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RECENT PLACEMENTS

Selected partner and group transactions handled by Sabina Lippman, Mark Jungers, Divya Bala and Jeff Conta and Mary Copeland in: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Houston, Dallas, Boston, Miami, Greater China and other select legal markets.

2022 Placements

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Chris Garcia and Raquel Kellert of Weil join Latham & Watkins

Chris Garcia and Rachel Kellert join Latham & Watkins white collar defense and investigations practice in New York from Weil. At Weil, Chris served as the Co-Chair of their White Collar Practice. He focuses on defending companies and individuals in connection with regulatory and criminal investigations, conducting internal investigations, and litigating securities class actions in state and federal courts across the U.S. Chris has also represented General Electric Company and several of its senior officers in connection with securities class action litigation in the Southern District of New York relating to statements made concerning GE’s dividend, access to the commercial paper markets, and exposure to subprime and noninvestment grade debt. Other representative clients include Morgan Stanley, Aeropostale, AIG, DIRECTV and Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Chris also previously worked as a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. Raquel counsels boards and their committees, c-suite executives, and in-house counsel on risk assessment and mitigation, investigative findings and related remediation, and employment law, corporate governance, cybersecurity, disclosure (including in securities filings), and regulatory issues.
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Goodwin adds Private Investment Funds Partner from Kirkland & Ellis in New York

Rob Emerson has joined Goodwin in New York from Kirkland & Ellis. He will be a partner in the Private Investment Funds practice, further strengthening their secondaries bench. Rob advises private equity firms and their senior management on a wide variety of legal, compliance, and business issues. He counsels clients on fund transactional projects, having led numerous secondaries and strategic transactions on both the buy-side and sell-side in connection with portfolio companies, co-investments, and sponsor level transactions. Rob also has extensive experience advising sponsors in their fundraising efforts having raised both domestic and foreign based products that span from smaller emerging managers to well-established sponsors with offerings in excess of $15 billion.
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Sidley Austin Adds Justin Macke from Jones Day in New York

Justin Macke has joined Sidley Austin in New York as a partner in the firm’s Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions practice groups. Justin advises companies on transactional matters, predominantly in the private equity space but also including matters in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, takeover preparedness, shareholder activism, and proxy contests. He also advises boards of directors of public companies on their fiduciary duties in connection with internal governance matters. Additionally, Justin has significant experience with counseling public companies on public mergers in the face of activist shareholders. “Justin will be an integral part of our global firm and our New York practice as we continue to capture more deals in the PE space and grow our work for public companies,” said Mike Schmidtberger, chair of Sidley’s executive committee.
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Baker McKenzie Adds Tech M&A Dealmaker Matt Jacobson from Ropes & Gray

Matt Jacobson has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in their Palo Alto office. He was formerly at Ropes & Gray, where he served as co-head of the technology, media and telecommunications practice. Matt’s practice focuses on buy-side M&A, representing large strategic and private equity-backed companies. His clients include HP Inc., Thermo Fisher, and Silver Lake Partners. Matt has advised HP Inc. on several deals, including its $3.3 billion acquisition of Poly and the $25 billion acquisition of Compaq.
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Sheppard Mullin Adds Healthcare Regulatory Partner in Century City

Rick Rifenbark has joined Sheppard Mullin from Polsinelli as a partner in the Healthcare industry team. Rick’s practice is a blend of healthcare regulatory compliance and transactional work. He regularly advises clients on healthcare fraud and abuse laws and other regulatory issues, including the federal anti-kickback statute, Stark physician self-referral law, false claims act, state licensing issues, corporate practice of medicine doctrines and state fraud and abuse laws. He also negotiates and drafts transactional agreements, including merger and acquisition, affiliation, professional services and management agreements. His joining follows on that of a group of five healthcare real estate attorneys also placed by LJB who joined Sheppard Mullin’s Los Angeles office in March.

