Recent Placements

Selected partner and group transactions handled by Sabina Lippman, Mark Jungers, Kamari Alexander, Jeff Conta, Maaike Almeida, 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.


2015 Placements


Lippman Jungers Opens Dubai Office for Mayer Brown; Charles Hallab and Tom Thraya join from Baker & McKenzie

Charles Hallab and Tom Thraya have joined Mayer Brown's Mayer Brown with plans to help the firm launch its first outpost in the Middle East in 2016. Charles will lead Mayer Brown's Middle East group and international joint venture and strategic alliance practice. He previously chaired Baker & McKenzie's corporate and securities practice and served on the firm's management committee and North America oversight committee. Tom, a former leader of Baker & McKenzie's United Arab Emirates corporate and commercial practice, will now head Mayer Brown's Middle East corporate and commercial team.


Russell "Rusty" Weiss joins Sidley Austin from Morrison Foerster

Russell "Rusty" Weiss joins Sidley Austin from Morrison Foerster; Rusty focuses in the digital media area and has extensive experience representing motion picture, television, video game, mobile, Internet, cable, telecommunications, music, toy and multimedia companies on their cutting edge transactions. He regularly counsels clients in the entertainment, media and technology industries on a broad range of matters involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, fair use, infringement, privacy, piracy, advertising, gaming and unfair competition issues.


Antitrust partner Michael Cohen joined Sheppard Mullin from Paul Hastings

Antitrust partner Michael Cohen joined Sheppard Mullin from Paul Hastings, where he co-founded the firm's antitrust and international competition practice. Michael successfully defended oil refiner Western Refining Co. through the Federal Trade Commission's trial and appeal challenges to its 2006 acquisition of Giant Industries Inc. He is also representing a chief executive officer in the active Department of Justice investigation of U.S. tuna processors.


John Thompson joins McGuireWoods from Cadwalader

Noted restructuring lawyer John Thompson, joins McGuireWoods as partner from Cadwalader; John’s practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor–creditor rights. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, energy, petrochemical, telecommunications, manufacturing, airlines, healthcare, Internet technology, real estate and commodities trading and finance. John was part of a team that advised Lyondell Chemical Company through its reorganization and successful emergence from Chapter 11 in 2010 – a transaction recognized as "Restructuring Deal of the Year" by International Financial Law Review's European awards.


Richard Petretti joins Sidley Austin from Morgan Lewis

Finance lawyer Richard Petretti will join Sidley Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Rich has served as counsel to JPMorgan Chase & Co. in several financing deals for major firm studios, including Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Legendary Pictures. He has also represented such clients as Citicorp, Credit Lyonnais, Apollo Management and Mervyn's. He specializes in highly leveraged transactions in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries.


Jeffrey Kateman joins Sheppard Mullin from Latham & Watkins

Jeffrey Kateman has joined Sheppard Mullin from Latham and Watkins as a partner and co-leader of the firm's Private Equity team. Jeff handles mergers and acquisitions, the representation of private equity clients in leveraged acquisitions of privately held and public companies both in the US and globally. He is involved in acquisitions and dispositions in a broad range of industries including education, clean tech, media and entertainment, health and medical devices, pharmaceutical, internet and technology, retail and consumer products, and sports. He has also represented special committees of boards of directors and bidders and financial advisors in going private and other conflict of interest transactions. He joins Sheppard after spending his whole career at Latham and furthers Sheppard's strategic goal to continue building the private equity and corporate capabilities globally.


Robin Adelstein joins Norton Rose Fulbright from Sandoz

Robin Adelstein, former North American General Counsel of Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, has joined Norton Rose Fulbright's New York office as a partner. With more than 25 years of in-house and private practice experience at Novartis, one of the world's largest healthcare companies, and Diageo, a global leader in premium drinks, Robin's pharmaceutical industry background and in-house experience are exceptional. She has represented clients in government enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and State Attorneys General. She also is known for her antitrust expertise, having advised clients with respect to issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, trade association activities, distribution practices, pricing programs and other aspects of competitor and customer communications and associations.


Andrew Kurzon joins Foley & Lardner from WilmerHale.

Andrew Kurzon has joined Foley & Lardner's Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice as a partnen; Kurzon's practice focuses on all stages of private equity fund formations, including venture capital, life sciences, infrastructure, buyout, fund-of-funds and non-traditional funds. He is experienced handling various types of private equity transactions, such as co-investments and secondary transactions. Kurzon represents both private equity funds and sources of capital. In addition to his private equity experience, Kurzon is skilled at structuring and drafting various management company agreements and general partner agreements, as well as advising clients on internal general partner and management company matters.


