Davis Polk Names New Counsel

Davis Polk has announced that eight lawyers have been promoted to counsel effective July 1, 2017: Yang Chu, Hilary Dengel, Stephenie Fung, Melissa Glass, Brian D. Hirsch, Yasin Keshvargar, Nancy Jackson Marchand and Lijun (Annie) Yan. 

Mr. Chu is counsel in the Corporate Department, resident in Hong Kong. His practice spreads across a broad range of corporate matters, including equity and debt capital markets, public takeovers, cross-border acquisitions, general compliance and corporate governance. 

Ms. Dengel is counsel in the Corporate Department, practicing in the Credit Group in New York. Her practice includes representing financial sponsors, corporate borrowers and various lenders on a wide range of transaction types, including leveraged acquisition financings, high-yield bond issuances, asset-based revolving credit facilities, complex restructurings, debtor-in-possession and exit financings and investment-grade, unsecured financings. 

Ms. Fung is counsel in the Corporate Department, resident in Hong Kong. Her practice focuses on equity capital market transactions, initial public offerings in Hong Kong and compliance with the securities laws and listing rules of Hong Kong. 

Ms. Glass is counsel in the Corporate Department, practicing in the Capital Markets Group in New York. She advises clients on a wide variety of corporate governance matters, including director independence, board and committee structures, proxy disclosure, shareholder proposals, board leadership structures, shareholder relationships and the impact of proxy advisory services. She also regularly advises clients on securities law issues and general corporate matters. 

Mr. Hirsch is counsel in the Corporate Department, practicing in the Real Estate Group in New York. He regularly advises public and private companies, real estate investment trusts, developers, investors, private equity funds and financial institutions in a wide range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financings, leasing, sale-leasebacks and preferred equity investments. He has broad experience in the acquisition, disposition and financing of large portfolios of real estate, including shopping centers, performing and non-performing mortgage loans, office buildings and wireless telecommunications towers. 

Mr. Keshvargar is counsel in the Corporate Department, practicing in the Capital Markets Group in New York. He advises U.S. and non-U.S. issuers and underwriters on initial public offerings, private placements, high-yield, investment-grade and convertible notes offerings, debt restructurings and cross-border finance transactions. He also advises clients ranging from early stage companies to well-known seasoned issuers on governance, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate law matters. His practice spans a variety of sectors, including technology, consumer, industrials, biotech, financials and oil and gas. His corporate clients are primarily based in the United States, Europe and Latin America. 

Ms. Marchand is counsel in the Financial Institutions Group in New York. Her practice focuses on financial regulation, particularly the implementation of resolution strategies and the impact of regulatory reform on financial institutions. She also has extensive experience with the business and law of financial market utilities and with cross-border capital markets transactions. She was previously counsel in the firm’s Paris office before her appointment as a law professor at the University of Paris. 

Ms. Yan is counsel in the Corporate Department, currently practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Beijing. She has extensive experience representing companies and investment funds in a variety of M&A and private equity transactions, including pre-IPO financings, buyouts, joint ventures, PIPEs, going private transactions and strategic investments. She also advises clients on cross-border securities and general corporate matters.