Debevoise & Plimpton LLP announces that Brett Bush, Christopher Ford, Kate Kapych, Christina Chen Marex, Adam Namm and Ashika Singh have been named counsel to the firm, and that Fatema Al-Arayedh and Gregg Young have been named international counsel to the firm. Their promotions will become effective on July 1.
Fatema Al-Arayedh is based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. Her practice focuses on advising private fund sponsors on a broad range of matters, including fund formation and operation, co-investments, upper tier structuring and carried interest arrangements; Ms. Al-Arayedh also has experience in project development and financing, acquisition financing and other debt transactions. She received her B.A. with honors from Yale University in 2007 and her J.D. in 2012 from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Brett Bush is based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. His practice focuses on an extensive range of matters, covering fund formation, regulatory and governance, ongoing operations, compensation and private fund-related transactions and investments on a primary, co-investment, direct and secondary basis, including adviser-led, preferred equity, GP staking and tailored platform arrangements, spanning private equity, venture capital, real estate, debt and others. Mr. Bush received his B.A. from Columbia University in 2002, his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2008 and a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Christopher Ford is based in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation and Data Strategy & Security Groups. His practice focuses on representing technology and financial sector clients in trademark and false advertising disputes and litigation, as well as cybersecurity risk management and incident response, including related federal and state regulatory investigations. From 2015 to 2017, he clerked for the Hon. Laura Taylor Swain of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Ford received his B.A. from Swarthmore College with high honors in 2007 and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law cum laude in 2012. He is admitted to the Bar in California and New York.
Kate Kapych is based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. Her practice focuses on advising alternative asset managers in connection with the structure and terms of equity syndications, including the formation, structuring and ongoing operation of U.S. and offshore private funds. Ms. Kapych received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2008.
Christina Chen Marex is based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. Her practice focuses on the structuring, formation and regulation of private funds, managed accounts, strategic partnerships and co-investments. Ms. Marex received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2010 and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2013.
Adam Namm is based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Tax Group. His practice focuses on tax planning in connection with private equity fund formation. Mr. Namm received his B.S. cum laude from the University of Maryland College Park, Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2006 and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2013. He is a member of the Bar in New York and New Jersey.
Ashika Singh is based in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Arbitration & International Disputes Group. Her practice focuses on public international law, particularly on advising and representing sovereign clients and international organizations on questions of international human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Ms. Singh clerked for Judge Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 2007 to 2008 and for the ICC Court of Arbitration in 2005. She received her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2000, her MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and her J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2005.
Gregg Young is based in the London office and a member of the firm’s Finance Group. He advises corporations, private equity sponsors, funds and financial institutions on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including acquisition financings, restructurings, refinancings, fund finance, asset finance and debt capital markets. Mr. Young received his LL.B. (Honours) from King’s College London in 2004, and his LL.M from Columbia Law School in 2007. He is admitted to the Senior Courts of England & Wales and is also admitted to the Bar in New York.