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Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2016

Author(s): Alyssa A. Grikscheit, Martin A. Wellington, Kevin L. Morris
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Feb 2016
ISBN: 9781402425882
PLI Item #: 149832
CHB Spine #: B2219

Alyssa A. Grikscheit has a diverse corporate practice that currently emphasizes complex transactions and alternative investment funds. Her experience also includes private equity and hedge funds, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and restructurings. Alyssa is fluent in Spanish and French and has extensive experience in international transactions, particularly those involving Latin America and other emerging markets such as China and India. Alyssa represents domestic and foreign clients making cross-border investments. She also represents buyers and sellers, including private equity funds and their portfolio companies, in acquisitions, dispositions, strategic alliances, restructurings and financings, including transactions in regulated industries such as the healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunications and defense industries. In addition, Alyssa represents sponsors of alternative investment funds in fund formation and other aspects of their operations. Such funds have included distressed debt, energy, infrastructure, real estate opportunity, agribusiness, fintech, microfinance and emerging market funds.

Alyssa is ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America where “she is noted for her work in the M&A and private equity space and has longstanding experience dealing with cross-border transactions in Latin America.” Additionally, she has been recognized in IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” for Investment Funds in the U.S. Alyssa was also recommended in Private Equity Funds in The Legal 500 US and in Capital Markets and Corporate M&A in The Legal 500 Latin America. Alyssa has also been recognized by Latinvex in “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers” and is featured as one of “Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers: Corporate/M&A.”

Alyssa actively represents a nonprofit in establishing and capitalizing microfinance institutions in emerging markets on a pro bono basis. She served as co-chair of the Inter-American Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s International Section and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Alyssa graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School in 1994.  She received a Diploma in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium in 1991 and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1990.

Kevin Morris is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. He concentrates his practice principally in mergers & acquisitions and other complex business transactions, including private equity transactions, leveraged and strategic acquisitions and divestitures of public and private businesses, joint ventures, in-court and out-of-court restructurings, and recapitalizations. Kevin represents a variety of private and public corporations and private equity investors in connection with, among other things, the structuring and negotiation of merger and other acquisition agreements, investment and joint venture transactions, distressed business situations, and significant commercial arrangements. Kevin serves on the Firmwide Diversity Committee, the Chicago Associate Review, Secretarial Review, the Chicago Legal Assistant Review Committee and the Chicago Recruiting Committee.

Mr. Morris serves as the Chicago Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements seminar and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Committee.  He also serves on the Butler University Board of Trustees, where he is a member of the Advancement, Audit and Marketing Committees.

Martin Wellington is the managing partner of Sidley’s Palo Alto office and a member of the M&A, Private Equity, Capital Markets and Emerging Companies and Venture Capital (ECVC) practices. Martin counsels technology companies and their sources of capital on a variety of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and private as well as public offerings. He also regularly advises private equity investors and underwriters. His clients include publicly held technology companies in addition to companies looking to enter the public markets. Prior to joining Sidley, Martin was a partner with an international law firm and he also served at the U.S. Department of State from 1989–1993.

Martin was recommended in The Legal 500 US 2016 in several categories of M&A/Corporate and Commercial in addition to Finance Capital Markets. Named an “Up & Coming” lawyer for Corporate/M&A: Northern California in Chambers USA 2014, he was also featured in the Financial Times’ “US Innovative Lawyers” report for his work as lead counsel on two IPOs in 2011 and 2012. Martin earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and received his Master of International Affairs from Columbia University where he headed the International Security Policy Association. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.


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