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Davis Polk Elects 11 New Partners
7/1/2016

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has announced that Harold Birnbaum, Leo Borchardt, Andrew Ditchfield, Derek Dostal, Lee Hochbaum, Darren S. Klein, Gabriel D. Rosenberg, Jesse Solomon, Shane Tintle, Veronica M. Wissel and Yan Zhang have been elected partners of the firm, effective today. 

Mr. Birnbaum is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He advises U.S. and international corporate and private equity clients on a full range of public and private transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, collaborations, spinoffs, restructurings, special committee representations and defensive and corporate governance advice.

Mr. Borchardt is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. He has advised large corporations, boards of directors, special committees and investment banks on a variety of significant cross-border M&A, capital markets and other strategic corporate transactions. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, reporting and compliance, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Ditchfield is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department in New York. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation in a variety of areas, with particular focus on securities litigation, shareholder derivative suits, bankruptcy-related litigation, and mergers and acquisition-related litigation. He also advises clients on transaction-related and regulatory matters.

Mr. Dostal is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Capital Markets Group. He has worked on a wide variety of both public and private capital markets transactions, including IPOs and other equity offerings, investment-grade and high-yield debt financings, private placements and mandatory and optional convertible securities offerings, by issuers in various industries. His practice also includes advising U.S. public companies on general corporate, securities law and governance matters.  Mr. Dostal also has particular experience in equity derivatives, including in the context of financing, repurchase and other over-the-counter transactions.

Mr. Hochbaum is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He regularly advises U.S. and international clients on a wide variety of complex matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Klein is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Insolvency and Restructuring Group. He has substantial experience on a wide range of restructurings and bankruptcies, in and out of court. He advises debtors, agent banks, hedge funds, lenders, bondholders and other strategic parties in a range of corporate restructuring matters, including DIP and exit financing transactions, asset sales, bankruptcy litigation, cross-border insolvencies and strategic advisory matters. His major matters have included numerous in-court and out-of-court restructurings of oil and gas companies.

Mr. Rosenberg is a partner in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group in New York. He advises financial institutions, corporations and industry groups on financial regulatory issues. He is a core member of Davis Polk’s team advising several groups of U.S. and foreign banks on a variety of regulatory matters, including groups developing solutions for complex cross-border regulatory regimes and compliance policies and procedures for the Volcker Rule and swap margin requirements. Mr. Rosenberg’s practice includes creating technology to help market participants understand and comply with their regulatory obligations.

Mr. Solomon is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, practicing in the Washington DC office. He provides general antitrust counseling to clients, including on the competition law aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and he represents clients in antitrust investigations undertaken by the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Tintle is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Capital Markets Group. He advises U.S. and non-U.S. issuers and underwriters on capital markets and corporate transactions, including private placements, initial public offerings and other equity offerings, high-yield, investment-grade and convertible debt offerings. He also advises his corporate clients, ranging from early stage development companies to well-known seasoned issuers, on governance, corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Tintle has experience across a variety of sectors, including financials, retail, industrials, technology, biotech, consumer, specialty pharmaceuticals and oil and gas.

Ms. Wissel is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Executive Compensation Group. She advises clients on a variety of compensation-related matters, including the design and implementation of equity, retention and incentive plans, disclosure and regulatory compliance, and employment negotiations with senior executives, with a particular emphasis on compensation and benefits issues relating to mergers and acquisitions transactions. Additionally, she advises clients with respect to the ERISA aspects of the investment and management of pension plan assets in private funds and other products and arrangements, including hedge funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds, and she advises asset managers and broker dealers with respect to the financial products they offer to U.S. pension plans and compliance with ERISA’s fiduciary rules.

Ms. Zhang is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group. She regularly represents financial institutions on securities offerings of structured products linked to equities, commodities, currencies, rates and combinations of these assets. She has extensive experience in the development of new financial products, including exchange traded notes and proprietary indices for retail and institutional investors. She also advises financial institutions, corporations and investment funds in structuring, negotiating and documenting equity derivatives transactions as well as offerings of convertible and exchangeable securities.