Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is pleased to announce that Anne Balla and Floriane Lavaud have been named counsel, and Jin-Hyuk Jang, Akima Paul Lambert and Nicola Swan have been named international counsel at the firm, effective July 1, 2018.
Anne Balla, based in the New York office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and Finance Group. Her practice includes a broad range of complex corporate and secured financing transactions, including subscription credit facilities, structured financings, and financings and equity investments in the projects/infrastructure, insurance and private equity markets. Ms. Balla also provides ongoing compliance advice to companies with respect to their financing arrangements. Ms. Balla has a strong commitment to serving pro bono clients and she regularly advises start-up entrepreneurs and established non-for-profit entities on governance matters, financings and contractual arrangements. She has served on the Pro Bono Advisory Council of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest since 2015, and is a 2017 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Ms. Balla received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2008.
Jin-Hyuk Jang, based in the Frankfurt office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and the Investment Management Group. He advises sponsors on the structuring of investment funds covering numerous sectors and strategies including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, venture capital and credit funds as well as on any regulatory matters in connection with managing, advising and marketing private funds. He also advises regulated institutional investors in connection with fund investments. He has deep experience of private fund-related aspects of European financial regulation, including investment, insurance and banking regulatory issues. Mr. Jang studied law in Frankfurt, Milan and Münster. Prior to joining Debevoise in 2017, he was a counsel at a leading German law firm and an associate at a major U.S. law firm in Frankfurt. Mr. Jang was admitted to the Frankfurt Bar in 2010.
Akima Paul Lambert, based in the London office, is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. She handles complex commercial litigation and has considerable experience in the financial, corporate and professional sectors. She regularly handles multi-million dollar disputes involving commercial issues across a variety of jurisdictions and is part of a team advising a leading plc in proceedings arising from the $1 billion clean-up of the Fox River in the United States and the associated recovery of over $800 million in dividends. She also has experience in cross-border regulatory investigations and has worked on a range of arbitration matters including before the LCIA, the SCC and ICSID. Ms. Paul Lambert is admitted as a Solicitor-Advocate in England and Wales and is also admitted to practice in New York. She received an MA (Hons) from the University of Cambridge (Clare College) and a Maitrise in Comparative and Commercial Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Ms. Paul Lambert has served on the Associates Forum for the City of London Law Society (2010-2015), is a former Caribbean Regional Scholar, and was one of the youngest recipients of a United Nations Global 500 Award.
Floriane Lavaud, based in the New York office, is a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group. Ms. Lavaud’s practice focuses on international investment and commercial arbitration and enforcement-related litigation, in particular in the energy and mining sectors. Ms. Lavaud represents clients in arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the main arbitration institutions and in related court proceedings. She has advised clients in a variety of jurisdictions and fora on issues of civil and common law, public international law, and treaty and contract interpretation, including advising the State of Qatar before the International Court of Justice. Her experience also includes the assessment of damages and the enforcement of arbitration awards, especially under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and other similar legislation. Ms. Lavaud was nominated among the “Most Highly Regarded” Future Leaders in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal 2018, an edition focused on a selection of outstanding attorneys aged 45 or under. Ms. Lavaud received an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2007 and an M.A. in Litigation and Arbitration from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas with honors in 2005. Ms. Lavaud is a member of the Bar in Paris and in New York and is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales.
Nicola Swan, based in the London office, is a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group as well as the firm’s Business & Human Rights Group. Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, investor-state disputes, public international law and human rights law. Ms. Swan represents businesses, states, international organisations and individuals in disputes across multiple jurisdictions including in arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, SIAC and PCA rules. Ms. Swan has particular experience in constitutional litigation, climate risk, the intersection between business and human rights and disputes engaging both public international law and national courts. Ms. Swan advises clients across a broad range of industries, including the energy, oil & gas, extractive, professional services and telecommunications sectors. Ms. Swan is a founding board member of the Young Public International Law Group in London. Ms. Swan completed her BCL (Distinction) at the University of Oxford, where she held the Winter Williams Prize in International Economic Law. She graduated from the University of Otago (New Zealand) with a joint Bachelor of Law (First Class Honors) and Arts (Psychology). Ms. Swan is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and as a solicitor in England & Wales.
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