Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has strengthened its corporate and finance capabilities in New York City, and nationally, with the addition of Bonnie A. Barsamian. She joins the firm as a partner.

Ms. Barsamian is a seasoned corporate lawyer with more than 25 years of complex securities, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactional, advisory and regulatory experience. She represents issuers, underwriters and financial sponsors in equity and debt capital markets/securities offerings and other corporate finance transactions. She also advises public and private companies and financial advisors in M&A, recapitalization and change-of-control transactions.

Ms. Barsamian has extensive experience handling matters across a wide range of sectors, including financial services and institutions, specialty finance, REITs, media and entertainment, and industrial/consumer products. Chambers USA and The Legal 500 have recognized Ms. Barsamian as one of the top capital markets lawyers in the United States.

“New York is a key growth market for Drinker Biddle and Bonnie’s addition enhances our transactional footprint in the region, particularly in the financial services area. She brings deep experience and relationships in the New York underwriting community, which is important to the growth of our Corporate and Securities Group,” said Andrew C. Kassner, Chairman and CEO of Drinker Biddle.

Most recently, Ms. Barsamian was a partner at Baker Botts and earlier in her career was a partner and co-chair of the global corporate finance practice at Dechert LLP. A veteran advisor on federal securities laws, she also counsels on SEC filings, best practices and compliance issues. In addition, she advises board of directors and board committees on a range of routine and extraordinary corporate governance matters, including internal investigations, fiduciary duties, risk oversight, leadership, disclosure, and other matters.

“Bonnie is very well respected in New York and nationally and we’re excited to have her on our team,” said Neil K. Haimm, chair of the Corporate and Securities Group and a managing partner of the firm. “Bonnie’s talent and substantial experience is a strong strategic fit for our corporate and finance practices and builds on our expanding reputation in New York for excellence in transactional services.”

Ms. Barsamian was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Ms. Barsamian is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review and a Hinton Moot Court Semifinalist. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Amherst College.

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