Shearman & Sterling is advising Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and UBS Securities LLC, as joint lead arrangers, in connection with the proposed $16.2 billion of financings related to the $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc. by Aetna Inc.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced today that Jon B. Hyland and Thomas Haskins have joined the firm as partners in the Intellectual Property and Litigation departments, respectively. They are the most recent additions to Barnes & Thornburg’s Dallas office, joining prominent litigator Mark Bayer, who launched the office in early June.
Resident in the Dallas office are Bayer, who is the office managing partner; Hyland, who was a shareholder at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr P.C.; and Haskins, who will be reunited with former Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP colleague Bayer.
Hogan Lovells announced today that Maria Boyce, Jennifer Smith, and Cristina Rodriguez will be joining the Litigation and Arbitration practice group as partners in the firm’s Houston office.
“As Houstonians with global practices and perspectives, Maria, Jennifer, and Cristina are the kind of market leaders who will add to our diverse, collaborative, and client-centered team,” said Stephen Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells. “Houston is critical for many of our energy clients in Texas and international clients in Latin America and beyond. We welcome Maria, Jennifer, and Cristina and the ability they bring to serve clients in this important market.”
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, the 107-year-old full-service law firm with extensive ties to digital media, entertainment, and other industries, and Richardson & Patel LLP, a boutique firm concentrated largely on corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate matters since its founding in 2000, announced that the law firms will merge effective July 1, 2015. The merged firm will retain the Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK) name and combine offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.
“We’re very proud to be joining forces with the talented and entrepreneurial team at Richardson Patel”
Kevin Gaut, currently managing partner of MSK, has been appointed Chairman of the merged MSK, and Nimish Patel, currently co-founder and co-managing partner of Richardson Patel, has been appointed Vice Chairman.
Chapman and Cutler LLP is pleased to announce that Steven Wilamowsky and Ryan Jackson have joined the firm as partners in the firm’s New York City office. The addition of these accomplished attorneys marks continued growth for Chapman’s New York practice.
Wilamowsky focuses his practice on representing investors, creditors, and lenders in complex restructurings, both in and out of bankruptcy court. “Steve’s extensive litigation experience, in addition to representing investors and buyers of distressed assets through Chapter 11 sales, will contribute valuable support to Chapman’s Litigation, Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice,” noted Franklin Top III, co-head of the group. Prior to joining Chapman, Wilamowsky was a partner with Bingham McCutchen and subsequently Morgan Lewis, which acquired Bingham last year.
DLA Piper announced today that Francisco J. Cerezo and John L. Murphy have joined the firm’s Miami office as partners in the Corporate and Finance practices, respectively. In addition, Cerezo will serve as DLA Piper’s US Head of Latin America Corporate.
“The addition of Francisco and John underscores DLA Piper’s commitment to growing its presence in the region and building a strong domestic and Latin America transactional practice commensurate with the firm’s global footprint,” said Joe Alexander, DLA Piper’s Southeast US managing partner and chair of the firm’s Southeast US Corporate and Private Equity practice. “Their impressive skill sets and legal acumen will complement the existing capabilities of the Miami office and the sophisticated services our lawyers provide to clients around the world. We very much look forward to continuing to grow our Latin America practice generally and the Miami office specifically.”
Continuing the momentum Dentons has created with the introduction of NextLaw Labs, its innovation platform, the combination with 大成, and the addition of new talent worldwide, the Firm today announced that the merger between Dentons US and McKenna Long & Aldridge, creating the new Dentons US LLP, is now effective.
“Just in the first half of this year we have significantly advanced our global strategy, with a unique polycentric approach that highlights the importance of being in-and-of communities around the world,” said Global Chairman Joe Andrew. “Today’s milestone further supports that strategy with an enhanced presence in the US.”
Goodwin Procter, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, announced today that James Barrett has joined the firm as partner and Edward Amer has joined as counsel. Both will be part of the firm’s Private Equity Group and will be based in its Boston office. Barrett and Amer come to Goodwin from Locke Lord LLP.
Barrett represents private equity and venture capital firms, life sciences and technology companies, boards of directors and management teams on a variety of transactional and corporate governance matters. His practice is focused on investment transactions, mergers, acquisitions, securities matters and general corporate representation. Prior to joining Goodwin, Barrett was co-chair of Locke Lord’s private equity and venture capital practice.
Gordon & Rees LLP has expanded its Boston office, which opened in May 2015, with the addition of a three partner group from LeClairRyan. Jay S. Gregory, James L. Messenger, and Margaret R. Stolfa joined the firm on July 1, 2015.
“These are exciting times,” John J. Robinson, managing partner of the firm’s Boston office noted. “We not only have an outstanding group of lawyers joining us, but also an outstanding group of people. Building on our recent opening of the Boston office, this group strengthens and broadens the foundation from which we can meet the desired needs of our many great clients.”
Joseph F. Daniels has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s New York office as a partner in the firm’s Corporate practice group. Daniels joins from Loeb & Loeb.
“We are very pleased to welcome Joe, who brings additional emerging company and venture capital expertise to our New York offices. His transactional practice mix, which includes VC financings, M&A, public offerings and buyouts, is both complementary and supplementary to our existing capabilities,” said Jon W. Newby, vice chairman of Sheppard Mullin.