McDermott Bolsters Private Equity Practice with Finance Talent

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International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce the addition of Samantha Koplik as partner in its Transactions Practice Group based in New York. Sam is a recognized finance lawyer in the market and a trusted advisor to some of New York’s most prominent private equity firms across a broad range of financing matters.

“We know clients are eager to execute on deals and leverage current market trends, making Sam a fantastic addition to our New York team,” Harris Siskind, global head of the transactions practice, said. “In addition to her deep technical knowledge in acquisition finance for private equity firms, we are thrilled to welcome her leadership in our growing New York office.”

Sam focuses her practice on leveraged finance transactions for private equity firms, strategic buyers, institutional investors, biotech/pharma companies, private debt funds and other providers and consumers of debt financing. She advises clients on a broad range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including acquisition financing, recapitalizations, strategic capital raises, restructurings and exits. She also provides general financing and corporate advice to a number of private equity portfolio companies and other operating companies across various industries in the United States and multiple other jurisdictions.

“I am excited to join McDermott’s powerhouse private equity practice, and I look forward to strengthening and supporting its impressive platform over the next many years,” Sam said. “This move provides incredible opportunities for my clients to work with a highly-skilled, dynamic and growing team.”

Sam received her BA from Vassar College and her JD from New York University School of Law. Sam joins from Dechert, where she served as a pro bono practice leader for the New York office.

McDermott has expanded its ranks across the Transactions Practice Group globally, adding a total of 139 lawyers in 2021 alone, with another year of growth projections as client demand rises across private equity, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and project finance, among other sectors.

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