Kramer Levin Names James Moriarty and Ernest Wechsler Co-Chairs of Corporate Department

Jamie Kocis and Todd Lenson Become Deputy Chairs

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP announced today that James J. Moriarty and Ernest S. Wechsler have been named co-chairs of the firm’s Corporate department. They assume the role most recently fulfilled by Howard T. Spilko, who on January 1 became co-managing partner of the firm, along with Paul H. Schoeman. Jamie Kocis and Todd E. Lenson will serve as the department’s deputy chairs.

Kramer Levin has extensive experience providing strategic counsel on a broad range of complex corporate and securities transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financings. Mr. Moriarty, Mr. Wechsler, Ms. Kocis and Mr. Lenson are representative of the diversity of the firm’s practices.

“Kramer Levin’s Corporate department has flourished under Howard’s leadership,” said Mr. Schoeman. “The changes we are announcing today reflect the strength and depth of the department and the firm’s commitment to providing the highest-quality service and advice to our clients.”

“I am pleased to have Jim and Ernie take over as co-chairs of our Corporate group, and I have no doubt that through their leadership they will build effectively on the department’s depth, capabilities and success,” said Mr. Spilko. “It has been a pleasure to work closely with Jim, Ernie, Jamie and Todd for years, and I have the utmost confidence in them.”

Mr. Moriarty represents middle-market private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as strategic buyers, in a wide variety of transactions, including acquisitions and sales, leveraged buyouts, growth equity financings, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and management equity arrangements, across a wide variety of industries.

Mr. Wechsler counsels strategic businesses and private equity funds in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments, and corporate restructurings, as well as in general corporate matters. Ernie advises companies in a range of industries, including financial, technology and manufacturing.

Ms. Kocis advises securitization participants in both warehouse securitization facilities and term securitizations across all esoteric asset classes. She serves as deal counsel in market-leading transactions involving new and emerging asset classes, including in the solar asset and commercial PACE (property assessed clean energy) space. Ms. Kocis is also co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee.

Mr. Lenson represents public companies, private equity funds and their portfolio companies, hedge funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and family offices and other family-owned businesses in all types of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings.

About Kramer Levin’s Corporate Department

Kramer Levin’s corporate lawyers provide practical strategic counsel grounded in a solid knowledge of both the relevant law and clients’ business needs and goals. Kramer Levin’s lawyers thrive in situations that are unique, complex and pressure-filled — where their creativity, experience and results-oriented approach distinguish them and align with the interests of clients.

Working collaboratively with the firm’s Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, and Litigation practice lawyers, among others, the Corporate department’s partner-led teams provide seamless, cost-effective service in negotiating and effecting corporate transactions; handling financings, workouts and dispute resolutions; and providing strategic advice. The Corporate department’s focus areas include:

About Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin provides its clients proactive, creative and pragmatic solutions that address today’s most challenging legal issues. The firm is headquartered in New York, with offices in Silicon Valley and Paris, and fosters a strong culture of involvement in public and community service. For more information, visit


Jennifer Manton

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP


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