Legal Committee Member Bios

Legal Committee Member Bios

Sascha Leske

Sascha Leske [Chair]
Tax Advisor, Partner/Rechtsanwalt
NOERR LLP

Sascha Leske is continuously advising key clients in major M&A transactions, private equity investments and reorganizations mainly in the field of new technology, media, telecommunication and internet.

As head of Noerr’s New York office he is a specialist for cross-border transactions and regularly takes the lead in multijurisdictional projects, coordinating advice in several jurisdictions.

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Javier Gómez
Partner
PÉREZ LLORCA

Javier Gómez joined Pérez-Llorca in 2009 and was named Corporate Partner in 2018. Prior to this, he worked at the Hong Kong-based French law  firm Thomas, Mayer & Associés, where he was in charge of legal advice to European companies interested in Hong Kong and China. Earlier in his career, he spent a year working in the investment department of the Trade Commission of the Spanish Embassy in Mexico.

Javier’s main area of expertise is mergers and acquisitions of both listed and unlisted companies, industrial companies and investment funds.

Javier also has extensive experience in capital markets transactions, including listings, public offers and capital increases for listed companies. Additionally, Javier advises listed companies on matters of corporate governance.

Javier regularly writes and contributes to articles for specialist legal press as well as for financial press. He also lectures for the Master’s degree in Business Legal Advice at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, ICADE and ISDE.

In 2020, Javier was recognised as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for M&A at the Iberian Lawyer Forty under 40 awards. He also features in various legal directories such as IFLR 1000, where he is ranked as a Notable Practitioner, and Best Lawyers®: Corporate and M&A Law and Private Equity Law.

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Maria McElhinney
Finance Partner
A&L GOODBODY LLP

Maria McElhinney is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Finance Department and is based in our New York office. Maria’s practice focuses on a broad range of banking law aspects including corporate and acquisition financing, asset financing (property and aircraft), loan acquisitions and disposals and general banking for both international and domestic clients. Maria has advised many of the world’s leading financial institutions, aircraft leasing organisations and private investors on transactions involving the financing, acquisition and securitisation of assets.

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Brian Jenkins
Director, New York
ALIXPARTNERS

Brian’s clients benefit from his extensive experience as a financial consultant specializing in corporate investigations as well as litigation and dispute services. He has consulted in a variety of international and domestic corporate investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, litigation and regulatory matters, white-collar-prosecution efforts, arbitration and dispute-related services, and bankruptcy proceedings. Brian holds a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Virginia. He is a certified public accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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James Rosener
Managing Partner
TROUTMAN PEPPER LLP & President, EACCNY

James Rosener is a partner in the Commercial Department of Troutman Pepper LLP. Mr. Rosener heads the firm’s International Practice Group, is managing partner of the New York office and has served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His practice is devoted primarily to international transactions, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and corporate financing.

Mr. Rosener has represented domestic and foreign private equity funds in transactions in over 70 countries throughout the world, including platform and follow-on acquisitions, distressed buyouts, including in bankruptcy, corporate carve-outs and restructurings. He also has represented U.S.-based companies in transactions throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia (particularly, India and China), as well as several European, Indian, South American and Japanese companies in merger and acquisitions, financing and licensing transactions involving the United States. In addition, he also has represented management-led groups in the acquisition of businesses from divesting corporations.

Within the corporate financing practice area, Mr. Rosener has represented domestic and foreign issuers, in public offerings (both U.S. and foreign listings), venture and mezzanine capital raising, and traditional bank financing transactions. In addition, he has represented a number of issuers and bondholder groups in debt restructuring, recapitalization and work-out plans. Mr. Rosener regularly acts as international legal counsel to issuers and underwriters on off-shore public offerings in India, the U.K. and Europe.

Mr. Rosener worked in the corporate finance field for nine years before becoming a lawyer. His experience in senior financial positions included the initial and subsequent public offerings of equity and debt securities of a major international integrated oil producer and a health care company, the acquisition of several publicly held companies and the financing of several stand-alone projects.

