NEW YORK – Feb. 4, 2019 – Leading global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP welcomed 2019 by adding a 30th office in the United States — its 39th worldwide. Opening the firm’s office in Minneapolis, MN, is finance and restructuring attorney Michael B. Fisco, who will serve as the Managing Shareholder. Joining Fisco are shareholders Michael M. Krauss, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Arleen A. Nand, who served as the U.S. Head of Agricultural Finance for DLA Piper, prior to joining Greenberg Traurig. All join from the local office of DLA Piper.
“The Twin Cities region is aligned with Greenberg Traurig’s client goals and our focus on business, innovation, diversity, quality of life, and serving the community,” said Brian L. Duffy, Greenberg Traurig Chief Executive Officer. “We are fortunate to be able to enter this dynamic market with a team that has strong local and regional history, as well as the legal experience and passion for excellence that clients demand. We are known for waiting patiently to find the right time, place, and people to open new offices, as we did with this opportunity, and we are very pleased with the result.”
Greenberg Traurig, founded in 1967, now has more than 2,000 attorneys in 39 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. Core capabilities found in the Greenberg Traurig Minneapolis office include commodities and structured finance, restructuring and bankruptcy, corporate trust and structured products litigation, finance and financial services litigation, and agribusiness.
“Greenberg Traurig is business-minded and entrepreneurial – a perfect fit for our team and clients,” Fisco said. “We are excited to spearhead the firm’s expansion in Minneapolis and become an integral part of the Twin Cities’ community.”
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEEP), CNBC recently named Minnesota the top state for business. DEEP notes that Minnesota’s top ranking was based on the state’s “balanced mix of big and small, established and up-and-coming” companies; transportation capabilities; cost of doing business; workforce that is educated, highly skilled, motivated, and productive; innovation and technology; leadership in K-12 and post-secondary education; overall business friendliness based on its legal and regulatory systems; access to capital with strong lenders; cost of living; and overall quality of life.
Fisco focuses his practice on corporate debt restructurings, bankruptcy, and related litigation matters. He represents indenture trustees, corporations, and investment funds in distressed debt restructurings across the United States. Fisco works with clients to develop and implement cost-effective strategies. He also counsels clients on finance and insolvency matters in Asia, South America, and the United Kingdom.
Krauss advises banks, institutional trustees, and investors on an array of complex financial disputes, including residential mortgage-backed securities litigation and actions alleging breach of trust. He also represents clients in fraud and related government investigations. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Krauss tried multiple cases to verdict and argued more than 10 appeals before the Second Circuit.
Nand has represented banks, corporations, cooperatives, and private equity firms with more than $25 billion in cross-border and domestic leveraged financed transactions. Her work has been featured by Chambers Global in its agribusiness category. Nand counsels clients on all aspects of commodities finance throughout the production, processing, and distribution value chain. She also represents clients on transactions involving various domestic and foreign collateral issues, including credit facilities secured by rolling stock, maritime vessels, aircraft, coal reserves, oil and gas, and carbon credits. She routinely speaks and writes on agribusiness and commodities finance topics.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 39 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: www.gtlaw.com; Twitter: @GT_Law.