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Cadwalader Names Special Counsel Across Practices and Offices.

NEW YORK -- Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world's leading international law firms, today announced the promotion of 24 attorneys to the position of Special Counsel.

"Cadwalader has long recognized the need to develop and retain its most valuable asset - our attorneys. The position of Special Counsel supports this effort and provides recognition and incentive for our experienced attorneys who have demonstrated excellent legal and management skills and expertise in their area of practice. Above and beyond that, these attorneys have worked very hard, have excellent working relationships with clients, train and mentor junior staff, and have made significant contributions to our pro bono, diversity, recruiting and marketing efforts," stated Robert O. Link, Jr., Cadwalader's Chairman. "We are very fortunate to have so many talented and deserving lawyers to promote this year. We congratulate them on their achievements and look forward to their continued success with us."

Aaron Benjamin, an attorney in the Capital Markets Department in Charlotte, focuses on structured finance, derivative products, other innovative limited-recourse lending transactions, secured transaction law and the federal securities laws. He received his J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School and his undergraduate degree, with high honors, from Carleton University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Resident in the New York Litigation Department, Jeffrey S. Burman concentrates in the resolution of reinsurance disputes, including litigation, arbitration and mediation, and the representation of insurers, reinsurers, banks, investment banks, hedge funds, and private equity funds in insurance and reinsurance based transactions. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware, and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Rutgers Law Journal . Following law school, he served as a judicial clerk for The Honorable James M. Havey, Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. He is a member of the bars of the States of New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey.

Elizabeth Butler, based in the New York Litigation Department, advises clients in a variety of areas of commercial law, including banking, insurance and reinsurance, contracts, antitrust, torts and fraud. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota and received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. She is a member of the New York State bar.

Anderson D. Caperton, resident in Charlotte, concentrates his practice in the area of real estate finance and securitization. A member of the Global Finance Department, he represents national, international, and regional financial institutions, investment banks, pension funds, and investors in connection with the financing, acquisition, disposition and leasing of commercial office buildings, regional shopping malls, shopping centers, hotels, industrial warehouses, merchandise marts, multifamily housing, and residential and planned unit developments. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Virginia, and his J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the University of North Carolina Law Review and the founder of the North Carolina Banking Institute. He is admitted to practice in the State of North Carolina.

Holly Marcille Chamberlain, also in the Global Finance Department in the Charlotte office, practices in the area of real estate finance and securitization. She represents national, international, and regional financial institutions, investment banks, pension funds, and investors in connection with the financing, acquisition, disposition and leasing of commercial office buildings, regional shopping malls, shopping centers, hotels, industrial warehouses, merchandise marts, multifamily housing, and residential and planned unit developments. She received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. from Binghamton University. She is admitted to practices in New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

Matthew Fenster focuses on litigation for a wide array of health care organizations involving general commercial matters, complex fraud, and health care reimbursement. He earned a B.S. from Cornell University and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the NYU Journal of International Law & Politics. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the States of New York and New Jersey, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

David Gingold, a member of the Capital Markets Department in New York, is experienced in corporate and capital markets transactions, including public and private debt and equity offerings (including synthetic CDOs and securitizations), public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity and credit derivatives, and various types of structured financings. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A., with honors, from Williams College. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Nathan Haynes, a restructuring attorney in New York, has played significant roles in numerous chapter 11 cases, including Northwest Airlines, Lodgian, Inc., Casual Male Corp. and Bradlees Stores Inc. He is experienced in commercial litigation in state and federal bankruptcy court and with issues involving debtor and creditor rights, the enforcement of contractual obligations, loan work-outs, banking and insurance coverage. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Pace Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Pace Law Review, and a cum laude graduate of Northeastern University. He is admitted in New York and Massachusetts.

Resident in the Global Finance Department in New York, Gerard Hefner represents institutional lenders in the real estate finance area, including in the origination of commercial mortgage loans and mezzanine loans secured by office buildings, apartment complexes, shopping malls, hotels, healthcare facilities and cell towers. He received his law degree from St. John's University School of Law, where he was a St. Thomas More Scholar and Associate Editor of the St. John's University Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, also from St. John' s University. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Richard Jensen, resident in the New York office, concentrates in the area of asset securitization, with particular emphasis on the securitization of prime, alt-A and sub-prime residential mortgage loans. Clients he regularly represents include major mortgage, investment and commercial banks. He received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and earned his law degree from St. John's University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Robert Kim, a New York capital markets lawyer, has developed expertise in every aspect of the commercial mortgaged-backed securities practice, including public and private CMBS offerings, real estate CDO transactions and structured mortgage and mezzanine loan participation transactions. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his A.B. from Harvard University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

A New York-based litigator, Stacey Lara concentrates in the areas of complex commercial and securities litigation, and antitrust related matters. She received her undergraduate degree from New York University and her J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, where she also served on the Moot Court Honor Society. She is admitted to practice in New York State and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jeffrey Legault, a corporate lawyer in New York, represents large corporate entities as well as global investment banks in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private placements and joint ventures. He received his undergraduate degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and his LL.B. from the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto. He is admitted in New York and Canada.

