NEW YORK — The law firm Davis Polk and Wardwell has elected eight new partners effective July 1. Five are based in the firm’s New York office.
Davis Polk has more than 900 lawyers in offices located in New York, Northern California, Washington DC, São Paulo, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong.
The new partners are David R. Bauer, Micah G. Block, Mark J. DiFiore, Brian D. Hirsch, Tatiana Martins, Paul J. Nathanson, Gerhard Radtke and Derek Walters.
A bio of the eight new partners elected by the firm are below:
Mr. Bauer is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Intellectual Property and Technology Group. He advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property and technology-related corporate and commercial transactions, including licensing agreements, research and development agreements, collaboration agreements, and other strategic commercial agreements. He also advises on the intellectual property and technology-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and restructurings, and capital markets offerings. With a bioscience-related Ph.D., he has a particular focus on meeting the intellectual property and transactional needs of clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and regularly advises clients in a variety of other industries, such as information technology, media and financial services.
Mr. Block is a partner in the Litigation Department, practicing in Northern California. His civil trial practice focuses on intellectual property and antitrust matters, and he has prevailed on behalf of both plaintiff and defense clients in cases tried to jury verdicts. He has appeared in state and federal courts across the country and before the International Trade Commission. In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Block frequently handles post-trial and appellate matters.
Mr. DiFiore is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group. He advises financial and corporate clients on the structuring, negotiation and execution of a wide range of equity-linked transactions, including public and private optional and mandatory convertible securities offerings and related derivatives transactions, margin loans secured by positions in public companies, accelerated share repurchase programs, and various hedging and monetization transactions implemented through equity derivatives.
Mr. Hirsch is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Real Estate Group. He advises public and private companies, real estate investment trusts, developers, investors, private equity funds and financial institutions in a wide range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financings, leasing, sale-leasebacks and preferred equity investments. He has broad experience in the acquisition, disposition and financing of large portfolios of real estate, including shopping centers, performing and non-performing mortgage loans, office buildings and wireless telecommunications towers.
Ms. Martins, Chief of the Public Corruption Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, will become a partner in the Litigation Department in New York. Her practice will focus on white collar criminal defense matters, including government and internal investigations. Ms. Martins rejoins the firm following six years with the S.D.N.Y., where she successfully oversaw major investigations and tried to jury verdict multiple high-profile cases, including against the former New York Senate Majority Leader and the former Speaker of the New York Assembly.
Mr. Nathanson is a partner in the Litigation Department, based in Washington DC. His practice focuses on internal investigations and criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, in areas such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, fraud, sanctions and anti-money laundering. Mr. Nathanson is an experienced trial lawyer and previously served as Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He also previously served at the U.S. Treasury Department and is a former law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Mr. Radtke is a partner in the Corporate Department, resident in Hong Kong. His practice focuses on securities offerings, credit and other corporate finance transactions. He has extensive experience in complex high-yield debt offerings. Mr. Radtke has represented corporate and investment banking clients in every active market in the Asia-Pacific region, including high-yield bonds, investment-grade and sovereign bonds, MTNs and debt issuance programs, equity-linked and special debt capital markets products, liability management exercises and restructurings, and IPOs and secondary equity offerings.
Mr. Walters is a partner in the Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group. He advises a broad range of clients on equity derivatives and other structured transactions, including convertible bonds, margin loans, over-the-counter derivatives and structured products. His practice encompasses transaction execution as well as product development and regulatory compliance.