Ann Makich is a partner in Cahill's corporate practice group.
Ann's practice is principally focused on leveraged financings for acquisitions, recapitalizations and going private transactions. Her clients include leading investment banking firms and commercial banks. Ann
has represented underwriters, placement agents and initial purchasers in public and private high yield, investment grade and equity offerings and secured bank loans in a wide range of industries including media, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and natural resources.
Ann has been a panelist on the Practising Law Institute's Leveraged Financing program for several years, and will be a member of the 2015 program covering financing commitments and acquisition agreement terms. She also was a member of PLl's inaugural "How to Read Financial Statements" presentation in 2012, which has been repeated annually since that time. Ann has been consistently recommended as a leading corporate business lawyer by Chambers USA and The Legal 500.
Ann has practiced at Cahill since her graduation from Columbia Law School. She became a partner in 2005.
Managing Director, High Yield Capital Markets
Brian Tramontozzi is a Managing Director in High Yield Capital Markets and Head of HY Liability Management. Mr. Tramontozzi has completed well over 500 transactions in his 17+ year career in Leveraged Finance. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1994 with degrees in Finance and Management. That summer, he joined Chemical Securities Inc. in the High Yield Finance group as an analyst at a time when the group was only in its first full year of existence. In 1997, he moved to High Yield Capital Market with primary sector responsibility for Chemicals, Forest Products, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Consumer Products as well as completing numerous Leveraged Buyouts.
With the economic downturn in 2008, he moved to the Restructuring Group, where he worked on a number of exit financings, distressed amendments, workouts and DIP loans. In 2010, he returned to High Yield Capital Markets covering Oil & Gas, Forest Products, Chemicals, Power, Real Estate, Retail, Consumer Products as well as became JPMorgan's Head of HY Liability Management. He is an avid outdoorsman and a certified NYS interior firefighter and is and active member in the Bedford, New York volunteer fire department.
David Brittenham is a corporate partner of Debevoise & Plimpton and the chair of the firm’s Finance Group. He focuses his practice on complex leveraged and acquisition financings, such as the $15 billion acquisition of Hertz.
Mr. Brittenham is a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and is co-author of “Alternative Leveraged Lending Structures And Limitations,” Law360 (June, 2015); “United States: Everything Old Is New Again: PIK Notes,” Mondaq (February, 2015), “New Banking Guidance May Impact Leveraged Lending,” Law360 (August, 2013), “Got Financing? You May Have to Extend Your Tender Offer,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (April, 2013), “Doing a Debt Tender Offering and Consent Solicitation,” Insights (2007) and “Recent Structural Developments in High Yield Financings,” Euromoney Syndicated Lending Handbook (2004). He has been a co-chair for PLI’s Leveraged Financing and Private Equity Acquisition Financing Summit programs since 2006.
Mr. Brittenham joined Debevoise in 1985 and became a partner in 1992. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1977 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984, where he was Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Brittenham served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, from 1984 to 1985.
Mr. Brittenham is listed as a leading finance and capital markets lawyer in Chambers Global (2015), Chambers USA (2015) and The Legal 500 US (2015).
Jennifer Hobbs is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department and a member of the Firm’s Compensation Committee. Cited as a “national star in financings of leveraged acquisitions” by Lawdragon and selected as one of its 500 Leading Lawyers in America in 2014, Jennifer focuses on acquisition finance and advises on a broad range of financings for many of the Firm’s leading private equity and corporate clients. Her primary clients include Silver Lake Partners and the private equity group at Goldman Sachs, together with their portfolio companies. Over the years, she has also represented private equity clients Apax Partners, BC Partners, Hellman & Friedman, KKR and Siris Capital and corporate clients Mars, Incorporated, Kinder Morgan and McKesson Corporation on significant acquisition financings. She is currently representing a consortium led by BC Partners in connection with the announced acquisition of PetSmart Inc. for approximately $8.7 billion.
