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April 30, 2012

Gibson Dunn Adds Disputes Capability in Dubai With New Partner Peter Gray

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that disputes partner Peter Gray has joined the firm’s Dubai office.  Previously at Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gray will continue to focus on English and international litigation and international arbitration.  “We are pleased to welcome Peter to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Peter brings a new disputes capability to our Dubai office.  Further, as an English-qualified solicitor, Peter will work closely with our London disputes partners and enhance the regional and international reach of our premiere litigation and arbitration practice.”“Peter is well regarded in the local legal and business community and is a terrific addition to the office,” said Paul Harter, Partner in Charge of the Dubai office.  “He has a proven track record of attracting and resolving business disputes involving companies in the Gulf region and internationally.  And his experience with financial services, investigations, energy and commodities disputes complements the firm’s strengths in these areas.”“I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues,” said Gray.  “Gibson Dunn’s unparalleled litigation platform and top-notch reputation locally and internationally is a tremendous foundation that will allow me to expand my practice.”About Peter GrayGray focuses his law practice on international disputes, with an emphasis on disputes centered in the MENA region and Asia.  He is experienced in arbitrations under various rules, including LCIA, ICC, and DIFC-LCIA.  Having first qualified as a barrister, he is a solicitor with full rights of audience in the English Senior Courts, as well as the DIFC Courts.Gray has acted for a number of banks, funds, investors and financial institutions, as well as governmental entities, in a wide array of disputes, including those involving misrepresentation and breach of warranties claims, fraud, property investment disputes, construction of contractual terms, minority shareholder rights and corporate governance disputes.  Gray is also experienced in representing entities with energy interests, including oil majors and minors (in upstream and downstream matters), drilling companies, solar and other renewable energy companies, on matters involving exploration rights, profit share agreements, JOA disputes, seismic operations, supply disagreements, pipeline sharing rights, swaps and commodities joint ventures.  He has also handled a variety of other commercial litigation, non-contentious matters and internal investigations.A graduate from Clare College, Cambridge, Gray practiced at Dewey & LeBoeuf since 2000.  He is a member of several professional groups, including Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Bar Association, and Lincoln’s Inn.  A frequent author and lecturer, he has given seminars for the BPP Law School LLM program. 
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April 9, 2012

Employment Partner Catherine Conway Joins Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that employment partner Catherine Conway has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.  Previously at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Conway will continue to focus on employment law, particularly wage and hour class actions.“We are delighted to welcome Cathy to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “With her considerable trial experience, Cathy will bring additional capacity to Gibson Dunn’s thriving employment practice, which was recognized this year as Employment Practice of the Year by The American Lawyer.”“Cathy is highly regarded in the legal community,” said Chris Dusseault, Co-Partner in Charge of the Los Angeles office.  “A seasoned trial lawyer, she will enhance our ability to handle large cases, especially wage and hour class actions, nationally and in California.”“I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues,” said Conway.  “Joining Gibson Dunn, which has one of the top employment practices in the country combined with the unparalleled quality and breadth of its broad litigation platform, was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”About Catherine ConwayConway focuses her law practice on complex employment class actions, especially wage and hour litigation.  She also has extensive experience in other employment law issues, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, trade secrets and unfair business practice litigation.  She advises employers in a broad range of industries, including retail, Internet, manufacturing, banking and financial institutions, hospitality and the oil industry.  Her clients have included Starbucks, ConocoPhillips, Ernst & Young and Michaels Stores.Conway was a partner at Akin Gump since 2000, and before that she practiced with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.  She has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2009-2011, named one of the “Top 10 Employment Defense Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal in 2009-2011 and received a California Lawyer of the Year award from California Lawyer magazine in the employment law category in 2010.  She graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1978. 
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March 14, 2012

Gibson Dunn Adds Of Counsel to São Paulo Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Fernando Almeida has joined the firm as Of Counsel.  He will be based in the firm’s São Paulo office.  Almeida is returning to Gibson Dunn where he worked from 2004 through 2006 in the firm’s New York office.  In the interim, Almeida practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in its New York and São Paulo offices.  “We are pleased to welcome Fernando back to Gibson Dunn,” said Kevin Kelley, Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Latin America Practice Group and its Capital Markets Group.  “His extensive experience with Brazilian companies and banks, especially on equity and debt capital markets transactions, will be of significant value.”  Lisa Alfaro, Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Latin America Practice Group and Partner in Charge of the São Paulo office, said “Fernando’s broad corporate experience and knowledge of Brazilian markets will enhance our ability in this strategic area.”Gibson Dunn has been committed to its Latin American and Brazilian practice for more than two decades, representing many of the region’s largest corporates during that time, as well as leading multinational banks on cross-border matters for major regional issuers.  The firm’s São Paulo office was opened in 2009 to provide international legal advice to clients on capital markets, energy and infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, fund formation, real estate, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and international arbitration matters.Almeida has experience in a wide range of corporate transactions.  He has represented issuers and underwriters in cross-border public and private offerings of equity and debt securities and private placements and bank financings.  He also has experience advising foreign investors in the acquisition of and joint venture formation with Brazilian public and private companies and serves as counsel to Brazilian companies in cross-border business combinations by advising on applicable U.S. securities laws.He earned his law degree from the University of São Paulo School of Law and LLM from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  He also holds an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas.  He is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in English and Portuguese. 
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February 28, 2012