Sidley Austin adds Chad Hummel and Clayton Friedman from Manatt Phelps

Sidley Austin adds Chad Hummel, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Clayton Friedman, former senior counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General, as partners. Chad will be a member of Sidley's litigation practice and serve as a co-leader of the firm's new trial practice initiative. Clay, who handles high-profile multistate investigations, will join the firm's regulatory practice. Chad was previously Co-Chair of the Trial Practice and Chair of Firmwide Strategic Development at Manatt Phelps. Clay was a senior member of Manatt's Advertising, Marketing and Media, Consumer Protection and Government and Regulatory Practice Groups.


Johneth Park joins Sheppard Mullin in Seoul from Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett

Johneth Park has joined Sheppard Mullin from Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, as a partner and foreign legal consultant in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Seoul office. Johneth's primary areas of concentration include capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He has extensive experience representing corporate, financial and government-affiliated clients in Korea-related work as well as work in other jurisdictions. He has worked on securities offerings by a wide range of Korean issuers, including The Republic of Korea, Korea Electric Power Corporation, Samsung Life Insurance, Shinhan Financial Group, KB Financial Group, Chohung Bank, Shinhan Bank, Korea Exchange Bank, Hyundai Motors, Hyundai Capital Services, STX, SK Telecom, and LG TeleCom.


Sam Maizel joins Dentons from bankruptcy boutique Pachulski Stang Ziehl and Jones

Sam Maizel has joined Dentons as a partner in the restructuring, insolvency, and bankruptcy practice from boutique bankruptcy firm Pachulski Stang Ziehl and Jones where he was a partner. Sam will continue to focus on bankruptcy law in the health care field. Over the years, Sam has advised hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, skilled nursing facilities, medical device companies, health plans, medical groups and health care networks. He has also been retained as special counsel to handle complex negotiations for health care industry entities facing claims brought by state and federal regulators. His cases involve debt restructuring, distressed asset acquisition and Chapter 11 or Chapter 9 reorganizations.


International Real Estate lawyer Joel Rothstein Joins Sidley Austin from Paul Hastings

Joel H. Rothstein has joined Sidley Austin as a Real Estate partner from Paul Hastings, where he was a partner and former leader of the firm's Beijing office. Joel will continue his focus on structured finance, complex joint ventures and cross-border transactions in both the United States and Asia. Recognized as a leading lawyer in China, Joel led the Asia real estate and structured finance practices at his prior firm, where he regularly advised investment banks, private equity and sovereign wealth funds, real estate developers, and Asian and European investors in various areas, including real estate venture formation, non-performing loan acquisitions and dispositions, and investments in U.S. real estate.


IP & Technology team Joins Sheppard Mullin from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

In a significant move from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, IP specialists James G. Gatto, D. Benjamin Esplin, and Bradford C. Blaise join Sheppard Mullin. With over 30 years of business-focused IP experience, James will serve as the firm's Social Media and Games Team Leader at Sheppard Mullin. His practice encompasses a full range of IP and technology issues focusing on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Benjamin's practice covers a broad range of IP matters including the development and monetization of intellectual property. His experience with patent prosecution includes successfully representing clients in post-grant proceedings such as reissue, reexamination (ex parte and inter partes), and patent interference. Bradford, a former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, brings extensive counseling experience with IP audits, patent sales, and transactional due diligence, and has also assisted in patent infringement litigation strategy.


Andres Liivak joins Norton Rose Fulbright from Kaye Scholer

Andres Liivak, a life sciences lawyer focused on health technology transactions, has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner. At Kaye Scholer, he co-chaired its life sciences industry group and advised global pharmaceutical companies as well as biotechnology, medical device and other health technology concerns, Andres' transactions practice focuses on complex collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and commercial arrangements. Andres also counsels clients on contentious transactional matters, including complex settlements of commercial and intellectual property disputes involving health technology.


Robert Rice joins Ropes & Gray from the SEC

Robert Rice, a veteran regulatory enforcement lawyer and former federal prosecutor who most recently served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, has joined Ropes & Gray.


Hwan Kim joins Sheppard Mullin from Patton Boggs

Hwan Kim, formerly head of Patton Boggs' Korea practice and head of the firm's Renewable Energy practice, joins Sheppard Mullin. Hwan represents Korean and American multinational companies, hedge funds, and many life sciences companies conducting business in the United States and Korea. He handles corporate governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, joint ventures and crisis management. He was previously Assistant General Counsel for Samsung Group, General Counsel for Samsung Chemical Group and Chief Legal Counsel for Samsung Olympic Task Force Team.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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