Law360 (September 15, 2022, 2:29 p.m. EDT) —
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has added a financial services attorney with nearly two decades of experience in the field, the firm announced Wednesday.
Don Meier joins the firm in Washington, DC, after a short stint at Mitchell Sander LLC, Davis Wright said. According to his LinkedIn profile, he spent seven months in a financial services position doing similar consulting work, assisting public and private companies with their transactions, applying fintech and other work, and previously performed work similar at Dechert LLP and Buckley LLP.
In an interview with Law360 on Thursday, Meier said he had been approached by Davis Wright partner James H. Mann about the new role at the firm, but had always known the firm by reputation. .
“But as I learned more and more about the practice and how they were developing and the needs they had and the growth they were experiencing, I thought it would be a great opportunity, and in the end it was something I couldn’t pass up,” he said. “The level of expertise in financial services here is hard to match.
Davis Wright said Meier’s work also includes helping companies make new investments in emerging fintech, helping clients structure and launch new platforms, as well as offering mortgage programs and assistance to banks and non-banks. His work also involves assisting clients with outsourcing arrangements, buying and selling assets and loans as well as other loan support services.
Bradford Hardin, who co-chairs Davis Wright’s financial services team, said in a statement that strategic transactional work is at the heart of the practice and the addition of Meier would further expand their capabilities in this space.
“We are delighted that Don is adding to our capability in this critical area,” he said. “He has the skills, the strategic acumen, the connections and the experience to help clients stay ahead of the game in a changing industry.”
Meier’s legal career began in Dechert’s Philadelphia office, where he spent six years in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Group. After that role, Meier worked for Buckley as a senior attorney, taking on his first role in Washington, DC, according to his profile.
He spent more than 12 years at this company before joining Mitchell Sandler, according to his profile.
At Buckley, Meier performed similar financial transaction work, assisting with joint market agreements, helping clients understand regulations related to corporate governance and other business-related data security functions, according to his profile.
Davis Wright also noted that Meier has skills in major strategic alliances and mortgage servicing, which the company says will help him manage the residential mortgage business.
Meier said clients in the financial services industry are looking for more outside investment. He also noted that, working extensively with mortgage service companies, rising interest rates had become a concern for his clients.
“I’ve worked with a number of them recently to try to raise capital for different means, or they’re in many cases more likely to bring in outside investment,” he said. “You have a lot of companies that have one owner, potentially, or a small group of founders and they are now more interested in outside investment, strategic investment.”
Liz Davis, co-president of financial services, also welcomed Meier’s move to Davis Wright.
“Don’s expertise complements that of the other members of our team perfectly,” she said. “He is well equipped to mentor and develop our junior talent as well.”
Meier said what he enjoys most about his practice is helping clients understand how to close deals when they come to the table.
“At first it can seem daunting, certainly for customers,” he said. “They want a deal, they want it done quickly and often, especially in financial services, there are regulatory hurdles that need to be cleared. I think there are more approvals than some people are. ready to think about the beginning of a deal. Helping everyone see the path to a conclusion is exciting, and it’s even more exciting to see it all come to fruition.”
Meier studied sociology and business at Villanova University before earning her law degree from Carey Law School at the University of Pennsylvania, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Meier is the latest boon to Davis Wright’s financial services bench; in June the firm merged with 44-lawyer financial services boutique McGonigle PC.
— Additional reporting by Aebra Coe. Editing by John Davenport.
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