Cadwalader Elects Five New Partners

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, announced that five attorneys have been elected partners of the firm.

“I am extremely pleased that these five talented attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership,” said W. Christopher White, Chairman of Cadwalader. “Their collective expertise and experience spans a wide-range of practice areas and industries and has included work on numerous complex and high-profile matters. These individuals demonstrate the qualities we strive to develop in all of our attorneys – strong legal acumen and the ability to serve as trusted business advisors to our clients – and together they strengthen the sophisticated counsel we provide to our clients on their most important issues.”

The new partners are:

Joseph Beach represents investment banks, asset managers, commercial paper conduits and fund managers in secured financings, CLOs and CDOs, and other asset-backed securitizations. He has extensive experience in asset-backed commercial paper facility origination and restructurings, as well as CLO/CDO management rights acquisitions and dispositions. Joseph is a former Assistant General Counsel for Fiscal and International Law for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, his B.A., cum laude, from Davidson College, and an M.A. in International Relations from Duke University Graduate School.

Shlomo Boehm’s diverse practice covers a broad range of federal income tax matters. He has worked on securitizations, investment fund structuring, structured finance transactions, derivatives and financial product development, cross-border lending transactions, medium-term note programs, and insurance linked securities. Shlomo also has experience with mergers and acquisitions, workouts, IPOs, tax controversies and not-for-profit health care matters. Shlomo graduated from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in 1999 and Columbia Law School, where he was twice named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Athena Eastwood represents a wide variety of financial institutions and associations with regard to commodity and derivatives regulatory, legislative and compliance matters. She advises on all aspects of implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and its impact on swap dealers, end-users, futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors. A frequent author, Athena speaks regularly on commodities, regulatory, compliance and enforcement developments. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Futures Industry Association Legal and Compliance Division, and has been noted in the Legal 500 United States. A board member of the Cadwalader Center for Community Service, she is also an active member of the ABA’s Committee on Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments and the drafting committee of ISDA’s Energy, Commodities and Developing Products Working Group. Athena is an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School and the George Washington Law School in Washington D.C., where she teaches classes on energy commodities and derivatives regulation. She received her J.D. from University of Virginia Law School, where she served as executive editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Robert Kim has extensive expertise in the commercial mortgage-backed securities marketplace with experience in structured finance transactions, including those involving CMBS, real estate CDOs, structured mortgage and mezzanine loan participations, and a variety of other forms of financing involving real estate and other assets. His experience includes representation of issuers, underwriters, loan sellers and collateral managers in public and private offerings of commercial mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed securities, and representation of institutional investors in secondary market transactions. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his A.B. from Harvard University.

Michael Lazaroff represents companies in complex litigation, including governmental actions, multidistrict actions and class actions in a range of areas of substantive law. He concentrates his practice on both private and governmental antitrust litigation, antitrust counseling and representing corporations and individuals in both civil and criminal government investigations, and has advised clients in numerous industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, waste, securities and airline. Michael earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University and received his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Articles and Submissions Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law.

About Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, established in 1792, serves a diverse client base, including many of the world's leading financial institutions and corporations in more than 50 countries. With offices in New York, London, Charlotte, Washington, Houston, Beijing, Hong Kong and Brussels, Cadwalader offers legal expertise in antitrust, banking, business fraud, corporate finance, corporate governance, energy, environmental, financial restructuring, health care, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, private wealth, real estate, regulation, securitization, structured finance and tax. For more information, visit www.cadwalader.com.

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