicing and sale of mortgage loans, mezzanine loans and participation interests, workouts and restructurings and repurchase facilities. Molly earned her B.A. (cum laude) from Davidson College and her J.D. (summa cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Christopher D. Montgomery, Partner, Finance (Charlotte) – Chris represents major U.S., regional and foreign bank and non-bank lenders as lead agent or participants in fund finance transactions to private equity and other investment funds. His practice focuses primarily on the due diligence, structuring, negotiation and documentation of both bilateral and syndicated subscription and hybrid credit facilities provided to some of the world’s preeminent fund sponsors. Chris earned his B.A. and M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.   

Matthew A. Stempler, Partner, Finance (Charlotte) – Matt’s principal practice involves the representation of commercial banks, investment banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions in a variety of secured and unsecured financing transactions, including working capital financings for operating companies and commodities marketing companies, term loan financings of fixed assets, NAV financings, acquisition financings, DIP financings, exit financings, account receivables discounting and distressed debt trading. Matt is also focused on innovation and emerging technologies impacting financing transactions. Matt earned his B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Richmond and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Skyler Walker, Partner, Capital Markets (Charlotte) – Skyler represents investment banks and other institutional lenders and underwriters on CLO securitizations and in a wide variety of syndicated and bilateral commercial lending transactions (including structured asset-based loans, NAV lines, hybrids, capital calls and BDC financings). Skyler earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Joseph P. Zeidner, Partner, Finance (Charlotte) – Joe’s practice focuses on a broad range of fund finance transactions at all levels of the capital structure and every phase of a fund’s existence. In particular, Joe has a strong background representing major U.S. and foreign banks and other financial institutions as agents, lead arrangers and lenders in structuring, negotiating and documenting subscription credit and capital call facilities, as well as NAV-based, hybrid and other nontraditional facilities and lending arrangements. Joe earned his B.S. from Duke University, and both his M.B.A. (summa cum laude) and J.D. (magna cum laude) from Drexel University.


New special counsel and counsel include:

Peter Bariso, Special Counsel, Corporate (New York) – Peter’s practice covers a broad range of transactional matters. Peter represents both public and private companies, financial sponsors and investment managers in a wide range of transactions, including public and private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, securities offerings, spinoffs, joint ventures, restructurings and other complex corporate transactions.  In addition, Peter advises clients in a wide array of governance, securities law and other commercial matters. Peter earned his B.S. from Indiana University and his J.D. (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif) from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Sasha Grinberg, Counsel, Private Clients (New York and Washington, D.C.) – Sasha represents individuals and fiduciaries with respect to complex U.S. and cross-border trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving, trust and estate disputes, and family law issues. She earned her J.D. and B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Washington, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.

Christian Larson, Special Counsel, Global Litigation (Washington, D.C.) – Christian advises clients on a broad range of transactional, regulatory and enforcement matters. His experience includes advising major companies and corporate officers in connection with U.S. and global economic sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and Bank Secrecy Act / anti-money laundering regulations. As a financial crime specialist for capital markets transactions, Christian regularly helps clients diligence vendors, counterparties and M&A targets. Christian earned both his B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

George Pelling, Special Counsel, Finance (London) – George represents banks, fund managers and other financial institutions on a variety of cross-border financings, with a particular focus on fund finance (including Capital Call facilities, NAV facilities, hybrid solutions, GP Support facilities and other bespoke financings). He also has experience advising investment funds and financial institutions on the acquisition and sale of syndicated bank loans, debt instruments, bond claims and other distressed assets. George earned his B.A. (first class honours) from Newcastle University and his LPC from the University of Law, Guildford.

William Sharp, Counsel, Capital Markets (London) – Will focuses on structured finance and securitization. He has worked on a number of repackaging and credit-linked note issuance programs. Will has acted for arrangers and originators on a variety of asset-backed securities transactions, including UK auto loan and consumer loan securitizations. He also has experience with the restructuring of bonds and structured products. Will earned his undergraduate degree from Balliol College Oxford, his MBA from BPP University Business School and his GDL from BPP University Law School.

Mark Singer, Special Counsel, Global Litigation (New York) – Mark’s practice focuses on antitrust litigation and other complex commercial litigation. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in these types of matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. Mark also has experience in appellate litigation, class actions and multidistrict litigations. He earned his B.A. (magna cum laude) from Boston College and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Tom Spinks, Counsel, Finance (London) – Tom has more than 10 years’ experience advising both banks and sponsors on a broad range of financings for private equity, infrastructure and renewable funds. His experience covers a diverse range of fund finance products (including NAV facilities, Capital Call facilities and GP Support Facilities) using a variety of different structures. In particular, Tom has extensive experience advising infrastructure funds on all aspects of their financing needs. He earned his B.A. from the University of Oxford, his GDL from City University and his LPC from BPP University Law School.