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May 17, 2018

Gibson Dunn Strengthens Private Equity and M&A Practices With Four Corporate Partners

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that George Stamas, Mark Director, Andrew Herman, and Alexander Fine have joined the firm as partners.  Stamas will work in the firm’s New York and Washington, D.C. offices, while Director, Herman and Fine will be based in the Washington, D.C. office and also will work regularly in the New York office.  They all join from Kirkland & Ellis, continuing their corporate, mergers and acquisitions and private equity practices. "We are delighted to add this distinguished team to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “George, Mark, Andrew and Alex are talented, highly regarded lawyers and energetic business developers.  They have strong contacts in the legal and business communities in D.C., New York and internationally.  Their addition will significantly strengthen our M&A, private equity and corporate practices not just on the East Coast but across the firm worldwide.” “Many of us here at Gibson Dunn have worked opposite of this group in a number of transactions, and we have the utmost respect for them,” said Stephen Glover, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the M&A Practice Group.  “Our combined practice will create a D.C. corporate powerhouse that will firmly establish our position as a leader in high-end corporate and M&A.  In addition, their private equity and public company M&A experience will complement and expand our national and international practice.” “We are excited about the opportunity to join the firm,” said Stamas.  “We have long admired Gibson Dunn’s culture and collaborative approach to servicing clients.  We are committed to joining the team and further developing our practice together.  We wish the very best to our former colleagues, who we hold in high regard.” About George Stamas Stamas served as a senior partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ corporate practice group since 2002 and will continue to serve as a senior partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York and Washington, D.C. offices.  He focuses on public company and private equity M&A and corporate securities transactions.  He also counsels C-level executives and board of directors on corporate governance matters. Stamas has previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, Inc.; as a founding board member of FTI Consulting (NYSE); as a venture partner of international venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates; and as a member of numerous public and private corporate boards. He is an executive board member of New York private equity firm MidOcean Partners.  He also is a board member of the Shakespeare Theatre Company and on the National Advisory Council of Youth Inc.  He is a co-founder of The Hellenic Initiative and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. Stamas is also is a partner of Monumental Partners, which controls the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards and is a partner of the Baltimore Orioles. He graduated in 1976 from the University of Maryland Law School, where he was a member of the International Law Review, and from 1977 to 1979, he served as special counsel to Stanley Sporkin in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. About Mark Director Director represents public companies and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a broad range of transactions, including M&A, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, minority investments and joint ventures.  He also advises boards of directors and corporate executives on corporate governance, public disclosure, securities reporting, and compliance and risk management matters. He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the Board of Directors of Everybody Wins! DC, a children’s literacy organization.  He serves as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Hebrew Congregation. Director was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis since 2002.  Before that he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of publicly traded US Office Products Co. and of a private equity-owned telecommunications company.  He graduated cum laude in 1984 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Journal on Legislation and worked with the Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg (then a professor at Harvard) to co-author a casebook on the regulation of the electronic mass media. About Andrew Herman Herman’s practice focuses on advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments and other transactions.  He also advises public companies on M&A transactions, securities law compliance and corporate governance.  He is experienced in advising on the acquisition and sale of sports franchises. Herman joined Kirkland & Ellis in 2002 and became a partner in 2004.  He graduated in 1995 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the submissions editor of the Journal of Transactional Law.  He received a master’s degree with honors in accounting from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1992.  Herman serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee at Adas Israel Congregation. About Alexander Fine Fine’s practice focuses on advising private equity sponsors and public companies on a wide range of transactional matters, including strategic M&A, leveraged buyouts, minority investments, and joint ventures.  He also advises clients on corporate governance and securities law matters. Fine was previously a partner with Kirkland & Ellis since 2010, and before that served as Executive Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Allied Capital Corporation. He graduated in 2000 from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.
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May 4, 2018

Real Estate Finance Partner Kahlil Yearwood Joins Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Kahlil T. Yearwood has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner.  Yearwood, formerly with Dechert LLP, continues his real estate finance practice at Gibson Dunn. "We welcome Kahlil to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “He is one of the top lender side real estate finance lawyers in the country.  His addition to our San Francisco office will complement the recent growth of our real estate debt capabilities in our New York office and solidify our standing as one of the preeminent real estate practices in the country.” "Our lawyers have frequently been opposite Kahlil on transactions in the past and consider him one of the best lender lawyers in the Bay Area and nationally,” said Erin Rothfuss, a San Francisco partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.  “He has a vibrant practice, and his addition will bolster our dominant position in the real estate sector and help create a bicoastal real estate finance platform that is second to none.” “I am delighted to be joining Gibson Dunn,” said Yearwood.  “The firm has an impressive real estate presence on both coasts, and this premiere national platform will give me a strong foundation to grow my practice.” About Kahlil Yearwood Yearwood practices real estate finance with a focus on representing lenders in every phase of the life cycle of loans secured directly or indirectly by all types of commercial real estate, including loan origination, loan purchases, loan sales, financing and leverage transactions, post-closing loan modifications, and loan workouts.  His clients include all types of commercial real estate lenders, including commercial banks, life insurance companies, CMBS lenders, specialty finance companies, debt funds, mortgage REITs, servicers, and hedge funds. He is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and a member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. Prior to joining the firm, Yearwood practiced with Dechert since 2005.  He received his law degree in 2005 from the University of California, Berkeley.
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April 30, 2018

