Charles Pesant joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a partner in the corporate department and the securitization practice group. He will be based in the firm’s New York office. Pesant focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border structured finance deals.
“We are pleased to welcome Charles, a standout talent in securitization and structured finance, areas where our clients have growing needs for sophisticated counsel,” Brad S. Karp, chairman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, said. “He is a smart and commercial lawyer who is incredibly agile and responsive to the needs of his clients.”
“Charles brings a unique combination of technical expertise, intense client focus and an unmatched work ethic to complex and challenging matters,” Scott A. Barshay, chair of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s corporate department, said. “He shares our commitment to providing excellent service and will be a stellar addition to our firm.”
Pesant has expertise in securitizations of diverse asset types, including commercial vehicle and equipment fleets, intellectual property, franchise agreements, and other assets. He also has experience representing debtors and creditors in connection with a variety of restructuring matters involving securitizations.
In addition to counseling clients on a range of transactions in multiplatform and esoteric structured financings, Pesant advises on the legal and regulatory issues surrounding financings by drawing upon his market knowledge of the traditional securitization industry, as well as his M&A, restructuring and financing background.
Pesant has represented many of the world’s largest financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, Rabobank and GreensLedge; private equity firms and their portfolio companies, such as Roark Capital Group and Inspire Brands; and a variety of public and private corporate clients, including Element Fleet Management, Pluczenik Diamond Company and Calpine Corporation.