Partner Placements

Jason Weiss joins Drinker Biddle & Reath from the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jason joins Drinker from the FBI Field Office in Los Angeles.

He served as a FBI Certified Adjunct Instructor in the Cyber Field Instructor Program, Digital Forensics investigations, Digital Evidence Identification and Collection and Digital Evidence Extraction.

Jason taught digital evidence recovery to over 1000 FBI Evidence Response Team Members as well as how to collect Digital Evidence in a Hazardous (Hazmat) Environment.

Jason has taught over 50 Cyber and Computer Forensics courses domestically and internationally (Philippines, Nigeria, Ukraine, Ghana and Indonesia) to FBI, outside law enforcement agencies, and private sector partners.

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Sheng Wu joins Mayer Brown from DLA Piper

Sheng joins Mayer from DLA Piper in Hong Kong.

He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, especially China-related M&A’s and M&A involving regulated entities. He represents both Chinese and foreign clients in cross border acquisitions into China and outside China.

He also has a specific focus in advising investors and companies on investment opportunities relating to the insurance and healthcare sectors.

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David Simonds joins Hogan Lovells from Akin Gump

David Simonds joins Hogan Lovells from Akin Gump.

David has more than 25 years of experience representing debtors, official and informal creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, cross-border insolvencies and transactions.

He recently served as lead counsel to the owner of films and associated rights that were the subject of a complex licensing/distribution arrangement with The Weinstein Company. In addition, he also represented a group of private placement noteholders in taking control of and making a new money investment in Savers LLC, a thrift store operator.

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Sanjeet Dutta joins Goodwin Procter in Silicon Valley

Sanjeet Dutta joins Goodwin Procter in Silicon Valley, from Steptoe & Johnson.

Sanj has handled over 30 intellectual property matters in state and federal courts, before the ITC, and before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB). He helped obtain a complete defense victory for DRAM companies in ITC investigations by Tessera. He also successfully invalidated highly litigated patents in the USPTO.

Sanj advises companies on patent prosecution across a variety of technology areas, including blockchain, big data analytics, finance, virtualization, cybersecurity, and software security. He advises companies on IP issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as technology transfers and licensing.

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Mehdi Khodadad, Joshua DuClos & Team join Sidley Austin from Cooley LLP

Mehdi and Josh belong to a larger team of partners and associates from Cooley that are poised to join Sidley later this week.

Mehdi and Josh belong to a larger team of partners and associates from Cooley that are poised to join Sidley later this week. Mehdi has advised on deals totaling tens of billions of dollars in value, including significant work for Clearlake Capital Group, a leading investment firm focused on private equity and special situations.

His practice focuses on the representation of private equity and other institutional investors and their portfolio companies. His clients span the technology and life sciences industries and he serves as a trusted advisor in public financings, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and related private equity transactions, cross-border and other structured corporate transactions. 

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Mark Mandel joins Baker McKenzie from Milbank

Mark Mandel joins Baker McKenzie from Milbank in New York City.

He advises public and private companies and financial sponsors in connection with investments, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, unsolicited and friendly tender offers, complex joint ventures, public offerings and private placements of securities and restructurings.

Mark regularly represents clients in competitive auctions, both as bidders and sellers. He also regularly advises boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance and fiduciary duties. Additionally, Mark has significant experience representing Canadian clients. 

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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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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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Top Life Sciences Team to Join Baker McKenzie

Randall “Randy” Sunberg and Denis Segota join Baker McKenzie in Princeton and New York as partners, from Morgan Lewis. Randy is a former co-leader of Morgan’s life sciences interdisciplinary group and leader of the life sciences transactions practice.

He counsels clients ranging from biotech startups to multinational pharmaceutical companies, structures and negotiates complex collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and corporate partnering and licensing transactions, as well as equity investments and royalty monetization transactions.

Denis represents a number of multinational pharmaceutical companies in corporate transactional and capital markets work. In addition to pharma, biotech, medical device, diagnostics, and technology companies, the group advises private equity, venture capital, and investment banking firms.

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Todd Lorenz joins Squire Patton Boggs

Todd Lorenz joins Squire Patton Boggs from Arnold & Porter. 

Todd Lorenz joins Squire Patton Boggs from Arnold & Porter. Todd has twenty years of experience in life sciences intellectual property law. Todd’s practice encompasses strategic patent prosecution and counseling along with related due diligence, opinion work, licensing, and litigation, and he is known for bringing a practical business-oriented focus to the task of global patent portfolio management, working closely with his clients to ensure the filing and pursuit of commercially relevant claims.

He advises universities, clinical research centers, and emerging and established life science companies on all aspects of domestic and international patent procurement and enforcement in a broad range of technical areas including biologics, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, and laboratory reagents and procedures, along with related instrumentation.

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