Bayard is pleased to welcome Peter B. Ladig and Brett M. McCartney to the firm. Pete rejoins the firm as a director and co-chair of the litigation group. Brett joins as a director in the litigation group. Together they bring over 30 years of litigation experience to Bayard’s already strong litigation practice group which also includes Stephen B. Brauerman, who also serves as co-chair of the department, Sara E. Bussiere, and Elizabeth A. Powers.
Pete concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate governance and commercial litigation, business divorce, stockholder litigation, fiduciary duties, partnership and limited liability company disputes, and class action and derivative litigation.
Pete represents stockholders and directors in corporate litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery in a wide range of matters, including advancement of legal fees and expenses, reviews of elections of directors, requests to inspect books and records, and claims for breaches of fiduciary duties. He also represents corporations and other entities in commercial disputes involving breach of contract claims and claims arising under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. Pete also uses his litigation experience to advise special committees of boards of directors in analyzing conflict transactions or investigating alleged wrongdoing, and he has represented several of each type of committee. He has served on the Rules Committee of the Court of Chancery since 2011.
Pete also has extensive experience in the growing area of the “business divorce,” particularly requests for judicial dissolution of limited liability companies and corporations. In addition to representing parties to a business divorce, he co-chairs the Business Divorce Subcommittee of the Business and Corporation Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the ABA; has spoken on panels about business divorce; and has made substantial contributions to Litigating the Business Divorce, a publication from BNA.
Brett concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate governance and complex commercial litigation, stockholder litigation, fiduciary duties, alternative entity disputes, class action, and derivative litigation.
Brett represents stockholders, directors and officers in litigation in the Court of Chancery in a variety of matters, including demands for appraisal, dissolution, advancement of legal fees and expenses, requests for inspection of corporate books and records, claims regarding the election of directors and fiduciary duty disputes. Brett also represents corporations involving claims arising out of Delaware’s General Corporation Law. Brett represents financial advisors and investment banks in connection with litigation involving mergers and acquisitions and other transactions.