Selected partner and group transactions handled by Sabina Lippman, Mark Jungers, Kamari Alexander, Jeff Conta, Vijay Luthra, and Divya Bala in: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Caracas, Greater China and other select legal markets.

2017 Placements

A five partner group is joining Sidley Austin

A five partner group is joining Sidley Austin from Andrews Kurth. David Buck, Jon Daly, Angela Richards and George Vlahakos are joining Sidley in Houston, and Bill Cooper is joining in DC. This group of partners has a market leading Master Limited Partnership-focused capital markets practice and is widely known in the energy sector. They advise energy companies, investment banks, funds and others on complex and innovative transactions. Their arrival will solidify Sidley's position as a destination firm for energy transactions.

Shahzad Malik joins Nixon Peabody from Stradling

Shahzad Malik has joins Nixon Peabody from Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, where he was the chair of the Tax practice group and a partner in the Corporate and Securities practice group. Shahzad has specialized expertise in tax matters related to large and mid-market transactions. He has significant experience in corporate and fund tax matters such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund formations and transactions, and international taxation. Additionally, Shahzad represents clients in civil and criminal tax controversy matters before the U.S. Tax Court, Franchise Tax Board, and IRS.

Michael Kelley joins Arent Fox

Michael Kelley joins Arent Fox in Washington D.C. as a partner, from Akerman. Michael focuses his practice on international and U.S. private equity investment funds, mezzanine investment funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and impact investment funds. Michael has experience structuring social enterprises, micro-financing transactions, venture philanthropy initiatives as well as significant experience in legal finance. He has formed investment vehicles focused on investing in the United States and in the infrastructure sectors of emerging market economies using on-shore and off-shore structures. He has also advised, written about, and lectured on regulatory, compliance, and governance matters related to the investment funds industry.

Rob Weber joins Sheppard Mullin

Rob Weber joins Sheppard Mullin from DLA Piper in Los Angeles. Rob has a securities litigation practice, focusing on securities class actions, derivative actions, investigations and proceedings initiated by the SEC, state securities agencies and self-regulatory organizations, and internal corporate investigations. He has an international practice with a significant focus on Chinese and other Asian clients involved in US litigation and SEC enforcement actions.

Brian Michael joins King & Spalding

Brian Michael joins King & Spalding in Los Angeles as a Partner. Brian was previously Deputy General Counsel and Vice President at 21st Century Fox. He played an instrumental role in Company's successful effort to secure declinations of prosecution from US and UK authorities in the UK phone hacking scandal and served on the company's global Compliance Steering Committee - the world's premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV, and satellite assets - with the Group GC (chair), CEO, and CFO. He led global compliance for the Fox Networks Group.

Erik Swanholt joins Foley & Lardner

Erik Swanholt joins Foley & Lardner in Los Angeles as a partner, from Jones Day. Erik's practice focuses on a wide variety of litigation matters involving product liability, consumer class action, toxic tort, and pharmaceutical drug defects. He also works on privacy, cyber security, and data protection matters. Erik represents clients in a variety of industries including health care, consumer products, retail, and pharmaceutical. He has also worked on construction matters, tort actions in off road vehicles, industrial safety equipment and the asbestos industries.

Alice Kane joins the Insurance Practice of Clifford Chance

Alice Kane joins the insurance practice of Clifford Chance in New York. Alice, who joins from Duane Morris, advises property and casualty, life and health insurance clients on a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters. She previously served as the group general counsel at two Fortune 100 insurers, Zurich Insurance Group and New York Life Insurance Company, where she led teams of in-house and outside counsel. More recently, Alice has focused on insurance regulatory matters, representing clients before the New York State Department of Financial Services and other state insurance departments.

Daniel Schnapp, Alexis Robinson and Genevieve Perez join Sheppard Mullin from Hughes Hubbard

Daniel Schnapp, Alexis Robinson and Genevieve Perez join Sheppard Mullin from Hughes Hubbard in New York. Dan joins as a partner, and Alexis and Genevieve join as associates. Dan represents multi-national corporations, mid-cap and start-up companies in media and technology transactions, including advertising, digital video and music conent licensing and distribution, strategic alliances, e-commerce, intellectual property, privacy, information security, compliance and risk management. He has handled substantial matters for ASCAP, the Trump Organization, Paramount Pictures and Studio 3 Partners.

