James Kelly, Ilya Bubel and Peter Alfano join DLA Piper in New York

DLA Piper announced today that James Kelly, Ilya Bubel and Peter Alfano have joined the firm’s New York office. Kelly and Bubel join as partners in the Corporate practice, and Alfano joins as a partner in the Finance practice.

Kelly, who will serve as head of the firm’s New York Private Equity practice, represents private equity funds in all aspects of their investments activities. This includes primary and secondary leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, divestitures and restructurings. He also regularly represents public and private operating companies across a variety of industries, including the portfolio companies of his private equity fund clients, for which he handles a wide range of matters.

Bubel represents private equity funds and other financial investors in connection with transactional matters across all stages of the investment lifecycle, including leveraged buyouts, co-investments and other minority investments. He also represents public and private companies in a range of complex business transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other business combination and recapitalization transactions.

Alfano represents private equity sponsors, corporations and other entities in domestic and cross-border finance transactions, including leveraged acquisitions, corporate financings, recapitalizations and asset-based lending transactions. He has extensive experience in senior secured, first and second lien, mezzanine, and asset-based financings across several industries, including manufacturing, alcoholic beverages, packaging, healthcare and media. 

“The addition of this team increases our share of the middle-market private equity space,” said Joe Alexander, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate and Private Equity practices. “Their transactional skills will augment the firm’s global corporate platform and will enhance our capabilities in the New York market.”

“As we continue to expand our Finance capabilities in New York and firmwide, the addition of Peter, as well as the complementary practices of James and Ilya, will be advantageous to our clients operating in a range of sectors,” said John Cusack, global co-chair and US chair of DLA Piper’s Finance practice. “This group brings deep experience handling sophisticated transactions, and we are pleased to welcome them to the firm.”

“The addition of James, Ilya and Peter will expand our service offering and help us meet the increased transactional demands of clients, solidifying our position as a leader in the middle-market private equity space in New York and across the country,” said Frank Ryan, incoming US chair of the firm.

Kelly received his J.D from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Washington. Bubel received his J.D. from Fordham School of Law, his B.A. from Tufts University and his LL.M. from the University of Paris II: Pantheon-Assas. Alfano received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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