Cadwalader Names Five New Partners

December 18, 2014

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP (Cadwalader), a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, today announced that attorneys Paul Dunbar, Aly El Hamamsy, Brian Foster, Karen McMaster and Jeff Nagle have been elected to the Firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2015.

“Cadwalader’s newly elected partners have demonstrated extraordinary client focus and expert command of their respective practices,” said Jim Woolery, Chairman-elect. “We are proud of these fine attorneys who exemplify our Firm’s dedication to providing clients with the most innovative solutions and strategies.”

“In addition to offering outstanding counsel to our clients, our newest partners have also shown deep commitment to our Firm,” said Pat Quinn, Managing Partner-elect. “We congratulate our colleagues on their accomplishments to date and look forward to many years of future success in service to our clients and contributions to Cadwalader.”

Paul Dunbar, a member of the Corporate practice in London, counsels private equity funds, special situation funds and corporate clients on M&A and special situation transactions, including private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, minority equity and debt investments, public acquisitions, loan-to-own restructurings and portfolio acquisitions. He also advises fund clients on certain regulatory matters. Paul graduated from Oriel College, Oxford University. He is admitted to the roll of solicitors of England and Wales.

Aly El Hamamsy, a member of the Corporate Practice in New York, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate governance. He joined Cadwalader from the National Basketball Association, where he was a Vice President responsible for multiple business lines across international markets. Aly received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2000, where he was a James Kent scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from McGill University in 1997, where he graduated on the Dean's Honor List. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Brian Foster, a member of the Financial Services practice in New York, represents financial institutions in a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters. He advises on the structuring and trading of derivatives and complex structured financial products, and the setup and operation of structured note and CD programs. Brian also regularly represents clients in trading and clearing agreements and in negotiating domestic and cross-border fund finance transactions. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Santa Clara University. Brian is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Karen McMaster, a member of the Financial Restructuring practice in London, focuses on debt restructuring and reorganization, including contingency planning, insolvency and options analysis, and direct lending and “special situations” financing. She has represented the interests of stakeholders on a number of bank/bond structures and other complex European cross-border restructurings and has considerable experience devising and implementing creative restructuring solutions for a diverse range of clients, including CLO funds and distressed investors, sponsors, corporates and creditor committees. Karen graduated from the University of Melbourne with BA and LLB degrees. She was admitted as a solicitor to the Law Institute of Victoria in 2001, and is admitted to the roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

Jeffrey Nagle, a member of the Finance practice in Charlotte, represents domestic and foreign commercial banks, investment banks and other financial institutions in a variety of financing transactions, including leveraged finance and other syndicated bank loan transactions, the financing of financial assets, distressed debt trading, bond offerings and asset-backed lending transactions. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and he is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, where he also received an M.A. in Russian Language, Literature and Culture and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Jeff is admitted to practice in the State of North Carolina.