Partner Placements

Brad Newman Joins Baker McKenzie

Brad joins Baker McKenzie in Palo Alto as a litigation partner and Chair of the North American Trade Secrets Practice. Brad joins from Paul Hastings where he founded and served as the chair of the firm’s International Employee Mobility and Trade Secret practice. He regularly serves as lead trial counsel in cases with eight and nine figure liability and has successfully litigated trade secrets cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.

He routinely advises and represents the world’s leading technology, gaming, banking, professional service, commerce, and manufacturing companies in connection with their most significant data protection and trade secrets matters. He is recognized by Chambers USA as an “authority on trade secrets cases” and specializes in matters related to trade secrets and Artificial Intelligence.

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Greg Chin Joins Duane Morris from Mintz Levin

Greg, who joins Duane Morris as a partner, focuses his practice on representing emerging growth industries, including life sciences, digital health, technology and cleantech, in complex transactional and general corporate matters. He also represents venture capital firms and investment banks that support emerging growth companies.

He has represented public and private targets and acquirers in mergers and acquisitions, issuers and investors in venture capital financings, and issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings.

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James Kelly, Ilya Bubel and Peter Alfano join DLA Piper

James Kelly, Ilya Bubel and Peter Alfano have joined DLA Piper in New York. The three partners came from the Private Equity and Finance Practices of Winston & Strawn. James will lead DLA’s New York private equity group, which revolves around representing private equity funds in LBO’s, M&A, equity investments, divestitures and restructurings.

Ilya’s practice will similarly focus on representing private equity funds and other financial investors in transactional matters. Peter’s practice focuses on representing PE sponsors, corporations and other entities in domestic and cross-border finance transactions. Representative clients of the group include The Wicks Group of Companies and Bregal Investments Inc.

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Terry Dugan and Chris Owens join O’Melveny

Terry and Chris join O’Melveny’s New York office as partners in the entertainment finance practice. They specialize in representing major lenders and investors.

These include banks and investment funds in credit and M&A transactions involving entertainment industry players ranging from film studios to record labels.

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Abtin Jalali and Chris Harding have joined Gibson Dunn as Partners

Abtin Jalali and Chris Harding have joined Gibson Dunn in San Francisco as partners in its private equity practice. The two joined from Kirkland & Ellis where they were partners in its private equity practice.

Their practice focuses on representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies in all aspects of their businesses, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, growth equity investments, minority investments and general corporate matters.

Their representative clients include Vista Equity Partners, GI Partners, Vector Capital, Swander Pace Capital, Serent Capital, True Wind Capital, Tower Arch Capital, HGGC, FTV Capital and Spectrum Equity.

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M&A Partner Derek Liu leaves Wilson Sonsini to join Baker McKenzie

Derek Liu has joined Baker McKenzie from Wilson Sonsini in their San Francisco office as a Partner in the firms mergers and acquisitions practice. He focuses primarily on the technology and life science industries, where since 2013, he has signed transactions with an aggregate value of more than $60 billion.

Derek has worked on some of the most transformative M&A transactions in the tech sector, with completed transactions in pharmaceuticals (Pharmacyclics’ sale to AbbVie, Aragon Pharmaceutical’s sale to Johnson & Johnson and spinoff of Seragon Pharmaceuticals, Astex Pharmaceutical’s sale to Otsuka), software (Advent’s sale to SS&C, Salesforce’s acquisition of EdgeSpring) and hardware (Riverbed’s sale to Thoma Bravo, Aruba Networks’ sale to HP, Google’s acquisition of Nest). His transaction experiences includes public and private company mergers, acquisition, and divestitures; tender and exchange offers; joint ventures; minority investments; and other strategic corporate transactions, representing both strategic and private equity clients.

Derek’s experience also includes capital markets and financing, having assisted clients with initial and secondary offerings, debt offerings, leverage recapitalizations, and exchange offers.

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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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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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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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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.

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