North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
has selected McGuireWoods Charlotte partners
Raj Natarajan and
David Whelpley for its 2018
Leaders in the Law
list, honoring lawyers’ contributions to the legal community. Honorees were
recognized at an Oct. 17 awards banquet and profiled in a special North Carolina Lawyers Weekly publication.
Kutrow, co-chair of McGuireWoods’ appeals and issues practice, leads class
actions and complex litigation matters for Fortune 100 financial services
clients in trial and appellate courts across the country. Under Kutrow’s
leadership as past chair of McGuireWoods’ acclaimed Financial Services
Litigation Department, the firm earned repeated accolades, including being
selected “Law Firm of the Year” for banking and finance litigation by U.S. News-Best Lawyers and
a “Litigation Powerhouse” by Law360.
He was founding chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate
Practice Section and chaired its Appellate Rules Committee, which serves as
a liaison between the state's appellate bench and bar.
Natarajan is chair of McGuireWoods’ highly respected Debt Finance
Department, consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 by
Thomson Reuters League Tables and repeatedly named “Law Firm of the Year” for banking and finance law by U.S. News-Best Lawyers. He has
negotiated hundreds of syndicated, club and single-lender credit
facilities, with an emphasis in credit products for middle-market
healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
Natarajan is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a graduate of
Leadership Charlotte – Class XXXI. He serves on the board of the Council
for Children’s Rights and chairs the United Way of Central Carolina’s Basic
Needs Committee. He also served as outside general counsel to Raksha, Inc.,
a south Asian-based domestic abuse prevention organization.
Under Whelpley’s leadership as past chair of the firm’s M&A, energy and
private equity transactions team, McGuireWoods was consistently ranked
among the top 10 firms for
U.S. M&A deals
and was named “Law Firm of the Year” by Mergers & Acquisitions magazine. Whelpley leads domestic
and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate
financings across industries, including SPX Corp.’s recent
$189 million acquisition
of CUES Inc.
While on the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s board of directors, Whelpley was
the group’s longtime chair of development and led its annual giving
campaigns. He also served as adviser to the North Carolina Center for
Non-Profits and the Trust for Public Lands. He regularly assists nonprofit
groups with Office of Foreign Asset Control licensing for travel to Cuba.