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W Christopher White, chairman of Cadwalader

Cadwalader appoints six to special counsel

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a counsellor to global financial institutions and corporations, has named associates Nathan M Bull, Sophie K Cuthbertson, Douglas J Donahue, Brian Foster, Ellen Halstead and Jeffrey Nagle to special counsel.

W Christopher White (pictured), chairman of Cadwalader, says: "It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Nathan M Bull, Sophie K Cuthbertson, Douglas J Donahue, Brian Foster, Ellen Halstead and Jeffrey Nagle to special counsel. Each of them has demonstrated a commitment to the law, the profession and to Cadwalader. I commend them for this achievement and on this important step in their professional careers."

Bull focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes and securities litigation, as well as complex financial instruments such as credit default swaps, synthetic CDOs, auction rate securities and guaranteed investment contracts.

Cuthbertson, resident in Cadwalader's Washington, DC office, practices in the firm's capital markets department. She focuses her practice primarily on (i) privately offered structured fund products, including US and non-US hedge funds, fund of funds, commodity pools and private equity-style hedge funds, and (ii) publicly and privately offered student loan asset-backed securitization offerings. She also has significant experience with institutional and retail unsecured medium-term note offerings and other investment grade debt offerings.
Donahue, admitted to practice in the State of New York, will continue to concentrate his practice on credit derivatives, fixed income derivatives, and structured financial products in Cadwalader's financial services department. He represents both buy and sell-side institutions, including some of the foremost dealers, banks, and hedge funds, in connection with the development, structuring, negotiation and documentation of a wide variety of financial products.

Foster, a member of Cadwalader's financial services department, specialises primarily in transactional and regulatory matters. In this capacity, he advises financial institutions on the structuring and trading of derivatives and complex structured financial products. Additionally, he has represented clients in the negotiation of ISDA, prime brokerage, securities lending, repo and related trading and clearing agreements.

Halstead, a practicing attorney in Cadwalader's litigation department in New York, focuses on various types of securities and complex litigation cases.

Nagle, an attorney at the firm's Charlotte office is also a member of Cadwalader's corporate department. His principal practice involves the representation of domestic and foreign commercial banks, investment banks and other financial institutions in a variety of financing transactions, including leveraged finance and other syndicated bank loan transactions, distressed debt trading, bond offerings and asset-backed lending transactions.

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