Denise Hamer has joined Kinstellar as Special Counsel, in a regional CEE/SEE position working in the firm's Finance, Private Equity, NPLs & Distressed Assets, and Restructuring practices.
Hamer is a New York-qualified attorney with 30 years of experience. She has broad technical and geographical legal expertise and experience as both a general counsel and a private practice partner/managing partner in top-tier global financial institutions, investment funds, corporates (including listed companies), consultancies and law firms. Her practice extends to Private Equity/Buy and Sell Side Investment, Banking & Finance, Special Situations, Debt Restructuring, M&A, Non-Performing Loans (NPLs), and Real Estate, representing investors, creditors, and debtors.
A Russian-speaker, Hamer also has experience working in Central Asia, where she opened the first office of White & Case in Uzbekistan, and in Russia, where she was Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen’s legal practice. She has CEE-specific experience as a Partner with both Schoenherr, DLA Piper, and Richards, Kibbe & Orbe, and spent three years as Head of Legal, International Corporates at BAWAG P.S.K. in Vienna and five years as Director & Counsel, Fixed Income Legal at Citigroup in London. In February 2018 she became a Partner at Trace Capital Advisors (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on February 26, 2018), a position she retains while working at Kinstellar.
She is also admitted to the Czech Bar and is a registered foreign lawyer qualified to practice in the UK. She holds a B.A. in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Kinstellar Managing Partner Patrik Bolf commented: “I am pleased to welcome Denise to Kinstellar. We are delighted that she is joining our team. Denise is a highly respected lawyer with a standout reputation in all our countries of operation. I am confident that her deep expertise in the CEE and Central Asia regions will be a remarkable asset to our clients, an excellent addition to our regional practice and will substantially grow our current capabilities.”