Ashley Judd Files Suit To Hold Harvey Weinstein Accountable For His “Highly Reprehensible and Despicable” Misconduct

Actor, writer, activist and humanitarian Ashley Judd today filed a lawsuit against producer Harvey Weinstein in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, asserting claims for defamation, sexual harassment, interference with prospective economic advantage, and violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law. She seeks to vindicate her rights and the rights of others who have been denied economic opportunities because they resisted improper sexual advances by those in positions of power. Ms. Judd was one of the first women to come forward to expose Mr. Weinstein’s years-long pattern of harassing and abusive conduct toward women. Ms. Judd’s claims arise from recent revelations by director Peter Jackson that he had been eager to cast Ms. Judd in the Lord of the Rings films until Mr. Weinstein and his studio, Miramax, fed him “false information” in a private meeting about Ms. Judd’s professionalism as an actor. Mr. Weinstein’s false statements about Ms. Judd came after Ms. Judd rejected Mr. Weinstein’s sexual advances during what had been falsely pitched to Ms. Judd as a professional breakfast meeting at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Mr. Weinstein’s false statements to Mr. Jackson track other public accounts, detailed in the complaint, documenting a broader pattern of retaliation, defamation, and sabotage by Mr. Weinstein against actors who refused to go along with his sexual overtures. “Mr. Weinstein’s abusive conduct toward others has caused no end of damage to aspiring actors and others in the film and entertainment industry. As my experience and the experience of others shows, even a few false statements from Mr. Weinstein could destroy potentially career-changing professional opportunities,” said Ms. Judd. “It’s time that Mr. Weinstein be held accountable for that conduct and for the ways in which he’s damaged careers.” Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which is representing Ms. Judd in this matter, remarked, “Our aim in bringing this suit is to hold Mr. Weinstein accountable for his retaliation against Ms. Judd, defamation of her business reputation, and interference with her career, and to shine a light on the broader economic damages caused when individuals in positions of authority attempt to punish those who have resisted their improper advances.” Ms. Judd will donate any recovery in the lawsuit to a charity that benefits women and works to combat sexual harassment and discrimination. Gibson Dunn will also donate any recovery of attorney’s fees to charity. Ms. Judd is represented in this matter by Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., Theane Evangelis, Michael H. Dore, and Lauren M. Blas of the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Copies of the complaint are available here.
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April 30, 2018

Gibson Dunn Appoints Corporate Partner Hardeep Plahe to Lead the Dubai Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has named corporate partner Hardeep Plahe as Partner in Charge of the Dubai office. Hardeep, a cross-border transactional lawyer, succeeds Paul Harter, who will continue his corporate practice. "Paul’s leadership ushered in a period of strong growth for our Dubai office,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Hardeep’s extensive knowledge of the region’s business landscape will be invaluable to help us to continue to grow our influence in the region.  We look forward to working with Hardeep in this new role.” "Our Dubai office is a hub servicing the entire Middle East region and it has grown and thrived,” said Plahe.  “We have created a team of the region’s most experienced business-orientated lawyers.  I hope to continue raising our profile to allow more clients to benefit from the clear advantages of having Gibson Dunn on their side.” About Hardeep Plahe Plahe’s practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private placings, joint ventures, reorganizations and financial services regulation.  As a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice Groups, he has advised private equity clients, financial institutions, corporates, sovereign wealth funds and governments.  Based in the Middle East since 2006, he has helped clients with their most complex and important transactions in the U.K.,  Europe and the Middle East.
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April 23, 2018

