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.