Cleary Gottlieb Elects Ten New Partners and Counsel

October 28, 2013

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP announced today that it has elected six partners and four counsel, effective January 1, 2014. The elections will bring the firm’s total worldwide partners to 199 and counsel to 54.

“I am very pleased to introduce our new partners and counsel,” said Mark Leddy, the firm’s Managing Partner. “They are excellent lawyers and colleagues. Their expertise spans many different practice areas and several geographic regions. The new class mirrors who we are as a firm and further enhances our ability to offer the best possible legal advice to our clients around the world.”

The new partners and counsel practice in the firm’s Brussels, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and Washington offices, respectively. They have experience in a broad range of practice areas, including antitrust and competition; banking and financial institutions; bankruptcy and restructuring; capital markets; corporate governance; derivatives; executive compensation and ERISA; leveraged and acquisition finance; litigation and arbitration; mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; private equity; real estate; and securities enforcement, white-collar defense, and internal investigations. Each has experience working on transformative domestic and cross-border matters across the globe.

Biographical information for the new partners and counsel follows.

Matteo Beretta, partner, focuses on European law and antitrust law, advising numerous major international groups (including PETRONAS, Whirlpool, TPG, Henkel, Barilla, and Pirelli) in connection with merger control filings as well as cartel and abuse of dominant position procedures. Matteo is currently advising First Reserve on antitrust matters in its sale of 45 percent of Ansaldo Energia to Fondo Strategico Italiano, and Snam in its acquisition of joint control of TIGF, Total’s gas transport and storage business. Matteo recently won a significant appellate decision for Edison on an important issue of EU competition law, and obtained the annulment of a decision by the Italian Antitrust Authority fining Philips for an alleged violation of Article 101 TFEU. Matteo previously represented AEM in the merger resulting in the creation of A2A, Italy’s largest local utility and third-largest energy company. He then represented A2A in its acquisition of sole control of Edipower. Matteo joined the firm in 1997 and worked in Washington, D.C. and Brussels before transferring to Rome in 2001. He currently divides his time between the Milan and Rome offices. He is a member of the Bergamo Bar.

Géraldine Bourguignon, counsel, is based in the Brussels office. Géraldine joined the firm in 2006 and was based in New York from 2008 to 2009. Géraldine’s practice focuses on corporate law, capital markets, financial regulation, and litigation. She advises companies on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters, including governance, disclosure, and market abuse matters. She regularly advises issuers, underwriters, and other transaction participants in equity and debt offerings such as the recent €2.9 billion initial public offering of bpost, in which she represented the Belgian State. She also represented Dexia SA in the rescue and orderly resolution plan of the Dexia group, including its €6 billion recapitalization in 2008, the sale of Dexia Bank Belgium to the Belgian State in 2011, and the €5.5 billion recapitalization by Belgium and France in 2012. Géraldine also represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, including several ongoing cases related to the financial crisis in which she represents financial institutions. Géraldine is a member of the Brussels Bar.

Kathleen Bradish, counsel, is based in the Washington, D.C. office. Kathy’s practice focuses on antitrust counseling, litigation, and government investigations. Kathy is an expert in antitrust issues involving the pharmaceutical industry, and has advised numerous pharmaceutical companies on issues arising at the intersection of antitrust, patent law, and FDA laws and regulations, including on the antitrust implications of patent settlements between branded and generic pharmaceutical companies. She has advised numerous pharmaceutical companies, including GSK, Santarus, Abbott Laboratories, and Gilead. Kathy represented 3M on competition matters relating to its acquisition of Ceradyne for $860 million. She acted as international counsel on antitrust matters to Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation in its $650 million acquisition of Qualicaps, the largest pharmaceutical capsule provider in Japan; represented Alkermes in its merger with Elan Drug Technologies valued at $1 billion; and advised GSK in its acquisition of 10 million shares of Theravance and its acquisition of Human Genome Sciences. She is a member of the Bars in Washington, D.C. and New York.

Christopher Cook, partner, focuses on international competition and antitrust law. Chris has extensive experience representing both transacting and opposing parties in mergers and joint ventures before the European Commission and U.S. antitrust agencies. He has also worked on a wide variety of non-transactional competition matters in Europe and the United States involving alleged abusive conduct and cartel behavior. Chris recently advised UTC on EU antitrust aspects of its $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich, the largest aerospace transaction ever completed. Chris joined the firm in 1997 and worked in Washington, D.C. before transferring to Brussels in 1999. He is ranked as a leading individual for Competition/European Law in Belgium by both Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Europe 2013. Chris is a member of the Bars in New York and the District of Columbia and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He is an associate member of the Brussels Bar.

