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Morgan Lewis appoints partner

Stephen Walters has joined Morgan Lewis as a partner in the business and finance practice, resident in London. Walters’s practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and other equity financing transactions, corporate governance and general corporate advisory matters, as well as financial services work.

PRESS RELEASE

Morgan Lewis today announced that Stephen Walters, an accomplished mergers and acquisitions and general corporate lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, has joined the firm as a partner in the Business and Finance Practice, resident in London.

Mr. Walters’s practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and other equity financing transactions, corporate governance and general corporate advisory matters, as well as financial services work. He represents an array of corporate clients, investment funds and financial institutions.

Mr. Walters was most recently a partner in the Corporate Practice of an international law firm. He has regularly led multi-jurisdictional teams of lawyers on complex M&A transactions in Europe and has also advised clients on M&A transactions in a number of emerging markets.

“Stephen’s arrival further solidifies the growth and development of our international platform,” said Firm Chair Francis M. Milone. “His cross-border experience will prove invaluable to our clients seeking acquisition opportunities to drive global growth.”

“Stephen reinforces our M&A capabilities and international private equity position in the UK,” said Peter Sharp, Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis’s London office. “His addition supports the growth and continuing development of our London office and bolsters the firm’s English law capabilities.”

“English law is increasingly employed as the governing law for international M&A transactions,” said Charles Engros, leader of Morgan Lewis’s Business and Finance Practice. “Moreover, since Stephen has practiced in both the UK and France and is dual qualified, his arrival widens our reach across a range of both established and emerging global markets,” he added.

About Morgan Lewis’s Business and Finance Practice
Morgan Lewis’s 380-lawyer Business and Finance Practice assists a diverse global clientele in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with the full scope of strategic transactional matters, from mergers and acquisitions to fund formation and restructuring. Recent work highlighting the group’s international reach includes SK Capital Partners’ acquisition of the textile chemicals, paper specialties, and emulsions businesses of Switzerland-based Clariant; Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.’s merger with Cornerstone Therapeutics; and Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank’s EUR 1.5 billion offering of Eurobonds. Morgan Lewis consistently ranks among the premier transactional law firms, including the Top 10 in M&A transactions by Thomson Reuters, Mergermarket, Bloomberg, and Buyouts (2013), and was ranked Number One most active law firm globally based on the number of private equity funds worked on for general and limited partners (Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst, 2013). Learn more about the firm’s Business and Finance Practice.

About Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morgan Lewis provides comprehensive litigation, corporate, transactional, regulatory, intellectual property, and labor and employment legal services to clients of all sizes—from globally established industry leaders to just conceived start-ups. We craft and execute business- and industry-specific strategies that align with today’s evolving economic and regulatory conditions, and that address the full scope of our clients’ challenges and opportunities in the courtroom, in the boardroom, within the workforce, and in government and policy matters.

Founded in 1873, Morgan Lewis offers more than 1,600 legal professionals—including lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists—in 25 offices across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. For more information about Morgan Lewis or its practices, please visit us online at www.morganlewis.com