2021 Placements

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Matthew Schernecke has joined Hogan Lovells

Matthew Schernecke has joined Hogan Lovells from Morgan Lewis as a partner in firm’s New York office. Matthew has a broad debt finance practice with extensive experience working with private credit funds and other non-bank lenders, as well as with borrowers, on direct lending, distressed/special situations lending, cross-border acquisition financings and ESG and impact investment financings. He works across industry sectors including financial services, life sciences and tech and telecommunications.
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Lippman Jungers Bala Opens Los Angeles Office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher with Alan Epstein, Michele Mulrooney, Alex Weingarten & Team

Alan Epstein, Michele Mulrooney, and Alex Weingarten launched the opening of Willkie’s Los Angeles Office. All three partners join from Venable LLP. Alan Epstein is a highly-regarded transactions attorney in entertainment and media, Michele Mulrooney is a leading estate planning partner, and Alex Weingarten is a nationally recognized entertainment and business litigator. They will be joined by additional lawyers who will also be based in Los Angeles. Together they bring market-leading experience representing major companies, investors, individual clients in corporate and M&A transactions, private wealth, trusts and estates, and litigation. Alan Epstein represents a vast array of clients in entertainment and media, including production companies and studios, content library owners and financiers, high profile talent, producers and influencers, technology companies, talent/management companies, bon on domestic and international matters. His practice focuses on corporate matters including M&A, joint ventures, financing transactions and executive compensation, and complex tax planning. Michele Mulrooney focuses her practice on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals and their companies and non-profits. Michele has been recognized by several publications as a top woman lawyer in Los Angeles as well as one of the nation’s leading Trusts & Estates practitioners. Alex Weingarten has a broad commercial litigation practice representing clients in areas of entertainment, probate, restructuring and business litigation. Alex has been recognized by multiple publications, including as one of the top 50 trial lawyers in Los Angeles and one of the top entertainment litigators in the nation.
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Trial Lawyer joins BakerHostetler from Gibson Dunn on the West Coast

Victoria Weatherford has joined BakerHostetler from Gibson Dunn as a partner in the San Francisco office. She will be a member of the firm’s litigation group and its commercial litigation practice team. Victoria is an experienced trial lawyer, who has particular expertise representing companies in the technology and consumer products industries in class action and government investigation matters. Her practice also includes counseling clients on a wide range of issues related to consumer protection, unfair competition and false advertising. Victoria has been honored as a Top 40 Young Lawyer by the American Bar Association.
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Alice Hsu joins Orrick from Akin Gump in New York

Alice Hsu, a capital markets partner with a SPAC focus, has joined Orrick as a partner in New York. Alice’s practice focuses on capital markets and corporate governance matters, the firm said, with a particular focus on the energy and financial services sectors. Recently, she advised Starboard Value Acquisition Corp on its 3.4B merger with Cytera Technologies and CIIG Merger Corp. on its 5.4B merger with Arrival. She acts for boards of directors, issuers, underwriters and investors on a broad range of transactions, including public offerings, private placements of equity and debt securities, and mergers and acquisitions. Alice has been recognized by The Deal under Top Women Dealmakers - Private Equity in 2021.
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James Moriarty joins Goodwin Procter in New York and California

James joins Goodwin’s private equity practice from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel’s, where he served as co-chair of the Corporate practice. James represents middle-market private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as buyers in acquisitions and sales, leveraged buyouts, growth equity financings, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and management equity arrangements, with a focus on education technology and financial services. Over the course of his career he has represented firms like Quad Partners, Shamrock Capital, and Stone Point Capital in a variety of transactions, including Quad’s recent investment in The Gardner School and Education Growth Partners in its recapitalization of higher ed online program manager All Campus.

2020 Placements

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IP Transactional lawyer Marcela Robledo to join Baker McKenzie

Marcela Robledo has joined Baker McKenzie in their San Francisco office and will serve as a Partner in the firms Intellectual Property & Technology practice group. Marcela has significant experience handling all intellectual property, data and technology aspects in a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing, collaboration agreements and joint ventures. Her practice focuses on technology transactions, and routinely advises public and private clients from all types of industries on the intellectual property, privacy and cybersecurity aspects of a wide range of corporate matters. She joins the firm from Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP, where she led the IP aspects of some of their largest technology M&A transactions.
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Joshua Thompson, head of Shearman & Sterling’s Global Leveraged Finance Group and head of Private Capital, has joined Sidley & Austin in New York

Josh is a widely recognized finance lawyer who has built a deep practice in leveraged finance. He has advised many of the world’s most prestigious financial institutions and borrowers on complex financing matters. He focuses his practice on acquisition financings and other leveraged lending, which includes leveraged buyouts, tender offers and other going private transactions.
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Rick Kline and Sarah Axtell join Latham in Silicon Valley

