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Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC expands its Corporate & Securities Group

29th January 2018

MSI's Illinois law member Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC is pleased to announce that Douglas G. Gruener has joined the firm as a partner in its Corporate & Securities Group. In addition, Kristy Britsch has joined the Corporate & Securities Group as Senior Counsel.

Gruener has over a decade of experience handling complex business transactions for clients across several industries, including the financial sector. Gruener handles a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, restructurings, fund formation, securities law compliance and joint ventures. He has extensive experience counseling financial services clients, including private equity funds, hedge fund managers, non-traditional asset managers and proprietary trading firms.

“Doug brings with him a tremendous depth of experience, creativity, and energy, all attributes that will be appreciated by our business clients,” said LP managing partner, Robert A. Romanoff. “He has a masterful grasp of the various challenges and opportunities currently facing financial sector businesses, and like all LP attorneys maintains a strong commitment to providing an exceptional client experience.”

Kirsty Britsch has more than a decade of experience advising closely held businesses on incorporating employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) into their business succession planning. She joins LP from Wilmington Trust, where she served as the financial institution’s Vice President of ESOP Services.

At LP, Britsch will represent businesses of all sizes, as well as selling shareholders and ESOP fiduciaries, in transactions involving employer securities. She will assist our clients to navigate the complex legal aspects of an ESOP stock purchase transaction, which includes counsel on ERISA fiduciary matters. Britsch, who will mainly work out of her office in Pittsburgh, PA, will expand Levenfeld Pearlstein’s geographic reach to serve clients in states located in the Mid-Atlantic and on the East Coast.

“Kristy is an ideal addition to our growing ESOP services practice,” said David B. Solomon, chair of LP’s Corporate & Securities Group. “As she returns to private law practice following her time on the trustee side of the business, Kristy’s mastery of this nuanced area of law and her commitment to impeccable client service will be a boon to LP and its ESOP clients.”

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Recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the nation's most innovative mid-sized law firms, Chicago-based Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC provides legal and business counsel to sophisticated clients across a broad range of corporate, tax, real estate and litigation matters.

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