Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner Erica Berthou, leader of the firm’s Global Investment Management/Funds Group and a member of the firm’s management committee, has been named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer. Ms. Berthou was one of only 12 lawyers honored in the annual list that singles out the “top dealmakers and their deals.” This marks the second year in a row that a Debevoise dealmaker was named to The American Lawyer’s elite list, coming on the heels of partner M. Natasha Labovitz’s recognition in 2016 and joining a long list that includes Steven J. Slutzky (2014), John M. Vasily (2011), Jeffrey J. Rosen (2004, 2007 and 2009), Paul S. Bird (2008), Franci J. Blassberg (2006) and James C. Scoville (2004).
In selecting Ms. Berthou, The American Lawyer recognized her role in advising GSO Capital Partners, the credit division of Blackstone, in connection with the formation of its third mezzanine fund, one of the world’s largest funds of its type. In advising GSO, Ms. Berthou helped GSO negotiate with a range of investors, from foreign sovereigns to U.S. public pension plans to family offices.
The American Lawyer took note of Ms. Berthou’s ability to help forge solid, lasting relationships between her client and more than 200 investors located around the world. As Ms. Berthou recounted to The American Lawyer, “When you have a fund of this size, there are a lot of investors—you want to make sure everyone is heard. As a counselor, it’s not like an M&A deal where you can have very contentious negotiations. Here, we’re really building a partnership for the future and good ongoing relations are key. We are the face of our client.” To read the full article, please click here.
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