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TOP MANAGEMENT TEAM

GIBBENS J. Stephen

Chairman of Board

stephen.gibbens@gibbensandco.com

GIBBENS J. Stephen provides legal and strategic advice to domestic and multinational clients who draw on his experience in high-stakes litigation, intellectual property, media and sports, complex commercial and sovereign related issues.

 

Stephen’s clients turn to him as a go-to strategist and litigator for their most important matters. He has handled numerous jury trials and domestic and international arbitrations.

 

Stephen is the chair of Gibbens & Co’s Executive Committee and Global Board.

BROWN, Mark Lindsay

Senior Partner

mark.brown@gibbensandco.com

Mark practices in the areas of corporate restructuring with an emphasis on bankruptcy transactions, both in the United States and internationally.

 

He has served as restructuring counsel in a number of chapter 11 proceedings, including the recently completed chapter 11 cases of LK Bennett, Appvion, Abengoa US Holding LLC (including the related chapter 15 proceeding), LLC and its affiliates, Vertellus Specialties, Orchard Supply Hardware Stores, Velti plc, PJ Finance, Inc., and Trident Microsystems, Inc. and its subsidiaries in Asia and Europe.

He recently worked on chapter 15 filings for bankruptcy protections through US courts for UK-based Arcadia Group, the parent company of Topshop and Topman. He has served as debtors’ counsel in a number of other chapter 11 proceedings, including Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, National Century Financial Enterprises, Federated Department Stores, Elder-Beerman Stores, Montgomery Ward, Purina Mills, The Loewen Group, PFF Bancorp, Contech LLC, Morton Industrial Group, Vermillion, Inc, Fairfield Residential and its subsidiaries and East West Resort Development. Mark has already represented Authentic Brands Group in a number of its acquisitions in chapter 11, including Nine West, Aeropostale, Barneys New York, Prince Sports, Hickey Freeman, and a number of acquisitions outside of court, including the Marilyn Monroe brand. Mark also led a number of out-of-court restructurings, including Arendal, Norwood Promotional Products, Examination Management Services Inc. and Educational Media Publishing Group.

 

Along with his work on behalf of these and other debtors, Mark has served as counsel to official creditors’ committees in the Polaroid Corporation, Stratosphere Hotel, MobileMedia Communications, Edison Brothers Stores, Grant Geophysical and Mercury Finance matters. He has also represented a number of other constituencies in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the US, including financial advisors, real estate acquirors, liquidators and other significant creditors, ranging from UBS in multiple restructurings relating to the sub-prime crisis to Tiger Woods in the Planet Hollywood chapter 11 proceedings.

 

In addition, Mark handles litigation matters throughout the country stemming from bankruptcy proceedings.

 

Once he firmly established his restructuring law career and before joining Gibbens & Co, Mark moved over to Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, a financial advisory firm with whom he still works closely. There he served as senior vice president and restructuring general counsel. In addition to his firmwide legal responsibilities, he was also a member of Houlihan Lokey’s financial restructuring group, working on the restructuring of Nextel International, CTI Movil, and United Airlines.

 

From the experience and insights he has garnered before, during and since his tenure there, Mark continues to provide an invaluable perspective for his clients.

 

He served as Co-Chair of the US Restructuring Group and Global Co-Chair of the Restructuring practice group for a number of years, and is newly appointed as the Co-US Managing Partner of the Firm.

SANDERS, Allison Laura

Senior Partner

laura.sanders@gibbensandco.com

In her more than two decades of practice, Allison Sanders has acted as the lead lawyer on a multitude of completed M&A transactions.

 

Her experience covers a wide range of matters in a variety of industries, jurisdictions and deal structures. Allison has experience in the full life cycle of a company from formation, public and private capital raising to recapitalizations and restructurings, sales and dissolutions, as well as extensive experience in corporate governance for both public and private companies and real estate developments sector.

 

Allison’s M&A clients include acquirors, targets, and special committees. Among his recent engagements are representation of a Japanese company in its acquisition of a water filtration business in the United States, representation of a medical technology company in a late-stage venture investment by China-based healthcare funds, the acquisition of an educational testing company through a competitive auction process, and a large refinancing in connection with the acquisition of a UK-based business in support of a rollup strategy for a Canadian public company.

 

She serves as counsel to developers, public agencies and investors in the acquisition, development, sale and leasing of large-scale real estate projects. She has been lead counsel for many important and transformative real estate developments.

Among Allison’s representative development projects in Boston are Fan Pier, Millennium Tower, The South Station Air Rights Project, Echelon Seaport, the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, the office tower at 10 St. James Avenue, the Park and Garage at Post Office Square and the expansion of South Bay Shopping Center. He also leads the team representing The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the redevelopment of The World Trade Center.

 

Allison’s experience also includes the development of facilities in airports, including Terminal A at Boston’s Logan Airport and major new fueling systems at Logan Airport and in Oakland, California.

DAVIS Scott II

Senior Partner

scott.davis@gibbensandco.com

Scott focuses on patent litigation and other technology and intellectual property disputes.

 

Scott has successfully represented clients at trial in patent, trademark and antitrust cases in district courts throughout the United States, as well as in the International Trade Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. John’s recent experience includes the representation of Dell, Home Depot, HP, Itron, KLA-Tencor, lululemon, Medtronic, Microsoft, Samsung, Silicon Labs, and others in various intellectual property matters.

Scott has significant experience handling patent cases in the United Kingdom, United States, including Texas district courts in the Western District of Texas and the Eastern District of Texas where he is admitted to practice and has handled over 250 patent cases.

 

Additionally, Scott has extensive experience relating to the intersection between patent law and antitrust law, including a three-month antitrust trial before the Federal Trade Commission. He also has handled various trademark, trade secret, copyright and indemnity disputes. His practice is also focused on the structuring and formation of private funds and their management companies, with a particular focus on real estate, infrastructure and energy firms. He also represents such firms in a variety of corporate transactions, including roll-ups, joint ventures, co-investments, the formation of portfolio and other operating companies, and investment management M&A transactions.

SHAMAH Raul

Senior Partner

raul.shamah@gibbensandco.com

Raul is the Chair of the London Litigation Group and former co-chair of Gibbens & Co’s Class Action Litigation practice. He litigates complex commercial disputes and counsels some of the leading global companies through strategic and multi-disciplinary matters. Chambers identifies Raul as the leader of a litigation group that clients view as “fantastic: very smart, organized and efficient.”

Raul serves as lead counsel for Fortune 500 and large privately held clients involved in complicated disputes across a variety of highly regulated industries, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, manufacturing and retail, telecommunications, transportation and financial services. Raul’s practice is national in scope and he focuses on defending clients in class action and consumer protection litigation, licensing, royalty and other intellectual property disputes, merger and acquisition related contests, fraud and corporate governance matters and product liability and mass tort litigation.

 

Raul has been elected or appointed to serve in a variety of leadership positions at Gibbens & Co. He currently serves on the Firm’s Associate Compensation Committee. He previously served on Gibbens & Co’s Policy Committee, Partner-Slating Committee, on the Chicago office’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Hiring Committee and Chicago Pro Bono Committee, and on the board of advisors of the Marbury Institute, Gibbens & Co’s professionalism program.

 

Raul also leads the firm’s India practice and counts among his clients many of India’s most prominent companies.

 

He primarily focuses his work on private equity leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and growth equity investments. In addition, Raul routinely represents portfolio companies in connection with ongoing corporate counseling and add-on acquisitions. Raul has handled transactions ranging from several million dollars to more than US$1 billion and has represented closely held companies, public companies and numerous private equity funds.