27 May 2022

McDermott continues run of transactions partner hires with trio in New York and Atlanta

Partners join in New York from Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden as a former King & Spalding counsel comes aboard in Atlanta

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US law firm McDermott Will & Emery has added another three partners to its transactions practice, this time in New York and Atlanta. 

Partners Luc Jansen and Prem Amarnani have joined the firm in the Big Apple from Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom respectively, while Nathan Mihalik, previously counsel at King & Spalding, has joined as a partner in Atlanta. 

Their arrival marks the latest in a run of hires for McDermott’s global transactions group, which added 139 lawyers over the course of 2021 and, more recently, four capital markets partners and four real estate partners. 

The firm said that Jansen and Amarnani will support its clients in fund formation as demand from private equity, real estate and private client work continues to grow, while Mihalik will bolster its global M&A, corporate governance and securities practice in the Atlanta market, which it described as additional key areas with significant demand and strong market momentum.

Jansen has joined McDermott after five years as a partner at Kirkland, prior to which he was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He represents US and non-US sponsors in the formation of private investment funds and also brings fund formation experience counselling clients in high-profile and complex transactions.

Amarnani spent five years as a partner at Skadden and before that was a legal secondee at investment management firm Neuberger Berman. He represents sponsors in connection with the formation and operation of private funds as well as sovereign wealth funds, family offices, businesses and individuals in connection with their investments in private funds. 

Mihalik, meanwhile, advises companies, private equity funds and other financial sponsors on a variety of complex transactions including M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, carve-outs and recapitalisations. He spent almost 14 years as a counsel at King & Spalding before moving over to McDermott. 

“We are committed to supporting our clients by staying ahead of the curve—especially in a challenging market—guiding companies from formation through strategic exits,” Harris Siskind, global head of McDermott’s transactions practice group, said. “Luc, Prem and Nathan will provide immediate and valuable support to some of the world’s largest asset managers, and we are excited they have joined our team.”

The trio’s arrival follows the firm adding a quartet of real estate partners to its transactions group earlier this month. Orrick’s head of real estate in New York, Marshall Brozost, moved over in the city alongside fellow Orrick partner Alykhan Shivji and Morrison & Foerster counsel Billy Hildbold, who joined as a partner. Rounding out the group was Kirkland partner Justin Bender, who moved over in Chicago.

The firm said at the time that the quartet, which specialises in commercial real estate, real estate finance and related transactions, would boost its capabilities for investment funds, tax, capital markets and private equity clients.

In March the firm also added four capital markets partners to the group – two from Troutman Pepper in New York, one from Clifford chance, also in New York, and another from Hunton Andrews Kurth in Dallas. 

Outside the US, McDermott hired Latham & Watkins’ former global power industry group co-chair, Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi, in February to lead its Asia transactions practice in Singapore.

The appointment came just five months after McDermott opened in Singapore and in the process regained an on-the-ground presence in the region, having lost it in 2020 when it transferred its Shanghai joint venture office to Chicago rival Winston & Strawn. 

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