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McDermott Adds N.Y. Transactional Lawyers from MoFo, Kirkland (1)

July 23, 2019, 4:09 PMUpdated: July 23, 2019, 8:11 PM

Morrison & Foerster partner Ze’-ev Eiger and Kirkland & Ellis associate Patrick Rowe have joined McDermott Will & Emery’s transactions practice group in New York.

The pair’s experience in working with foreign and domestic clients on complex transactions will bolster the firm’s capital markets, M&A and private equity bench and add more depth in New York City.

“It’s an exciting time to be at McDermott,” said Eiger, first joined Morrison & Foerster in 2004 as an associate and made partner nine years later.

Eiger focuses his practice on securities and other corporate transactions for domestic and foreign companies. He has represented issuers, which include biotechnology, health care and technology companies, as well as investment banks and other financial intermediaries and investors on initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities.

McDermott’s strengths in certain practice areas like M&A and private equity as well as tax and intellectual property matched up well with his capital markets practice, Eiger said. The first order of business in joining the firm is to provide support to its existing capital markets, M&A and private equity clients, but eventually hopes to bring in more clients to the firm’s expanding transactions practice.

Global head of McDermott’s transactions practice group Harris Siskind said in a statement that the two lawyers’ deal experience will allow them to work well with the firm’s corporate-focused attorneys in New York.

“They bring new perspectives to our growing team and their depth of experience will add real value for our clients involved in complex transactions,” he said.

Rowe, who joined Kirkland in March 2018 from Reed Smith, represents private equity sponsors and private and public companies in transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and restructurings.

He was a part of the team at Kirkland that represented European buyout firm Nordic Capital in its pending acquisition of a majority stake in the U.S.-based healthcare software company ArisGlobal Holdings, LLC.

As a younger partner Rowe said he is looking to build business and there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the energy and resources that McDermott is putting behind building its transactions practice in New York and globally.

“There’s just a ton of energy here to growing the group, recruiting talent, getting the right folks here and I think that is all going to serve our clients really well,” Rowe said.

The pair’s addition comes amid McDermott’s expansion efforts in the Big Apple. Last March, the firm added dozens of attorneys from DLA Piper including the global co-chair of its finance practice, Jeffrey Steiner, who now heads McDermott’s real estate finance practice.

McDermott also picked up Mayer Brown duo Paul Hughes and Michael Kimberly earlier this summer to lead the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice in Washington.

(Updated with comment from Eiger and Rowe throughout.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com