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Davis Polk Law Firm Elects Six New Partners

NEW YORK — The law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has announced that Aaron Ferner, Zachary Frimet, David Kennedy, Brett McMahon, Michael Senders and Aliza Slansky have been elected partners of the firm, effective July 1, 2024.

Davis Polk has more than 1,000 lawyers worldwide.

Aaron Ferner is a member of Davis Polk’s Finance practice in London. Corporates, sponsors and financial institutions turn to Aaron to handle a wide range of transactions, including leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings, corporate loans, derivatives and debt restructurings. He also has extensive experience advising on the financing of UK public acquisitions.

Zachary Frimet is a member of Davis Polk’s Finance practice in New York. Zachary represents private credit funds, alternative lenders and other credit providers in complex finance transactions, including direct, club and syndicated financings, recurring revenue transactions, second-lien and subordinated loans and first-out/last-out unitranche facilities. He has significant experience with nontraditional equity investments for private credit investors, including debt-like preferred equity as third-party financing, equity co-investments, warrants and equity kickers. Zachary has extensive experience representing credit investors in the negotiation of complex intercreditor arrangements, and in connection with workouts, restructurings, bankruptcies and other special situations transactions.

David Kennedy is a member of Davis Polk’s Finance practice in New York. David advises direct lenders, financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide variety of financing transactions, including complex leveraged buyouts and acquisition financings, private debt, asset-based lending and securitizations, debt restructuring transactions, and NAV and back-leverage facilities.

Brett McMahon is a member of Davis Polk’s Civil Litigation practice in New York. Brett represents clients in a broad range of civil matters in court and arbitration proceedings nationwide, including high-stakes commercial and complex contractual disputes, actions against major law firms for legal malpractice and related claims, and litigation involving business divorces and other internal disputes among partners, joint venturers, and limited liability company members. Although Brett’s practice spans all industries, he has particular experience representing clients in the legal, media, telecommunications, real estate and cryptoasset spaces. In addition to his defense work, Brett frequently represents individuals and companies on the plaintiff side, including in litigating their claims through trial.

Michael Senders is a member of Davis Polk’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice in New York. Michael advises U.S. and international clients on a broad range of domestic and cross-border public and private company mergers and acquisitions, investments, carve-outs, joint ventures and other general corporate matters. His work spans a number of industries, including sports, consumer products and retail, financial services, fintech, media and telecom. He also advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on a variety of transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of investments, leveraged buyouts and co-investment arrangements.

Aliza Slansky is a member of Davis Polk’s Tax practice in New York. Aliza provides tax advice to clients on a broad range of transactions, including derivatives and structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and other capital markets transactions, joint ventures, and other major transactions.