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RECENT PLACEMENTS

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

2024 Placements

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Proskauer adds Eric Reimer as a partner in their Finance Practice

Proskauer adds Eric Reimer as a partner in their Finance Practice. He joins from Milbank. Eric represents private equity firms, hedge funds, borrowers, issuers and lenders in credit facilities, front-end lending transactions, mezzanine facilities, bridge facilities, acquisition facilities, debt issuances and restructurings, ranging from investment grade syndicated financings to middle market asset-based facilities to private placements, with particular experience in energy, M&A, private equity, health care, education, technology, retail, equipment and transportation.
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DLA Piper adds Alan Rockwell and Heather Borthwick to their Leveraged Finance Practice Group

Alan Rockwell and Heather Waters Borthwick join DLA Piper as partners with the leveraged finance practice in New York. Alan’s practice spans public and private domestic and cross-border leveraged, investment grade and acquisition finance as well as syndicated and private credit financings, refinancing and recapitalizations, asset-based lending, debtor-in-possession financings, restructuring and work outs across industries and sectors. Rockwell has experience in the US, European and Asian markets. Heather advises leading financial institutions, commercial and investment banks, private credit funds and direct lenders, private equity firms and corporate borrows on financing matters. Both join from Shearman & Sterling.
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DLA Piper Expands their Investment Funds Practice with Partner Group

Partners Andrew Kreisberg, Mara Topping, Kate McCullough and Evan Zhao have joined DLA Piper’s Investment Funds group, adding to the firm’s global presence in the space. The team represents some of the world’s largest investors as well as fund sponsors in private markets, both domestically and internationally. Kreisberg focuses on domestic and international tax law and will be based in San Diego. Topping’s practice focuses on domestic and international private investment funds, including closed-end private equity, infrastructure, mezzanine, credit, venture capital, fund-of-funds, co-investment funds, open-ended hedge funds and permanent capital vehicles. McCullough’s practice focuses on domestic and international investment funds and asset management. Zhao represents US and international investors in alternative investments. Topping, McCullough and Zhao are based in Washington, DC. The group joins from White & Case.
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Alston & Bird Adds Intellectual Property Partner Theresa Conduah in Los Angeles

Theresa Conduah has joined Alston & Bird as a partner in their Intellectual Property practice in Los Angeles. Theresa provides strategic counsel on trademark and copyright portfolios, design patents, brand protection and anti-counterfeit programs. She has been recognized by World Intellectual Property Review and by Los Angeles Times for her exceptional work in Intellectual Property. She joins from Haynes Boone.
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Mikaela Whitman joins McGuireWoods as a partner in Los Angeles & New York

Mikaela Whitman has joined the insurance recovery team at McGuireWoods as a partner in Century City and New York. She provides advice to policyholders in disputes with their insurers and works with in-house counsel on mitigating risk and maximizing value from insurance assets. She joins from Pasich, where she was a founding partner.

2023 Placements

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Sidley adds Finance Partner Cindy Lovering from Cooley in Southern California

Cindy Lovering has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the global finance practice in California. Cindy works with lenders in fund finance transactions and advises on venture capital and middle-market financing transactions in the technology and life sciences space. Her addition is the latest in Sidley’s expansion efforts in the emerging companies and venture capital space. “Cindy’s extensive network will leverage our capabilities in providing legal solutions to clients on a global level,” said Sharon Flanagan, a member of the firm’s Management and Executive Committees and managing partner of Sidley’s San Francisco office. Cindy was previously at Cooley, where she joined in 2017 from DLA Piper.
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Bruce Steinert has joined Troutman Pepper as a partner in San Francisco

Bruce Steinert has joined Troutman Pepper as a partner in the corporate practice group in San Francisco. Bruce focuses on private equity leveraged buyout debt financing and represents clients on debt financing and related corporate matters. He works primarily with private equity sponsors and debt investment funds, publicly traded companies and privately held venture, founder and private equity portfolio companies. His core counsel includes acquisition facilities, refinancings, recapitalizations, distressed financings and second lien lender and junior debt financings.
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McDermott Will & Emery adds Antitrust Partner Elai Katz in New York

Elai Katz has joined McDermott Will & Emery as an Antitrust and Trade Regulation partner. Elai’s practice focuses on a wide range of antitrust law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, litigation, counseling and government investigations. Elai has been recognized as a leading antitrust attorney by Chambers USA (Band 1), Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 and others. He joins from Cahill.
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Howard Kleinman joins McDermott Will & Emery as partner in New York

Howard Kleinman has joined McDermott Will & Emery as a corporate partner in their New York offices.  Howard’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and financial transactions with a particular emphasis on business and investors in Latin America.  Howard is a leader in his field and has been recognized by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 United States, and others.  He joins from Dechert LLP.
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Jennifer Saulino joins Sidley Austin, in Washington D.C.

Jennifer Saulino joins Sidley Austin, in Washington D.C., from Covington & Burling. Jennifer plans to work with Sidley partners to help build out its “already strong” products liability practice and expand its trial capabilities. She specializes in product liability trials, representing pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, and others, as well as defending individuals and corporations in investigations and prosecutions. She recently served as co-lead trial counsel for Monsanto in its first multi-plaintiff victory in Roundup product liability litigation, stemming from claims that the weedkiller caused cancer.

