McDermott Boosts Private Equity Finance Practice in New York - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Boosts Private Equity Finance Practice in New York


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery welcomes Ellen Snare as a partner in the Transactions Practice Group in New York. Ellen represents some of the largest private equity portfolio companies, corporate borrowers, traditional lenders and private credit funds in various financings and restructurings. She joins from King & Spalding.

“As deal activity continues to increase in 2024, the need for top-tier financing capabilities also increases,” said Harris Siskind, global head of McDermott’s Transactions Practice Group. “Ellen is a first-class corporate finance lawyer with existing client synergies, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the team.”

Ellen has significant experience handling matters in connection with private equity financings – including leveraged buyouts, dividend recapitalizations and tack-on acquisitions – as well as mezzanine, second lien and other junior-capital financings, asset-based lending, high-yield bond financings, workouts and in-court and out-of-court restructurings.

She represents lenders and borrowers in multimillion-dollar secured and unsecured transactions across a range of industries, including healthcare, food and beverage, agricultural, commodities, manufacturing, electrical power, oil and gas, technology and financial services. Her client roster includes financial institutions, private equity sponsors and other public and private issuers and borrowers.

Some of Ellen’s most recent notable work includes:

  • Representing a major money center bank in connection with the out of court restructuring of a $400 million credit facility for a major national healthcare provider.
  • Representing a global power construction firm in connection with its multi-year financing and restructuring matters.
  • Representing a large debt fund in connection with the cross-border loans to finance the acquisition of a global manufacturing firm.

“McDermott’s entrepreneurial spirit and focus on growth provide an excellent opportunity for my robust lender-side practice,” said Ellen. “Now is the time to contribute to the Firm’s healthy deal flow as clients see interest rates stabilize and prepare for more dealmaking.”

About McDermott’s Corporate and Transactional Practice Groups

 McDermott’s Corporate and Transactional Practice Groups include more than 560 lawyers in 20+ offices globally. The team regularly counsels public and private companies, financial institutions and private equity firms across various industries on high-impact, transformative transactions. Our lawyers develop forward-thinking solutions for our clients, advising them on everything from M&A to financing deals, investments, fund formations, commercial contracts, capital markets transactions and restructurings. We lead complex, cross-border transactions in health; energy and project finance; real estate; technology/AI; insurance; alcohol; food and beverage; media, entertainment and sports; and other industries. Clients note in Chambers that our “wealth of knowledge and sound, practical advice is extremely helpful,” and with a network of lawyers across multiple jurisdictions worldwide, our transactions team brings value to clients wherever they do business. McDermott is recognized as a top-tier law firm for transactions by leading league tables including Mergermarket, LSEG, The Deal, Bloomberg and PitchBook.

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