Davis Polk Elects 15 New Partners



    NEW YORK, June 26 /CNW/ - Davis Polk & Wardwell today announced that
Bjorn Bjerke, Mary Conway, Michael Davis, Avi Gesser, Harald Halbhuber,
Kimberley D. Harris, Kirtee Kapoor, Jinsoo H. Kim, James C. Lin, Arthur S.
Long, Mark M. Mendez, Edmund Polubinski III, Lanny A. Schwartz, Sarah K. Solum
and Mischa Travers have been elected partners of the firm effective July 1,
2007. Davis Polk now has 160 partners in its offices in New York, Menlo Park,
Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Hong Kong, Beijing and
Tokyo.

    Mr. Bjerke is a corporate lawyer focusing on complex structured products
and derivatives including asset-backed debt instruments, fund linked
instruments and credit based arrangements. His recent transactions include
representing a large real-estate fund complex in a multi-billion dollar
lending arrangement; representing large financial institutions in developing
various fund-linked structures and derivative trading platforms and
establishing synthetic CDO structures. He also represented ISDA as drafting
counsel in connection with the 2006 ISDA Fund Derivatives Definitions and
Delta Air Lines in connection with certain financing arrangements linked to
Delta Sky Miles.

    Ms. Conway is a tax lawyer concentrating in investment management
matters, including the formation and operation of private equity funds, hedge
funds, mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles. She has provided
advice to Chilton Investment Company, Credit Suisse, Crestview Partners,
FrontPoint Partners, HRJ Capital, Integrated Finance Limited, J.P. Morgan,
Magnetar Capital and Morgan Stanley, among others. Her practice includes
partnership matters and international tax matters.

    Mr. Davis is a corporate lawyer concentrating in mergers and
acquisitions. The matters he has worked on recently include advising IPSCO in
connection with its proposed sale to SSAB Sventskt Stal; Marsh & McLennan in
connection with the proposed sale of Putnam Investments to Great-West Lifeco;
IPSCO on its acquisition of NS Group; FrontPoint Partners on its sale to
Morgan Stanley; MCI on its sale to Verizon; Ford on its acquisition of plants
from, and the restructuring of its business relationship with, Visteon; and
various other private equity and venture capital transactions.

    Mr. Gesser is a litigator concentrating in securities class actions and
enforcement, white-collar criminal defense matters and complex commercial
cases. Currently, he is representing a major investment bank in class actions
involving analyst independence issues. He also recently served as a lead
negotiator of a multi-year comprehensive agreement between a large consumer
products company and multiple governmental bodies related to international
trade issues. He has represented corporations and individuals in various
investigations that have been resolved favorably prior to trial. He was also
part of the litigation team representing Delta Air Lines in its Chapter 11
restructuring.

    Mr. Halbhuber is a corporate lawyer in the London office. His practice
focuses on a broad range of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions
transactions. In corporate finance, he has advised both issuers and
underwriters on debt and equity transactions. Most recently, he worked on
several high-yield debt issuances by European issuers. He has also worked on
several initial public offerings and rights offerings. His recent M&A
transactions include advising Morgan Stanley on acquisitions in Russia, Italy
and the U.K., and Carl Zeiss SMT in the structuring of a joint venture with
Cymer and the acquisition of a U.S. nanotechnology company.

    Ms. Harris is a litigator with extensive experience representing
corporate clients in a variety of criminal, regulatory, and complex civil
matters. Recent representations include: the Audit Committee of an auto parts
manufacturer in connection with an internal investigation, as well as related
criminal and regulatory investigations by the federal government; a major
investment bank in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations of
the bank's IPO allocation practices; a former director of the New York Stock
Exchange in connection with an investigation by the New York Attorney General
and the SEC; and a major pharmaceutical company in connection with multiple
complex civil class actions in both state and federal court.

    Mr. Kapoor is a corporate lawyer who has had extensive experience in
corporate finance, restructurings, workouts and mergers and acquisitions
transactions. His experience also includes several transactions in India. His
recent matters include advising The Gillette Company in connection with its
$57 billion acquisition by The Procter & Gamble Company; Oracle Corporation on
its $600 million acquisition of a majority stake in i-flex solutions; Oracle
Corporation on its $5.85 billion acquisition of Siebel Systems and Delta Air
Lines on its Chapter 11 restructuring generally and in connection with the
over $10 billion unsolicited bid from US Airways.

    Ms. Kim is a corporate lawyer concentrating in lending and other
corporate finance transactions. She represents corporate clients and financial
institutions in secured acquisition and other leveraged financings, unsecured
financings, debt restructurings and exit financings. Recent representations
include Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold in a $11 billion senior secured
financing in connection with its acquisition of Phelps Dodge, J.P. Morgan in a
$4.5 billion debtor-in-possession facility for Delphi, Delta Air Lines in a
$2.5 billion senior secured exit financing, and Goldman Sachs Credit Partners
and Credit Suisse in a leveraged acquisition financing for Education
Management.

