Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP announced today
that six prominent transactional lawyers have joined the firm as
partners. Gregory A. Ezring, Brad J.
Finkelstein, Brad R. Okun, John M. Scott, Monica K.
Thurmond and Mark B. Wlazlo have joined Paul, Weiss,
focusing on capital markets, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and
tax. All will be resident in the firm's New York office. Paul,
Weiss also announced that transactional lawyer Brian P.
Finnegan has joined the firm as counsel.
"We are excited to welcome these talented lawyers whose
practices complement and enhance our firm's transactional
capabilities," said Brad S. Karp, chair of Paul, Weiss. "They have
preeminent reputations in the marketplace, and their substantial
experience advising leading private equity funds and their
portfolio companies, as well as public and private companies, will
be an asset to the firm."
"These new lawyers will greatly benefit our clients, which have
come to expect cutting-edge and exceptional corporate work from our
firm," said Robert B. Schumer, chair of Paul, Weiss's Corporate
Department. "Their arrival will reinforce and strengthen our
transactional capabilities and continue the growth trajectory of
our transactional practices."
Gregory A. Ezring joins Paul, Weiss's Finance
and Securities Groups. Mr. Ezring's practice focuses on the
representation of private equity funds and corporations in
leveraged finance transactions and public debt and equity
transactions, as well as underwriters in public and private
high-yield debt and equity securities offerings. Mr. Ezring was
co-leader of the corporate finance/capital markets group in
O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Transactions Department. Mr. Ezring
received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and a
J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1988.
Brad J. Finkelstein joins Paul, Weiss's Finance
Group. His practice focuses on private equity-related corporate
finance transactions, principally in connection with leveraged
buyouts. Mr. Finkelstein represents private equity megafunds and
their portfolio companies in first and second lien senior secured
debt financings, high yield bridge financings, and private
mezzanine debt and preferred stock financings. He received his
undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, The
Wharton School of Business, in 1991 and his J.D. from Columbia
University Law School in 1997, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone
Brad R. Okun joins Paul, Weiss's Tax
Department. Formerly the managing partner of O'Melveny's New York
office, Mr. Okun focuses on the complex tax law aspects of mergers
and acquisitions, restructurings and corporate finance. Mr. Okun
received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982,
summa cum laude, and a J.D. from Harvard University in
1985, cum laude.
John M. Scott joins Paul, Weiss's Mergers &
Acquisitions Group. Mr. Scott focuses primarily on M&A
transactions for private equity megafunds and their portfolio
companies and strategic investors. Mr. Scott received a B.A. from
New York University in 1982, and a J.D. from Georgetown University
in 1987, cum laude.
Monica K. Thurmond joins Paul, Weiss's Capital
Markets & Securities Group. Ms. Thurmond represents issuers in
capital markets and leveraged finance transactions, including IPOs
and high yield debt offerings. She has represented both issuers and
investment banking firms in a variety of public and private equity
and debt securities offerings, including initial public offerings,
as well as high yield and convertible debt offerings. Ms. Thurmond
received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1992 and is a
1996 graduate of William & Mary Law School, where she was Order
of the Coif and a member of the Law Review.
Mark B. Wlazlo joins Paul, Weiss's Finance
Group. Mr. Wlazlo represents private equity megafunds and their
portfolio companies in leveraged finance transactions. He earned
his B.S. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, magna cum
laude, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from New York
University in 2002, where he was Order of the Coif, a Pomeroy
Scholar and a Butler Scholar.
Brian P. Finnegan joins Paul, Weiss's M&A
Group. Mr. Finnegan represents private equity sponsors and their
portfolio companies in a wide variety of transactions. He earned
his B.A. from American University, his M.B.A. from National
University and his J.D. from George Washington University.