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.

2016 Placements

Andrew McBride joins Perkins Coie from Wiley Rein

Andrew McBride has joined Perkins Coie; Andrew's practice focuses on complex litigation at the agency, trial and appellate levels. Andrew has led multiple industry coalition cases and represented clients in numerous regulated industries, including leading internet providers, equipment manufacturers and service providers. Andrew is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served 10 years in the Department of Justice.

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 join Cooley from Pillsbury Winthrop

Marco Santori and Patrick Murck join Cooley, from Pillsbury Winthrop. Marco, who is Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation's Regulatory Affairs Committee, will lead 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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