Ivan Loncar, an attorney in the Capital Markets Department in New York, focuses his practice on fixed income and credit derivatives and structured financial products. He represents dealers, banks and other financial institutions in connection with interest rate, total return, and credit default swaps and other structured financial products that combine securitization techniques and derivative products. He received his LL.B. from University of Belgrade School of Law and his LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Michael C. Macchiarola, resident in New York, concentrates his practice on structured products transactions on behalf of investment banks, domestic and foreign commercial banks , and large hedge funds. He has experience with equity-linked and hedge-fund linked products as well as derivatives, particularly equity derivatives. He also advises on prime brokerage and stock loan matters. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and an A.B. from The College of The Holy Cross. He is licensed to practice in New York.

Geoffrey R. Maibohm, a Capital Markets attorney in Charlotte, handles all aspects of commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions, representing issuers, underwriters, servicers and subservicers, as well as co-lenders and participants in loans. He also has significant experience dealing with ongoing servicing issues. He graduated magna cum laude from the Syracuse University College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is admitted in North Carolina and New York.

Richard Nugent, an attorney in the Tax Department, is resident in New York. A transactional lawyer with significant expertise in the tax aspects of public and private corporate mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs, he also has experience advising clients on cross-border tax planning strategies, the tax consequences of restructurings and bankruptcies, and financing transactions. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Saint Peter's College, his J.D., with honors, from Rutgers School of Law, and his LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, he clerked for The Honorable Robert P. Ruwe of the United States Tax Court and The Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is admitted in New York.

Matthew Robertson, resident in the Charlotte Global Finance Department, represents national, international and regional financial institutions, investment banks, and investors in connection with the financing of a wide range of commercial properties, including multi-state, multi-property mortgage loans and large, sophisticated financings involving multiple lenders and various levels of mortgage and mezzanine debt as well as the sale and transfer of various types of commercial loans. He received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Delaware, and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He is admitted in North Carolina.

Jason Salman, resident in London, has worked on a wide range of corporate and restructuring matters throughout Europe and in Australia, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and restructurings and general corporate governance and regulatory matters. He received his Bachelor of Economics degree and Bachelor of Laws degree from Murdoch University in Western Australia. He is admitted to practice in England and Wales and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Michelle R. Seltzer, a lawyer in the Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group in Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. office, advises clients on a wide range of complex civil litigation matters and on a variety of criminal and regulatory issues, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities and other white collar crime matters. She received a B.A., with highest honors, from the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. Following law school, she served as a clerk to United States District Court Judge John F. Nangle in the Southern District of Georgia. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and in Georgia.

Thomas Stimson, a member of the Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group, resident in Washington, represents corporations and individuals in a wide variety of white collar criminal, regulatory, and complex civil litigation matters, including international corruption (arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), money laundering, securities, antitrust and intellectual property cases. He also conducts internal investigations and advises clients with regard to compliance and corporate governance issues. He received a B.A., with honors, from Iowa State University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was an member of the Journal of Law & Politics. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar.

An attorney in Cadwalader's Capital Markets Department, Laura Swihart concentrates in commercial mortgage-backed securities, representing mortgage loan sellers, issuers and underwriters. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, from the University of Connecticut. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Jackson Taylor, a member of the Financial Restructuring practice in London, advise creditors, insolvency practitioners, debtor companies and directors on a range of contentious and consensual insolvency processes as well as institutional creditors and ad hoc creditors' committees on restructuring financially distressed companies outside of formal insolvency proceedings. He graduated with double degrees, with honors, from The University of Melbourne, where he also obtained a Master of Laws degree. He also holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency from the UK Insolvency Practitioners Association. He is qualified as a barrister and solicitor.

Joshua R. Weiss, a New York-based litigator, has experience in various areas of complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including banking and finance, swaps and derivatives, securities, contract, employment, trade secrets and unfair competition, bankruptcy, copyright and trademark, and insurance coverage litigation. He also has been involved in numerous international, multi-jurisdictional disputes. He received his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D., cum laude, from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He is admitted to practice in New York State and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

About Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, established in 1792, is one of the world's leading international law firms, with offices in New York, London, Charlotte, Washington and Beijing. Cadwalader serves a diverse client base, including many of the world's top financial institutions, undertaking business in more than 50 countries in six continents. The firm offers legal expertise in antitrust, banking, business fraud, corporate finance, corporate governance, environmental, healthcare, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, private client, private equity, real estate, securities and financial institutions regulation, securitization, structured finance, and tax. More information about Cadwalader can be found at www.cadwalader.com.
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