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Pocket MBA 2020: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals


Speaker(s): Anna T. Pinedo, Bruce M. Buchanan, Charles K. Blank, Elene Karanicolas, Frank J. Weigand, Gabriela Menna Barreto Scanlon, Geoffrey Chepiga, James Batson, Jennifer L. Chu, John Cristiano, Lorraine S. McGowen, Ozgur B. Kan, Philip J. Antoon, Purvi R. Maniar, Ramya S. Tiller, Richard Ross, Stephanie N. Figueroa
Recorded on: Nov. 19, 2020
PLI Program #: 279160

Anna Pinedo is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and co-leader of the firm’s Global Capital Markets practice. She concentrates her practice on securities and derivatives. Anna represents issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as structured notes and other hybrid and structured products.

She works closely with financial institutions to create and structure innovative financing techniques, including new securities distribution methodologies and financial products. She has particular financing experience in certain industries, including technology, telecommunications, healthcare, financial institutions, REITs and consumer finance. Anna has worked closely with foreign private issuers in their securities offerings in the United States and in the Euro markets. She also works with financial institutions in connection with international offerings of equity and debt securities, equity- and credit-linked notes, and hybrid and structured products, as well as medium term note and other continuous offering programs.

Anna regularly speaks at conferences and participates in panel discussions addressing securities law issues, as well as the securities issues arising in connection with derivatives and other financial products. She is the co-author of JOBS Act Quick Start, published by International Financial Law Review (2013; updated 2014, 2016); a contributor to OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank: A Guide to Registration, Reporting, Business Conduct, and Clearing (Thomson Reuters, first ed. 2014, second ed. 2015, third ed. 2016, fourth ed. 2017); co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US, published by International Financial Law Review (2012; updated 2014, 2016); Liability Management: An Overview (2011, updated 2015), published by International Financial Law Review; co-author of Structuring Liability Management Transactions (2018), published by International Financial Law Review; co-author of Covered Bonds Handbook, published by Practising Law Institute (2010, updated 2012-2014); co-author of the treatise Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings, published by Practising Law Institute (2009, second ed. 2011, updated 2014, third ed. 2017); and co-author of BNA Tax and Accounting Portfolio: SEC Reporting Issues for Foreign Private Issuers (BNA Accounting Policy and Practice Series, 2009, second ed. 2012, updated 2016). Anna is also a contributing author to Broker-Dealer Regulation (2011, second ed. 2012, updated 2019), published by Practising Law Institute. She co-authored "The Approaches to Bank Resolution," a chapter in Bank Resolution: The European Regime (Oxford University Press, 2016). Anna contributed to The Future of Bank Funding and Capital: Solutions for Issuers, Opportunities for Investors (IFR Market Intelligence, 2009). Additionally, Anna co-authored "The Ties that Bind: The Prime-Brokerage Regulation," a chapter in Global Financial Crisis (Globe Law and Business, 2009); "The Law: Legal and Regulatory Framework," a chapter in PIPEs: A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity (Bloomberg, 2006); and "The Impact Security: Reimagining the Nonprofit Capital Market," a chapter in What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, 2017). Anna is a contributor to Practising Law Institute’s "BD/IA: Regulation in Focus" blog.

Anna has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of America's leading lawyers for Capital Markets: Derivatives and Capital Markets: Structured Products and has been recognized as a notable lawyer for Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance). Chambers Global has ranked Anna as one of the world's leading lawyers (recommended in Capital Markets: Structured Products). She also is ranked as a “Market Leader” for Capital Markets in the IFLR1000 Guide to Leading Lawyers, the highest individual distinction given by the guide. Anna is ranked as a leading lawyer for Structured finance: derivatives and structured products and listed as a recommended lawyer in Capital markets: debt, high-yield debt, equity, and global offerings, and Structured finance: securitization by the Legal 500 US.


Bruce Buchanan has over 25 years of restructuring, strategic corporate finance and debt capital advisory experience across a broad spectrum of industries, products and markets. His experience includes advising and assisting companies, private equity sponsors and other stakeholders in all phases of crisis management and restructuring, evaluating strategic alternatives and effectuating a wide array of value maximizing initiatives. He has advised on complex debt restructurings in both a public and private company context and has arranged over $30 billion in distressed and special situations capital commitments.