Rick and Sarah join Latham as partners in the Corporate Department and members of the Capital Markets and Public Company Representation Practices. They formerly practiced at Goodwin, where Rick was co-head of capital markets. Rick and Sarah bring formidable experience in the tech sector, representing a full range of corporate clients on a wide variety of matters, including company formations, venture financings, M&A transactions, capital markets deals, and corporate governance matters, as well as significant experience advising boards of directors. They have also represented a number of banks in securities transactions.
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Seasoned data protection partner Jeewon Kim Serrato joins Baker Hostetler in San Francisco

Jeewon Kim Serrato , Norton Rose Fulbright's U.S. Head of Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecuity has left to join Baker Hostetler in their San Francisco office. She wills serve as a partner and co-head of the Digital Transformation and Data Economy group. She advises global companies, financial services institutions and public entities on cutting edge issues at the intersection of technology and law. Globally recognized for her unique background having served in both government and business positions, Jeewon is regularly called upon by her clients to assist in the design and execution of complex global compliance programs, negotiation of cross-border M&A deals, and advice in high-stakes investigation and dispute matters. Jeewon helps companies create enterprise-wide privacy programs from the ground up, assists in testing critical vulnerabilities and performs risk assessments. Having handled and managed hundreds of data breach incidents and internal investigations, she also works with companies to prepare crisis management policies and data breach response plans. In addition to her product, regulatory compliance and transactional experience, Jeewon has handled over 600 data security incidents over the course of her career and has experience designing and implementing consumer disputes processes for companies globally. She has extensive experience helping her clients with proactive cyber risk management, drafting crisis management plans, and testing incident response protocols.
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Hogan Lovells Licensing and Collaborations Partner Adam Bellack joins Goodwin

Adam Bellack has joined Goodwin as a partner in their Washington, D.C. office. Adam has consistently been recognized by Law360 as Life Sciences "Rising Star" and one of the nation’s top Life Science lawyers under 40. He focuses on licensing, collaborations, and other strategic and commercial transactions for clients engaged in all aspects of the life sciences and healthcare industries. He represents a wide range of clients from startups and early-stage pharmaceutical and biotech companies to global pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He has also represented founders, venture funds, universities, and technology companies entering the life sciences and healthcare space.

2019 Placements

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Brien Wassner, co-head of Shearman’s Private Equity practice, joins Sidley Austin

Brien Wassner has joined Sidley Austin in New York as a partner in its rapidly expanding private equity practice. Brien represents private equity funds, hedge funds, infrastructure funds, and other financial institutions and institutional investors on a wide array of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Those included leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, divestitures, carve-outs, and other corporate matters.
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Kathleen Smalley and Phillip (Phil) Hosp join Foley and Lardner, LLP

Kathleen Smalley and Phillip (Phil) Hosp join Foley and Lardner, LLP in Los Angeles, as partners. Kathy has extensive background in real estate finance and development and in repositioning distressed real estate. In the development arena, she led an initiative to remediate and develop brownfields and advised clients on entitlements strategies to bring blighted or poorly zoned properties to their highest and best use. In addition, Kathy has been heavily involved in the placement of new financing. She has led teams on the negotiation of complex structured finance, again backed by multistate portfolios of real property, and on negotiating equity investments with financial investors. Kathleen Smalley and Phillip (Phil) Hosp join Foley and Lardner, LLP in Los Angeles. Kathy has extensive background in real estate finance and development and in repositioning distressed real estate. In the development arena, she led an initiative to remediate and develop brownfields and advised clients on entitlements strategies to bring blighted or poorly zoned properties to their highest and best use. In addition, Kathy has been heavily involved in the placement of new financing. She has led teams on the negotiation of complex structured finance, again backed by multistate portfolios of real property, and on negotiating equity investments with financial investors. Phil represents directors, officers, investment firms, public and private companies, family offices, and other parties in real estate litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, SEC investigations, and other cases involving fiduciary duties, unfair competition, and corporate law claims.
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Tax Attorney Daniel Lorenzen Joins Fox Rothschild

Former Venable partner Daniel Lorenzen has joined Fox Rothschild in their Los Angeles office. He will serve as a partner in the Taxation and Wealth Planning Department. Lorenzen advises clients and business owners in the entertainment, fashion, apparel, technology, real estate, biotech, oil, gas and agriculture industries on estate planning issues ranging from will and trust preparation and tax planning to business succession and family wealth transfers. Fluent in Japanese, he also counsels Japan-based businesses on various aspects of their U.S. operations, including distributorships, real estate and tax issues. He also represents trustees, executors and beneficiaries in the administration of trusts and estates and litigates and settles disputes arising between trustees and beneficiaries.
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Paul Chen joins Mayer Brown from DLA Piper

