Davis Polk Elects 10 New Partners

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has announced that Daniel Brass, Lara Samet Buchwald, Karen Chan, William A. Curran, Marcel Fausten, Dan Hirschovits, David Lisson, Jai R. Massari, Jeong M. Oh and John (JW) Perry have been elected partners of the firm, effective July 1.

Mr. Brass is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He advises U.S., U.K., Brazilian, Irish and other international corporate and private equity clients on a full range of public and private transactions. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, collaborations, spinoffs, restructurings, special committee representations and defensive and corporate governance advice. 

Ms. Buchwald is a partner in the Litigation Department in New York. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts and bankruptcy litigation. She also advises clients with respect to a wide range of civil litigation and advisory matters. 

Ms. Chan is a partner in the Litigation Department, resident in Hong Kong. Her practice focuses on complex regulatory matters, particularly within the financial services industry. She regularly advises major financial institutions and corporates in regulatory and internal investigations, and disciplinary and enforcement proceedings. She has also advised on a broad range of litigation, including disputes arising from private and public securities offerings, derivatives, and other structured products. 

Mr. Curran is a partner in the Tax Department in New York. He regularly advises public and private clients on federal income tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and spinoffs. His practice also focuses on cross-border internal group restructurings for multinational corporate groups. 

Mr. Fausten is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Capital Markets Group. He represents a range of U.S. and non-U.S. corporate and financial institution clients on a wide variety of public and private capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and other equity offerings, high-yield and investment-grade debt financings and equity-linked offerings. He also advises on governance, general corporate and securities law matters, and has extensive experience in equity derivative transactions and other over-the-counter derivative products. He has experience across a range of industries, including biotech, consumer and retail, oil and gas, financial and technology. 

Mr. Hirschovits is a partner in the Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He advises corporate and investment banking clients on securities offerings and public listings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions generally. He also provides advice on corporate governance matters and securities law and regulation. 

Mr. Lisson is a partner in the Litigation Department, practicing in Northern California. He has extensive experience litigating patent infringement and other intellectual property cases, as well as general commercial disputes. He has worked on matters across various industries, including telecommunications, data and video networks and services, minimally invasive surgical devices, and search engine and database applications. He has represented clients in courts across the country and in the International Trade Commission. 

Ms. Massari is a partner in the Financial Institutions Group and the trading and markets practice, based in Washington DC. She advises major global banks, asset managers and corporations on the requirements, impact and implementation of financial regulation, including reforms. In this area, her practice focuses on derivatives regulation and various financial reform topics, including the Volcker Rule and systemic risk. She frequently works with industry organizations in connection with advocacy efforts on legislative and regulatory proposals. 

Ms. Oh is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Credit Group. She advises financial institutions and corporate clients on a variety of bank finance transactions, including leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings, project financings and debt restructurings. 

Mr. Perry is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Credit Group. His practice covers a wide range of transaction types, focusing on the representation of lenders, borrowers and sponsors in domestic and international leveraged acquisition and asset-based lending transactions. He also has represented administrative agents and arrangers in connection with asset-based financings.