Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, announced that Derek C. Kettner has joined the firm as an associate in the Private Equity and Venture Capital practice.
Kettner represents clients in all aspects of corporate transactions, including private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and general corporate matters. He has experience advising domestic and multi-national corporate entities on complex U.S. tax matters to maximize efficiency and compliance and is well-versed in structuring inbound and outbound transactions to comply with cross-border tax laws, including the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
A graduate of Emory University, Kettner earned his law degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law. Prior to joining Harter Secrest & Emery, he clerked at the National Fuel Gas Company, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Newark, NJ, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York. Kettner also served as an aide to Chief Justice John G. Roberts at the U.S. Supreme Court for a two-year term in Washington, DC. He was most recently an associate Hodgson Russ LLP.
Harter Secrest & Emery Private Equity and Venture Capital attorneys have substantial experience representing private equity and venture capital funds, portfolio companies, start-up companies and management teams in connection with leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, venture financings, public offerings, executive compensation, and other corporate matters. The firm also represents clients in connection with the organization and operation of funds, and their respective management companies. Harter Secrest & Emery attorneys regularly represent and advise private institutional investors in connection with their investments in private equity, mezzanine, venture hedge and other funds.
Multiple members of the Private Equity and Venture Capital team have earned individual distinction with recognition by Chambers & Partners, the worldwide leader in law firm and attorney rankings, in the Chambers USA 2018 America’s Leading Lawyers in Business.