Team

Thomas A. Belles, Senior Partner

Tom counsels Rock Creek's clients regarding the antitrust, regulatory and corporate aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He possesses a detailed understanding of federal, state and foreign antitrust law and enforcement policy, including the Hart Scott Rodino process, as a result of his twenty years of practice in competition law.

Beyond antitrust, Tom closely follows corporate law developments in Delaware pertaining to M&A and hostile takeover law, and possesses substantial regulatory expertise in the energy and telecommunications fields.  For over a decade, he has also advised institutional investors on legal disputes that prove catalysts for investment opportunities, including in the bankruptcy setting, corporate litigation and other special situations.     

Entering private practice in 1985, Tom was previously a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and also served as a special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to forming Rock Creek Partners LLC in February 2006, Tom was a partner in Swidler Berlin's Merger Arbitrage Group.

Bar Admission: District of Columbia

Education: Duke University School of Law, J.D., (with distinction; Member, Duke Law Journal); George Washington University, B.A. (with distinction)

 

David E. Littlejohn, Partner

David is a partner at Rock Creek Partners where he has worked for ten years analyzing mergers and acquisitions, hostile transactions, special situations and distressed opportunities.  David joined Rock Creek in 2006 and has a particular focus on Delaware corporate issues, cross-border takeovers, securities law, CFIUS matters and transactions in regulated industries, including energy and banking.  Previously, David worked in the fields of finance and applied physics.

Bar Admission: New York

Education: University of Pennsylvania, J.D.; The Wharton School, MBA; Oxford University, M.Sc. Finance & Economics; Georgetown University, B.S.; CFA® charterholder

 

Robert D. Jacobs, Senior Counsel

Prior to forming Rock Creek with Thomas A. Belles, Bob was Chairman of Swidler Berlin's Merger Arbitrage Group and served on its Board of Directors. Bob counsels corporate clients on a variety of antitrust questions, with particular emphasis on federal, state and foreign antirust and regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and works extensively with investment bankers, hedge funds and investment partnerships on a wide range of legal, legislative and regulatory issues. He was recognized by the Washington Post as one of the "most prominent" practitioners in his field.

Before entering private practice in 1976, he was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission (1971-1976) where he was awarded a "Certificate of Commendation" for exemplary performance. Bob has also assisted in preparing the "Premerger Notification Practice Manual" for the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Bar Admission: District of Columbia

Education: American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., (with honors; Editor/member, American University Law Review); University of Massachusetts, B.A.

 

Nicholas T. Wetzler, Senior Analyst

Nicholas is a senior analyst at Rock Creek Partners.  He joined the firm in 2009 and has worked on both US and foreign mergers and acquisitions and special situations since joining the firm.  He has advised on event-driven situations for investors since 2006.  Prior to joining Rock Creek Partners, he managed the risk arbitrage advisory practice at a boutique consulting and research firm in Washington, DC, where he also produced research on legislative and public policy issues affecting investment manager’s portfolios.  Nicholas began his career working on national security affairs at a DC-based think tank and, as fate would have it, subsequently found himself at a boutique law firm specializing in antitrust law.  Nicholas has a particular focus on antitrust law, regulatory and legislative procedures, and transactions in retail, defense, health care, and energy industries. 

Education: Lewis & Clark College, B.A.