Jenna McBain, 34
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Just over a year after making partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Jenna McBain has made a name for herself as having “the full dealmaker skillset”, according to one market onlooker, who praised her “sophisticated technical understanding and deep innovative streak”. McBain regularly advises the likes of Blackstone, Apollo and EQT, among others, and has also developed a niche expertise in the infrastructure and real assets space beyond her main private equity transactional practice.
Her recent matters include advising Blackstone on its pending $1 billion sale of lending platform Aqua Finance, and EQT Partners on its $485 million sale of conveyer company Dorner Manufacturing Corporation, to name but a few. In addition to advising private equity clients and their portfolio companies on a range of transaction types, she also advises on general corporate governance matters.
Matthew Rogers, 38
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
New York-based partner Matthew Rogers has taken on a raft of headline-grabbing mandates for private equity behemoths such as Blackstone, KKR, Oaktree, Centerbridge Partners and Apax Partners. His practice spans several sectors, including asset management, financial services and real estate.
Rogers has advised clients on several transactions that reflect pandemic-related trends, such as the use of tech to automate business processes, advising Silver Lake on its strategic growth investment in legal and compliance software solutions business Relativity. Notably, he advises clients that are “embarking on innovative strategies” both in terms of fund-level acquisitions and sponsor-level transactions, and has previously represented funds managed by Blackstone’s GP Stakes business.
Daniel Tavakoli, 34
Covington & Burling
Daniel Tavakoli has worked on transactions totalling more than $115 billion, according to Covington, advising private equity lenders, sponsors and their portfolio companies on domestic and cross-border transactions, including follow-on acquisitions, dispositions and corporate governance matters. He joined Covington in May 2020 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, prior to which he worked at Kirkland & Ellis. He has quickly built a name for himself at the firm, representing Mubadala Capital on multiple transactions, and working closely with Paine Schwartz Partners, Public Pension Capital and Mill Rock Capital.
Peers described Tavakoli as a “high-energy team player” who brings an entrepreneurial attitude to matters to solve complex problems. On top of his busy pro bono practice, Tavakoli devotes a significant amount of his personal time to social justice organisations, serving as a director for HIAS, a Jewish humanitarian organisation that provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers.
Elizabeth Todd, 37
Ropes & Gray
Elizabeth Todd’s wide-ranging PE practice spans traditional M&A, co-investments, minority investments and growth capital work, as well as secondaries and deSPAC transactions. In 2021, Todd led a deal representing the funds affiliated with repeat client Baring Private Equity Asia on its acquisition of Tricor Group, a major Asian business expansion specialist, for an enterprise value of $2.76 billion. She also counts TSG Consumer Partners, KKR and Charlesbank as key clients.
Todd stands out for her determination to pass on her knowledge to junior members of the firm. A co-lead of the firm’s London Womens’ Forum and a member of the international Ropes & Gray Working Parents’ Network, she regularly mentors and coaches junior lawyers, particularly those with parenting responsibilities or who are from a non-traditional legal background.
Conrad van Loggerenberg, 37
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Conrad van Loggerenberg advises some of the world’s most prominent private equity firms on their fund formation strategies, including the likes of General Atlantic, Oak Hill, Blackstone and Fortress. He took a leading role on some of the biggest private equity fundraises last year, including advising General Atlantic on its sixth flagship fund, GA 2021, which closed on $7.8 billion. He also supports clients on portfolio company acquisitions and strategic transactions, such as the $4.2 billion sale of Oak Hill Advisors to T Rowe Price.
Van Loggerenberg holds a professional associate faculty position in law at South Africa’s Nelson Mandela University. He also serves on the fundraising committee of Ubuntu Pathways, a South African non-profit organisation that provides healthcare and education services, and maintains an active pro bono practice.