Daily News: May 8, 2013

Former Cadwalader Co-Chairs, Partner to Join O’Melveny

O’Melveny & Myers announced that John J. Rapisarsdi and George A. Davis, former co-chairs of Cadwalader’s Global Financial Restructuring Department, and former Cadwalader partner Peter M. Friedman will be joining O’Melveny as partners in the firm’s Restructuring Practice.

Rapisarsdi, Davis and Friedman have played key roles in some of the largest restructuring projects and most significant bankruptcies ever filed. Based in New York, Rapisarsdi and Davis will become Global Co-Practice group leaders of O’Melveny’s Restructuring Group, and Friedman will reside in the firm’s D.C. office. San Francisco-based O’Melveny partner Suzzanne Uhland will serve as US Practice group leader of the Restructuring Group.

“We are thrilled to welcome this preeminent team to the firm,” said firm chair Bradley J. Butwin. “We have many clients in common, and John, George, and Peter’s arrival will increase our ability to serve these clients in restructuring projects, bankruptcies, distressed transactions, and related litigation. By combining their acclaimed practice with our West Coast, Asia, and Europe capabilities, we will have one of the premier global Restructuring Practices.”

Rapisarsdi, who was a member of Cadwalader’s Management Committee, has 30 years of domestic and international restructuring experience across a variety of industries. He earned a J.D. from Pace Law School in 1982 and received an LL.M. from New York University School of Law in 1985.

Davis has been involved in high-profile restructurings for more than 20 years, most recently in the energy sector with restructurings that include Dynegy, Edison Mission Energy, and AES Eastern Energy. He earned a J.D. with distinction from Hofstra University School of Law in 1990.

Friedman represents major parties in high-stakes, complex financial restructurings. Friedman previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joel M. Flaum of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He earned a J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1998.

Previously on abfjournal.com:

Cadwalader Names Veteran Duo to Lead Restructuring Team, Tuesday, May 07, 2013