Nadia Burgard has a broad array of experience in financing and restructuring transactions, including leveraged acquisitions, asset-based and unitranche financings, second-lien financings, real estate finance and repurchase facilities, workouts, and debtor-in-possession and exit financings. Ms. Burgard’s clients include numerous financial institutions, as well as private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in leveraged credit and structured finance transactions.
JD, Fordham University, Articles Editor, Fordham Urban Law Journal, 1991
BA, Wesleyan University, Wesleyan Program, Paris, France, 1982
Sarkis Jebejian is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s New York office and focuses his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, both domestic and cross-border. He also provides governance and other general corporate counseling to clients, boards of directors and investment banks, including in response to shareholder activism.
Sarkis has been repeatedly recognized as one of the country’s leading practitioners in mergers and acquisitions. From 2013 to 2016, Chambers USA recognized him as among the best lawyers in the country for Corporate/M&A, and in 2013, Law360 selected him as an MVP of the Year for M&A. He was also in The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers in 2012, and selected as one of the 2012 BTI Client Service All-Stars by Corporate Counsel. BTI lauded him for his exceptional understanding of his clients’ legal and business objectives, including recognizing client goals and providing innovative solutions tailored to meet each client’s specific needs. The Lawyer selected Sarkis as a “Star Partner” in its “Transatlantic Elite 2011” feature for his work in the energy industry. He was also recognized in the 2009-2010 and 2013-2016 editions of The Legal 500 U.S.
Since joining Kirkland in 2013, Sarkis handled transactions including:
Sarkis is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
A partner in the Litigation Department, Jacqui handles a broad variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including antitrust disputes, direct and indirect class actions, insurance and securities arbitrations, regulatory investigations and complex contract matters.
Significant representations include:
In addition to her busy practice, Jacqui also maintains an active pro bono practice. Her pro bono representations include:
Jacqui was recently recognized by Law360 as one of four "Rising Stars" in the health industry for her work for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies. She was also recognized by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in Antitrust.
J.D., Columbia Law School, 2000
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1995
Phi Beta Kappa
Catherine Dargan is co-chair of Covington’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and a member of the firm's Management Committee. She has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, both public and private, and strategic partnering arrangements. In addition to structuring and negotiating transactions, she assists clients with corporate governance, compliance and other matters. Ms. Dargan also regularly advises clients on a variety of commercial agreements relating to manufacturing, supply, and distribution of core products. She represents clients in a variety of industries including life sciences, consumer products, technology, defense and government contracting, media, sports, and equipment and manufacturing. Ms. Dargan has been recognized as a leading M&A lawyer by Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, National Law Journal, and LMG Life Sciences, and was recently named as "Best in Mergers & Acquisitions" by Euromoney Legal Media Group, Americas Women in Business Law Awards (2014). Ms. Dargan earned her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1994 and A.B., with honors, from Stanford University in 1991.
Co-leader of the S&C team advising on The American Lawyer’s 2016 “Deal of the Year” – the Kraft merger with Heinz – and recognized in 2011 as one of the “45 Under 45” – the best young women lawyers in the Am Law 200 by The American Lawyer, Audra Cohen represents buyers, sellers, boards of directors and financial advisers in a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions. Her experience includes advising on public company mergers, negotiated sales of private companies and spin-offs, and boards of directors on corporate governance matters, including with respect to activists and cybersecurity issues.
Ms. Cohen also is actively involved in the Firm’s management and administration, including as co-head of the Firm’s Consumer & Retail Group and as a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.
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1992, George Washington Law School, J.D.
1989, University of Washington, B.A.
Mr. Sackheim concentrates on exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters, including structured products. He advises financial and commercial entities on the implications of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Memberships and Affiliations
Past Chair, New York City Bar Derivatives Regulation Committee.
Managing Editor, Futures & Derivatives Law Report (Thomson Reuters, publ.).
Member, Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk and Compliance, Business Law Partner Advisory Board.
Member, Futures Industry Association, Law & Compliance Division.
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ALYSSA A. GRIKSCHEIT, a partner in the New York office, has a diverse corporate practice that currently emphasizes complex transactions and alternative investment funds. Her experience also includes private equity and hedge funds, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and restructurings. Ms. Grikscheit is fluent in Spanish and French and has extensive experience in international transactions, particularly those involving Latin America and other emerging markets such as China and India.
Ms. Grikscheit represents domestic and foreign clients making cross-border investments. She also represents buyers and sellers, including private equity funds and their portfolio companies, in acquisitions, dispositions, strategic alliances, restructurings and financings, including transactions in regulated industries such as the health care, pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunications and defense industries. In addition, Ms. Grikscheit represents sponsors of alternative investment funds in fund formation and other aspects of their operations. Such funds have included distressed debt, energy, real estate opportunity, agribusiness, microfinance and emerging market funds.
Ms. Grikscheit is ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America. Additionally, Ms. Grikscheit has been recognized in the 2014 edition of IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” for Investment Funds in the United States. Ms. Grikscheit was also recommended in Private Equity Funds in the Legal 500 US 2014 and in Capital Markets and Corporate M&A in the Legal 500 Latin America 2013-2014.
Ms. Grikscheit actively represents a nonprofit organization in establishing and capitalizing microfinance institutions in underserved emerging markets on a pro bono basis.
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