WILMINGTON, Delaware (March 23, 2011) – Seven Richards, Layton & Finger directors, more than from any other Delaware law firm, have been named in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers 2011. R. Franklin Balotti, C. Stephen Bigler, Donald A. Bussard, Mark J. Gentile, Samuel A. Nolen, Gregory V. Varallo and Gregory P. Williams have been selected as being among the world’s foremost corporate governance lawyers.
Lawyers are chosen based upon comprehensive, independent research with general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria appear on Who’s Who Legal’s definitive lists of the world’s leading business law attorneys. The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers 2011 will be published in May, and will subsequently form the corporate governance chapter of the 2012 edition of The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
Balotti, who has argued many of the leading cases defining the duties of corporate directors under Delaware law, advises corporations and corporate directors in transactional and governance matters. Bigler, president of Richards Layton, counsels corporations, officers, directors, board committees, stockholders and investors on matters involving Delaware’s General Corporation Law and related issues of fiduciary duty arising in a wide variety of transactional and operational contexts. Bussard, senior member of the firm’s corporate transactional group, advises corporations and boards of directors in connection with mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, stockholder issues and corporate governance. Gentile advises corporations, officers, directors, board committees and stockholders regarding mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations and corporate governance issues. Nolen advises corporate and individual clients on corporate governance, transactional and control dispute issues, and represents them in derivative and class actions, fiduciary responsibility actions and other complex cases. Varallo, vice chair of the firm’s corporate department, litigates complex business disputes concerning corporate governance and corporate transactions in state and federal courts in Delaware and throughout the U.S. Williams, chair of the corporate department and past president of the firm, advises corporations, directors, officers and board committees, and represents them in courts in Delaware and across the country.
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