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Piero Venturini
Partner
LEGANCE

Piero Venturini’s practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and general corporate law. He advises Italian and foreign corporations as well as private equity firms on transactions in a variety of industries. He also advises banks in relation to the sale and purchase of bank branches and insurance companies in relation to the sale and purchase of insurance portfolios.

Piero Venturini was awarded with the 2013 Client Choice Award in the M&A category in Italy by International Law Office.

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Aaron Warshaw
Shareholder
OGLETREE DEAKINS

Aaron Warshaw is a founding attorney of Ogletree Deakins’s New York City office. Aaron’s first-chair experience includes representing Fortune 500 companies to small businesses in single-plaintiff and class-action employment cases. He has actively litigated and appeared in jurisdictions throughout New York State, including before federal courts, appellate courts, state courts, and administrative agencies. In addition, Aaron is a trusted advisor for management in navigating and complying with federal, New York State, and New York City employment laws.

Following law school, Aaron served as a judicial law clerk in the Eastern District of New York to the Honorable Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. and the Honorable Arlene R. Lindsay. Because of Aaron’s clerkship and litigation experience, he is adept at identifying efficient and creative litigation strategies.

Aaron has represented a broad range of clients, including in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, technology, and professional services fields. He has experience with a vast number of federal and New York employment matters, including: anti-discrimination laws such as Title VII, ADA, ADEA, Equal Pay Act, and New York State and City Human Rights Laws; wage and hour laws such as the FLSA and New York Labor Law; New York trade secret and restrictive covenant laws; state, federal, and local leave laws such as the FMLA, New York State Paid Family Leave Act, and New York City Sick and Safe Earned Time Act; Title III of the ADA; ERISA; employment contract and implied contract claims; whistleblower claims; WARN Acts; and defamation claims.

Aaron serves as co-chair of the Employment Disputes Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). He also serves on the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors. Since 2007, Aaron has been an active member of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court.

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Iván Delgado [Proxy]
Resident Partner
PÉREZ LLORCA

Iván joined Pérez-Llorca in 1999 and made partner in January 2007. Iván is is the resident partner at Pérez-Llorca’s New York office. In addition, he is responsible for the firm’s US Desk and LatAm Desk. In 2002, Iván was seconded to the London office of Slaughter and May. Iván graduated with a Degree in Law from Universidad Carlos III of Madrid in 1997 and a Master’s Degree in Law from Universidad Carlos III of Madrid in 1999. His working languages are Spanish and English.

Iván specialises in M&A, private equity and corporate and commercial matters in general. He advises national and international clients on prominent cross-border transactions in various sectors. Regarding private equity, he has advised on the acquisition of minority stakes, majority stakes and leveraged acquisitions in secondary buyouts and privatization.

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Iván has extensive teaching experience. He was a professor of Corporate Law at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, at the ICAM and at the Master’s degree in Law at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) in Madrid. Currently, he is professor for the Master’s degree for Access to theLegal Profession at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

Professional organizations: The Madrid Bar Association (ICAM) / American Bar Association (ABA) / New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) / Spain – US Chamber of Commerce / American Foreign Law Association (AFLA) / International Bar Association (IBA)

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Diana Nehro [Proxy]
Shareholder
OGLETREE DEAKINS

Diana Nehro, Partner with the International Practice Group of Ogletree Deakins, also serves as a chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. Ms. Nehro assists clients in efficiently and effectively managing international labor and employment issues in an ever-expanding global economy. She has experience in advising multinational clients in connection with the establishment and management of international workforces, including the preparation and enforcement of personnel policies and employment agreements, compensation and benefits, litigation avoidance and strategy, as well as general corporate matters germane to employers conducting business abroad.

In this role, Ms. Nehro – whose focus is on Latin America – is part of a growing team of international attorneys based in four countries with unique experience handling employment-law matters worldwide advising clients on all areas of managing a local workforce, including onboarding, employment agreements, statutory entitlements, variable compensation plans, employee handbooks, and codes of ethics and conduct, payroll tax and permanent establishment concerns, policies and procedures, incentive compensation plans and restrictive covenants and terminations, including severance benefits and independent contractor agreements, and labor-related merger and acquisition issues.