Menasche Nass and Henry Reitzenstein join Carlton Fields

Menasche Nass and Henry Reitzenstein join Carlton Fields in Los Angeles. Menasche represents executives, entrepreneurs, families, and the enterprises they run. He predominantly handles business transactions and federal, state and international tax planning. Henry focuses his practice on executive compensation and domestic and international tax matters, and counsels clients on mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and financing.

Peter Obstler joins Browne George Ross in San Francisco

Peter Obstler joins Browne George Ross in San Francisco as a partner, from Arnold & Porter. Peter has more than twenty years of trial experience serving as lead counsel in jury and court trials in federal and state courts. He represents institutional and individual clients in complex business litigation matters, including mass tort and class actions, intellectual property, acquisition and corporate governance, unfair business practices, and civil rights. His work has been reported on by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Law360. In 2015, the American Bar Association recognized his achievements by naming him an ABA Fellow.

Steve Adkins joins McGuireWoods from Steptoe & Johnson

Steve Adkins joins McGuireWoods in Washington, DC from Steptoe & Johnson. Steve is a seasoned trial lawyer who focuses on litigating before the International Trade Commission, IP disputes in federal district courts, and IP and trade law matters before US Customs and Border Protection. He has handled more than 50 Section 337 investigations, representing both respondents and complainants based in Asia, Europe, South America, and the US. He also represents clients in matters before state and federal appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court, and tries cases before juries and judges. Steve is a frequent author and speaker to bar and industry groups in the US and abroad on intellectual property litigation and Section 337 investigations.

Dennis Jenkins joins Morrison Foerster from WilmerHale

Dennis Jenkins, a financial restructuring lawyer with 20 years of experience, has joined Morrison Foerster as a partner in its New York-headquartered Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group. Dennis comes to the firm from WilmerHale where during his career he represented ad hoc committees, creditors' committees, indenture trustees, debtors, and other interested parties in highly contested U.S. and international corporate and debt restructurings, distressed mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy cases. Dennis has also represented lenders, borrowers, and lessors in connection with some of the most complex and innovative debt-financing facilities and transactions. Additionally, he has extensive experience advising technology companies in connection with counterparty risk affecting intellectual property.

Joshua Hamilton joins Latham and Watkins from Paul Hastings

Joshua Hamilton joins Latham and Watkins from Paul Hastings. Josh is an accomplished litigator of securities and complex disputes. He has served as lead trial lawyer in high stakes disputes representing public and private companies and their executives at trial in both securities class actions and shareholder derivative class actions. Josh has also successfully led significant matters for financial institutions and investment funds in both the private equity and hedge fund space. He frequently counsels clients on litigation and regulatory proceedings initiated by the SEC and other government agencies and represents special committees of board of board of directors in internal investigations.

Jonathan Cohn joins Polsinelli from Arent Fox

Jonathan Cohn joins Polsinelli from Arent Fox adding depth to the West Coast healthcare practice. Jon's practice is focused on litigation and trial work with an emphasis on healthcare issues including long-term care, Medicare and Medicaid, fraud and abuse, and reimbursement disputes. Jon represents long-term care and acute care providers in many areas including licensing certification, civil and criminal enforcement, reimbursement and collections and other regulatory and administrative proceedings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marco Santori and Patrick Murck joined Cooley from Pillsbury Winthrop

Marco Santori (who in 2018 left Cooley to join Blockchain as President and Chief Legal Officer) and Patrick Murck joined Cooley, from Pillsbury Winthrop. Marco, who is Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation's Regulatory Affairs Committee, led Cooley's Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology team. Recently described by an American Banker reporter as "the Dean of Digital Currency Lawyers," Marco counsels banks, broker-dealers, exchanges, wallets, payment processors, institutional miners, and other companies making new and exciting uses of distributed ledger technology. Patrick co-founded the Bitcoin Foundation where he served as General Counsel and later as Executive Director. He has been involved in a number of digital currency and FinTech startups as an employee, entrepreneur and advisor. He was named among the 50 Outstanding General Counsel in the U.S. in 2014 by the National Law Journal and is a fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Lior Nuchi joins McGuire Woods from Alston & Bird