    Mr. Lin is a corporate lawyer in the Hong Kong office, advising on public
and private corporate finance transactions, including initial public
offerings, high-yield debt offerings and private equity investments. He
advised China Merchants Bank on its $2.66 billion HKSE listing, Air China on
its $1.24 billion HKSE/LSE listing; and the underwriters in the privatization
and NYSE/HKSE listing of Aluminum Corporation of China. Mr. Lin has also
worked on several NASDAQ IPOs, including the $124 million listing of Baidu.com
and the $468 million listing of Himax Technologies. He regularly advises a
number of Asian high-technology companies on U.S. law matters.

    Mr. Long is a corporate lawyer advising U.S. and foreign banks on the
regulatory implications of M&A transactions; private equity investments; the
offering of new financial products, including derivatives; enforcement ,
compliance and bank insolvency issues; and, in the case of foreign banks,
establishing U.S. offices. Representative matters he has worked on include
Banco Santander's investment in Sovereign Bancorp; SLM Corporation (Sallie
Mae) on its proposed sale; the acquisition by Citizens Financial Group of
Charter One Financial; Citigroup's acquisition of Banamex; Banco Bilbao
Vizcaya's merger with Argentaria; and JPMorgan's investment in KorAm Bank.

    Mr. Mendez is a corporate lawyer focusing on equity derivatives.
Recently, he has advised Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs as
book-running managers of a $1.5 billion offering by General Motors of
convertible senior debentures and a Citigroup affiliate on the related capped
call transaction; CVS Corporation in connection with a $2.5 billion collared
accelerated share repurchase; Montpelier Re Holdings in connection with two
variable share forward sale agreements; Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in
connection with the issuance of debt securities mandatorily exchangeable for
shares of Class A common stock of Nuveen Investments; and JPMorgan in
connection with the Microsoft Employee Stock Option Transfer Program.

    Mr. Polubinski is a litigator representing corporations and individuals
in a wide range of securities, professional liability, products liability,
general commercial and acquisition-related litigation in federal and state
courts. He also represents corporate and individual clients in investigations
and other proceedings before various regulatory agencies, including the
Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and the New
York Stock Exchange. Recent matters include the defense of an investment
banking client in putative class action antitrust litigations; the
representation of a corporate issuer and individual clients in class action
securities litigation and a related SEC investigation; the defense of a major
pharmaceutical company in nationwide consumer protection and product liability
litigation; and the representation through trial of a big four accounting firm
in litigation arising out of the failure of a large national bank.

    Mr. Schwartz is a corporate lawyer advising on securities compliance,
regulatory and transactional matters. His clients include major international
banks, broker-dealers, securities exchanges, consulting firms, a securities
industry trade association and a large life settlement provider. From 1999 to
2005, he was executive vice president and general counsel of the Philadelphia
Stock Exchange. Previously, he was managing director and counsel at Bankers
Trust Company, specializing in bank and broker-dealer regulation and
investment banking. He speaks and writes regularly on securities market
structure and regulatory issues, and was formerly a member of the adjunct
faculty of Columbia University School of Law.

    Ms. Solum is a corporate lawyer in the Menlo Park office, advising on
capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, SEC disclosure and
corporate governance. Recent capital markets transactions include convertible
debt offerings for Cadence Systems, Cypress Semiconductor and Equinix;
investment grade debt offerings for Comcast, Oracle and Seagate; follow-on
offerings for Kaiser Aluminum, Wet Seal and Onyx Pharmaceuticals; initial
public offerings for Chipotle Mexican Grill and CAI International; and
McDonald's spin-out of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Mergers and acquisitions she
has worked on recently include advising NetIQ on its sale to Attachmate WRQ
and Oracle on its acquisitions of Siebel Systems and PeopleSoft.

    Mr. Travers is a corporate lawyer in the Menlo Park office, advising
technology companies and their underwriters and investors on mergers and
acquisitions, securities offerings and other corporate transactions. Recent
matters he has worked on include KLA-Tencor's acquisitions of ADE,
Therma-Wave, SensArray and OnWafer; Software AG's acquisition of webMethods;
Affymetrix's acquisition of ParAllele; Comcast's strategic partnership with
TiVo; a $2.25 billion debt offering by Comcast Corporation; Affymax's initial
public offering; convertible debt offerings by Borland Software, Boston
Properties, Informatica, Intel, Macrovision and Xilinx; and various
investments in private companies by affiliates of Richemont.

    If you have questions about this news release, please call the Davis Polk
& Wardwell Business Development Office, 212 450 6811.




For further information:

For further information: Davis Polk & Wardwell Kevin Cavanaugh, +1
212-450-6811 kevin.cavanaugh@dpw.com

Organization Profile

DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890