Davis Polk elects nine new partners



NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Davis Polk has announced that Sheila Adams, Matthew Bacal, Ning Chiu, Ethan Goldman, David Hahn, Eric McLaughlin, Adam Shpeen, Travis Triano and Steve Wang have been elected firm partners, effective July 1, 2021.

Ms. Adams is a member of Davis Polk’s Antitrust & Competition practice in New York. She represents clients in a variety of civil litigation and government investigations, and her practice focuses on antitrust investigations and litigation and the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions. His clients included companies in the media and entertainment, technology, financial services, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries, as well as individual company directors. Ms. Adams is the 2019 recipient of the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates and one of the association’s five individual 40 Under 40 awards for excellence in leadership.

Mr. Bacal is a member of the IP & Tech Transactions and Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practices of Davis Polk in New York. He advises clients on intellectual property, technology, media and privacy matters arising from their business operations and transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, licensing, development and outsourcing / services agreements, joint ventures and collaborations, financing, restructuring and offers on the capital markets. He particularly focuses on the structuring, negotiation and drafting of strategic licenses, development, procurement, outsourcing, services and other commercial agreements relating to media and sports rights, content distribution, data use and marketing, branding, sponsorship, fashion, software and other technologies. . Mr. Bacal also advises his clients in matters of copyright and data protection, particularly with regard to the design, development and marketing of products and services.

Ms. Chiu is a member of the Corporate Governance and Capital Markets practices of Davis Polk in New York. She advises companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance, securities laws, emerging trends and responding to evolving best practices. For over 20 years, she has advised clients on a range of matters involving their boards, including board and committee composition and structure, board policies and practices, board assessments and succession planning. , disclosure of proxies, shareholder engagement and relations, shareholder proposals, shareholder activism. in all their forms, proxy campaigns, proxy advisory services, and sustainability and ESG issues.

Mr. Goldman is a member of the Davis Polk Tax Practice in New York. He advises clients on federal tax matters relating to various transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, partnership investments, restructurings and spinoffs in the United States and across borders. Mr. Goldman also regularly advises private equity promoters and other private fund managers on tax matters relating to the formation and operation of private investment funds, as well as on secondary transactions. He has also represented clients in tax litigation before the Internal Revenue Service and the US Tax Court.

Mr. Hahn is a member of Davis Polk’s financial practice in New York. He mainly advises financial institutions and direct lenders in connection with various financing transactions, including leveraged acquisition financing, senior stretch and unitranche facilities, asset-based facilities, recurring income transactions and restructurings. of debts. He also has extensive experience representing borrowers on a wide range of finance related matters.

Mr. McLaughlin is a member of the Financial Institutions practice of Davis Polk in New York. He provides strategic advice on banking and financial regulation to banks, financial institutions, fintech companies and investors. His practice includes bank mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions, enforcement actions, bank chartering, capital and liquidity requirements, resolution planning and cryptocurrency and others. digital assets. He regularly advises clients on banking powers and operations, regulatory approvals and restrictions on transactions between affiliates. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was heavily involved in advising clients on all aspects of government support programs.

Mr. Shpeen is a member of the Davis Polk restructuring firm in New York. He has significant experience representing debtors, creditors, banks, hedge funds and other strategic financial players in complex Chapter 11 and extrajudicial restructurings, including pre-configured and traditional bankruptcies, corporate transactions. liability management, debt swaps, credit transactions, in-possession finance, exit finance and section 363 sales.

Mr. Triano is a member of the executive compensation practice of Davis Polk in New York. He advises clients on a wide variety of executive compensation matters, with a particular focus on the compensation aspects of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and spinoffs. He has extensive experience advising on the design and implementation of incentive compensation arrangements; negotiation of executive employment contracts, change of control and departure; and corporate governance related to compensation, public company information disclosure and section 16 matters. His practice spans a variety of industries, including biotechnology, technology, services. financial, energy, consumer and retail products, and industries.

Mr. Wang is a partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP residing in Hong Kong and practicing as an attorney in Hong Kong. His practice focuses on securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented issuers and underwriters in a wide range of international capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-up stock offerings, investment grade and high yield debt issues. and liability management operations. His practice spans a variety of industries, including biotechnology, healthcare, technology, consumer and retail, and real estate. In 2020, Mr. Wang was honored as “Rising Star of the Year” at the IFLR Asia-Pacific Prize.

About Davis Polk.

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