Paul Chen joins Mayer Brown from DLA Piper in San Francisco. His practice focuses on advising companies, private equity funds, and investor groups on US and cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, direct investments, joint ventures, and divestitures with a particular focus on insurance clients. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including financial services, technology, media, and Healthcare.
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Andrew Sagor joins Baker McKenzie as the Co-Chair of Leveraged Finance

Andrew Sagor joins Baker McKenzie as the Co-Chair of Leveraged Finance in North America from Kirkland & Ellis in New York. Andrew’s practice mainly focuses on structuring and negotiating market-shaping private equity and debt financing transactions. Andrew routinely advises leading private equity firms and their portfolio companies, privately held and publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds, alternative asset managers, lenders and other financial institutions on a wide variety of large cap and middle market financing transactions, including major leveraged buyouts, domestic and cross-border acquisitions and other leveraged financings, senior secured debt, high yield, bridge and mezzanine financings, workouts and restructurings, asset-based facilities, purchases of distressed debt and general corporate finance matters.

2018 Placements

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Al Stemp joins Proskauer from Hogan Lovells

Al Stemp joins Proskauer from Hogan Lovells. Al represents a diverse group of clients in connection with a broad range of real estate transactions. He advises private equity funds, REITs, institutional capital sources, retail operators, developers and hospitality companies, among others, on their investments across all real estate asset classes.
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Eric Cheung, a healthcare transactional lawyer, joins Foley & Lardner

Eric Cheung, a healthcare transactional lawyer, joins Foley & Lardner in Los Angeles from Ervin, Cohen, and Jessup. Eric concentrates his practice on solving problems for hospitals, medical groups, and physicians on a wide variety of transactions. He has experience on both the transactional and litigation sides which gives him a creative edge in structuring, negotiating, and consummating complex deals and unraveling disputes. His practice revolves around mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and affiliations in the healthcare industry. He is also familiar with federal and state regulatory compliance concerning anti-kickback, self-referral, and HIPAA laws, risk management and litigation avoidance.
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Hale Boggs joins O’Melveny & Myers

Hale Boggs joins O'Melveny & Myers from Manatt Phelps. Hale's practice focuses primarily on corporate and securities matters, including venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, public and private securities offerings and joint ventures. He works with companies across the spectrum of their business cycles, from start-up through late-stage, with a particular emphasis on companies in the digital media industry. He founded Manatt's Palo Alto office in 1998, helped to establish the firm's San Francisco office in 2007, and chaired the firm's digital media practice.
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Don Melamed, a investment funds partner, joins Proskauer Rose from O’Melveny & Myers

Don Melamed, a investment funds partner, joins Proskauer Rose from O'Melveny & Myers. Don advises asset managers and institutional investors in fund and investment management related matters with an emphasis on forming buy-out, mezzanine, distressed debt, real estate and venture capital funds and advising investment firms on the formation and operation of their asset management businesses including incentive arrangements, co-investment transactions and spin outs. He also focuses on representing institutional investors and family offices in connection with both primary and secondary transactions in a variety of vehicles and asset classes.
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Matt Jacobson joins Ropes & Gray

Matt has more than 20 years of experience in strategic M&A, private equity, venture capital investments, and financings. He has guided an array of buy-and sell-side deals—including acquisitions, carve-outs, spin-outs, joint ventures, alliances and corporate divestitures—for Fortune 100 technology and life sciences companies. and private equity firms.

2017 Placements

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Obiamaka (Obi) Madubuko joins Greenberg Traurig from Mcdermott Will & Emery

Obiamaka (Obi) Madubuko joins Greenberg Traurig from McDermott Will & Emery as a litigation partner. Formerly co-chair of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Obi focuses her practice on anti-corruption and fraud matters and advises U.S.-based companies doing business in international markets. Obi counsels companies on a host of compliance and transactional due diligence issues arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and other global trade regulations, including cybersecurity defense and data breach response. She also assists clients with internal investigations, risk assessments and independent audits, as well as drafting, evaluating and updating corporate policies to ensure compliance.
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Marc Rossell joins Greenberg Traurig from Chadbourne & Parke