Former Federal Prosecutor M. Kendall Day Joins Gibson Dunn as a Partner in D.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that M. Kendall Day will join the Washington, D.C. office of the firm.  He was most recently an Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. "We are delighted to welcome Kendall to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “We have a premier white collar practice that continues to gain momentum with the addition of prominent, outstanding attorneys like Kendall.  In addition to the sustained enforcement efforts by U.S. agencies, we expect the trend of the globalization of investigations to continue.  Kendall’s addition will expand our capability to meet our clients’ needs in this environment.” “Kendall is highly regarded by practitioners in the white collar community,” said F. Joseph Warin, Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.  “Kendall is a recognized expert in Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering enforcement and has a broad white collar background.  He will work closely with Stephanie Brooker, who joined the firm from DOJ and FinCEN two years ago to bolster our BSA/AML practice.”  Day joins more than 50 former Department of Justice lawyers at the firm. “After 15 years as a white collar prosecutor, I look forward to joining Gibson Dunn to begin the next chapter of my career,” said Day.  “The firm has an unparalleled white collar practice, and I am honored to be its newest member.” About M. Kendall Day For the past year, Day has served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.  In this role, Day supervised more than 200 Criminal Division prosecutors and professionals tasked with investigating and prosecuting many of the country’s most significant and high-profile cases involving corporate and financial misconduct.  He also had supervisory authority over every Bank Secrecy Act and money-laundering charge, deferred prosecution agreement and non-prosecution agreement involving every type of financial institution. Before that, Day served as Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division from 2014 to 2017 and as Principal Deputy Chief from 2013 to 2014.  During his tenure, he supervised 90 lawyers and managed investigations involving global financial institutions and enforcement of anti-money laundering and sanctions laws.  He also directed the Kleptocracy Initiative. From 2005 through 2013, Day served as a deputy chief and trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section.  From 2003 to 2005, he served as an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the DOJ’s Tax Division.  Day also served overseas as the Justice Department’s Anti-Corruption Resident Legal Advisor in Serbia. For his work, Day has received a number of awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the second highest award for employee performance; the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service; and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Ensuring the Integrity of Government.
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April 5, 2018

Leading Investment Funds Lawyers John Fadely and Albert Cho to Join Gibson Dunn’s Hong Kong Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that John Fadely and Albert Cho will join the firm as partners in the Hong Kong office. Fadely and Cho will join Gibson Dunn’s Investment Funds Group from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where they advised sponsors of private investment funds – including buyout, growth capital, real estate, debt, distressed and credit opportunities funds – co-investment vehicles and separately managed accounts. “We are very pleased John and Albert will be joining our firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “They are extremely talented lawyers and recognized leaders in the private equity industry in Asia. We are focused on building a premier corporate practice in Asia that complements our private equity and M&A practices in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Their addition is another significant step in the growth of our transactional practices globally.” “John and Albert are both recognized as top‐tier practitioners and have represented some of the most significant and sophisticated funds in the Asia market,” said Kelly Austin, Partner in Charge of the Hong Kong office. “Their addition will add depth to our Hong Kong office and create greater opportunities for our Asia transactional practice, resulting in an extremely compelling position in the Asia legal market.” Fadely and Cho follow several high-profile additions to Gibson Dunn’s corporate practice in Hong Kong. In 2017, Paul Boltz, Scott Jalowayski, Michael Nicklin and Brian Schwarzwalder joined the firm’s Hong Kong office to expand the firm’s Asia private equity practice. Since then, the firm has built a private equity M&A team in Hong Kong and advised on several high-profile cross-border transactions. “John and Albert’s addition to the firm further strengthens our position as a leading firm in the private equity industry in Asia,” said Scott Jalowayski, a Hong Kong partner and Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Private Equity practice. “Their extensive experience across Asia’s unique private equity landscape will be a tremendous resource to our sponsor clients and adds important depth to our private equity offering in Hong Kong.” About John Fadely Fadely focuses on advising Asia-based private fund sponsors on the formation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, growth capital funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds. He has advised well-established and first-time fund sponsors on the establishment and structuring of funds platforms and is experienced in forming funds investing in China, Japan and other Asian markets. He also advises founders on governance and economics matters. In addition to fund formation, Fadely also advises fund sponsors on co-investment transactions as well as regulatory and other operational issues, and represents institutional investors in their private fund investments. Fadely is ranked in Band 1 for Investment Funds by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018, as a Leading Individual for Investment Funds by The Legal 500, and as a highly regarded practitioner by IFLR1000. He is also listed in International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers. Fadely is admitted to the New York, California, and Hong Kong bars, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in Japanese. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner in the Hong Kong office of Weil Gotshal since 2010, where he led Weil’s Asia private funds practice. In 1999 he earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. About Albert Cho Cho focuses his practice on the formation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, growth capital funds, venture capital funds, special situations funds, debt funds, secondary funds, funds-of-funds, real estate funds and hedge funds. He also has extensive experience advising fund clients on co-investment transactions, operational and structuring matters, and legal and regulatory compliance matters. Cho has represented private investment funds formed by a variety of sponsors, including established private equity houses, large financial services companies, spin-off/spin-out teams as well as boutique firms. He regularly works with Asian, U.S. and European private fund sponsors on their fundraising activities, particularly the formation of funds focused on investing in the Asia-Pacific region. Cho has also represented institutional investors in their private investment fund activities, including sovereign wealth funds, employee benefit plans for major corporations, family offices, and the alternative investment arms of financial services companies. Cho is also ranked for Investment Funds in China by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018, and he is recognized for his work as a private funds lawyer in The Legal 500, IFLR1000, and International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers. He is particularly known for his work in the Korean market and has been recognized by Chambers Global 2018 Guide as a foreign expert for Korea in Investment Funds. He is admitted to the New York, District of Columbia, and Hong Kong bars. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with Weil Gotshal since 2014. Cho graduated in 1999 from Cornell Law School.
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