McDermott Continues to Grow its Finance and Private Equity Practices


CHICAGO (April 25, 2017) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announced today that it is continuing the expansion of its finance and private equity practices with the addition of Joshua Samis. Mr. Samis will join McDermott as Partner is its Chicago office and previously was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Mr. Samis has represented many of the country’s leading and most sophisticated private equity sponsors, private and public companies and commercial lending institutions. He has broad experience in structuring and negotiating domestic and cross-border leveraged buyouts, secured and unsecured financing transactions, recapitalizations and loan workouts and restructurings, including debtor-in-possession financings.

“Josh is a highly respected finance lawyer with extensive experience handling a broad range of sophisticated financing transactions,” said Brooks Gruemmer, head of McDermott’s Chicago Corporate Advisory practice. “We are excited to add Josh to our fast-growing roster of finance and private equity lawyers in Chicago and are looking forward to him working in close coordination with our private equity and finance attorneys across the firm.

Mr. Samis arrives on the heels of fellow Corporate & Transactional partner, Gregory Metz, who joined the firm’s Chicago office last month from Ropes & Gray. Their arrivals are the latest in a string of notable recent hires by McDermott’s Corporate & Transitional practice group, including Ian Schwartz, Ivan Presant, Jeremy Dickens, Gary Emmanuel, Robert Goldstein, Daniel Martin and Frank Steinherr in New York, as well as the recent overseas additions of Piero Carbone, Michael Holter and Alicia Videon in London, and Dr. Michael Cziesla and Dr. Oliver Hahnelt in Frankfurt.

“For the past year the Firm has prioritized growth in its private equity capabilities worldwide. The addition of Josh is the latest step in that strategic expansion,” said Harris Siskind, global head of McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional practice. “At McDermott we continuously strive to better serve our clients. The recent additions of these high-caliber lawyers are a testament to that commitment.”

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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