Marc Rossell joins Greenberg Traurig from Chadbourne & Parke where he was head of the Capital Markets Group. Marc focuses his practice on securities offerings, including both equity and debt offerings. He has been involved in many of the largest securities offerings out of Latin America, including landmark privatization offerings by the Argentine government's national oil company and telephone companies, the privatization of the Peruvian telephone company, as well as many high-yield debt offerings and equity offerings of companies in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, among others.
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Ryan Straus and Daniel Friedberg join Fenwick & West from Riddell Williams

Ryan Straus and Daniel Friedberg join Fenwick & West as counsels launching its Payment Systems practice and adding depth to Fenwick's growing FinTech practice. Formerly partners and co-chairs of the payments practice at Riddell Williams, Straus and Friedberg counsel clients ranging from consumer-facing tech companies, payment processors, retailers, and issuers of payment instruments to non-bank financial institutions, banks and other depository institutions, lenders and other providers of financial products and services. Straus has a background in both technology and financial services, and assists clients with payment matters, including electronic payments, mobile payments, prepaid cards, virtual and digital currencies, and federal and state licensing.
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Paul Scrivano joins Ropes & Gray as head of M&A

Paul Scrivano joins Ropes & Gray as head of M&A from O'Melveny, where he was the head of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice. Paul's practice focuses on a broad range of U.S. and cross-border M&A transactions, including mergers, tender and exchange offers, stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. He has advised on more than 100 public company M&A transactions and is a veteran of numerous proxy contests and other contested matters. Paul regularly counsels corporate boards and committees in transactional and high-profile corporate governance matters and takeover defense strategies. He also advises private equity sponsors and investment banks in merger and acquisition transactions.
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Paul Gomez joins Polsinelli from Epstein Becker & Green

Paul Gomez joins Polsinelli from Epstein Becker & Green. Paul has a healthcare transactional and regulatory based practice representing provider side clients. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase deals, joint ventures, strategic affiliations, healthcare fraud and abuse compliance, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, provider licensing and certification, and HIPAA and state privacy laws. His clients include healthcare providers, including nonprofit and for-profit hospitals, health systems, dialysis providers and medical groups.

2016 Placements

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Michelle Ya-Ling Gon joins McDermott, Will & Emery in Shanghai from Baker & McKenzie

Michelle Ya-Ying Gon joins McDermott, Will & Emery as a partner on secondment to its strategic partner MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai, from Baker & McKenzie. Her practice focuses on compliance and regulatory matters, including anti-corruption, unfair competition, anti-monopoly and anti-fraud representations. Michelle has extensive experience in handling international transactions in a wide spectrum of practice areas across China, Taiwan and the USA, and often assumes the role of external general counsel for various Multi-National Companies and domestic clients doing business abroad.
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Andrew McBride joins Perkins Coie from Wiley Rein

Andrew McBride has joined Perkins Coie; Andrew's practice focuses on complex litigation at the agency, trial and appellate levels. Andrew has led multiple industry coalition cases and represented clients in numerous regulated industries, including leading internet providers, equipment manufacturers and service providers. Andrew is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served 10 years in the Department of Justice.
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Peter Benudiz joins Sidley Austin from Milbank

Peter Benudiz joined Sidley Austin's Real Estate practice as a co-leader; Peter was previously a partner at Milbank where he co-led its Gaming and Hospitality group. He focuses on hospitality and real estate, and he has counseled clients on numerous high-profile hospitality and real estate transactions. He also regularly provides strategic advice to boards of directors and senior management of operating businesses on various cross-border and domestic matters.
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David Grinberg joins Sidley Austin from Manatt Phelps

David Grinberg has joined Sidley Austin as a partner; David previously chaired the M&A practice at Manatt Phelps. He focuses his practice on M&A and private equity. He was named a "Leading Lawyer" in The Legal 500 United States 2015 for M&A: Middle-Market and was also recognized in Chambers USA 2015 as a "Recognized Practitioner" for Corporate/M&A.
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Leslie Hakala joins K&L Gates from the SEC

Leslie Hakala joins K&L Gates as a partner; Leslie was previously a Senior Counsel, Enforcement Division, at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where she was lead litigator on a number of cases involving violations of federal securities laws. Leslie earlier practiced at Wilson Sonsini and clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

2015 Placements

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Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong Practice Acquires Anti-Corruption specialist Andy Dale from Orrick