The American Lawyer named Jennifer as one of the top “45 Under 45” women lawyers at AmLaw 200 firms in 2011, and Euromoney named her “Best in Banking and Finance” at its 2014 American Women in Business Law Awards. Jennifer was also recognized by The Legal 500 in 2010 for her representation of Silver Lake Partners in connection with the debt financing for its acquisition of a 65% interest in Skype Technologies from eBay and again in 2012 for her representation of Kinder Morgan in connection with the financing of its acquisition of El Paso Corporation.
In addition to the financing for its acquisition of Skype, Jennifer represented Silver Lake Partners and Michael Dell on financing for their acquisition of Dell, Inc., in a transaction valued at $24.9 billion and has represented Silver Lake Partners on financing for its acquisitions of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Smart Modular Technologies, Multiplan Holdings Inc., Interactive Data Corporation, IPC Systems, Inc., Avago Technologies and SunGard Data Systems, Inc., and has represented a number of Silver Lake portfolio companies, including Virtu Financial LLC, Mercury Payment Systems, Inc., and Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc., on significant debt financings. She also represented a consortium led by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in the financing of its $22 billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan, Inc., in 2007 and has subsequently represented Goldman Sachs on the financing of its acquisitions of Flint Group GmbH, Drayer Physical Therapy, TransUnion Corp., Associated Asphalt Partners, Alliance Atlantis Communications, USI Holdings Corporation and McJunkin Corporation, and represented Kinder Morgan, Inc., on the financing for its acquisition of El Paso Corporation. Other notable transactions have included Jennifer’s representation of Mars, Inc., in connection with over $22 billion of financing for its acquisition of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, her representation of Ford Motor Company in connection with over $18 billion of secured bank financing, and her representation of Hellman & Friedman in the financing for its acquisition of Getty Images, Inc.
Jennifer received her J.D. from New York University in 1997, her M.I.A. from Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs in 1992 and her B.A. from the University of Texas in 1989. Jennifer joined Simpson Thacher in 1997.
Kirk A. Davenport is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Davenport is a member of the firm's Corporate Department. He also serves as Co-chair of the national office of Latham & Watkins, a central resource for clients and Latham attorneys facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws.
Mr. Davenport's clients include:
Mr. Davenport has represented issuers and underwriters in public and private high yield, convertible note and equity offerings as well as tender and exchange offer transactions, both domestically and abroad. In the lending arena, he has represented lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured acquisition and other debt financings. He has also represented private equity funds and others in prepackaged bankruptcy plans.
JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1984, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
BA, Brown University, 1981
"Superstar" Kirk Davenport "cuts through things very quickly," impressed market sources say. - Chambers USA 2014
Featured in Band 1 of Chambers USA and Chambers Global, noting that he is a "highly keen on making sure his clients are happy and he'll do anything for his clients" and an "energetic and technically gifted" lawyer.
Chambers USA2012-2014, and Chambers Global 2014
Mr. Davenport was selected by the American Lawyer in 2013 as one of "The Top Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years," in an article that highlighted "the ideas and initiatives that changed the world of big law over the past half century, and the people behind them."
Patrick Ryan is the Head of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice and a member of the Executive Committee. Patrick regularly represents leading financial institutions and investment banks in connection with the arrangement and syndication of senior credit facilities, including acquisition, bridge and other corporate financings. He has significant experience in complicated financings in the leveraged finance, investment-grade, and asset-based markets, often working with clients to develop innovative structures or to find solutions to difficult issues. He has also advised on the restructuring of existing credit facilities and other related financings, including DIP and exit financings.
Patrick’s financial institution and investment banking clients include JPMorgan, Barclays Capital, Deutsche, Morgan Stanley, and Royal Bank of Canada, among others. Patrick also represents companies in connection with their financing activities, and his clients have included American Media, AOL, Bard, Cengage Learning, Evercore, Hulu, MasterCard, News Corporation, Radioshack, Sky Deutschland, Travelers Companies, 21st Century Fox and Universal Studios, among others. Patrick is also active in representing clients in sports and entertainment ventures, including the representation of Forest City Ratner Companies and other investors in connection with the acquisition and relocation of the Nets NBA franchise to Brooklyn.