Prior to joining Oppenheimer, Mr. Buchanan was Head of PwC’s Debt Capital Advisory practice. His prior experience also includes Head of Restructuring and Strategic Finance Originations at Morgan Stanley and GE Capital, and Head of Strategic Finance and Global Restructuring team leader at RBS Securities. Mr. Buchanan has significant experience in restructuring and strategic planning, including the preparation of business plans, evaluation of cash flow and working capital management, and implementation of liquidity enhancement and cost transformation initiatives. Over the course of his career his responsibilities have included evaluating the full spectrum of strategic alternatives, advising on all phases of business planning and restructuring, capital raising and recapitalization solutions, including covenant relief, amend and extend negotiations, and liability management or distressed exchange transactions.

Mr. Buchanan has worked with clients across multiple industries, including consumer & retail, healthcare, power & energy, oil & gas services, steel, natural resources, chemicals and general industrial manufacturing, transportation, including shipping, rail, trucking and airlines, technology, telecommunications and media, real estate and business and financial services.

Mr. Buchanan is a Certified Public Accountant, holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, and FINRA Series 24 (Principal) securities license. He is a Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor, member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a frequent speaker at various corporate finance and restructuring conferences, including the iGlobal Forum, Turnaround Management Association and VALCON Conferences.  He was awarded the 2017 Gold Medal from the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors and was listed among “People to Watch” by the Turnarounds and Workouts publication.


Charles K. Blank has over twenty years of experience providing accounting and litigation and dispute consulting services to clients.  Charles advises clients on matters involving complex accounting issues under US GAAP and IFRS and has assisted companies with technical accounting consultations, post-acquisition disputes, forensic investigations, damages analysis, and implementing new accounting standards.

Charles has been qualified as an expert, reported to in-house and outside counsel,  boards of directors, senior management, and auditors. The financial and forensic accounting investigations that Charles has led have included those involving white-collar crime and whistleblower allegations. Also, he has acted as a neutral arbitrator and provided expert and consulting services on numerous post-acquisition disputes involving working capital, earnouts, and representations and warranties claims.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Charles was a Director in the Accounting and Financial Consulting Practice at Huron Consulting Group. Previously, he was an Audit Manager in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice with Deloitte & Touche LLP serving public and private companies and he was also an Analyst at Moody’s Investors Service where he analyzed the impact of accounting on fundamental credit analysis used to determine issuer credit ratings.

Professional qualifications and memberships

  • Certified Public Accountant (New York)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Education

Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts – Economics


Elene Karanicolas is a Managing Director in the New York Forensic practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. Elene is a certified public accountant and has been providing auditing, forensic and consulting services for over twenty years to both domestic and global clients in a variety of industries including, life sciences, financial services, real estate, manufacturing, industrial products, investment management, telecommunications, retail, service, and aerospace and defense. She has provided forensic and litigation consulting services on a number of engagements involving forensic accounting, anti-competition investigations, corruption investigations, corporate investigations, fraud-risk assessments, buy-sell disputes, international arbitrations, and securities litigations.

Elene specializes in buy/sell and arbitration matters. She has led engagements involving preparing closing statements, analysis of accounting issues, and strategizing and developing statements of positions for presentation to arbitrators. The matters have also included advising clients on crafting purchase price adjustment provisions including Working Capital and Earn-Out provisions for acquisition agreements. She has also led neutral arbitrations matters involving making a binding determination on complex purchase price adjustment disputes and earn-out disputes. Other issues handled during arbitrations include discovery, breach of representation, and fraud claims.

Certified Public Accountant – Licensed in the state of New York

Professional Affiliations

  •  New York Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Education

 Queens College, City University of New York: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Information Systems (summa cum laude)


Frank Weigand is General Counsel of HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., a registered broker-dealer, as well Managing Director, Associate General Counsel and Head of Legal for the Global Markets division of HSBC’s investment bank in the Americas region. 