Carlo de Vito Piscicelli, partner, joined the firm in 2004 and has been based in the London and Milan offices since 2012. He was based in the New York office from 2010 to 2012. Carlo’s practice focuses on leveraged finance and restructuring matters, and he advises clients globally on a wide variety of loan facilities, high yield notes, and related derivatives transactions. He is currently advising senior secured bondholders of Seat Pagine Gialle in their in-court restructuring, and Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic in the financing of their acquisition of 50 percent interest in the global asset management business of Banco Santander. Carlo recently advised Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley on various financing transactions for Technicolor SA. Additionally, he represented Rosneft Oil Company in the $16.8 billion bridge and term financing for the acquisition of BP’s interest in TNK-BP. He has advised many Italian and international clients on Italian financing and restructuring matters over the years, including BBVA, Fiat, Finmeccanica, Mediobanca, Saras, Sogefi, and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Carlo is a member of the Bars in Milan and New York.

John Harrison, counsel, focuses on real estate law, with a particular focus on real estate finance and commercial mortgage securitization. John regularly represents lenders and borrowers on significant CMBS and mezzanine lending transactions, including large multi-asset portfolio transactions involving office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, multi-family properties, industrial assets, casinos, and other property types. He recently acted as counsel on financings of One Times Square, the Esperanza Resort in Mexico, a large hotel portfolio, a national portfolio of shopping centers, and several high-end Las Vegas shopping malls. John joined the firm in 2001 and is based in New York. He is a member of the Bar in New York.

Caroline Hayday, counsel, joined the firm in 2003 and is based in the New York office. Caroline’s practice focuses on compensation and benefits matters, including executive compensation, the benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, employment law, and related matters. Caroline provided assistance on employment aspects in TPG’s acquisition of Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings. She provided employee benefit advice in ALTANA’s $635 million acquisition of the rheology additives business of Rockwood Holdings. Caroline advised ABB on employment matters in its $1 billion acquisition of Power-One. From 2002 to 2003, Caroline served as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She is a member of the Bar in New York.

Jonathan Kolodner, partner, focuses on criminal, securities, and other enforcement and regulatory matters as well as on complex commercial litigation. Jonathan regularly represents prominent international financial institutions in criminal and regulatory investigations. He also represents organizations and individuals in insider trading investigations as well as matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. From 2000 to 2012, Jonathan was a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served in numerous leadership positions including the Acting Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Complex Fraud Unit, and Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney. Jonathan is based in New York, is a member of the Bars in New York and Massachusetts, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Charles Masson, partner, focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and fund formation. Charles has recently represented Lafarge in the sale of its plasterboard business to Etex and in the sale of a minority stake in its subsidiary Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd to Baring Private Equity Asia, Total in the sale of its fertilizers business to the Borealis Group, Electricité de France in the creation of cleantech fund Electranova Capital, Bridgepoint and Eurazeo in the acquisition of Foncia from BPCE, and Groupama in the sale by its subsidiary Gan Eurocourtage of its brokerage activities to Allianz and of its transportation insurance portfolio to Helvetia. Charles has also regularly represented Emerging Capital Partners, including recently with respect to the development by capital increases and build-up acquisitions of its portfolio company Oragroup SA, which operates a banking network in Africa. Charles joined the firm in 2006, is based in Paris, and is a member of the Bar in Paris.

Paul Tiger, partner, focuses on corporate transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, responding to stockholder activism and hostile activity, and public and private financings. His work has spanned numerous sectors, including industrials, natural resources, financial services, health care, consumer products, and retail. He represented Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, in connection with the acquisition of 29.5 percent of Anglo American Sur, and Stanley Black & Decker in the recent divestiture of its global hardware and home improvement business for $1.4 billion. In addition, Paul served as counsel to Alpha Natural Resources in its $8.5 billion merger with Massey Energy Company. Paul has worked on a number of other high-profile acquisitions, including representing TPG in connection with its acquisition of Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings, Nationstar Mortgage in its acquisition of the mortgage origination business of Greenlight Financial Services, and Scientific Games in its $1.5 billion acquisition of WMS Industries. Paul joined the firm in 2006, is based in the New York office, and is a member of the Bars in New York and Oregon.

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