Notable recent transactions include representing:
Patrick is ranked among the leading banking and finance lawyers in the United States and the world by publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 United States, IFLR1000 and The Best Lawyers in New York.
Patrick received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Manhattan College in 1985 and his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. He spent a year at University of Dublin, Trinity College from 1985 to 1986.
Byung is co-head of the global finance practice group at Ropes & Gray LLP. He focuses his practice on leveraged finance transactions, including syndicated credit facilities, high yield bond offerings, asset-based financings and bridge facilities. He is widely praised for his command of market terms, extensive experience and ability to successfully execute the most difficult deals. Byung has deep experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies, debt investment funds and public companies. Byung’s clients include Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Summit Partners and TPG Capital.
This year marks the third consecutive year that Byung has been featured as a panelist in Practising Law Institute’s Leveraged Financing program, speaking in 2014 and 2015 on the “Acquisition Finance Update” panel.
Byung has been ranked as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000 (2015), The Best Lawyers in America (2001-2016), Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2015) and Legal 500 (2013-2015).
Byung received his BA, cum laude, from Williams College and his JD, summa cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
EDWIN E. SMITH is a partner in the New York City and Boston offices of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. He concentrates his practice in general commercial and insolvency law. He is a member of the teaching faculty at the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies at Boston University Law School, where he has taught secured transactions and teaches transnational lending and trade finance. He has also served as a lecturer on secured transactions at Northeastern University Law School of Law, Harvard Law School and Suffolk Law School. As a Uniform Law Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he has served as a member of the drafting committees for the 1995 revisions of Article 5 (letters of credit) and the 1999 revisions of Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code and as the chair of the drafting committee that formulated the 2002 amendments to Articles 3 (negotiable instruments) and 4 (bank deposits and collections) of the Uniform Commercial Code. He served on the drafting committees for the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (2005), the Uniform Assignment of Rents Act (2005), the Uniform Manufactured Housing Act (2012) and as chair of the Joint Review Committee that drafted the 2010 amendments to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He recently served as chair to the drafting committee for the 2014 amendments to the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (formerly the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act) and is currently serving as a Uniform Law Commission representative to the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code. Mr. Smith is a past Chair of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a past member of the Council for the Business Law Section. He also served as a U.S. delegate on the United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade and as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) working group on creating a secured transactions guide for legislation in United Nations member countries. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference (for which he serves on the executive committee), the American College of Bankruptcy (for which he serves on the board of directors) and the International Insolvency Institute and is a past President of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Erik Hepler is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, practicing in the Debt Finance department. His practice focuses on secured commercial lending transactions. He represents borrowers and lenders in connection with syndicated loan facilities, bridge financings, notes offering, mezzanine loans and intercreditor arrangements. He also advises debtors and lenders in restructurings, insolvency proceedings and enforcement actions.
Jeffrey Ross is a corporate partner and a member of the firm’s Finance and Private Equity Groups. His practice focuses on complex acquisition and leveraged financings such as the $3.2 billion acquisition of Emergency Medical Services Corporation by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the $2.7 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings by Tribune Company and the $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital by Activision Blizzard. Mr. Ross is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2014-2015), which describes him as a “responsive,” “smart” and “very creative and commercial” advisor, who “goes the extra mile to make sure that [clients] have thought through all the issues.” He is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2013-2015), where clients are noted to “have a high degree of trust” in him, citing him as “exceptional on both the financing and the M&A front” and an “excellent leveraged finance lawyer.” He has been identified as a “rising star” in private equity by Law360 (2012).