In his role as Head of Legal for the Global Markets division, Mr. Weigand is responsible for managing a team of attorneys providing legal guidance to numerous investment banking business lines, which include (i) trading and derivatives across a number of assets classes (Equities, Rates, Credit, FX and Precious Metals), (ii) structured products and (iii) Balance Sheet Management (Treasury).  His advice ranges from product-specific guidance to regulatory guidance relating to broker-dealer and bank regulatory law, including requirements of the Dodd Frank Act.  Mr. Weigand is also responsible for a separate team of attorneys and non-attorney negotiators who support HSBC’s negotiation of ISDA agreements and other institutional master documentation.  Mr. Weigand routinely provides advice to HSBC’s senior management in the US as well as HSBC’s Head Office in London and other stakeholders across the HSBC franchise globally.  

In his role as General Counsel of HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., Mr. Weigand provides legal guidance on a broad range of legal and regulatory matters relating to the firm’s US broker-dealer activities. He also serves as an Assistant Secretary of HSBC Securities.

Mr. Weigand and his team regularly represent HSBC in meetings with the Fed, OCC, SEC, FINRA, CFTC and NFA, and represent HSBC on SIFMA, ISDA, ABA and IIB committees and working groups.

Prior to joining HSBC in 2006, Mr. Weigand was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.  Prior to law school, he was an associate in the consulting division of Arthur Andersen LLP in New York where he works with teams assessing the viability of troubled companies and evaluating strategic alternatives by incorporating financial forecasting, modeling and operational analyses.

Mr. Weigand is licensed to practice law in New York.  He received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, Order of the Coif and a Costantino Law Scholar.  He received his Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and a minor in German from Fordham University. 


Gabriela Menna Barreto Scanlon is an associate in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s D.C. office. Her practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation. She represents individuals and corporations in investigations and enforcement matters brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other investigative agencies related to allegations of financial fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Ms. Menna Barreto Scanlon practiced at another firm with New York and D.C. offices, where she gained relevant experience on high-stakes cross-border litigation and investigations arising out of Latin America, such as judgment enforcement and discovery proceedings. She has also spent time at the São Paulo offices of another global firm, where she gained considerable experience in international equity and equity-linked and debt offering, with particular expertise in cross-border transactions.

Ms. Menna Barreto Scanlon received her law degree and academic masters in law and development in Brazil from the Escola de Direito da Fundação Getúlio Vargas and her LL.M from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a Portuguese native speaker, with fluency in Spanish.

Admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in Brazil. Application for admission in the District of Columbia has been filed. Practice supervised by members of the District of Columbia Bar.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M, 2016
  • FGV-EDESP Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Academic Masters of Law, 2014
  • FGV-EDESP Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, J.D., 2010


Jennifer Chu is a corporate partner and member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Groups. Her practice focuses on advising corporations and private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate matters, across a broad range of industries with a particular focus on transactions in the healthcare, financial services and insurance industries. Ms. Chu is recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500 US (2019), where she is described as “very seasoned in handling private equity matters.” She co-led The Deal’s “Private Equity Deal of the Year” (2018) for representing TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, with Humana, in their $4.1 billion acquisition of Kindred Healthcare. Ms. Chu is recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer by IFLR1000 (2020), and as a Rising Star by Law360 (2019). She was also named to Crain’s New York Business’s 2019 list of “Notable Women in Law” and selected as a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal (2017).

Ms. Chu publishes and speaks regularly on M&A and private equity matters. She is a contributing author to the annual Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Answer Book (Practising Law Institute, 2019), an extensive reference guide addressing structuring, regulatory, due diligence and documentation issues in healthcare M&A and licensing transactions. Her articles include: co-author of “How Tax Reform Could Impact the Healthcare Industry,” Law360 (November, 2017); “How Section 1332 Waivers Could Impact Health Care Reform,” Law360 (July, 2017); “Shining a Light on GOP Plan for Health Care Reform,” Law360 (March, 2017); “The Outlook For The Pharmaceutical Industry Under Trump,” Law360 (January, 2017); “The Outlook on Drug Pricing: At What Cost?,” Law360 (December, 2016) and “A Closer Look: Increased Cybersecurity Regulations are Impacting the Insurance and Financial Technology Sectors,” Best's Review (June, 2015). She is an editor of The Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report.

