NEW YORK — The international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery today announced that Thomas McGavin, formerly of Clifford Chance and has joined the Firm’s New York office as partner. He is recognized as leader in derivative and structured finance transactions, Mr. McGavin will further enhance MWE’s capital markets practice with an emphasis on representing commercial and investment banks in connection with credit protection, equity and other derivative and securitization products. Mr. McGavin previously practiced for nine years at Clifford Chance and its New York predecessor, Rogers & Wells.
“We are committed to developing our capability to advise clients on significant capital markets transactions and business ventures,” commented Peter Sacripanti, partner-in-charge of the Firm’s New York office. “Tom and Joe are sophisticated, seasoned capital markets lawyers who will raise our already strong practice to a new level.”
Thomas McGavin advises domestic and foreign commercial banks, investment banks and other financial institutions operating in the United States and globally as dealers in the derivative and structured products markets. He advises on regulatory matters, negotiation and documentation of derivative and structured transactions, dispute resolution and financing. His practice includes corporate and securities transactional work with a focus on the development and application of financial products in the public and private securities and derivatives markets. Mr. McGavin currently focuses extensively on products in the credit and equity derivatives markets, including over-the-counter credit and equity derivatives and structured securities. He is also a leader in the developing market for securitization of private equity fund investments.
“McDermott offers broad and substantial talent in areas spanning from complex commercial litigation to technology driven intellectual property to cross border mergers and acquisitions, as well as outstanding tax and derivatives practices. I am looking forward to being part of this close-knit team and increasing McDermott’s offerings in the capital markets area,” commented Mr. McGavin.
Mr. Suh provides counsel to leading U.S., European, and Asian banks, underwriters, investment managers, derivatives dealers, insurers, and other financial institutions in connection with innovative structured finance and derivative transactions. His practice encompasses a range of structured finance and derivatives products, including CDOs (synthetic, cash flow, market value, hybrid, balance sheet, arbitrage), hedge fund and private equity CFOs, structured credit default and total return swaps, hedge funds, credit-linked notes, leveraged structured finance products and equipment lease securitization products.
"Capital markets and finance expertise is important to our clients, and therefore building on our existing practice is important to us," commented incoming Firm Chair, Harvey Freishtat. "The strong U.S. and international experience that Tom and Joe bring us will be of immediate benefit to our clients, and will make a very fine addition to the Firm.”
Mr. McGavin earned a B.A. from Amherst College, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He also received a LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York.
Mr. Suh graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in government. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He is a qualified lawyer in New York.
McDermott, Will & Emery's Global Finance Practice represents U.S., UK, European, Asian and other international commercial banks, institutional investors, investment banks, investment funds, corporate and special purpose borrowers and other financial institutions.