Mr. Ross publishes frequently on legal matters related to finance topics. Recent articles include “Alternative Leveraged Lending Structures And Limitations,” Law360 (June, 2015); “SunGard 2.0,” The M&A Lawyer (2014); “Del Monte: Staple Remover?” The Deal Pipeline (2012); and “Some Pitfalls In Financing Carve-Outs,” The Deal (2012). He is also an Editor of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report; and a contributing author to the annual Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Answer Book (Practising Law Institute, 2015). Mr. Ross is a guest lecturer on leveraged finance in a course entitled Private Equity Playbook at Cornell Law School.
Mr. Ross joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2010. He received a J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1999, an M.A., first class honors, in International Relations from University of Melbourne, Australia in 1997 and a B.A. from Columbia University in 1995.
Jim Mastroianni is a principal in the Mergers & Acquisitions Tax Group in the New York office of PWC.
Jim's primary focus includes tax structuring and due diligence work for domestic and cross-border M&A transactions for both private equity and strategic buyers. He has represented clients in numerous acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings, across a broad range of industries. Jim has been with PWC since 2004. Prior to joining the firm, Jim worked as a tax attorney at a major law firm in Philadelphia.
Jim has an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University, a J.D. from Villanova University and a B.S. in finance from Boston College. Jim is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Julian Chung, a partner in the New York office, is a member of the firm’s Banking and Debt Capital Markets group. She focuses her practice on the representation of large financial institutions and borrowers in commercial lending transactions, with an emphasis on senior secured finance for leveraged acquisitions. Julian also represents financial institutions and debtors in connection with restructurings and refinancing existing credit facilities.
Recent examples of Julian’s work include advising:
Peter C. Kostant is a Visiting Professor at New York Law School, an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law and Brooklyn Law Schools and Visiting Professor at Brown Univiversity in Providence, RI. He is a graduate of Yale College and Fordham Law School and holds a Master's Degree in Chinese Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He practiced law with several firms including Dewey Ballantine and Holtzmann, Wise and Shepard. He is the author of Practical Applications of the Law: Business Organizations, published by Little, Brown & Company and numerous scholarly articles.
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ANGELA FONTANA serves as a global coordinator of Sidley’s Private Equity practice. Ms. Fontana’s practice focuses on financing transactions and debt restructurings. Angela represents both borrowers and financial institutions, and has been involved in a wide variety of financing transactions in both the United States and abroad. Her experience includes investment grade lending, commercial paper facilities, letter of credit facilities, cash flow-based lending, asset-based lending, mezzanine financing and workouts and restructurings.
Recent examples of Angela’s work at Sidley are highlighted below:
Angela was recognized in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2014 in the field of Banking and Finance and was selected as a finalist for the Chambers USA ‘Women in Law’ Awards 2013 and 2012 in the category of Finance. She was named a “leading” Practitioner in Banking in The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2007-2013. She was a recognized lawyer in The Legal 500 USA 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2014; a “leading” lawyer for bank lending in US IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms 2009; named in The Best Lawyers in America 2009-2015 and is included in the inaugural edition of the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law. She was also named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2003-2014 and D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas 2011-2014. Angela has been recognized in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the IFLR1000 as a “Leading Lawyer” in Banking and Finance in the United States.
Memberships & Activities
Ms. Fontana serves on the Dallas Heritage Village Board of Trustees, the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Directors and in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, for which she recently co-chaired the 2014 and 2015 Junior Symphony Ball. She is a former board member of the YW of Metropolitan Dallas and currently serves on their advisory board. She is also a member of the City of University Park Employee Benefits Committee.
John is a Director in PwC’s Transaction Services practice, providing transaction support to private equity and corporate clients in a variety of areas including acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raising transactions. John has supported clients in this role across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to his current role, John was a Director in the firm's National Professional Services Group. During that time, John was a member of PwC’s risk management team in the United States, advising the firm’s engagement teams on technical matters in a variety of areas, including derivatives, hedging, financing transactions, and investment transactions.
John recently attended Genesis Park, a global leadership development program designed by PwC. John received his B.S. in Accounting from Lehigh University, is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and California and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.