Vinson & Elkins Expands Finance Practice with Addition of David Wicklund from Debevoise

NEW YORK, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- David Wicklund joins Vinson & Elkins' highly-regarded Finance Practice Group as a partner in New York.

Wicklund expands V&E's existing capabilities in acquisition finance and capital markets high yield offerings with his substantial experience representing private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and other public and private issuers and borrowers – both investment grade and non-investment grade – in connection with domestic and cross-border bank financings and bond offerings. V&E ranked #1 in Banking and Finance Law in 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers and was recognized in American Lawyer's Corporate Scorecard 2013 as the #5 high yield issuers' counsel by volume in 2012.

"With his reputation for delivering outstanding legal advice in acquisition finance and high yield, David adds immediate value to our broad client base," said V&E Managing Partner Scott Wulfe. "His skill set is a great fit with the firm's strategic goals to grow our New York office and provide exceptional client service."  

Wicklund joins V&E from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he represented top-tier equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on acquisition credit facilities and high yield offerings. He also represented major corporations on bank credit facilities and bond offerings.

"We are extremely impressed by David's market knowledge and technical ability, but just as important, he is a great fit with V&E's culture, valuing client service and teamwork above all," said Billy Young, head of the firm's Finance Practice Group. "His impressive drive and initiative will benefit our existing clients and help expand our sponsor-side finance work."

"V&E provides a prime opportunity to work with high-profile clients, alongside colleagues who are recognized leaders in finance, capital markets and private equity," Wicklund said. "Combined with the firm's distinguished reputation in the energy industry, this move creates the perfect platform to expand my practice and contribute to the continuing success of the firm and its clients."

Chambers USA 2013 notes that V&E's Finance Practice Group is "[r]espected for its presence in energy finance, this group demonstrates strong capabilities on a wide range of financial transactions." That range includes syndicated commercial bank financings, asset- and reserve-based financings, project financings, structured financings, acquisition financings, private placements, capital market debt offerings, mezzanine and second lien loans and restructurings of all types. 

Wicklund graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, in 2003.

Vinson & Elkins LLP is an international law firm with more than 700 lawyers across 16 offices worldwide.

SOURCE Vinson & Elkins LLP



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