Ms. Chu’s recent ‎speaking engagements include “Indemnification Issues,” Acquiring and Selling the Privately Held Company 2018 (June, 2018) and “Health Care M&A: Three Hot Topics,” PLI One-Hour Briefing (April, 2017).

Ms. Chu is actively involved in the development of young lawyers, particularly women and diverse lawyers. She co-chairs Debevoise’s Women’s Resource Group and is a member of its Diversity Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, a not-for-profit organization focusing on enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career lawyers through mentoring, education and professional development opportunities. She has spoken on panels about women in the legal profession, including at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Women Lawyers and at Harvard Law School. She is also a 2015 Alumni of the Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization of leading corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners.

Ms. Chu joined the firm in 2006. She received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2006, where she served as co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal. She received her M.A. with distinction from the University of London in 2002, and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2001.

Ms. Chu is a member of the Bar of New York.


John Cristiano is a Partner with Grant Thornton’s Transaction Advisory Services. He is a highly skilled senior financial executive and team leader with over 20 years of experience analyzing companies and industries and delivering value-added, actionable advice to clients to help them make more informed business decisions. Cristiano has completed over 200 M&A due diligence engagements exceeding $20 billion in transaction value for private equity and strategic corporate clients across a spectrum of industries, including financial services, technology/media, manufacturing, retail, and aerospace and defense. He has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures including buy- and sell-side due diligence, performance analysis and improvement, forecasting and modeling, integration/separation, and enterprise valuation.

Before joining Grant Thornton, Cristiano was a managing director of corporate finance with FTI Consulting. Earlier, he was an equity analyst with UBS Investment Bank, Robertson Stephens and Prudential Securities. He began his career at Ernst & Young. 

Industries

  • Financial services
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Aerospace and defense
  • Retail

Service experience

  • Advisory
  • Transaction advisory

Professional qualifications and memberships

CPA — New York


Lorraine S. McGowen is a restructuring partner at Orrick, a leading global law firm focused on serving the financial, energy & infrastructure and tech sectors.   One of IFLR1000’s Leading Lawyers, she is a seasoned legal practitioner and business advisor involved in the most complex transactions where parties are seeking to maximize recoveries or reduce liabilities.

Recent engagements include representing Toyota (one of the largest creditors with more than $7 billion in claims) in the highly complex global restructuring of Takata Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of automotive safety systems, including airbags; representing financial institutions in connection with Puerto Rico’s $70 billion restructuring; representing VMware in connection with the assumption of its vendor contracts and enforcement of its claims in the chapter 11 reorganization of  Windstream and its subsidiaries; and representing several alternative energy PPA counterparties in connection with the assumption of their power purchase agreements and enforcement of their claims in the PG&E chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

She is a member of Orrick’s Management Committee and also co-leads Orrick's Automotive Technology & Mobility Group and its global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (D&I) Initiative.

As a leading D&I advocate, McGowen creates programs for the legal profession and the community.  She has been recognized as an MCCA Rainmaker, Savoy’s Most Influential Black Lawyers in 2018 and 2015, and Savoy’s Most Influential Women in Corporate America   and received the National Bar Association’s Outstanding Woman at a Majority Firm, NYC Bar Association’s Diversity Champion Award and Legal Outreach’s Pipeline to Diversity Champion Award.

McGowen received her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

 

 


Ozgur Kan leads BRG’s Credit Risk Analytics practice and is part of the Financial Services and Securities practices. As part of his credit-related projects, he works with the firm's clients on credit analysis and assessments, credit ratings, credit modeling and validation, bond ratings advisory, underwriting due diligence, loan and lease underwriting, deal review, credit model governance, regulatory preparedness, risk compliance, and economic and regulatory capital.

Dr. Kan’s experience in expert witness/expert opinion services covers disputes and analysis of credit analysis, assessments, credit ratings and credit risk rating parameters, securities class action lawsuits, assignment of bond ratings across different industries, underwriting of loans and leases, due diligence issues, deal review, and analysis of creditors' rights.

