Polsinelli announced today three senior level attorneys have joined the firm from different Am Law 100 firms. The attorneys will significantly increase Polsinelli’s capabilities in representing publicly traded companies, REITs and SBICs. The attorneys will be working together in Polsinelli’s Business Department led by Chair Frank J. Ross, Jr. They will be based in the New York City and Washington D.C. offices of Polsinelli and serve clients nationally.
The hiring of these veteran attorneys represents a significant investment for Polsinelli in the REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) market, as well as SBIC (Small Business Investment Company) business. Citing growing client demand, as well as an opportunity to greatly expand its legal services to the firm’s mid-market clients, the new hires reflect the strategic enhancement of Polsinelli’s strengths in two of its key focus areas, financial services and real estate.
The three attorneys are Washington, D.C. Shareholders Philip Feigen, who advises clients in corporate and transactional matters with a focus on SBICs and the financial institution industry, and Kevin Vold, who regularly represents public companies, including many REITs, on capital markets, corporate governance and strategic transactions, and will lead Polsinelli’s Securities and Corporate Finance Practice effective November 1, 2014, the beginning of the firm’s fiscal year. Senior Partner Robert Cudd, who focuses on REIT tax issues, will practice from the firm’s New York City office. In addition to REIT tax issues, Cudd assists clients on timber, infrastructure and private equity funds as well as foreign transactions.
“We are very excited to welcome Phil, Kevin and Robert to the Polsinelli family and to introduce them to our clients across the country,” said Business Department Chair Frank J. Ross Jr. “Because of client demand, as well as what we see as a real growth sector over the coming years, we have significantly upgraded our REIT capabilities, our securities expertise and added an SBIC practice. This is an important investment for us, but one that we believe will produce results in the coming years.”
Polsinelli’s national practice advising REITs comprises a multidisciplinary team of attorneys with significant experience in debt capital markets transactions; real estate transactional work; securities and corporate governance compliance counseling; and tax planning and structuring. The addition of Cudd and Vold brings more than 40 years of added experience to the firm’s REIT capabilities. The addition of Feigen’s 20 years of experience and SBIC regulatory practice will complement the firm’s already strong lending and private equity capabilities. These new senior attorneys enhance the firm’s ability to provide a full-range of sophisticated services to clients in a variety of other industries, including health care.
“2014 is off to a great start for us,” said Dan Flanigan, chair of Polsinelli’s Financial Services & Real Estate Department and Managing Partner of the New York City office. “We see a real potential for growth with REITs and SBIC’s. We needed additional heft in those areas, which we undoubtedly get with this trio. Adding a corporate SBIC component to our lending practice, through Phil, is a natural fit with the SBIC financing work we already do. Attracting the two REIT authorities, Kevin and Robert, positions us perfectly for a major expansion of our real estate and financing work in a huge and growing sector of the economy.”
The American Lawyer magazine ranked Polsinelli as the fastest growing law firm in America during a five-year period, from 2008 – 2012.
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