New York “Super Lawyer” Wesley Fredericks Joins Jenner & Block

Attorney Wesley Fredericks has joined Jenner & Block as a partner and chair of its New York office’s corporate practice. Fredericks joins the firm from Goodwin Proctor, where he was a partner in the technology practice, and that he joined in 2008 from the New York office of Heller Ehrman, where he was chair of its New York business law practice.


Jenner & Block has announced that highly regarded corporate attorney Wesley C. Fredericks, Jr. has joined the Firm as a partner and Chair of its New York office’s corporate practice.  Mr. Fredericks’ distinguished career has included serving in senior leadership roles in two national law firms and in executive positions in the automotive industry, including as Chairman of Lotus Cars USA, Inc.  Mr. Fredericks is recognized in the 2010 edition of Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers in both the practice areas of mergers and acquisitions and business/corporate.

Mr. Fredericks concentrates his practice in representing corporate entities in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, finance, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.  He has extensive experience representing technology and life sciences companies, as well as companies in the financial services, transportation and automotive industries. 

“Highly respected both nationally and in the New York area, Wes is a great addition to our premier Corporate Department, which has developed a well-deserved reputation for handling clients’ most important financial and strategic transactions,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Susan C. Levy.

Mr. Fredericks joins a flourishing Corporate Practice at Jenner & Block, which, as a firm, has been at the center of many high-profile matters stemming from the economic crisis of the past several years.  Recently, for example, the Firm played a key role in the historic turnaround of General Motors, acting as lead outside counsel to GM in its recent record breaking $23.1 billion Initial Public Offering – the largest IPO in global history – and in the “Section 363” sale of substantially all of its assets in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization.

In 2009-2010, Jenner & Block also represented its Chairman Anton R. Valukas in his role as Court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. bankruptcy, producing an exhaustive 2,200-page report detailing the causes of the demise of the banking giant.  The Wall Street Journal said the report was a “master work” and The New York Times called it “the definitive account of the largest bankruptcy in American history.”

Joseph P. Gromacki, Chair of Jenner & Block’s Corporate Department, and named by American Lawyer as one of  2007’s “Dealmakers of the Year,” stated, “Wes is a highly talented practitioner who brings a unique perspective to our practice that I am confident our clients will find of great benefit.”  Mr. Gromacki added, “The addition of a fine attorney such as Wes will further broaden our transactional footprint in the New York market, which is a cornerstone to our continued growth.  This is part of an important strategic initiative to enhance the scale and depth of our corporate practice.”

Jenner & Block’s corporate practice is recognized nationally and in Illinois and New York by Chambers USA, which recently noted the New York Corporate Practice’s experience in a combination of public and private company mergers and acquisitions, as well as public securities and private fund transactions.

In 2010, the Firm’s national corporate practice also successfully represented leading global defense contractor General Dynamics in several M&A and financing transactions; General Motors in securing a $5 billion revolving credit facility; major telecom services provider RCN in its billion-dollar plus sale to a private investment fund; and multiple dividend recapitalization transactions for KPS Capital Partners and its portfolio companies.  New York Partner Paul F. Jock has worked on several recent matters for GM Asset Management and was a member of the team that negotiated the GM $5 billion credit facility; New York Partner Tobias L. Knapp has recently represented clients such as General Motors, General Dynamics and GE Capital in public securities offerings and regularly represents GM Asset Management and Performance Equity Management in connection with private fund transactions.  Additionally, in January 2010, David A. Savner, former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for General Dynamics, returned to Jenner & Block’s Corporate Department, joining its other talented practitioners and further strengthening the Firm’s capabilities in the broader corporate and finance worlds.

Mr. Fredericks adds his extensive experience in a diverse and broad range of corporate and transactional work, from mergers and acquisitions to matters of corporate governance.  For a list of recent representative matters that he led, and more information about his career, please click the following link (“About Wes Fredericks”):

Mr. Fredericks stated, “I am proud to join Jenner & Block’s Corporate Department.  This is a unique opportunity to work with a remarkable group of attorneys and expand a corporate practice that is already recognized by leading industry observers as being among the best, both in the New York area and at the national level.”

Richard F. Ziegler, Managing Partner of Jenner & Block’s New York office, said, “Wes is joining an intensely collegial group of stellar lawyers.  In only five years, our New York office has developed a vibrant practice, ranging from our work on the GM IPO and the Lehman Brothers Examiner’s report to significant litigation arising from the credit crisis, including winning the largest-ever FINRA arbitration award.”