LAWFUEL – Legal News Network – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Selina Sagayam will join the firm’s London office as a partner. Sagayam, who is a UK corporate finance and capital markets partner in the London office of Simmons & Simmons, served as Secretary to the UK Takeover Panel in 2004 and 2005 before rejoining Simmons & Simmons in early 2006.
“We are delighted that Selina is joining our firm,” said Ken Doran, Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “Selina’s expertise and broad-based experience will complement our M&A, private equity and capital markets strength in London and Europe, and enhance our rapidly growing UK corporate practice.”
“Selina’s addition is the latest development in the unprecedented growth of our London office,” said Andrew Thomas, Co-Partner in Charge of the London office. “We have grown our ranks in London by 50 percent in the last two years to 51 lawyers. Our focused lateral recruiting efforts have resulted in a string of exciting successes, including UK employment partner, James Cox from Ashurst, international capital markets partner, Dorothee Fischer-Appelt from Allen & Overy, UK finance partner, Tom Budd, former head of Jones Day’s UK finance practice, and UK and international arbitration/litigation partner, Philip Rocher from Clifford Chance.”
“Selina has an impressive background,” said London corporate partner Ken Lamb. “With her recent two-year secondment to the UK Takeover Panel and her extensive experience with UK public company acquisitions, she will be an exceptional resource for our clients and her new colleagues. Her expertise with London listings will also add additional depth to our vibrant London and international capital markets practices.”
Sagayam stated, “I spent considerable time meeting partners throughout the Gibson Dunn system and became increasingly impressed by the firm’s culture, the vibrant and diverse transactional practice in London, and the firm’s strategic commitment to continued growth in London and Europe. I look forward to working with my new partners.”
About Selina Sagayam
Selina Sagayam is a corporate finance and capital markets lawyer, whose expertise includes public and private company acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate finance and corporate governance. She has deep expertise with the UK Takeover Code and public company acquisitions as she spent two years (2004-05) seconded to the UK Takeover Panel during which time she held the position of Secretary.
Sagayam has practiced in Simmons & Simmons’ London office since 1995. She received her law degree from King’s College in 1992 and her Master of Law in 1995. She is a Barrister-at-Law (non-practising) and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
About Gibson Dunn’s Corporate Transactions Practice Group
Gibson Dunn is one of the leading law firms representing companies in complex M&A transactions, including mergers of public and private companies, stock and asset purchases, tender and exchange offers, restructurings and acquisitions out of bankruptcy, leveraged buyouts and private equity investments, strategic investments and joint ventures, and cross-border M&A transactions.
The firm has been involved in many high-profile acquisitions and divestitures representing both acquirers and targets, as well as investment banking firms and other financial advisors.
Gibson Dunn ranked among the Top Five legal advisers in European financial advisory M&A transactions during 2005, according to Mergermarket. The firm ranked 7th in 2005 and 6th in 2004 in US announced M&A transactions, based on number of deals, according to Bloomberg.
About the London Office
Gibson Dunn’s London office, founded in 1979, has 51 lawyers offering expertise in all aspects of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, commercial real estate, finance and project finance, as well as antitrust, litigation and international arbitration, taxation, labor and employment.
The London Corporate Practice Group offers English and US law expertise in all aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions, financing and joint venture transactions, including acting for clients seeking access to the US and European capital markets. Most recently, the group advised: Investcorp in connection with its listing of GDRs on the London Stock Exchange; Rusal Ltd in its merger with Sual Ltd; Lehman Brothers, as dealer manager to BASF in connection with its unsolicited $4.9 billion bid for US-based Engelhard; and Marriott International in its sale of several European Hotels to Whitehall Subsidiaries.