2 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Gide Loyrette Nouel, France’s largest independent international law firm, announced today that two highly regarded international finance lawyers, Marianne Rosenberg and Robert C. MacDonald, are to join the firm’s New York office. .The announcement fulfils Gide’s key strategic objective to bridge civil and common law jurisdictions internationally, providing its clients with integrated access to global financial markets.
Rosenberg comes to Gide from Thelen Reid & Priest’s New York office with notable experience advising leading US and international clients in areas involving cross-border finance. MacDonald joins Gide from the New York office of Hunton & Williams, where he focused on tax and transactional aspects of debt finance, private equity finance and cross-border transactional work.
“Marianne and Rob’s arrival marks a major step toward Gide’s strategic goal of providing access to comprehensive banking and finance law services in the chief financial capitals of the world for our expanding client base,” said Senior Partner Gérard Tavernier. “Combined with Paris and London, New York is the ‘third leg’ in our plan to provide clients, and referral firms, with the kind of access that befits a premier international independent law firm”.
“Marianne is a highly regarded lawyer with an impressive track record in asset, structured and project finance,” Tavernier said. “She is also a well respected industry figure in European cross-border finance. Rob brings a depth of experience in cross-border tax and finance law in addition to expertise in specialised transactional work”.
“We welcome these outstanding lawyers to Gide Loyrette Nouel.”
“Capitalising on Gide’s expertise and the synergies that exist among the firm’s 18 offices is central to our plans for New York,” said David Malamed, resident partner of the New York office.
“The Gide Loyrette Nouel name is synonymous with world-class quality and is one of the Continent’s most respected international firms,” said Rosenberg. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to play a direct role in Gide’s advance in the marketplace and its long-term success.”
“I am genuinely excited to be joining a talented group of attorneys at such a distinguished firm at this defining moment,” said MacDonald. “Gide’s formidable finance practice, combined with the firm’s strategy of independence, has been central to my decision to join the firm. I am confident that we will take the firm’s already strong practice to new levels.”
Marianne Rosenberg’s practice focuses on asset-based finance with a special emphasis on cross-border leasing and project finance. Rosenberg has been widely recognized by business and trade journals for her work, and was named by Airfinance Journal as one of the 50 Airfinance industry “market shapers” over the past two decades, one of only four lawyers worldwide to be so named.
Rosenberg spent 18 years at White & Case New York (11 years as a partner) where she was Co-Head of the Equipment and Facility Finance Group, and 5 years at Linklaters New York where she was Managing Partner of the New York office and Co-Head of the Global Asset Finance Group. In 2003 she moved to Thelen Reid & Priest in New York to lead the firm’s internationalization effort. She is a member of the New York State Bar. Although born and raised in New York, Marianne is also a native French speaker with both French and US law degrees.
Rosenberg is a member of the Association des Lauréats du Concours General and the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Law and Economics, a joint research and conference center of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Economics. She has been recognized for her outstanding work in the area of community investment.
Rob MacDonald’s experience covers nearly the entire range of debt finance, including structured finance, project finance, conventional and non-conventional corporate debt, securitization, syndicated lending and derivatives. His expertise also encompasses cross-border transactions, private equity finance, REITs, investment partnerships and joint ventures.
MacDonald is a leading tax partner at Hunton & Williams, where he started his career 19 years ago and where he has been a partner for 11 years. He is a member of Hunton & Williams’ Tax Team and Co-Head of the Derivatives Practice Group. MacDonald is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars, and is admitted to practice before the US Tax Court.
MacDonald is a member of the ABA Sections on Taxation and International Law, a former Chair of the ABA Tax Section’s Financial Transactions Committee, and a former Chair of its Asset Securitization Subcommittee, as well as a member of the ISDA Tax Committee