Ann Makich is a partner in Cahill's corporate practice group.
Ann's practice is principally focused on leveraged financings for acquisitions, recapitalizations and going private transactions. Her clients include leading investment banking firms and commercial banks. Ann
has represented underwriters, placement agents and initial purchasers in public and private high yield, investment grade and equity offerings and secured bank loans in a wide range of industries including media, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and natural resources.
Ann has been a panelist on the Practising Law Institute's Leveraged Financing program for several years, and will be a member of the 2015 program covering financing commitments and acquisition agreement terms. She also was a member of PLl's inaugural "How to Read Financial Statements" presentation in 2012, which has been repeated annually since that time. Ann has been consistently recommended as a leading corporate business lawyer by Chambers USA and The Legal 500.
Ann has practiced at Cahill since her graduation from Columbia Law School. She became a partner in 2005.
Angela Fontana is a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Sidley Austin LLP, a member of the firm's Banking and Financial Services, Global Finance and Private Equity groups and is a co-head of the Private Equity group.
Ms. Fontana's practice focuses on financing transactions and debt restructurings across a variety of industries. Angela regularly represents borrowers as well as direct lenders and financial institutions, she has been involved in a wide variety of financing transactions in both the United States and abroad. Angela's extensive experience includes investment grade lending, commercial paper facilities, letter of credit facilities, leveraged lending, assetbased lending, mezzanine financing and workouts and restructurings, including debtor-in-possession and exit financings.
Angela received her B.B.A., from the University of Iowa in 1987 with an emphasis in accounting and her J.D., with distinction, from the University Of Iowa College Of Law in 1989.
Angela serves on the Dallas Heritage Village Board of Trustees, the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the City of University Park Employee Benefits Committee.
Angela was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the fields of Banking and Finance Law and Corporate Law. She was named the Best Lawyers' 2017 Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year'' in Dallas/Fort Worth. Angela was recognized in Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2018 in the field of Banking and Finance and was selected as a finalist for the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards 2013 and 2012 in the category of Finance. She was named a "leading" Practitioner in Banking in The International Who's Who of Banking Lawyers 2007-2012. She was a recognized lawyer in The Legal 5OO US 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; a "leading" lawyer for bank lending in IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2009; named in The Best Lawyers in America 2009-2017 and is included in the inaugural edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law. She was also named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2003-2017 and D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas 2011-2017. Angela has been recognized in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of the IFLR1000 as a "Leading Lawyer" in Banking and Finance in the United States.
David Brittenham is a corporate partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and member of the firm’s Finance Group. He focuses his practice on complex leveraged and acquisition financings, such as the $15 billion acquisition of Hertz by The Carlyle Group, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Merrill Lynch Private Equity and the $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital by Activision Blizzard. Mr. Brittenham is ranked as a leading finance lawyer by Chambers Global (2017) and in Band 1 by Chambers USA (2017). Mr. Brittenham is a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and a regular co-author of articles covering a range of finance-related topics. He has been a co-chair for PLI’s Leveraged Financing and Private Equity Acquisition Financing Summit programs since 2006.
Mr. Brittenham joined Debevoise in 1985 and became a partner in 1992. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1977 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984, where he was Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Brittenham served as a law clerk to the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, from 1984 to 1985.
Edwin E. Smith is a partner in the New York City and Boston offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He concentrates his practice in general commercial and insolvency law. He has been a member of the teaching faculty at the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies at Boston University Law School, where he has taught secured transactions and transnational lending and trade finance. He has also served as a lecturer on secured transactions at Northeastern University Law School of Law, Harvard Law School and Suffolk Law School. As a Uniform Law Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he has served as a member of the drafting committees for the 1995 revisions of Article 5 (letters of credit) and the 1999 revisions of Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code and as the chair of the drafting committees that formulated the 2002 amendments to Articles 3 (negotiable instruments) and 4 (bank deposits and collections) of the Uniform Commercial Code, the 2010 amendments to Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code, the 2014 amendments to the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (formerly the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act) and the 2018 Amendments to Articles 1, 3, 8 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code to address electronic mortgage notes secured by residential real property and registered in a federal registry.
He has also served on the drafting committees for the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (2005), the Uniform Assignment of Rents Act (2005), the Uniform Manufactured Housing Act (2012), the Uniform Limited Liability Company Protected Series Act (2017), the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act (2017), and the Uniform Supplemental Commercial Law for the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act (2018).
