Pillsbury announces appointment of 10 partners to leadership posts

Pillsbury has announced the appointment of 10 partners to firm-wide practice and industry leadership posts.

Now at the helm of the firm’s three departments are litigation and intellectual property department chair Deborah Baum, regulatory department chair Sheila Harvey and business department chair David Snyder, who will continue in that role.

Each has served in numerous leadership positions over the years. As department chairs, they will focus on building the firm’s client base and will do so in close collaboration with the firm’s board and practice section leaders.

Washington DC-based Baum has represented clients in a range of business litigation matters in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. She served on the firm’s board for two terms from 2008 to 2014 and was elected as the board’s lead director from 2012 to 2014.

Harvey focuses on environmental and energy issues for the energy, heavy industry and general manufacturing industrial sectors. In addition to handling many types of environmental litigation, she advises clients in a variety of areas including climate change and sustainability; air, water and waste; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Comprehensive Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act; Homeland Security and Hazardous Materials Transportation; and environmental impact studies under the National Environmental Policy Act. Harvey is the leader of the law firm’s climate change and sustainability practice.

Snyder, a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities practice in San Diego, has served as lead counsel in numerous public offerings of equity and debt securities and he advises boards and special committees in contested takeovers and shareholder litigation. He joined the firm’s board in 1998 and served for 15 years; he was vice-chair from 2005 to 2006.

Christopher Zochowski has been appointed as the firm-wide practice section leader for the corporate and securities practice. Based in Washington DC, Zochowski focuses on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities transactions, speciality finance transactions, cross-border and domestic project finance and structured finance transactions and debt restructurings. In 2012, Zochowski was presented with an M&A Advisor Award for handling the Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year in the $100m–$200m range. He was also recently honoured at the 6th Annual International M&A Awards for the Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year — more than $100m to $1bn.

James Kelly, a New York-based corporate and securities partner, has been named the leader of the firm’s private equity team. Kelly, whom Chambers ranked as a ‘Key Individual’ in New York for M&A, represents private equity funds and other financial sponsors in all aspects of their investments, financings and related exit transactions. He also advises public and private companies across a variety of industries, and represents investors and companies in venture capital financings that range from angel to late-stage investments.

James Simpson will join incumbent John Mauel as co-leaders of the energy and infrastructure projects team for the eastern hemisphere and western hemisphere respectively. The team is nationally ranked by Chambers for Projects: Oil & Gas.

Based in Houston, Mauel focuses on the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of major domestic and international liquefied natural gas (LNG), oil and gas and electric power projects. He has had the opportunity to work on the full range of project agreements involved in the global LNG industry and in the oil and gas and gas-fired power sectors, and he has substantial experience with consortium structuring involved in complex energy projects. Recently, Mauel has been acting as lead outside counsel in connection with several major LNG projects and transactions. He is the leader of Pillsbury’s Houston finance practice section and a member of Pillsbury’s board.

Based in London and Abu Dhabi, Simpson focuses on the power, energy and infrastructure sector, including project development, privatisations, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, government work and restructuring. He has considerable privatisation and transactional experience in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, where he has worked with project finance and infrastructure, oil and gas, renewables and clean energy, telecommunications, the sports industry and the defence sector.

San Francisco tax partner William Bonano will head the federal tax controversy and tax policy team. Bonano advises clients on international and domestic tax planning and has represented large corporate clients in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) controversy matters before examinations and appeals and in litigation. He has significant experience in transfer pricing, FATCA, Subpart F and multinational foreign affiliate structuring.

Jeffrey Delaney and Julie Mayo will lead the firm’s industry team for energy. A corporate and securities partner in New York, Delaney advises issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings. He serves as underwriters’ and issuers’ counsel for a variety of energy and utility companies, and as underwriters’ counsel for life insurance companies. In addition, he represents banks in financings and advises investment banks on drug royalty monetisations and related transactions. Delaney is a member of Pillsbury’s board.

Mayo is a partner in Pillsbury’s energy and infrastructure projects team in Houston. She focuses on oil, natural gas and electric power projects, and has advised clients on a variety of major energy and infrastructure projects ranging from the development of LNG liquefaction and receiving terminals and pipeline facilities to the negotiation of complex capacity and commodity agreements, the representation of parties in permit applications, administrative hearings and rulemakings before federal and state agencies, as well as mergers and acquisitions and structured finance transactions.