New York, NY, December 19, 2017 – Davis Polk has announced that eight lawyers have been promoted to counsel effective January 1, 2018: Jason Bassetti, Aaron Ferner, Barry J. Gewolb, Darren Mahone, Bingqing Pan, Jordan Leigh Smith, Kevin So and Katherine Swan.
Mr. Bassetti is counsel in the Corporate Department, practicing in Northern California. Since joining the firm in 2009, he has represented clients in a broad range of capital markets and M&A transactions. He also advises clients on public reporting and corporate governance matters. His practice focuses primarily on transactions involving technology and life sciences companies.
Mr. Ferner is counsel in the Corporate Department, focusing on banking and finance transactions in the London office. He advises corporates, sponsors and financial institutions on a wide range of transactions, including leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings, corporate loans, derivatives, and financial restructurings. He also has extensive experience advising on cash confirmations for U.K. public acquisitions.
Mr. Gewolb is counsel in the Corporate Department, practicing in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group in New York. He advises a broad range of financial and corporate clients on the structuring, negotiation and execution of various equity-linked transactions, including public and private convertible debt and preferred stock issuances and associated derivative transactions, accelerated share repurchase programs, registered forward sale transactions, margin loan transactions in respect of large stakes in publicly traded companies, and equity-linked hedging and monetization transactions.
Mr. Mahone is counsel in the Corporate Department, practicing in the Credit Group in New York. He advises lenders and borrowers in connection with a wide range of financing transactions, including investment-grade and leveraged acquisition financings, asset-based credit facilities, cross-border financings, debt restructurings, and other secured and unsecured financings.
Ms. Pan is counsel in the Corporate Department, resident in Hong Kong. She has represented both underwriters and issuers in a variety of financing transactions, such as initial public offerings, secondary equity offerings, high-yield, investment-grade and convertible bond offerings, and debt restructurings. She has also represented private equity and real estate funds in private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and joint venture deals relating to the PRC.
Ms. Smith is counsel in the Litigation Department in New York. She has extensive experience representing multinational companies and financial institutions with respect to anti-corruption and compliance matters, including advising clients on due diligence in connection with acquisitions and joint ventures, third-party engagements, risk assessments, corporate governance issues, and the implementation of effective compliance programs. She also provides advice on civil, criminal and internal investigations relating to alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), fraud and other financial crimes.
Mr. So is counsel in the Litigation Department, resident in Hong Kong. He has a broad civil and commercial disputes practice, and in particular has extensive experience in areas such as banking, company (including joint venture and shareholder disputes), insolvency, trusts and estates, employment and real estate. He also has an active white collar practice, advising on criminal prosecutions and investigations by different regulators and authorities, including the Securities and Futures Commission, the Commercial Crime Bureau and the Independent Commission Against Corruption. His regular clients include leading international investment banks, large corporations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, both in Hong Kong and the PRC.
Ms. Swan is counsel in the Litigation Department in Washington DC. She represents companies, financial institutions and individuals in civil and criminal matters, including investigations of alleged violations of the FCPA, fraud and other financial crimes. She has represented clients in connection with internal investigations, as well as investigations by various governmental authorities, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve. Ms. Swan also advises clients on anti-corruption compliance, including in connection with corporate transactions.