Allen & Overy Adds 5 Partners to Leveraged Finance Practice

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Allen & Overy has added a team of five partners specialized in leveraged financings to its New York office.

The current practice and global platform is comprised of more than 250 finance partners across the nation, EMEA and Asia Pacific. It represents banks and other financial institutions as lead arrangers, underwriters, and participants across all types of financings.

The incoming partners come from three separate law firms and have contributed to some of the biggest private equity financings in recent years. Clients have included Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan, among others.

They join Allen & Overy’s existing New York cross-border finance specialists, led by Ken Coleman, Head of New York Banking.

Senior partner Scott Zemser brings 25 years of experience practicing in the U.S. and international leveraged finance markets and represents banks and other financial institutions in their capacities as lead arrangers, underwriters and participants across all types of financings.

Alan Rockwell has over twenty years of experience practicing in the European and U.S. leveraged finance markets and represents leading investment and commercial banks and other financial institution providers, funds and corporate and private equity sponsor borrowers.

Rajani Gupta represents banks and other financial institutions as lenders and strategic investors, as well as private equity funds and corporations as borrowers in domestic and international financings. She was recently featured in the annual list of “Top 40 under 40” lawyers in the Daily Journal.  In addition, she is ranked by Chambers USA.

Judah Frogel represents investment and commercial banks, private equity sponsors, and corporate borrowers, in a wide variety of financing transactions including leveraged loan financings, acquisition financings, general corporate financings, financial restructurings, asset-based financings, and real estate financings.

Todd Koretzky advises financial institutions across domestic and international finance transactions. He regularly counsels foreign and domestic banks, investment funds, and other financial institutions, as well as borrowers and issuers.

“The U.S. and European leveraged finance markets have changed significantly over the past few years,” Philip Bowden, Allen & Overy’s global co-head of Banking said in a press relase. “They are no longer completely independent markets with separate pools of liquidity, but are increasingly used to finance both domestic transactions and deals outside of their home market.”

Bowden said that the addition of the new partners “greatly enhances our ability to support clients globally regardless of the type of law or place of origin of their financing transactions.”

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