Willkie Elects 31 New Partners

New York, NY (November 18, 2021) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced today that it has elected 31 new partners, effective January 1, 2022.

“We are thrilled to welcome this exceptionally talented group of lawyers to our partnership,” said Firm Chairman Thomas Cerabino. “This diverse group of individuals embodies Willkie’s commitment to exceptional client service and highlights our continued focus on strategic growth in the U.S. and Europe.”

Firm Chairman Matthew Feldman commented: “Willkie is committed to the development and advancement of lawyers across the Firm who are dedicated to ensuring our clients’ success. We congratulate them on this significant accomplishment and look forward to their continued success at the Firm.”

The new partners are based in the Firm’s offices in Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, London, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco and Washington.

The new partners are:

Isabel D. Araujo: Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits (New York)
Scott A. Arenare: General Counsel (New York)
Bissie K. Bonner: Asset Management (New York)
Amanda M. Burke: Corporate & Financial Services (New York)
Cindy J. Chernuchin: Corporate & Financial Services (New York)
Melissa Fischetti: Real Estate (New York)
Ryan Giggs: Corporate & Financial Services (Houston)
Julian D. Golay: Corporate & Financial Services (New York)
Jerry Healy: Litigation (London)
Michael Ilter: Corporate & Financial Services (Frankfurt)
Pia Williams Keevil: Litigation (New York)
Gil Kiener: Corporate & Financial Services (Paris)
Jenny Liu: Corporate & Financial Services (Palo Alto)
Yaniv Maman: Tax (Houston)
Anna Martini G. Pereira: Corporate & Financial Services (New York)
Stephanie E. Moran: Corporate & Financial Services (New York)
Hugo Nocerino: Corporate & Financial Services (Paris)
Laura L. Norris: Litigation (Chicago)
Tej Prakash: Corporate & Financial Services (New York)
Komal Raina: Corporate & Financial Services (London)
Nicholas Reddick: Litigation (San Francisco)
Matthias Schrader: Litigation (Frankfurt)
Thomas G. Sharkey: Corporate & Financial Services (New York)
Isaac Silverstein: Tax (New York)
Debra McElligott Sinclair: Business Reorganization & Restructuring (New York)
Giovanni L. Smedley: Asset Management (New York)
Neesa Patel Sood: Asset Management (Washington)
Thomas A. Spencer: Corporate & Financial Services (Chicago)
Miriam Steets: Corporate & Financial Services (Frankfurt)
Will M. Thanheiser: Corporate & Financial Services (Houston)
Jonathan Zane: Finance (New York)

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 1,000 attorneys with offices in Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Washington. The Firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue.

Willkie Broadens Global Insurance Platform with Addition of Prakash Paran as Partner and Gabriel Gershowitz as Counsel in New York

New York, NY (October 6, 2021) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced the addition of Prakash “PK” Paran, who has joined the Firm as a partner in the Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Practice. In addition, Gabriel Gershowitz has joined the Firm as counsel. Both are based in Willkie’s New York office.

“PK is a prominent addition to our leading global insurance practice, which is a core strength of the firm with exceptional full-service capabilities serving the insurance and reinsurance industry,” said Firm Chairman Thomas Cerabino. “PK and Gabe have significant experience in complex global insurance matters which further bolsters our transactional and regulatory platform across the U.S. and UK to serve our clients’ expanding needs.”

PK Paran is an insurance transactional lawyer experienced in leading cross-border teams in the representation of clients throughout the U.S., UK, Europe and Asia in high-value strategic corporate transactions across various regulated sectors. His core areas of focus include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and corporate reorganizations. Now in New York, PK was previously based in London for more than 20 years.

Gabe Gershowitz’s practice is focused on transactions involving insurance and insurance regulatory matters, including acquisitions and dispositions of insurance and reinsurance companies and intermediaries, structuring and negotiation of transactional liability insurance policies such as representations and warranties and tax policies, reinsurance arrangements, and insurance company restructurings and rehabilitations.

PK commented: “Willkie’s longstanding relationships with key U.S., European and UK insurers and brokers and its integrated approach to serving clients’ needs is an ideal fit and there are enormous synergies with Willkie’s private equity practice and client base. I look forward to working with the extremely talented and expanding team at Willkie to achieve continued success and growth for our clients.”

The arrival of PK and Gabe follows the April addition of partners Kara Baysinger, Stephanie Duchene, Matthew Gaul and David Heales to Willkie’s Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Practice in California and New York. Willkie is also actively looking to further expand its insurance transactional practice in the London market as it continues to grow its London office, which now has approximately 100 lawyers.

Willkie’s Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Practice is described as the “preeminent transactional practice” with “standout experience,” in Chambers USA (2021) and “commercially pragmatic” with “depth of knowledge and efficiency” in Chambers UK (2021). The group represents insurance companies, reinsurers, insurance intermediaries, insurtechs, investment banks, sponsors and other financial institutions in M&A, capital markets and regulatory matters in the United States, London, Europe, Asia and Bermuda. Our multidisciplinary team, ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA 2021, Legal 500 US 2021 and Legal 500 UK 2022, comprises over 35 partners and is among the largest in both the United States and in London.

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Atlas to Acquire R.R. Donnelley for $2.1 Billion

On November 3, Atlas Holdings LLC, which operates a global family of manufacturing and distribution businesses, announced it entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NYSE: RRD), in an all-cash transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $2.1 billion.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Atlas will acquire all of the outstanding shares of RRD common stock, and RRD stockholders will receive $8.52 per share in cash for each share of RRD common stock. Upon completion of the transaction, RRD’s shares will no longer trade on The New York Stock Exchange and RRD will become a private company.

RRD is a leading global provider of multichannel business communications services and marketing solutions. With 30,000 clients and 33,000 employees across 28 countries, RRD offers a comprehensive offering of solutions designed to help companies optimize customer engagement and streamline business operations.

Headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, Atlas and its affiliates own and operate 23 platform companies which employ approximately 40,000 associates across more than 250 facilities worldwide. Atlas operates in sectors such as aluminum processing, automotive, building materials, capital equipment, construction services, food manufacturing and distribution, packaging, paper, power generation, printing, pulp, supply chain management and wood products. Atlas’ companies together generate approximately $10 billion in revenues annually.

Willkie previously advised Atlas on its acquisitions of LSC Communications, Permasteelisa Treehouse Foods snacks division and International Wire Group.

The Willkie team was led by partners Steven Seidman and Mark Cognetti.