Gibson Dunn Adds Former SEC Counsel to the D.C. Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Blaise F. Brennan has joined the Washington, D.C. office as of counsel, where he will focus his practice on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, acquisition finance, corporate governance and securities regulatory issues.  Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Brennan served on the executive staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2009 through 2011 as counsel to Commissioners Kathleen L. Casey and Daniel M. Gallagher.  In that capacity, he advised primarily on regulatory recommendations from the Division of Corporation Finance, including implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  He also advised on recommendations from the Office of the Chief Accountant and the Enforcement Division.  Prior to his tenure at the SEC, Brennan practiced for nearly eight years in the areas of corporate transactions, corporate governance and securities regulation in the London and Washington, D.C. offices of another international law firm.“Blaise's expertise fits perfectly with the strengths of our corporate practice.  He has extensive capital markets and other transactional experience, coupled with a deep understanding of securities regulatory issues from his tenure at the SEC,” said Howard B. Adler, Co-Chair of the firm's Corporate Transactions Practice Group.  “Blaise’s addition will enhance our deep bench of former SEC officials,” said Amy Goodman, Co-Chair of the firm's Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group, who also served in a number of senior and policy-level positions during her 11-year tenure at the SEC.  “He was with the SEC during a very dynamic time for regulation, especially in terms of Dodd-Frank.  With that experience he will provide valuable insight for our clients.”  Brennan graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001.
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February 22, 2012

Gibson Dunn Adds Commodity Futures Trading Commission Special Counsel to the D.C. Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Jeff Steiner has joined the Washington, D.C. office as counsel.  A former special counsel at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Steiner will continue to focus his practice on derivatives and market regulation as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act.“We're glad to have Jeff join us,” said Andrew Tulumello, Co-Partner in Charge of the Washington, D.C. office.  “His specialized government experience will serve our clients well.”“Jeff's first-hand experience writing the new derivatives framework will help clients navigate through an uncertain regulatory environment,” said Michael Bopp, Chair of the firm’s Financial Markets Crisis Group and Congressional Investigations Group, as well as Co-Chair of the Public Policy Practice Group.  Bopp, former Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the White House, assisted in creating and now running the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users, which works on both legislative and regulatory fronts to help protect interests of end-user companies in the debate over appropriate regulation of derivatives. “Gibson Dunn has exceptional regulatory-related expertise and a stellar reputation to match,” said Steiner.  “I'm excited to be starting this new chapter of my career with colleagues whom I've worked with from the other side of the table.”About Jeff Steiner Steiner has experience in regulations related to over-the-counter and exchange traded derivatives, Dodd-Frank Act, Commodity Exchange Act, futures, trade repositories, swap data reporting, off exchange derivatives transactions (block trades, EFPs), capital markets transactions and asset management.  He also handles general corporate, structured finance and securities offerings matters.Prior to being a special counsel at the CFTC, he served as an attorney-advisor at the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight from 2009 to 2010.  He graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2004.
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February 21, 2012

Real Estate Partner Andrew Dady Joins Gibson Dunn in New York

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that real estate partner Andrew Dady has joined the firm’s New York office.  Previously at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York, Dady will continue his commercial real estate practice at Gibson Dunn.“Andrew is a very talented lawyer,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “We have a top-tier global real estate practice, and Andrew’s experience with global private equity funds, lending institutions, and institutional developers complements our practice and will help the firm add to our real estate capability in New York and globally.”“Andrew is highly regarded in the New York real estate bar,” said Steve Shoemate, Co-Partner in Charge of the New York office.  “His reputation and experience will be a terrific asset for our clients, which will lead to new and expanded opportunities in the real estate market.”“I am delighted to join Gibson Dunn’s real estate group,” said Dady.  “The quality and the global reach of Gibson Dunn’s real estate practice and of all its major practice areas provide an exceptional platform to best serve my clients and grow my practice.”About Andrew DadyDady focuses his commercial real estate practice on debt and equity finance, sales, acquisitions and development.  He has extensive experience working with major financial institutions, both on the lender and borrower side.  His matters have been among the most complex in the market, including representation of the major owner/developer/fund manager in the debt and equity financing for the acquisition of one of the largest residential real estate companies in the United States and the subsequent restructuring of such financing; representation of a major investment bank in joint ventures for the development of a luxury resort in Orlando, Florida; representation of a major owner/developer/fund manager in the equity recapitalization of an iconic Manhattan skyscraper.He has worked with some of the most prestigious players in the real estate industry, including Tishman Speyer and Blackstone Real Estate Advisors.Before joining Schulte Roth & Zabel in 2005, Dady was a partner in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.  He graduated in 1989 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
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