Lior was previously a leader in Alston & Bird's corporate and securities practice. His practices focuses the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, and also encompasses intellectual property. He has worked with many of the leading technology companies that have created the information technology and life science revolutions of the last 25 years. In addition, Lior worked for several years in Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and has also been seconded to Fortune 500 technology companies as in-house counsel in California, Israel and Japan.

Eric Save joins K&L Gates from Pillsbury Winthrop

Eric Save has joined K&L Gates as a partner in the corporate group and the Latin America practice. Eric focuses his practice on investments in energy and mining projects, venture capital investments, secured lending, joint ventures, cross-border acquisitions and divestitures. He represents Latin America founders and investors with respect to their business ventures in the US. He also does general corporate work outside of North America with a particular focus in renewable energy, wine and spirits, sports management, and technology. Eric is fluent in Spanish and has a deep network of relationships in Mexico City and Brazil.

Jeff Escobar Joins Chadbourne & Park from Haynes & Boone

Jeff is a real estate attorney who has led and advised clients on the development and construction of hundreds of large and complex vertical and horizontal projects across the country, from the construction of a professional sports arena and the only aerial commuter tramway system in the country, to the development and construction of luxury apartment communities.

Garen E. Dodge joins Sheppard Mullin from Jackson Lewis

Garen E. Dodge has joined Sheppard Mullin as a partner in the Labor and Employment practice group. Garen joins from Jackson Lewis, where he led the firm's Government Relations practice and was co-coordinator of the firm's Government Contracts and Background Checks industry groups. He has a national reputation and has served as counsel of record in seminal U.S. Supreme Court cases. Garen's practice covers a wide range of labor and employment litigation. He represents clients before state and federal court on issues involving privacy, discrimination, background checks, harassment, wage and hour, and occupational safety and health.

Stephen Lee joins Goodwin Procter from K&L Gates

Stephen Lee joined Goodwin Procter from K&L Gates; Steve advises financial and strategic buyers and sellers in public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions and in general corporate matters. He also represents domestic and international companies and private equity funds in structuring asset and stock acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, joint ventures, and cross border agreements. He is particularly experienced in transactions involving technology companies, aerospace, medical device, and automotive manufacturers.

Michael Turrill joins Hogan Lovells from Arent Fox

Michael Turrill joined Hogan Lovells from Arent Fox as a partner in the firm's litigation, arbitration, and employment group. Turrill focuses on complex commercial litigation including consumer related class action defense work, unfair competition. He also represents clients in an array of industries including real estate, consumer goods, financial services, food and beverage, and entertainment and media. He also advises clients on intellectual property matters, employment litigation, and contractual partnership disputes, and has participated in arbitrations both in the U.S and abroad.

Daniel Glazer joins Wilson Sonsini from Fried Frank

Daniel Glazer has joined Wilson Sonsini as a partner in the firm's technology transactions practice. Dan was previously a partner and co-leader of the technology transactions and emerging companies groups of Fried Frank. Dan counsels clients ranging from early-stage start-ups to Fortune 100 companies and financial institutions on commercial, intellectual property, and technology matters.

Lou Cohen joins Foley & Lardner from Locke Lord

Lou Cohen, joins Foley & Lardner Locke Lord; Lou is the former International Chair of Locke Lord's Real Estate Department and a former leader of DLA's Real Estate Department. Lou's real estate practice involves commercial acquisitions and dispositions, development, venture structuring and formation for domestic and international clients investing in U.S. property, leasing, lending, restructuring and workouts. Lou's sports franchise and sports facilities development practice addresses the development, financing, leasing and media/sponsorship/naming of professional sports stadia, as well as the acquisition and disposition of interests in professional sports franchises.