Dr. Kan’s advisory work in the credit area includes bond rating advisory, credit rating improvement, and assignment of credit assessments to sovereign and public finance-municipal entities, commercial and industrial companies, financial institutions, banks, broker dealers, asset-backed and structured securitizations. He performs credit rating analysis and provides structuring/restructuring and bond rating advice on asset-backed securitizations, leveraged buy outs, distressed exchanges, turnarounds, and bankruptcies. Dr. Kan also focuses on the valuation of mostly credit instruments, bonds, structured deals, workout assessments for reporting, portfolio management, and capital purposes. 

Dr. Kan previously led the Credit Methodology function in GE Capital, Americas, based in Norwalk, Connecticut. He spearheaded the use of ratings and credit methodologies in underwriting, risk-lending, and origination of loan and lease transactions. He regularly participated in transactional deal teams for the origination of asset-backed loans, cash-flow loans and sponsor finance, LBO transactions and equipment leases and also trained underwriters, loan portfolio managers, internal loan/deal review, and internal audit teams. He worked on stress-testing of the credit portfolio and portfolio analytics activities.

Dr. Kan was also previously a director in the Consulting Services group of Moody’s Analytics, where he led advisory engagements with clients mostly throughout North America and South America on credit ratings, development of internal credit risk rating models and methodologies, credit assessments, recoveries, valuation of credit instruments, credit risk analytics, and corporate portfolio stress-testing across all industries. Dr. Kan also previously worked in the valuation, securities and financial services practices of Law and Economics Consulting Group (LECG) and Marshall and Stevens, and as an academic taught MBA and undergraduate courses in finance at two universities.


Purvi Maniar is Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel at HSBC Technology & Services USA, in the Global Banking & Markets legal team.  Her coverage includes advising the Global Markets business on precious metals sales and trading, digital initiatives, structured transactions, and cross-asset matters, such as regulatory implementation, governance, and conduct.   

Purvi received a B.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.  She is admitted to practice in New York. 


Richard Ross is a partner involved in the firm's corporate and securities practice areas, with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and other complex corporate transactions. He has represented companies, private equity funds, hedge funds and investment banks in public and private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, takeovers (negotiated and contested), leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, strategic investments and joint ventures, as well as debt and equity financings, including venture debt and intellectual property-backed financings, in a wide variety of U.S. and cross-border transactions. He also counsels clients on a broad range of corporate, securities and business-related matters, including directors’ duties and responsibilities and other aspects of corporate governance and disclosure issues.

Richard has worked frequently with clients in the technology, media and entertainment and financial services industries, including:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Google Inc.
  • Fortress Investment Group
  • Brightwood Capital Advisors
  • Combs Enterprises


Since 1989, Philip Antoon has been assisting clients worldwide in the valuation of corporate entities and intangible assets, with in-depth focus providing these valuations for U.S. and international tax purposes, as well as U.S. financial reporting purposes.

Mr. Antoon assists companies of all sizes globally with valuations of legal entities and assets for: internal tax reorganizations and spin offs; related party IP transfers for U.S. and international transfers; intercompany debt issuances, transaction allocations for IRC Sections 338 and 1060; Section 280g; FIRPTA testing; gift and estate; interest expense apportionment;  partnership basis; cost segregation; NOL limitations and built-in gains; as well as estimating preferred coupon rates and debt interest rates.  Mr. Antoon has authored numerous articles regarding valuation issues related to valuations of entities and assets for U.S. tax purposes.

Mr. Antoon has in-depth experience providing fair value analyses for ASC 350 and 805 purposes, having valued reporting units and a wide array of intangible assets including customer relationships / contracts, patented technology, trademarks / trade names, proprietary know how, in-process research and development, franchise agreements, communications licenses, reserves, backlog, databases, and non-compete agreements.

Mr. Antoon also has in-depth experience in the valuation of fractional interests, preferred stock, options and debt, having performed these valuations for tax, financial reporting, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, gift and estate, across a variety of industries.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Antoon was a Managing Director in the Valuation Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and was the Global Practice Leader of the Valuation Services Practice at Kroll prior to working at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Antoon earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from West Virginia University.


