Alston & Bird has expanded its team advising investment banks in public merger and acquisitions with the addition of Stuart Rogers as partner in the firm’s New York office. He joins from Credit Suisse, where he served as managing director and had led legal coverage for the Investment Banking & Capital Markets Division in the Americas and was lead counsel to Credit Suisse’s M&A financial advisory group and investment banking opinion/valuation committee.
“Having worked closely with Stuart for more than 17 years on hundreds of M&A transactions, we appreciate and highly value his skills as a strategic thinker and consummate deal attorney who brings exceptional insight into the needs and concerns of clients,” said Kevin Miller, Alston & Bird partner and co-head of the firm’s Financial Advisors Practice. “His nearly two decades of client-side experience will be invaluable to our practice as demand continues to grow for comprehensive investment banking advisory services.”
At Credit Suisse, Rogers assisted the Investment Banking & Capital Markets Division in advising clients on analyzing, structuring, and executing M&A and other corporate transactions, as well as equity, debt, and high-yield capital markets financings. He has been involved in many of Credit Suisse’s high-value, front-page deals across a variety of industries.
Before joining Credit Suisse in 2000, Rogers served as assistant general counsel at The Prudential Insurance Company of America and was a corporate attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s M&A Committee and former member of FINRA’s Corporate Finance Committee and SIFMA’s Capital Markets Committee (and its M&A subcommittee).
Rogers joins Alston & Bird at a time when its Financial Advisors Practice has gone from strength to strength in recent years. In 2016, Corporate Control Alert, the legal and financial dealmaking journal, ranked Alston & Bird sixth among counsel to investment banks on M&A deals with a value of $100 million or more announced between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. For the year, the firm acted as counsel in 16 transactions having an aggregate value of more than $100 billion.
“Stuart’s addition highlights our strategy of focusing on services and markets that are critical to our clients,” said Jamie Hutchinson, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s New York office. “He brings depth to a practice recognized as a market leader, and we look forward to his contributions to make us an even stronger force in the global investment banking community in the future.”
Rogers is the eighth partner to join Alston & Bird’s New York office since November. The other new arrivals are debt finance partner Paul Hespel, intellectual property partner Paul Tanck, bankruptcy and financial restructuring partners Gerard Catalanello and James Vincequerra, litigation partners Adam Kaiser and John Aerni, and investment management partner Michael Saarinen.