Andy Dale joins Ropes & Gray's Hong Kong office as a partner from Orrick. With qualifications to practice in Hong Kong, England and Wales, Andy joins the firm's business & securities litigation practice. Andy's practice focuses on regional anti-corruption, internal investigations and complex litigation matters. He has represented Hong Kong-listed companies on inquiries by the Securities and Futures Commission and U.S.-listed companies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues in China. Dale's Hong Kong qualification will add local law capacity to Ropes & Gray's Asia investigations team.
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Corporate Finance lawyer Fred Fisher joins Mayer Brown from Greenberg Traurig

Fred Fisher joins Mayer Brown as a finance partner from Greenberg Traurig; Fred brings a diverse practice focused on representation of corporate and lending clients in connection with complex domestic and international financing transactions. He frequently represents lead lenders and agents in structuring loan transactions, including leveraged buyouts, working capital financings, cash flow and asset-based financings, add-on acquisitions, cross-border and multi-currency financings, ESOPs and franchise financings, and loan restructurings and work-outs.
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Adam Streisand and Nick Van Brunt Join Sheppard Mullin from Loeb & Loeb

Adam Streisand and Nick Van Brunt join Sheppard Mullin from Loeb & Loeb, where Adam was Chair of Trust & Estate Litigation. Adam, a top trial lawyer, was named in Worth Magazine as one of the Top 100 attorneys in T& E in the country, and by Citywealth as one of the top 50 private wealth attorneys in North America. He represented Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in disputes with Donald Sterling's trust (and a recent trial victory for Balmer vindicating his right to acquire the Clippers for $2B), and celebrity estates, such as Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Marlon Brando, Barry White, Dennis Hopper, Michael Crichton, Anna Nicole Smith, Rodney Dangerfield, Joey Bishop, Bing Crosby and others. Nick focuses his practice on trusts and estates litigation. His clients include individual trustees or other fiduciaries, individual beneficiaries, trust companies, and financial services companies.
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Dan Clivner joins Sidley Austin from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Dan Clivner, one of the most highly regarded M&A and Private Equity Partners in the country joins Sidley Austin after 17 years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Dan, who will be Co-Head of Private Equity at Sidley, regularly leads high-profile transactions in private equity, telecom, media and entertainment and retailing, including more than $18 billion of such transactions since 2012. His arrival significantly expands Sidley’s M& A and Private Equity practices.
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Matt Thompson joins Sidley Austin from Stroock, Stroock & Lavan

Matt Thompson joins Sidley Austin as a partner and as co-head of Sidley's media and entertainment practice. He will play a key role in leading the firm's media and entertainment practice and in. Matt co-led the entertainment group at Stroock, where he built a substantial practice focused on serving clients in the media and entertainment sector. Matt was recently named to The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 "Top 100 Power Lawyers" list, an honor he's received multiple times. He was also recognized by Variety as a 2015 Legal Impact Report honoree, which identifies the top 50 entertainment lawyers making a noteworthy impact in the entertainment industry.

2014 Placements

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Frank Burke joins Foley & Lardner from Seyfarth Shaw

Frank Burke, Co-Chair of Seyfarth’s Fraud and Abuse, False Claims and Internal Investigations Team, joins Foley & Lardner; Burke, a former assistant U.S. attorney, handles civil and criminal litigation related to securities, real estate, fraud, transactions and professional malpractice disputes. He has also represented clients in white collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations.
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Illinois State Solicitor General Michael Scodro Joins Jenner & Block

Illinois Solicitor General Michael Scodro joins Jenner & Block Partner in their Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. Michael oversaw the civil and criminal appeals divisions of the Attorney General's Office and has argued on behalf of the State in the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Illinois Appellate Court. He also advised the Illinois attorney general on constitutional and other significant legal issues and was a leader in coordinating with other state attorneys general's offices across the country in the preparation and filing of multi-state amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael is an Appellate Lawyer-in-Residence at Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS), a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, a member of the American Law Institute, and a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
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Holland & Knight Adds partner John Kern from Manatt Phelps

Litigator John Kern, formerly a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, joins Holland & Knight; Mr. Kern focuses his practice on commercial, intellectual property and healthcare litigation, with significant experience defending companies facing civil investigations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorney general offices.
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IP partner Jami Gekas joins Foley & Lardner from Edwards Wildman

Jami Gekas joins Foley & Lardner’s powerhouse intellectual property group from Edwards Wildman. Ms. Gekas represents clients with an array of advertising, marketing, copyright and trademark issues, including complex litigation and transactional matters ranging from clearing brand names and licensing to executing promotions and evolving media campaigns.
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Finance partner Dan Passage joins Winston & Strawn from Bingham McCutchen

Dan Passage joins Winston & Strawn from Bingham McCutchen's Structured Transactions Group. Dan has nearly two decades of experience advising issuers, underwriters and financial institutions on complex financial transactions, with an emphasis on securitizations and structured finance. He has received national recognition for his work structuring programs for the origination, financing and securitization of novel asset classes, including life settlements, premium finance loans, annuities, patent and trademark license royalties, trade receivables, automobile leases, sales contracts and dealer floorplan receivables, CBOs/CLOs, commercial and residential mortgages, and credit card receivables.