Mr. Smith is currently serving as the chair of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code. He is a past Chair of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a past member of the Council for the Business Law Section. He also served as a U.S. delegate on the United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade and as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) working group on creating a secured transactions guide for legislation in United Nations member countries. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference (for which he serves on the executive committee), the American College of Bankruptcy (for which he recently served as a member on the board of directors and as chair of the Policy Committee) and the International Insolvency Institute and is a past President of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.
He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Jennifer Hobbs is a Partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Executive Committee at Simpson Thacher. Jennifer focuses on acquisition finance and advises on a broad range of financings for many of the Firm’s leading private equity and corporate clients. Her primary clients have included Silver Lake Partners, EQT Partners and the private equity group at Goldman Sachs, together with their portfolio companies. Over the years, she has also represented private equity clients Apax Partners, BC Partners, Hellman & Friedman and Warburg Pincus and corporate clients Mars, Incorporated, Dell, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Accenture, Aramark Corporation and Broadcom Limited.
Most recently, Jennifer represented Broadcom Limited in connection with it securing $100 billion of committed debt financing for its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Jennifer’s other recent acquisition finance experience includes the following representations:
Jennifer’s accolades include:
Jennifer received her J.D. from New York University in 1997, where she was a member of the NYU Law Review. She received her Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs in 1992 and her B.A., with high honors, from the University of Texas in 1989, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Kirk A. Davenport is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Davenport is a member of the firm's Corporate Department. He also serves as Co-chair of the national office of Latham & Watkins, a central resource for clients and Latham attorneys facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws.
Mr. Davenport's clients include:
Mr. Davenport has represented issuers and underwriters in public and private high yield, convertible note and equity offerings as well as tender and exchange offer transactions, both domestically and abroad. In the lending arena, he has represented lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured acquisition and other debt financings. He has also represented private equity funds and others in prepackaged bankruptcy plans.
JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1984, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
BA, Brown University, 1981
"Superstar" Kirk Davenport "cuts through things very quickly," impressed market sources say. - Chambers USA 2014
Featured in Band 1 of Chambers USA and Chambers Global, noting that he is a "highly keen on making sure his clients are happy and he'll do anything for his clients" and an "energetic and technically gifted" lawyer.
Chambers USA2012-2014, and Chambers Global 2014
Mr. Davenport was selected by the American Lawyer in 2013 as one of "The Top Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years," in an article that highlighted "the ideas and initiatives that changed the world of big law over the past half century, and the people behind them."
Lisa M. Schweitzer’s practice focuses on financial restructuring, bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience advising corporate debtors, individual creditors and strategic investors in both U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings and restructurings in other jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Asia.
Lisa has served as lead counsel in various bankruptcy cases including as counsel to Nortel Networks Inc. and affiliates in their U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings, and represented Nortel in asset sales raising over $7 billion dollars in sale proceeds, as well as a 21 day cross-border trial involving disputes with their affiliates. Lisa’s additional representations include Grupo Inbursa, a financial services company in Mexico and secured lender to multiple entities in the Mossi & Ghisolfi S.p.A. corporate group (M&G), in the M&G Chapter 11 cases; and a consortium of Singapore banks as major secured and unsecured creditors of Ezra Holdings Limited and its affiliates, a provider of integrated offshore solutions for the oil and gas industry, in the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Lisa has also advised various financial institutions on the bankruptcy-related aspects of resolution and matters related to the preparation and implementation of their resolution plans.
Lisa has advised clients in some of the most high-profile bankruptcy matters in North America, and her work repeatedly has been recognized by the business and legal press, including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers. Lisa was honored as a “Dealmaker of the Year” and as a “Dealmaker in the Spotlight” by The American Lawyer.
Lisa received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lisa joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2006.
Patrick Ryan is the Head of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice. Patrick regularly represents leading financial institutions and investment banks in connection with the arrangement and syndication of senior credit facilities, including acquisition, bridge and other corporate financings. He has significant experience in complicated financings in the leveraged finance, investment-grade, and asset-based markets, often working with clients to develop innovative structures or to find solutions to difficult issues. He has also advised on the restructuring of existing credit facilities and other related financings, including DIP and exit financings.