2022 Placements

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Sidley Adds Prominent International M&A Partner Michiel Visser

Michiel Visser has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the M&A and Private Equity practice in New York. He joins from White & Case where he worked in the firm’s New York, Doha, Dubai and Paris offices. Michiel’s practice focuses on companies and investors based in the Middle East on matters related to M&A and general corporate counseling. His strong relationships throughout the Middle East include various sovereign wealth funds, government-related entities, family offices, and corporations. He is dual-qualified in New York and England and has wide-ranging experience in cross-border transactions.
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Healthcare Partners Leslie Murphy and John Barnes join Davis Wright Tremaine

Former King & Spalding Healthcare partners Leslie Murphy and John Barnes have joined Davis Wright Tremaine in Sacramento. They join as partners in the firm’s Healthcare practice group. Leslie specializes in representing healthcare entities in managed care and healthcare-related disputes. She regularly serves as lead counsel on behalf of hospital systems and healthcare providers in managed care disputes with health plans, and counsels clients on complex medical billing, coding and reimbursement matters. John specializes in managed healthcare arrangements. John advises clients on the structuring of risk-based managed care contracts (including capitation and shared savings arrangements), as well as traditional fee-for-service arrangements. He also advises clients on contract terminations, network access disputes, and revenue cycle practices. He often works with healthcare providers and provider combinations in managed-care risk arrangements, helping them to develop efficient, legally compliant business and operational structures.
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Real Estate Group from Munger Tolles join Willkie in Los Angeles

Misty Sanford, Karen Lorang, and Aimee Contreras- Camua have joined Willkie Farr as partners in the real estate department. Misty will serve as chair of the West Coast real estate practice. Misty has a broad-based real estate and land use transactional practice involving all aspects of real estate, with an emphasis on purchase and sale, finance (representing borrowers in development, construction and permanent loans for all asset types), portfolio investments, leasing and environmental issues. Karen’s real estate and land use transactional practice includes purchase and sale, finance, leasing, land use and environmental issues. Together, they represent a wide range of clients, including institutional investors, developers, multi-national corporations, REITs, nonprofits, public entities and individual entrepreneurs. Misty and Karen will be joined by their RE team who will also be based in Los Angeles.
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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.

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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Jessica Nall joins Baker McKenzie

Jess, chair of Farella Braun & Martel’s white-collar crime and internal corporate investigations practice, has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in its San Francisco office, aiding its Northern California expansion. She has for nearly two decades defended companies and individuals in cases involving the Justice Department and other government agencies, including representing executives and employees in the Yahoo! cyber breach investigation, one of the largest in the internet’s history, as well as officials at Samsung and Hitachi.
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Bill Oxley and Meghan Kelly Join Baker Hostetler in Los Angeles and Philadelphia Respectively

Bill Oxley joins Baker Hostetler from Dechert, where he was a trial partner and served as the firm’s Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. He joins Baker Hostetler Los Angeles as the Head of Litigation. Bill has extensive experience in litigating class actions, false advertising, breach of contract, real estate, and defending nutritional and health product manufacturers and distributors against Proposition 65 claims. Since 2012, he has been ranked as a leading litigator by Chambers USA. He has also been recognized since 2013 for his products liability and mass tort defense work in the toxic torts field by The Legal 500. Bill is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has tried many cases to verdict including products liability cases for Union Carbide Corporation and contract and business tort cases for DHL Express (USA). He has also represented The Dow Chemical Company in environmental litigation, DOW AgroSciences in products liability litigation and many other pharmaceutical, manufacturing, entertainment, and environmental companies. Meghan Kelly has routinely acted as litigation and trial counsel for chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, and food companies in their most important products liability, mass tort, and environmental cases. She has been recognized by the Legal 500 for her product liability and mass tort defense work and was named by the Philadelphia Business Journal to the 40 under 40 class of 2017.
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Lead Trial Partner Amar Thakaur to join Manatt

Amar Thakur, a seasoned trial partner joins Manatt Phelps in the Los Angeles office from Quinn Emanuel. Amar is an experienced lead trial lawyer who has tried several significant patent cases to a jury verdict for Plaintiffs and Defendants. His jury trial successes as lead trial counsel for Defendants includes a complete defense jury verdict of no-infringement on all asserted claims from four patents on behalf of his clients Verizon Wireless and Novatel Wireless in 2017. He has litigated across industries including litigation wireless communications, medical devices, software, life technologies, chemicals and semiconductors in patent and commercial disputes. With substantial experience in acquisition of intellectual property and monetization of such assets, Amar’s practice focuses on the development and enforcement of patent portfolios, as well as creating partnerships between IP clients and private investors who can help to monetize promising patent portfolios. He is considered a pioneer in the development of new alternative fee strategies for patent litigation. Patent litigator Bruce Zisser, will join Amar at Manatt as a partner.
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