2013 Placements

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Leading IP Partner Scott Palmer joins Sheppard Mullin from Baker McKenzie in Beijing

Scott Palmer, a leading IP partner from Baker McKenzie, joins Sheppard Mullin in Beijing. Scott manages PRC IP portfolios and directs trademark and copyright registration and enforcement strategy for numerous multinational companies. He also counsels on international IP registration and enforcement strategy, as well as product quality, product registration, and cosmetics and food/health-food regulatory matters in the PRC. Scott has authored and co-authored a number of key articles and publications on China IP law.
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M&A Partner Megan Gess joins Sheppard Mullin from O’Melveny & Myers

Megan Gess joins Sheppard Mullin from O'Melveny & Myers; Megan represents a broad range of public and private clients in mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings and private placements. She also counsels clients on securities law reporting and compliance and corporate governance. She was named a "Rising Star" in an annual survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc..
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International Labor & Employment partner Ute Krudewagen joins DLA Piper from Baker McKenzie

International Labor & Employment partner Ute Krudewagen joins DLA Piper from Baker McKenzie; Krudewagen’s key clients include prominent multinational companies whom she assists in global workforce issues. She has also successfully counseled companies on employment issues triggered by cross-border transactions in more than 60 jurisdictions, with deal values up to $8 billion. Legal 500 named Ute a recommended lawyer for workplace and employment counseling.
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Ropes & Gray hires top capital markets Victoria Lloyd from Fried Frank for its Hong Kong office

Ropes & Gray hires top capital markets capital markets partner Victoria Lloyd for its Hong Kong office. Vicky was most recently the Hong Kong-based head of the Asia capital markets practice for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. She is one of the most highly regarded capital markets attorneys in Hong Kong. A key highlight of hers from the past year was advising UBS and CCB International as joint lead managers, and CCB and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as joint sponsors, on the USD383 million IPO and HKSE listing of Billion Industrial Holdings.
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International Labor & Employment Partner Brian Arbetter joins Sheppard Mullin from Baker & McKenzie.

International Labor & Employment Partner Brian Arbetter joins Sheppard Mullin from Baker & McKenzie. With over two decades of experience advising and developing strategy for multinational companies regarding their international and domestic labor and employment issues in the United States and abroad, Brian is a major strategic addition for Sheppard's rapidly growing Chicago office and marquee labor & employment practice. Brian's experience includes, among other things, employment discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence and disabilities, unions and works councils, wage and hour, restructurings and reductions in force, hiring, employment agreements and policies, codes of conduct, whistleblowing, affirmative action, health and safety, and employment law aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

2012 Placements

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Global Antitrust partner Tom Brown joins Paul Hastings from O’Melveny & Myers

As a core member of the firm's global antitrust team, Brown focuses on financial services-related matters for clients like Visa USA and eBay Inc., including large antitrust litigation as well as strategic consultation work for startup companies involving payments by mobile phone.
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Dan Eisner, head of Proskauer Rose’s Private Equity practice, joins DLA Piper

Dan Eisner, head of Proskauer Rose's Private Equity practice, joins DLA Piper; Dan has concentrated his practice on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions for private equity and other clients, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, venture and growth capital investments, restructurings and workouts, debt and equity financings, and formation of investment vehicles.
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Prominent Private Equity and Venture Capital partner Masood Sohaili, joins DLA Piper from Manatt Phelps

Masood Sohaili, formerly Co-Chair, Private Equity and Venture Capital at Manatt Phelps, joins DLA Piper; Masood represents a variety of public and private corporate clients in connection with restructurings, mergers, dispositions and acquisitions, and has served as issuers' counsel, underwriters' counsel, and developers' counsel in connection with the issuance and sale of public securities and private placements to fund various projects, including healthcare, housing and infrastructure facilities.
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Intellectual Property partners John Squires and Dennis Hopkins, of counsel Charles Fish along with Corporate partner Richard Ross join Perkins Coie from Chadbourne & Parke

