Debevoise Names Six New Counsel and International Counsel

4 January 2016

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is pleased to announce that Daniel Farrell and Jacob W. Stahl have been named counsel to the firm, and Christopher Boyne, Dmitry A. Karamyslov, Maxim A. Kuleshov and Jane Shvets have been named international counsel to the firm. Their promotions became effective on January 1.

Mr. Boyne, resident in the London office, works in the Litigation Department and is a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group. He specializes in complex litigation and has wide-ranging experience across a variety of commercial sectors with a particular focus on litigation arising out of high-profile corporate collapses. He has represented multinational corporates in large-scale corporate disputes and clients involved in shareholder/joint venture disputes, and has advised on interim and protective measures in both English and foreign courts, including successfully obtaining freezing injunctions and defending billion-dollar freezing injunctions. He is a key member of the Debevoise team currently representing BAT Industries on matters arising from the $1 billion cleanup of the Fox River in the U.S., including proceedings brought by BAT in the High Court.

Mr. Farrell, resident in the New York office, works in the Corporate Department and is a member of the Real Estate Group. His practice focuses on real estate acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings and developments in all areas of the real estate market, including the office, retail, residential, industrial and mixed-use sectors. Mr. Farrell also has extensive experience representing sponsors in the organization of real estate private equity funds, as well as investors in real estate private equity funds. The clients he has advised include institutional investors, private equity funds, pension funds, real estate investment trusts, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and investment advisers, such as JPMorgan Asset Management and Westfield Corporation. Mr. Farrell received a B.S. from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in 2000 and his J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 2004, where he was a member of Fordham Law Review. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005 and joined Debevoise in 2012.

Mr. Karamyslov, resident in the Moscow office, is a member of the Corporate Department. He has more than 12 years of extensive experience in corporate finance, including margin loans, pre-export finance facilities, asset-backed financing and debt capital market transactions. Mr. Karamyslov also focuses on aircraft finance, including operating and finance leases, aircraft acquisitions, secured finance, maintenance and repair, and other complex, cross-border structured aircraft finance transactions. He also advises on the acquisition, financing and operation of business jets as well as structuring aspects, such as aircraft ownership, registration, regulatory and tax. Mr. Karamyslov graduated with honors from the Moscow State Academy of Law in 2004 and is admitted to practice in Russia.

Mr. Kuleshov, resident in the Moscow office, is a member of the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and private equity transactions in various industries, including energy and natural resources, financial institutions and transportation. Mr. Kuleshov has worked on some of the largest Russian public M&A transactions, including the $8.1 billion merger of Uralkali and Silvinit and the $1.1 billion merger of RTS and MICEX. He is recommended as one of the leading lawyers for capital markets in Russia by Chambers Europe. Mr. Kuleshov graduated with honors from the Moscow State University in 2005 and is admitted to practice in Russia.

Ms. Shvets, resident in the London office, is a member of the Litigation Department. She focuses on white collar defense, internal investigations and compliance advice, with a particular emphasis on foreign corrupt practices legislation. She also focuses on international arbitration and litigation, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and Russia. Ms. Shvets has represented a variety of clients in white collar criminal, securities, intellectual property and international arbitration matters. Ms. Shvets is a co-chair of the Public Corruption/FCPA Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Litigation Committee. In 2012, she served as a Special Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. Her experience includes advising a Fortune 100 company in civil and criminal investigations regarding possible FCPA violations, resulting in both the DOJ and SEC closing their investigations without bringing charges or seeking penalties. Ms. Shvets is a native Russian speaker, and is a member of the New York Bar. She is also admitted to appear before the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mr. Stahl, resident in the New York office, is a member of the Litigation Department. His practice focuses on representing clients on healthcare-related issues, including commercial litigation, administrative disputes and compliance and regulatory advice. He was a member of a team that represented Bristol-Myers Squibb in a unanimous jury trial verdict against generic drug manufacturer Apotex, Inc., which was seeking damages of $3.4 billion, and is currently a member of a team that is representing a major hospital corporation in a variety of commercial disputes and administrative hearings. He also represents clients in the areas of mass tort, products liability, general commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Stahl received a J.D. from Harvard Law School cum laude in 2005. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2001. He joined the firm in 2005 and is a member of the New York Bar.

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