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McDermott Adds Six New Partners to Transactions Practice

Sept. 24, 2021, 3:56 PM

McDermott Will & Emery has added six new partners from other firms and in-house departments for its transactions practice group.

The new partners include Matt Carter from O’Melveny & Myers, Zena Ho from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, David Huberman from Sullivan & Worcester, Min Lee from Mastercard Inc., Andy Lehman from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and Andrew Warmus from Baker McKenzie.

Carter and Ho will join the firm’s Los Angeles office, Huberman and Warmus will join the Chicago office, and Lee and Lehman will join the New York and Houston offices, respectively. Including these new partners, McDermott has hired 99 new lawyers for its transactions practice this year, bringing its total headcount to around 500 attorneys.

“Industrywide, there’s been strong demand for transactional law,” Harris Siskind, global head of McDermott’s transactions practice, told Bloomberg Law. “We have grown probably 20%, approximately, in revenue for each of the last four years, so we just think it’s a good practice area to be in and continue to grow.”

McDermott is the 24th largest firm by revenue in the U.S., up from 30th in 2019. Last year the firm brought in over $1.38 billion in gross revenue, and it has more than 1,200 lawyers.

Last month, the firm added multiple lawyers to its health and global privacy and cybersecurity practice groups. McDermott this month opened an office in Singapore.

Carter works with private equity sponsors and investors in industries like technology, infrastructure, financial services, and life sciences, according to the statement. Ho, the other new Los Angeles partner, specializes in real estate and real estate finance.

Lehman and Warmus, the Houston and Chicago partners respectively, focus on mergers and acquisitions and other joint ventures. The other Chicago partner, Huberman, represents issuers and underwriters on matters such as public offerings, and he counts multiple Israeli companies that have gone public in the U.S. among his clients.

The New York office’s new partner Lee advises private fund clients. He was previously an associate with McDermott and returns to the firm after two years as senior counsel with Mastercard, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“We’re seeing markets change shape rapidly, and we’re armed with incredible talent to navigate these changes,” Michael Poulos, McDermott’s head of strategy, said in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ruiqi Chen in Washington, D.C. at rchen@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com;
John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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