Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. on Monday added a corporate finance partner from Norton Rose Fulbright to its Dallas office who largely represents lenders in a variety of transactions and in workouts and restructurings.
Matthew DeArman, who made partner at Norton Rose in January, said many different recruiters had reached out to him about making a move, but it was Munsch Hardt that stood out. The firm’s extremely strong restructuring practice complements its corporate finance work and the mix of both dovetails neatly with the practice DeArman has been building, he said.
“It made a lot of sense for me and what I want to do in the future,” DeArman told Law360. “This is an opportunity for me to take a hold of my practice, and they believe here in what I want to do. It became clear this is the type of platform where I’m going to get the kind of support that will allow me to do the work I want to develop and get the kind of clients I want to develop.”
DeArman has worked on complicated transactions including secured and unsecured revolving and term facilities, first lien and second lien transactions, oil and gas reserve-based lending, asset-based lending, debtor-in-possession financing, loan restructurings and workouts.
“The other piece of this is I really like the people,” DeArman said. “My personality fits well with them. It’s the type of people I want to practice with, frankly. They believe in me and I believe in them.”
He said the lion’s share of his practice involves representing lenders across the spectrum from massive international banks to regional groups, but he has also represented public and private corporate borrowers and high-net-worth individuals in restructuring matters.
“As we continue growing this team, we are committed to hiring the best and brightest,” Munsch Hardt CEO Phil Appenzeller said of the firm’s corporate finance section. “In welcoming Matt to the Dallas office, we are adding new skills, insights and knowledge to our local team and to our national practice.
Appenzeller said the firm’s corporate finance section has been “one of the busiest and hardest working areas of the firm” in the last year and a half, with workouts in the energy sector, complex banking transactions and debt restructuring matters.
DeArman is a 2005 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Florida. He was an associate at Cowles & Thompson PC for about a year before joining Norton Rose in 2006.
By: Jess Krochtengel; editing by Breda Lund.