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Stroock Names New Partners and Special Counsel

New York, NY,  January 7, 2009…Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, named three new Partners and six new Special Counsel, effective January 1, 2009.  

“These are exceptional attorneys, in active, growing practices. We are confident that they will continue to contribute to the Firm and to our clients’ businesses,” said Stuart H. Coleman, Stroock’s co-managing partner. 

The new Partners and Special Counsel are:

Keith M. Andruschak (Partner – Insurance, New York) Mr. Andruschak focuses his practice on transactions involving the insurance industry, including mergers and acquisitions of insurers, reinsurers, agencies and administrators, assumption and indemnity reinsurance, demutualizations, structured lending, insurance-linked securities and other capital raising activities.  He also advises clients in connection with unique insurance and annuity product design, alternative risk transfer arrangements and derivatives. His clients include domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, life and property/casualty insurers and reinsurers, hedge funds and private equity investors. Mr. Andruschak was formerly a Special Counsel at Stroock.


Glenn Borin (Special Counsel – Tax Certiorari, New York)  Mr. Borin  is Co-Manager of the Tax Certiorari Group. Mr. Borin was formerly Chair of the Assessment Review Commission for Nassau County.  Prior to that, he was Deputy Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Finance. Mr. Borin was also Chief of Staff and Counsel for the NYC Tax Commission and Special Tax Certiorari Counsel for the NYC Law Department. He has taken part in several thousand cases involving valuation or exemption of major commercial, residential and utility properties.


Joseph B. Giminaro (Special Counsel – Tax Certiorari, New York)  Mr. Giminaro is Co-Manager of the Tax Certiorari Group.  Mr. Giminaro handles major real estate tax cases before the NYC Tax Commission, as well as pre-trial tax certiorari negotiations and litigation matters.   He  provides advice on real estate tax issues relating to new acquisitions and development projects.  He has successfully negotiated multi-million dollar assessment reductions for office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, industrial facilities, residential buildings, cooperatives and condominiums.  Mr. Giminaro previously managed the tax certiorari practices at Shea & Gould and Graubard Mollen & Miller, and is the former Chief Real Estate Counsel to the NYC Department of Finance. 


Stuart A. Graiwer (Partner – Real Estate, Los Angeles) Mr. Graiwer concentrates in all aspects of commercial real estate, including the representation of private and institutional investors in connection with the acquisition, sale, development and financing of a variety of asset classes, including office buildings, mixed-use projects, hotels, multi-family and residential developments, industrial parks and retail centers.  Mr. Graiwer has particular expertise in the structuring of complex joint venture and partnership agreements, including the structuring and re-structuring of debt and equity investments.  Mr. Graiwer represents investors at all levels of the capital structure, including mortgage and mezzanine financings, convertible debt and preferred equity. 


Christine M. Hilla (Special Counsel – Real Estate, New York)  Ms. Hilla concentrates in real estate transactions and specializes in the law of condominiums, cooperatives and fractional ownership.   She has expertise in matters relating to the planning, structuring, financing, development, formation, registration and management of mixed-use, commercial and residential developments in New York.   She represents builders, lenders and owners in fee and leasehold developments and she has extensive experience in contract negotiations, closings, construction and brokerage issues.  Ms. Hilla is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy Reserve and recently completed an overseas deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.


Manuel E. Lauredo (Special Counsel – Real Estate, New York)  Mr. Lauredo practices in all areas of commercial real estate, including the representation of private and institutional investors, developers and lenders in connection with the acquisition, sale, development, leasing and financing of office, residential, retail and industrial properties.  Mr. Lauredo’s recent representations included  a real estate investment fund in a construction loan for a residential condominium project on the Upper West Side of New York City as well as a pension fund in the acquisition and financing of a mixed-use residential and retail development in Austin, Texas.


Leah A. Melone (Special Counsel – Corporate, New York)  Ms. Melone has experience in a variety of financing transactions, including acquisition financings, project financings, mezzanine financings, secured and unsecured lending transactions, senior and subordinated debt financings, asset based and cash flow based lending, workout and restructuring, Chapter 11 debtor in possession and exit financing.   Her lending experience includes representation of both lenders and borrowers, private equity funds and hedge funds.  Ms. Melone was recently involved in the representation of an ad hoc committee of second lien holders of $350MM of debt of Vertis in connection with the structuring of the prepackaged Chapter 11 merger between Vertis and American Color Graphics, Inc.


JiAe Moon (Special Counsel – Class Action Litigation, Los Angeles) Ms. Moon specializes in the defense of quasi-class and class actions, handling matters in state and federal courts around the country.  Ms. Moon focuses on the representation of financial services companies, such as credit card issuers, national banks and federally chartered savings and loan associations.  Ms. Moon worked on Guilford v. Washington Mutual Bank, wherein Stroock obtained an important decision from the California Court of Appeal that the state law invoked by plaintiffs was preempted by Office of Thrift Supervision regulation.  Ms. Moon has handled the defense of class actions involving credit card and gift card disputes, including the enforceability of arbitration provisions between the card issuer and the consumer. 


Matthew A. Schwartz (Partner – Financial Restructuring, New York) Mr. Schwartz  focuses his practice on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, restructurings and workouts, and a variety of other investments and transactions.  He has extensive experience representing private equity firms, hedge funds, corporate clients and bondholder and creditor committees in all aspects of the structuring, negotiation, financing and implementation of these transactions.  Mr. Schwartz also regularly advises investors and companies in a broad range of corporate, securities law, capital raising, corporate governance and strategic matters.