New York, June 26, 2012—Greenhill & Co. Inc. (NYSE: GHL), a leading independent investment bank, announced today that Gavin Solotar will join the Firm in New York as a Managing Director and General Counsel.
Mr. Solotar has been a partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and securities law matters. Mr. Solotar joined Wachtell Lipton 20 years ago, and in that time has been involved in many significant domestic and cross-border representations of public and private entities in connection with takeover defense, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, proxy fights, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures and alliances. Prior to attending New York University School of Law, from which he graduated magna cum laude, he practiced accounting as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young in New York.
Scott L. Bok, Chief Executive Officer of Greenhill, said, "We are pleased to have attracted in Gavin one of the leading M&A lawyers of his generation. He has a broad range of relationships, both in the corporate world and the legal community, as well as deep experience in structuring and negotiating complex transactions. He also has valuable financial experience from his work prior to entering law practice. Gavin will play a broad role at our Firm, both as our General Counsel providing legal counsel to our management and Board of Directors and as a Managing Director who will be actively involved alongside other partners in developing client relationships and advising on transactions."
Gavin Solotar said, "After 20 great years at Wachtell Lipton I look forward to taking up a new opportunity that will utilize both my legal expertise and broader experience in building client relationships and structuring and negotiating complex transactions. I have worked with Greenhill over the years, and have long admired its unbiased focus on client advisory work, its sterling reputation among clients, and its close-knit culture of teamwork. Greenhill has achieved great success in its 16 year history, and I share its management’s belief that it has the opportunity to build upon its success and continue to
grow as clients worldwide increasingly turn to unconflicted, leading independent advisors such as Greenhill on their most important transactions."
Edward Herlihy and Daniel Neff, co-chairs of Wachtell Lipton’s Executive Committee, said, "Gavin has been a valued member of our firm and we will very much miss being his partner. We wish Gavin every success in this exciting new stage of his career at Greenhill, and look forward to our ongoing relationship with Gavin as a leading participant in major transactions."
Greenhill & Co., Inc. is a leading independent investment bank focused on providing financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings and capital raising to corporations, partnerships, institutions and governments. It acts for clients located throughout the world from its offices in New York, London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Melbourne and San Francisco.