McDermott Continues to Expand Private Equity Capabilities in Chicago


CHICAGO (September 11, 2017) —McDermott Will & Emery today announced the arrival of Michael McStay as a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office. Mr. McStay joins the Corporate & Transactional Practice Group with a focus on middle market private equity.

Mr. McStay will join forces with recent lateral and former Ropes & Gray colleague, Gregory Metz. Together they will counsel clients on complex transactional matters and advise private equity clients on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity restructurings and divestitures.

“Over the past year we’ve had dynamic growth in our Corporate & Transactional practice both in the US and worldwide,” said Brooks Gruemmer, head of McDermott’s Chicago Corporate Advisory practice. “Mike represents another talented addition to our growing roster and we look forward to bringing his experience and market knowledge to bear for our clients.”

“Mike has experience representing some of the most sophisticated private equity funds in the market,” said Harris Siskind, head of the Firm’s Corporate & Transactional Practice. “He’ll be able to contribute immediately to our team’s work advising leading private equity funds on a diverse set of corporate transactions.”

Over the last 12 months, McDermott has added 15 partners to its US Corporate & Transactional Practice, including Linda Ji, Roy Larson, Ivan Presant, Jeffrey Meyers, Armando Ramirez, Josh Samis, Ian Schwartz, Gregory Metz, David Lipkin, Rob Goldstein, Frank Steinherr, Daniel Martin, Jeremy Dickens and Albert Sokol. The firm has also benefited from strong additions to the team globally with the addition of Peter Crichton, Alan Gar, Elizabeth Moseley, Alicia Videon, Michael Holter, and Piero Carbone in London; Dr. Michael Cziesla and Dr. Oliver Hahnelt in Frankfurt; Alexa Ningelgen and Eva Schöneich in Düsseldorf; and most recently a team in Milan consisting of partners Giancarlo Castorino, Ettore Scandale, and Emidio Cacciapuoti.

Mr. McStay received his JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and his BS from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

About McDermott Will & Emery’s Corporate & Transactional Practice
McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional Practice represents business interests around the world, from global corporations and industry-leading companies to privately funded and entrepreneurial driven enterprises, as well as the financial institutions that support them. McDermott consistently ranks in the leading league tables, including Mergermarket, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and PitchBook. The Corporate & Transactional Practice Group was named “Team of the Year” for Middle Market M&A/Buyouts by The Legal 500 and is highly ranked by Chambers in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Further extending our reach into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

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