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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
200 LIBERTY STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10281
United States

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United States > Industry focus > Transport: shipping - finance

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP‘s New York-based maritime team has experience of a variety of transactions in the sector, though the team is best known is known for representing creditors and bondholders in large restructuring matters, as well as in Chapter 11 and other bankruptcy proceedings. Richard Brand co-chairs the corporate practice and recently represented Evercore as financial advisor to Global Ship Lease in its combination with Poseidon Containers Holdings. Other key figures include Joshua Apfelroth and Gregory Petrick, who chairs the financial restructuring group and divides his time between the London and New York offices.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

(Leading individuals: Advice to shareholders)

Richard BrandCadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP represents strategic investors in activist campaigns, and also handles litigation related to activism. Shareholder activism falls within the wider corporate practice, which is jointly led by co-chairs Richard Brand and William Mills, with Brand in particular leading on a fair amount of the firm’s shareholder activism work. Over the last year the team managed successful campaigns against companies including Aramark, Methanex Corporation, and MGM Resorts International. Another contact in this space is Stephen Fraidin, who joined the team in June 2018 and has extensive experience of complex M&A, proxy contests, and other corporate transactions. All named attorneys are based in New York.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP handles a variety of public and private M&A and LBOs, and also has noted expertise in shareholder activism, strategic governance and takeover preparedness, hostile takeovers and proxy contests. The corporate and M&A team also benefits from the firm’s wider strengths in debt and equity finance. Richard Brand and William Mills jointly chair the corporate M&A practice. Brand acts for public companies, hedge funds, private equity firms and investment banks, while Mills is rated in particular for his experience advising public companies and boards of directors on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and disclosure matters. Vivian Maese joined from Latham & Watkins LLP. All named attorneys are based in New York.