After leaving his role as chair and CEO of Dechert in 2011, Barton Winokur, 72, returned to his transactional practice. Winokur’s practice is more than a token valedictory tour in which two-martini lunches outnumber deals closed. Take, for instance, the $11.6 billion deal he and partner Mauricio España helped broker with Bank of America Corporation for firm client Fannie Mae in January. The mega-settlement resolved mortgage repurchase claims relating to soured loans that Fannie took on from BofA’s Countrywide unit in the run-up to the housing crisis. “It is what I’ve done all my life, which is to take a problem with a client and find a solution that they probably don’t think is there,” Winokur says.
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