James Batson is a Senior Investment Manager and Director of Business Development and Structuring-US and head of Omni Bridgeway’s New York office. Jim also assists his fellow Omni Investment Managers and Legal Counsel with formulating deal terms and structures. He monitors a multi-million-dollar investment portfolio and leads the company’s corporate outreach initiative working with decision-makers and influencers involved in legal, risk and capital management seeking non-resource financing for commercial lawsuits. Before joining Omni Bridgeway in 2014, Jim held roles as Chief Operating Officer and Consultant for two commercial litigation finance companies.  

Jim serves as a strategic partner, providing consultation on cases from initial review through final resolution. His guidance is drawn from 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer and senior partner with a prestigious plaintiff’s law firm that brought many of its cases on a contingent-fee basis. An accomplished litigator, Jim represented the plaintiff in Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, a case widely regarded as redefining parties’ e-discovery obligations in litigation. Jim proves to be a valuable resource for lawyers appearing in various jurisdictions. He has tried cases in federal and state court and before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, FINRA and the Chicago Board of Trade. He also handled regulatory proceedings before the SEC, the NYSE and FINRA.

Jim frequently speaks about litigation finance at conferences, law firm seminars and other events. Jim received a B.A. in Economics and English from Cornell University, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and an M.B.A. from Fordham University School of Business.


Ramya S. Tiller is a corporate partner based in the New York office. Ms. Tiller is in the Finance Group, and has experience in a broad range of financing transactions, including complex acquisition and leveraged finance transactions, such as the $5.385 billion financings related to the separation by spinoff of the Herc Rentals equipment business from Hertz and the financing aspects of Discovery’s $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, fund finance transactions and other alternative capital transactions.

Ms. Tiller is ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer in Commercial Lending by The Legal 500 US (2019), where she has been described as “highly rated,” and she is recognized as a Notable Practitioner in Banking by IFLR1000 (2018). Ms. Tiller is a frequent speaker on finance-related topics for the Practicing Law Institute.

Ms. Tiller joined Debevoise in 2007. She holds a B.A. LLB (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, where she graduated third in her class in 2002. She received an LL.M. (Corporate Law) from New York University in 2005, where she was a Hauser scholar. Ms. Tiller is fluent in German.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Tiller worked for a leading Indian law firm in Mumbai, India. Between 2010 and 2012, she served as a member of the Finance group at an international law firm in Munich, Germany.


A partner in the Litigation Department, Geoffrey Chepiga represents clients in a variety of litigation and regulatory matters, including securities fraud cases, mergers and acquisitions litigation and DOJ and SEC investigations.

Geoff's recent matters include representing SAC Capital (now Point72 Asset Management) and Steven A. Cohen in criminal and regulatory proceedings, as well as civil litigations, arising out of claims of insider trading; representing several acquirers and targets in M&A litigation, including Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Restaurant Brands International, CSRA, Inc. and UCP, Inc., among others; representing a former executive of a mining company in an action brought by the SEC in the S.D.N.Y. alleging misstatements, omissions and accounting violations relating to the value of a project in Africa; representing JPMorgan in the dismissal of a suit brought in the S.D.N.Y. by an investor who opted out of the $275 million class action settlement stemming from the run on Bear Stearns in 2008; and representing funds affiliated with a leading private equity firm in defending a shareholder appraisal action in Delaware Chancery Court arising from the acquisition of a portfolio company.

Geoff also maintains a significant pro bono practice, a highlight of which is his representation of a class of individuals, including mentally disabled adults, residing in so-called adult homes in New York City. The class sued the state of New York, claiming that these homes violated the "integration mandate" of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After ten years of litigation, the parties reached a landmark settlement to end the state's decades-long discrimination.

Geoff was recognized in the 2018 and 2019 editions of The Legal 500 US as a Recommended Lawyer in the M&A Litigation: Defense and Securities Litigation: Defense categories.

Geoff received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Yale University. He also has an M. Phil from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Geoff clerked for the Hon. Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for the Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.