Davis Polk has announced that 13 lawyers have been promoted to counsel effective December 1, 2016: Sidney Bashago, Brian Burnovski, Jonathan Chang, Ester del Valle Izquierdo, Ethan Goldman, Michelle Ontiveros Gross, Brett McMahon, David Mollo-Christensen, Kay Ng, Charles Shi, Michael Sholem, Maria Sit and Brian Snyder.
Ms. Bashago is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, practicing in the White Collar Group in New York. She represents multinational companies and financial institutions in civil and criminal matters, including complex international investigations of alleged violations of the FCPA, fraud, and other financial crimes. She has represented both companies and individuals in connection with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Bashago also advises companies on their anti-corruption compliance programs.
Mr. Burnovski is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department in New York. He represents clients in a broad range of complex civil litigation, including securities litigation, shareholder derivative suits, acquisition-related litigation, bankruptcy-related matters and complex commercial disputes. He also represents companies and boards of directors in internal investigations, as well as in investigations and other proceedings before various governmental authorities, including the SEC, DOJ, Federal Reserve Board and FINRA.
Mr. Chang is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, currently assigned as a Legal Manager in Hong Kong. He represents clients in a wide variety of criminal, regulatory and civil litigation matters. His recent matters include representing global financial institutions in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations arising from the global financial crisis as well as sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance, and representing defendants in civil securities fraud, complex commercial and professional liability litigation before trial and appellate courts.
Ms. del Valle Izquierdo is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Madrid office. Her practice includes representing companies and investment banks in international capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights issues and investment-grade debt and high-yield bond offerings. She also advises non-U.S. companies on general corporate matters, including with respect to corporate governance, SEC reporting and other compliance matters.
Mr. Goldman is counsel in Davis Polk’s Tax Department in New York. He regularly advises clients on federal income tax matters related to a variety of transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions, as well as the formation and operation of private equity funds, hedge funds and other pooled investment vehicles. He also represents clients in connection with tax controversy and litigation matters, including before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court.
Ms. Gross is counsel in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the Intellectual Property and Technology Group in the Menlo Park office. Her practice includes a wide range of intellectual property-related matters, including with respect to cybersecurity, technology and data initiatives, development of privacy and data security policies and product development. She has significant experience advising clients on large-scale, complex business process and information technology outsourcing transactions. Her practice also includes experience providing legal advice within the payments industry, including with respect to mobile payments, e-commerce and other emerging payment systems.
Mr. McMahon is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department in New York. He represents clients in a variety of civil and white collar criminal matters, including in complex commercial and contractual disputes, professional liability litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and criminal and regulatory investigations by federal and state governmental agencies. A significant portion of his practice involves defending major law firms against legal malpractice and breach-of-duty claims. He also advises clients on litigation risk in the context of potential transactions and otherwise outside of actual litigation.
Mr. Mollo-Christensen is counsel in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the Executive Compensation Group in New York. He advises clients on a wide variety of executive compensation and employee benefits matters, with a particular emphasis on private equity and public mergers and acquisitions transactions. He also advises public and private clients on a day-to-day basis involving the design and implementation of equity-based and other incentive plans and deferred compensation arrangements, disclosure obligations, and the negotiation of employment and separation agreements.
Ms. Ng is counsel in Davis Polk’s Tax Department in New York. She represents publicly traded and privately held companies and private funds with respect to U.S. federal income taxation in domestic and international contexts, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, restructurings and reorganizations, inversions, spinoffs and splitoffs, formations and operations of joint ventures, private equity funds, hedge funds and mutual funds. She also works in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate finance and securities offerings.
Mr. Shi is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Executive Compensation Group in New York. He advises on matters involving compensation and benefits, both in the course of clients’ day-to-day business dealings and in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and on ERISA’s fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules. His ERISA practice focuses on advising financial institutions on their service and product offerings to retirement investors and advising private funds on accepting investments from benefit plan investors. Additionally, he counsels public companies, as well as their boards and compensation committees, on Section 16 matters and compensation-related governance and disclosure matters.
Mr. Sholem is counsel in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. His practice focuses on the supervision and regulation of banks, investment firms, insurance companies and asset managers, including in connection with new authorizations, changes of control, corporate governance and regulatory investigations. His practice has also included advising non-financial groups on the impact of new regulation, with a particular focus on market infrastructure. Mr. Sholem also has extensive experience advising clients on developments in European Union laws, rules and policies affecting financial institutions.
Ms. Sit is counsel in Davis Polk's Litigation Department, resident in Hong Kong. Her practice focuses on regulatory investigations and enforcement as well as complex civil litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus in China-related matters. Before joining Davis Polk, she served as an in-house counsel at the Securities and Futures Commission.
Mr. Snyder is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. His work focuses on mergers and acquisitions by corporate clients, private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds, including buyouts, strategic investments, joint ventures and general corporate and securities matters.