Former Chadbourne & Parke Intellectual Property Co-Chair, John Squires, partner Dennis Hopkins and of counsel Charles Fish are joined by Corporate partner Richard Ross in their move to Perkins Coie. Squires' experience includes founding the patent practice at Goldman Sachs, where he created one of the premier intellectual property platforms in the financial services industry. Squires advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, branding and trademark issues, operational and technology matters, and licensing transactions and investment due diligence, and has worked on numerous large-scale patent infringement litigation and technology matters. Hopkins focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent, copyright and trade secret litigation. Fish advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property procurement and development, from long-term patent portfolio strategy through day-to-day tactical value extraction. Ross is a corporate attorney concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate law.
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Senior Restructuring partner Jeff Krause , a senior shareholder at Stutman, Treister & Glatt, joins Gibson Dunn

Jeff Krause, a senior shareholder at Stutman, Treister & Glatt, joins Gibson Dunn. Jeff has handled significant debtor and creditor committee representations, as well as representations of examiners appointed in bankruptcy cases, and secured and unsecured creditors. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

2011 Placements

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James M.A. Murphy from Cox Castle to Luce Forward

James M.A. Murphy from Cox Castle to Luce Forward. James' practice focuses on estate planning, individual and foreign income tax planning of high net worth individuals, and ERISA.
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Michael Sheehan joins DLA from Paul Hastings as Co-Global Cochair of Labor & Employment

Michael Sheehan joins DLA from Paul Hastings as Co-Global Cochair of Labor & Employment. Rachel Cowen and Terence Smith join as partners, while P. Kevin Connelly will join the firm as of counsel. Sheehan has tried numerous cases before juries from Tucson, AZ to Newark, NJ, from Atlanta, GA to Golden, CO, and many spots in between. He obtained one of the largest awards ever in a non-compete/raiding case - $20 million - for a multinational insurance company; successfully defended a sexual harassment case before a jury; won a directed verdict in a national origin discrimination trial; won JNOV in federal court in Atlanta in an ADEA retaliation case for a large international insurance carrier; and, as a corporate plaintiff, won a $6 million award from a jury in a trade secret case in Colorado.
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Combination of Interjuris Abogados with DLA Piper

Combination of Interjuris Abogados with DLA Piper. Led by founders Juan Jose Delgado and Maria Cecilia Rachadell, with offices throughout the region, the combination further advances DLA Piper's strength in Latin America and global platform.*
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International Labor & Employment Group to open Littler’s Caracas, Venezuela Office

International Labor & Employment Group of 12 Lawyers led by Juan Carlos Varela to open Littler's Caracas, Venezuela Office from Squire Sanders' Miami and Caracas Offices. Juan Carlos serves as Managing Shareholder of Littler's Caracas Office and will spearhead their Latin American practice.*
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Prominent IP Litigation Partner Jason White and Commercial Litigation Partner Romeo Quinto to Morgan Lewis.*

Prominent IP Litigation Partner Jason White and Commercial Litigation Partner Romeo Quinto along with Associates David Patariu, Mansi Shah and Scott Sherwin from Howrey's Chicago Office to Morgan Lewis.*

2010 & Before Placements

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Sam Shepherd and Scott Lawson, L & E partner

Opening Greenberg's SF office with Sam Shepherd from Quinn Emanuel, litigation partner, and Scott Lawson, L & E partner.
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Jeffrey Washenko joined Morrison Foerster

Corporate lawyer Jeffrey Washenko joined Morrison Foerster as counsel from White & Case, in Silicon Valley.
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Charlotte Ito to Fox Rothschild as partner, in San Francisco.

Trust & estates attorney Charlotte Ito from Bryan Cave to Fox Rothschild as partner, in San Francisco.
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Jeffrey Goldman with Jeffer Mangels in Los Angeles

The placement of Jeffrey Goldman with Jeffer Mangels in Los Angeles. Goldman joins as a partner in the Litigation Department where he will work with the IP and Entertainment Litigation and Music practice groups. He joins the firm from Loeb & Loeb. Jeff has substantial expertise in representing significant players in music litigation.
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Gabe Gregson to Proskauer Rose as counsel, in LA.

Corporate attorney Gabe Gregson from Skadden Arps to Proskauer Rose as counsel, in LA.

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