Patrick’s financial institution and investment banking clients include JPMorgan, Barclays Capital, Deutsche, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Royal Bank of Canada, among others. Patrick also represents companies in connection with their financing activities, and his clients have included American Media, AOL, Bard, Cengage Learning, Evercore, Hulu, MasterCard, News Corporation, Radioshack, Sky Deutschland, Travelers Companies, 21st Century Fox and Universal Studios, among others. Patrick is also active in representing clients in sports and entertainment ventures, including the representation of Forest City Ratner Companies and other investors in connection with the acquisition and relocation of the Nets NBA franchise to Brooklyn.
Notable recent transactions include representing:
Patrick is ranked among the leading banking and finance lawyers in the United States and the world by publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 United States, IFLR1000 and The Best Lawyers in New York.
Patrick received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Manhattan College in 1985 and his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. He spent a year at University of Dublin, Trinity College from 1985 to 1986.
Samantha Good is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s San Francisco office. Samantha concentrates her practice on debt financing transactions, including secured and unsecured financings, cross-border transactions, workouts, restructurings, DIP and exit financings. She represents corporate borrowers, private equity funds, creditor groups and hedge funds.
Samantha, has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2011, in the area of Banking & Finance, remarking that “it feels good to have her on your side,” and in the 2013-2016 editions of U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers®, as a leading banking and finance lawyer. The 2015 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. also recognized Samantha in the area of Bank Lending, commenting that she “provides practical guidance and great results.” Prior to relocating to San Francisco, Samantha was repeatedly recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Law” as one of the top 10 corporate attorneys in Los Angeles.
Leveraged Buyouts (Borrower)
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1997
Pomona College, B.A., Economics, 1994
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Tony McMahon is an Executive Director, Leveraged Finance, at J.P. Morgan. He has worked at J.P. Morgan since 2011 and focuses on structuring committed bridge to high yield bond and leveraged loan facilities in connection with acquisitions, as well as debt refinancings and restructurings. Previously, Tony was an associate attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in the credit and M&A practices. He has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.
Byung is co-head of the global finance practice group at Ropes & Gray LLP. He focuses his practice on leveraged finance transactions, including syndicated credit facilities, high yield bond offerings, asset-based financings and bridge facilities. He is widely praised for his command of market terms, extensive experience and ability to successfully execute the most difficult deals. Byung has deep experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies, debt investment funds and public companies. Byung’s clients include Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Summit Partners and TPG Capital.
This year marks the third consecutive year that Byung has been featured as a panelist in Practising Law Institute’s Leveraged Financing program, speaking in 2014 and 2015 on the “Acquisition Finance Update” panel.
Byung has been ranked as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000 (2015), The Best Lawyers in America (2001-2016), Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2015) and Legal 500 (2013-2015).
Byung received his BA, cum laude, from Williams College and his JD, summa cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Justin serves as the Managing Director of Xtract Research, an Acuris Company. He started with Xtract Research in 2008 and worked closely with the founders to build it into a leading covenant research firm. Before Xtract Research, he worked at Sidley Austin and Morgan Lewis representing borrowers and lenders in a wide range of financing transactions, including many leveraged buy-outs. Justin has participated on a number of panels and roundtable discussions, including the 2016 PLI Leveraged Financing program. He graduated from the University of Virginia and Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Jeffrey Ross is co-chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s Finance Group and is a member of its Private Equity Group. His practice focuses on complex acquisition and leveraged financings such as the $15 billion merger of Envision Healthcare with AMSURG, the $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive by Discovery Communications, the $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital by Activision Blizzard, the $4.1 billion acquisition of Kindred Healthcare by TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, the $3.2 billion acquisition of Emergency Medical Services Corporation by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and the $2.7 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings by Tribune Company.
Mr. Ross is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global (2016-2017) and Chambers USA (2013-2017), which describes him as a “thoughtful,” “responsive,” “smart,” “practical” and “very creative and commercial” advisor, who “does a phenomenal job,” “has an incredible grasp of where the market is” and “goes the extra mile to make sure that [clients] have thought through all the issues.” He is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2013-2017), where clients are noted to “have a high degree of trust” in him, citing him as “exceptional on both the financing and the M&A front”,” “great at knowing what terms client[s] want” and an “excellent leveraged finance lawyer.” He has been identified as a “rising star” in private equity by Law360 (2012).
Mr. Ross joined Debevoise in 2005 and became a partner in 2010. He received a J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1999, an M.A., first class honors, in International Relations from University of Melbourne, Australia in 1997 and a B.A. from Columbia University in 1995.