Duane Morris LLP Welcomes New Real Estate Partner

Real estate is property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals or water; immovable property of this nature; an interest vested in this an item of real property, buildings or housing in general.

Tom Galli has joined Duane Morris as a partner in the law firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Galli was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

“Tom’s extensive experience on large-scale real estate transactions, distressed assets and complex financing arrangements will be a significant and synergistic boost to our Real Estate capabilities,” said George Kroculick, co-chair of the law firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.

“We are delighted that Tom has chosen to join us. His skillset and client base are great complements to those of our practice group,” added Chester Lee, Real Estate Practice Group co-chair.

“I am pleased to be part of a thriving Real Estate group. Duane Morris represents a great strategic fit for clients with its large platform of offices across the United States, in London and across Asia, and the breadth of sophistication of its business practices, particularly its Real Estate Practice Group.

I am looking forward to being part of the law firm’s collaborative culture and applying it to my practice,” Tom Galli said.

With more than 30 years of experience, Galli represents clients on real estate transactions and developments for data centre, mixed-use, office, industrial, stadium, arena, retail and multifamily properties.

He regularly represents private equity firms, REITs, publicly traded companies, developers, private companies and government agencies in a variety of real estate transactions and developments.

Tom Galli is a 1988 graduate of Stanford School of Law and earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

Duane Morris Overview

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally.

The law firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Lawyer Marc Petitier Joins White & Case

White & Case LLP is an international law firm based in New York City. Founded in 1901, the firm has 45 offices in 31 countries worldwide. White & Case is one of the top ten law firms worldwide in terms of revenue.

We guide our clients through difficult issues, bringing our insight and judgment to each situation. Our innovative approaches create original solutions to our clients’ most complex domestic and multijurisdictional deals and disputes.

Marc Petitier is a renowned corporate lawyer who has led on many of the most significant corporate transactions originating from France, advising clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions, sales and joint ventures, and corporate governance.

He has experience across a number of different sectors, including technology, financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, and on Africa-related deals.

Petitier brings 20 years of experience and joins White & Case joins from Linklaters, where he was a partner.

White & Case is a global law firm with longstanding offices in the markets that matter today. Our on-the-ground experience, our cross-border integration and our depth of local, United States and English-qualified lawyers help our clients work with confidence in any one market or across many.

By thinking on behalf of our clients every day, we anticipate what they want, provide what they need and build lasting relationships.

We do what it takes to help our clients achieve their ambitions.

John Maselli Joins DLA Piper in Northern California

DLA Piper announced today that John Maselli has joined the law firm’s Corporate practice as a partner in Northern California, based in the San Francisco office.

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a commercial and cultural centre in the northern region of the U.S. state of California. The city proper is the 17th most populous in the United States, and the fourth most populous in California, with 815,201 residents as of 2021.

Since opening in 2004, DLA Piper’s San Francisco office has helped give Northern California companies, whether local, national or international, access to DLA Piper’s global platform.

John advises private equity sponsors, venture capital firms, portfolio companies and strategic acquirers and targets in connection with planning and executing domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including leveraged buyouts, asset sales, tender offers, spinoffs and carveouts, take privates, and growth equity and early-stage investments.

John also advises clients in connection with joint ventures and leveraged recapitalisations, as well as general corporate, securities law and commercial matters.

John is the latest addition to the law firm’s Corporate practice, which has also recently welcomed partners Thomas Gaynor, Jinjian Huang and Khoa Do in Northern California, as well as Stephen Ballas and Stephen Reil in Los Angeles.

John received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and his B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Baker McKenzie Appoints Lodewyk Meyer

Baker McKenzie has appointed trade and commodity finance expert Lodewyk Meyer as a partner in its banking and finance practice group in Johannesburg.

Lodewyk covers all aspects of lending and is recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of structured trade and commodities finance.

Baker McKenzie is a multinational law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1949 as Baker & McKenzie, it has 77 offices in 46 countries, and over 6000 lawyers worldwide. It is one of the largest law firms in the world by headcount and revenue.

His experience includes advising banks, structured trade, credit, insurance and speciality funds, and actors in the commodity value chain in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the USA.

He is a regular speaker at conferences on Africa trade and export finance, investment into Africa and structured finance, as well as on the financing and structuring of agri finance at conferences such as GTR as well as TXF.

He has published on topics such as warehouse receipt financing, legal risks in doing business in Africa and the use of structured finance techniques in agriculture, in various publications, among them Global Trade Review, Africa Investor and Chambers Magazine.

Lodewyk was previously partner of the banking and finance team at Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg, where he had been since 2015.

His experience also includes roles at Norton Rose Fulbright, Bowman Gilfillan, Standard Chartered, Nedbank and Absa. Throughout his career he has advised banks, structured trade and speciality funds, and actors in the commodity value chain.

Who Is Switching Jobs? People Moves in October 2018

Switching jobs is important, because the days of lifelong employment are gone. Your job security is not something your employer controls anymore.

You build your own marketability and then you carry it around with you. When you stay in the same organisation for too long, you gradually lose touch with the outside world.

Here are some recent people moves across various industries:

Octopus Property

Specialist property lender Octopus Property, part of the Octopus Group, announced the appointment of Paula Purdy as business development manager, north of England, reporting directly to D’mitri Zaprzala, Head of Sales. Paula’s appointment follows on from the three regional BDM hires announced last month, with representatives now established across the United Kingdom. Paula brings over 17 years of residential, commercial, buy-to-let and bridging lending experience.

She joins Octopus Property from Shawbrook Bank, where she was head of sales, residential mortgages, increasing business and raising Shawbrook’s profile amongst intermediaries. Paula will be responsible for deepening relationships with introducers, alongside building new ones, in and around major North of England cities including Chester, Liverpool, Crewe and Warrington, leveraging Octopus Property’s residential, commercial and development product range.

White & Case LLP

Global law firm White & Case has expanded its global project finance practice with the addition of Simon Caridia as a new partner in London. Simon focuses his practice on debt financings for infrastructure M&A and private equity transactions.

He advises industry sponsors, infrastructure and private equity funds, commercial bank lenders, multilateral agencies, institutional investors and host governments on brownfield transactions and greenfield projects, including acquisitions, refinancing’s, restructurings, project finance and public-private partnerships.

He joins White & Case from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was a partner.

Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey, the global investment bank, yesterday announced that David Brock had joined the firm as a managing director in its industrials group, focused on the building products sector. He is based in London. David joins from Jefferies, where he was a managing director and head of the construction and building materials group.

Prior to Jefferies, he was also a managing director and head of the construction and building materials group at Deutsche Bank. David’s previous experience also includes equity research roles in the building products sector at Credit Suisse and HSBC.