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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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February 27, 2018

Gibson Dunn Announces Annual Pro Bono Award Winners

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the firm’s annual team and individual Frank Wheat Memorial Awards. Every year, Gibson Dunn presents its Frank Wheat award to lawyers in the firm who obtain significant results for their pro bono clients and demonstrate leadership and initiative that serve as inspiration to others. This year, the team award is presented to lawyers in offices across the country who worked tirelessly to protect the civil liberties and due process rights of individuals impacted by various new immigration-related policies and procedures. This includes a multi-office effort over 100 Gibson Dunn attorneys who responded to President Trump’s “Travel Ban” deploying to major airports around the country and specifically, the successful efforts to obtain the release a family of five Afghan immigrants unlawfully detained at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The individual award is presented to co-winners, Los Angeles associate Michael Holecek and Washington, D.C. associate Christopher Leach. Holecek and Leach are selected for their work on behalf of domestic violence victims and in a complex habeas case, respectively, as well as their pivotal roles in spearheading new programs to create future pro bono projects. “We are very proud to congratulate our Frank Wheat award winners,” said Scott Edelman, Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Pro Bono Committee. “This year, Gibson Dunn lawyers focused on the protection of the rule of law and civil liberties. As a result of these efforts and the work of many others not recognized here, we had another stellar year, averaging approximately 129 pro bono hours per attorney worldwide.” “Whether it’s fighting for civil liberties, due process rights, LGBTQ rights, animal rights, and access to justice, or advocating on behalf of domestic violence victims, or immigrants, these attorneys demonstrate Gibson Dunn advocacy at its finest,” said Pro Bono Counsel & Director Katie Marquart. About the Team Award Project – Gibson Dunn’s Travel Ban Response Team After the Travel Ban was issued in January 2017, chaos broke out at airports across the country as travelers were detained and sometimes returned to the country from which they departed. Gibson Dunn deployed more than 100 lawyers to airports around the country to monitor incoming flights, observe the activities of relevant officials and government agencies, and work behind the scenes with our legal aid partners to provide meaningful pro bono legal assistance to those in need. The firm was able to significantly help one family in particular. This family of five had traveled to the United States on Special Immigrant Visas granted to them on the basis of the father’s years of service to the U.S. government as a translator in Afghanistan. His service led to multiple death threats from the Taliban causing them to leave Afghanistan to find refuge in this country. However, upon their arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, they were inexplicably detained by Customs and Border Patrol for over 40 hours, interrogated, and threatened with deportation. Upon learning of the situation, a team of Gibson Dunn attorneys in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, Denver, Washington, D.C., and New York immediately sprang into action and worked around the clock to draft a habeas corpus petition demanding the family’s release and that they be provided with immediate access to counsel. Additionally, the Gibson Dunn team obtained an emergency temporary restraining order minutes before the family was to be inexplicably separated to detention centers in different states. While the Gibson Dunn team prepared for a hearing on their emergency TRO, the government agreed to release the family. With the help of Gibson Dunn, the family was finally able to settle in Washington state, where they look forward to one day becoming United States citizens. About the Individual Award – Michael Holecek Michael Holecek is honored for his over seven years of commitment to pro bono matters on behalf of domestic violence victims. In 2017, Holecek spearheaded several cases, including successfully arguing an appeal to the California Court of Appeal, which reversed the trial court’s order granting joint child custody to a proven domestic abuser. He was selected by the Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation as a 2017 HALO Award winner for his work. He also has created a pipeline for future domestic violence related pro bono work at the firm in his new role as a member of the Board of Directors for Family Violence Appellate Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing domestic violence survivors in civil appeals. About the Individual Award – Christopher Leach Christopher Leach is honored for creating the firm’s partnership with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland, and his recent pro bono success on behalf of a federal inmate. Leach represented a Maryland man whose trial lawyer in a 1988 attempted-murder charge was tainted by a conflict of interest; that same lawyer also represented his co-defendant and negotiated a plea allowing the co-defendant to go free only if our client pleaded guilty. After presenting oral argument on his habeas case before a panel of the Fourth Circuit, the court agreed with his arguments in a 42-page published decision, and ordered the district court to adjudicate the client’s conflict of interest claim. After the appellate victory, Leach worked with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office to negotiate a favorable settlement of the remand proceedings in which the State would consent to the vacatur of his client’s conviction, hereby mooting his federal habeas case in the district court. On December 7, 2017, the Maryland court entered a consent order vacating the conviction. About the Frank Wheat Award The award is named for the late Frank Wheat, a Gibson Dunn partner who was deeply committed to community service and pro bono work. A recognized leader in corporate transactions, Wheat served as a commissioner of the Securities Exchange Commission and as president of the Los Angeles County Bar. He also founded the Alliance for Children’s Rights, served as a leader of the Sierra Club, and a board member of the Center of Law in the Public Interest, which established a fellowship in his name to train young lawyers in public interest litigation. The award recipients receive $2,500 to be donated to a pro bono organization of their choice.
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February 12, 2018

