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Stroock Names New Partners and Special Counsel

Stroock Names New Partners and Special Counsel

New York, NY, January 8, 2008…Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, named six new Partners and seven new Special Counsel, effective January 1, 2008.

“These individuals are exceptional attorneys in their respective fields and bring to us a strong commitment to the Firm and its clients,” said Stuart H. Coleman, Stroock’s co-managing partner.

The new Partners and Special Counsel are:

Eugene P. Balshem (Partner – Real Estate, Miami) Mr. Balshem, (33), concentrates in real estate transactions and related matters. He represents investment firms, pension funds, banks and other financial institutions in connection with the origination, purchase, sale, syndication and securitization of commercial real estate loans.  Mr. Balshem has experience (representing both lenders and borrowers) in construction, permanent, bridge and mezzanine financing transactions. He has also been involved with loan restructuring and workout/foreclosure alternatives for distressed loans.

Diana M. Brummer (Partner – Real Estate, New York) Ms. Brummer, (35), concentrates in all aspects of commercial real estate, with particular emphasis on acquisitions and dispositions, development transactions, joint ventures, leasing and financings (as counsel to both lenders and borrowers).  She also has experience in public-private real estate partnerships, including being part of the Stroock team that represented the New York Mets in successfully negotiating the lease, development agreement and related matters for construction and use of the new ballpark. Prior to Stroock, Ms. Brummer served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Richard Eskew (Special Counsel – Intellectual Property, New York) Mr. Eskew, (33), is involved in all aspects of intellectual property, including litigation, prosecution, opinion work and transactional work.  In particular, Mr. Eskew has litigated patent and trademark cases, and works closely with corporate clients to structure and negotiate intellectual property issues attendant in various types of corporate deals, including information technology development, licensing, and transfer, data feed licensing and Internet-related issues.  Mr. Eskew also counsels clients, particularly in the financial industry, on issues pertaining to the protection of novel financial instruments, financial indices, and electronic trading platforms. 

Robert W. Guazzo (Partner – Corporate, New York) Mr. Guazzo, (36), represents public and private clients in a variety of transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, public and private offerings of debt and equity, asset securitizations, leveraged leasing and other commercial credit transactions, formation of joint ventures and negotiating general commercial contracts. He also advises corporations, public and private investment vehicles and other financial institutions in connection with compliance with corporate governance and regulatory requirements. Mr. Guazzo was formerly a Special Counsel at Stroock.

Angie M. Hankins (Partner – Intellectual Property, New York) Ms. Hankins, (39), has experience in patent prosecution, patent litigation and client counseling. Her litigation experience has involved all aspects of discovery, trial and appellate practice before the Federal courts and the United States International Trade Commission. Her patent cases have involved liquid crystal displays (LCDs), single-use cameras, injection molding, computer software, mechanical devices and pharmaceuticals. She has prepared numerous opinions and patent applications for high technology companies. Ms. Hankins has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Scott M. Le Bouef (Partner – Corporate, New York) Mr. Le Bouef, (36), concentrates in corporate, derivatives and commodities law. He advises clients with respect to master agreements and credit support documents for over-the-counter forward and derivatives transactions involving a variety of commodities, including power, natural gas, metals, and petroleum products and the commercial, regulatory, and bankruptcy considerations related to those transactions. He also advises clients with respect to energy management agreements and tolling agreements involving power plants and related generation assets.  Mr. Le Bouef also has experience working with private investment funds.

Michael E. Lubin (Special Counsel – Real Estate, New York) Mr. Lubin, (38), has extensive experience representing financial institutions, underwriters, real estate developers, real estate investment trusts, tax-exempt organizations and individuals in real estate transactions involving numerous asset classes, including raw land, retail, industrial, office, assisted living, hotel, multi-family and townhome.  He represents clients on real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development, equity and debt financing (including senior, subordinate and mezzanine), leasing and management.  Mr. Lubin is also a Certified Public Accountant with a Master of Laws in Taxation.

Naji Massouh (Special Counsel – Structured Finance, New York) Mr. Massouh, (37), concentrates in structured finance and insurance-linked securities.  He has represented underwriters, issuers, lenders and insurers in U.S. public offerings, private placements and offshore offerings involving a variety of asset types.  Mr. Massouh has been active in the field of insurance-linked securities (including XXX and AXXX reserves financing).  He has experience securitizing first lien, single family, home equity, home improvement, auto and commercial loans.  He has been involved in structuring and documenting CDOs, credit derivatives, repurchase agreements, asset backed commercial paper programs, letters of credit and royalty income stream obligations.

Craig Mills (Partner – Structured Finance, New York) Mr. Mills, (41), concentrates in structured finance, where he has worked on transactions involving a variety of asset types, with a primary focus on collateralized debt obligations.  Mr. Mills has represented underwriters, issuers and placement agents in connection with public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities. He has extensive recent experience with synthetic CDO transactions (including representing counterparties).  Mr. Mills has also been active in emerging insurance-linked securities, including the first capital markets securities supporting XXX and AXXX reserves and disability reserves. 

David W. Moon (Special Counsel – Litigation, Los Angeles) Mr. Moon, (39), concentrates in complex commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on the representation of financial services companies, including national banks, federally chartered savings and loan associations, state-chartered banks and industrial banks, credit-card issuers, automotive finance companies and mortgage companies.  He has extensive litigation experience before the California trial courts, Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and district courts.  Mr. Moon also frequently advises clients with respect to federal and state consumer lending regulations, including the federal Truth in Lending Act and California’s Finance Lenders Law.

James O. Nygard (Special Counsel – Financial Restructuring, New York) Mr. Nygard, (37), advises clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and securities law compliance.  Mr. Nygard regularly represents private investment firms, bondholder committees and official creditors' committees in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings and has extensive experience in advising clients in connection with rights offerings.

Deborah M. Olsen (Special Counsel – Personal Client Services, New York) Ms. Olsen, (32), advises clients on a broad range of topics focusing on estate planning, trust and estate administration and litigation, and charitable entities. Ms. Olsen creates and implements comprehensive and fully coordinated estate and gifting plans for her clients utilizing sophisticated techniques, including, trusts such as grantor retained annuity trusts, generation skipping transfer trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts. Ms. Olsen also assists clients with estate planning transactions involving family business entities such as family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, including loan and sale transactions, all structured to achieve her client's personal and family goals with optimal tax results. Ms. Olsen regularly gives advice on tax and fiduciary matters to individual and corporate Trustees and Executors as well as Directors of public charities and private foundations.

Jeremy S. Rosof (Special Counsel – Litigation, New York) Mr. Rosof, (32), conducts a broad-based commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on matters relating to real estate.  Mr. Rosof’s practice also encompasses adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court, environmental (“Superfund”) cases, estate litigation, international disputes, securities and ERISA class actions, and other general commercial matters.  He represents clients at all levels of the State and Federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  Mr. Rosof clerked for the Honorable A. Richard Caputo, United States District Judge, Middle District of Pennsylvania, during 1999-2000.  He is currently active in the New York City Bar Association as Secretary of the Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and venture capital firms in the U.S. and abroad.  Stroock’s emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation’s leading law firms for over 130 years. Stroock’s practice areas include: capital markets/securities, commercial finance, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity/venture capital, private funds, derivatives and commodities, employment law and benefits, energy, infrastructure and project finance, entertainment, environmental, financial restructuring, financial services litigation, insurance, intellectual property, investment management, litigation, personal client services, real estate, structured finance and tax. For more information, please visit Stroock’s website at





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