Seong Kim, Rebecca Edelson, and James Wald join Sheppard Mullin from Steptoe & Johnson

Seong Kim, Rebecca Edelson, and James Wald join Sheppard Mullin from Steptoe & Johnson. Seong served as head of Steptoe's Korea commercial litigation group and co-head of the firm's Korea practice. He is known for his exceptional winning record at trials and arbitration sand has obtained judgments and settlements totaling several hundred million dollars. Rebecca led Steptoe's trade secrets practice. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, unfair competition, and injunctions, and she has broad experience in all phases of state and federal litigation, including pre-trial development, discovery and motion practice, trials, writs, and appeals.

Michael Frank joins Sidley & Austin from Morrison & Foerster

Michael Frank joins Sidley & Austin in Palo Alto from Morrison & Foerster as a partner in the Employee Benefits practice. Michael focuses his practice on advising companies on executive compensation and employee benefits issues with an emphasis on the compensation and benefits aspects of corporate transactions. He has advised companies on issues related to their equity and cash-based incentive programs and has also counseled clients on the design and implementation of non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, including Section 409A rules and on the proxy disclosure of public company compensation information. Michael represents both private and public companies and his clients range from Fortune 500 companies to emerging growth companies.

Manoj Bhargava, together with Ankit Kashyap and two associates, joins Sidley Austin in Singapore from Jones Day.

Manoj Bhargava, together with Ankit Kashyap and two associates, joins Sidley Austin from Jones Day. Manoj, a capital markets partner, concentrates his practice on IPOs, follow-on offerings, and private placements representing issuers, investment banks, and investors. He has led offerings and listings on the NYSE, NASDAQ, and many other stock exchanges including in Mumbai, London and Singapore. Highly regarded for his capital markets and India practice, he also assists clients on complex transactions including with respect to M&A and private equity.

Dmitriy Tartakovsky joins Greenberg Traurig from Debevoise & Plimpton

Dmitriy Tartakovsky joins Greenberg Traurig as a Shareholder in their Corporate & Securities practice, from Debevoise & Plimpton. Dmitriy's practice focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on M&A. Dmitriy has represented the following companies: Verizon Communications, The Carlyle Group, Schneider Electric and Kinder Morgan in their $38B acquisition of El Paso which was voted as Private Equity deal of the year by The International Financial Law Review.

Henry Wang joins K&L Gates in Beijing from Mayer Brown JSM

Henry Wang joins K&L Gates in Beijing from Mayer Brown JSM. Henry has 20 years of experience advising top-tier domestic and multinational corporations, financial institutions, and private investors on a full range of corporate matters involving China. With a focus on outbound transactions, he frequently counsels Chinese companies seeking to establish or expand their business beyond mainland China. A former general counsel at General Motors, Shanghai, he handles domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, joint ventures and wholly foreign-owned entities, and licensing agreements.

Bart Williams and Manuel Cachan join Proskauer Rose from Munger, Tolles & Olson

Bart Williams and Manuel Cachan from Munger, Tolles & Olson join Proskauer Rose as partners in Proskauer's white collar defense and sports law practices. Bart, a former co-managing partner of Munger, brings substantial trial law experience to Proskauer. Bart has served as lead trial counsel for Wells Fargo Bank in multiple cases, including a proposed class action that accuses the bank of unlawful sales tactics. He's also represented Motion Picture Association of America and Phillip "Dr. Phil" McGraw as litigation clients. Manuel is a seasoned trial lawyer who has served as second-chair counsel alongside Williams in a case accusing Wells Fargo of mismanaging pension investments. He also served as second chair in another Williams-led trial, defending NBCUniversal in a high-profile age discrimination suit brought by former NBC news producer Frank Snepp.

Corporate partner Joshua Kiernan joins Latham & Watkins from White & Case

Joshua Kiernan joins the London office of Latham & Watkins; Joshua, the former leader of White & Case’s Israel practice, is one of the most highly regarded capital markets markets lawyers active in Israel representing major investment banks, companies and venture capital firms on equity and debt capital market transactions, with a particular focus on the technology and life sciences industries. In addition, he has significant experience advising on Israel-related cross-border M & A, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts.

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.

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.

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.

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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