Gibson Dunn Adds Technology Transactions Partner Carrie LeRoy in Silicon Valley

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Carrie LeRoy has joined the firm as a partner in the Palo Alto office.  Previously a partner with White & Case LLP, she will continue her intellectual property and technology transactions practice, focusing on complex IP licensing, cross-border and commercial transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. “We are very pleased to have Carrie join our firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “There’s an increasing need from the firm’s clients for strategic advice regarding their intellectual property.  Carrie has a high profile in the tech community and will be an outstanding addition to our team.  Her excellent technical skills as an IP transactional lawyer will be greatly valued by our clients.” “Carrie is well-connected and highly respected in Silicon Valley,” said Benjamin Wagner, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Palo Alto office.  “She has experience both in-house and in private practice and is excellent in both negotiating complex transactions and in advising clients regarding IP licensing strategies.  She will add depth to our technology transactions practice and this growing area.” “I am excited to join Gibson Dunn’s leading technology transactions practice and to broaden my client base,” said LeRoy. About Carrie LeRoy LeRoy advises on all aspects of intellectual property and technology transactions, with an emphasis on IP matters related to complex, cross-border corporate transactions such as M&A, asset purchases, joint development and IP divestitures; development and license agreements; patent and other technology license agreements; outsourcing; and strategic collaborations.  She regularly provides counseling with respect to ownership, protection and monetization of intellectual property rights, open source software policies and contamination issues and data privacy.  She also advises on a variety of commercial transactions, including original equipment manufacturer, reseller, distributor, sales representative, services, manufacturing and supply agreements. Her clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies to emerging technology companies.  She has experience in a number of technology-focused industries, including semiconductors, electronics, software, e-commerce, social media, fintech, data storage, financial services and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining White & Case, LeRoy practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 2007 to 2016.  From 2005 to 2007, she was a senior corporate counsel for Marvell Semiconductor, handling IP and commercial transactions. She received her law degree in 2000 from University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was Symposium Editor of the California Law Review.
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January 30, 2018

Gibson Dunn Strengthens Finance Practice in Frankfurt with Alexander Klein

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Alexander Klein will join the firm as of counsel in the Frankfurt office. He is currently an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in Frankfurt. Klein’s addition continues the expansion of Gibson Dunn’s German finance practice. He will work closely with Sebastian Schoon, who joined Gibson Dunn’s Munich office as partner. Together, they will now drive the German finance practice as a cross-office team. “We are happy to welcome Alexander to our team. He is a rising star among the top finance lawyers in Germany,” said Dr. Dirk Oberbracht, Partner in Charge of the Frankfurt office. “His arrival will strengthen our growing finance practice in Germany, which complements our thriving transactional practices, such as Private Equity, M&A, Restructuring, and Real Estate.” About Alexander Klein Klein focuses on banking and finance law, including acquisition financing, corporate finance and syndicated lending. His clients include financial investors, banks, private debt funds and corporates. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP since 2010.
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January 8, 2018

Gibson Dunn Adds Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Attorney in San Francisco

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Aaron Briggs has joined the firm as of counsel in the San Francisco office, where he will work with the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Group. Briggs was most recently Executive Counsel at General Electric (GE) in Boston.  At GE from 2012 to 2017, Briggs’ responsibilities included board governance, investor outreach and shareholder activism, SEC reporting, proxy solicitation and annual shareholders meeting prep, and providing advice on executive compensation and proxy and financial disclosure matters.  He led the transformation of GE’s investor communications, including reimagining GE’s 10-K annual report and proxy statement and launching the world’s first integrated summary report.  In 2016, Corporate Secretary magazine named him Governance Professional of the Year. Briggs is returning to Gibson Dunn where he worked from 2007 to 2012 in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices.  As an associate at Gibson Dunn, he focused on securities regulation, corporate governance, executive compensation and employee benefits. Briggs earned his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School in 2007, where he was a Kosmerl Scholar and served on the Chicago Journal of International Law.
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