Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and Richardson Patel Announce Merger

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.

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Chapman and Cutler Welcomes New York Partners Steven Wilamowsky and Ryan Jackson

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.

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DLA Piper grows Miami office with addition of Francisco Cerezo and John Murphy

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.”

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Merger day at Dentons US and McKenna Long

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.”

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Goodwin Procter Expands Private Equity Group with Addition of James Barrett and Edward Amer in Boston

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.

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Gordon & Rees Adds Three Partners to New Boston Office

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.”

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Corporate Partner Joe Daniels Joins Sheppard Mullin New York

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.

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Evan L. Greebel and Kathleen H. Moriarty Join Kaye Scholer’s Corporate Practice as Partners

Evan L. Greebel and Kathleen H. Moriarty have joined Kaye Scholer LLP’s New York office as Partners in the firm’s Corporate Department. Greebel focuses his practice on M&A and Private Equity, with significant experience in the Life Sciences industry, and Moriarty focuses on exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and financial services regulation. In addition, they have jointly developed a leading practice in the emerging virtual currency space.

“Evan and Kathleen further enhance our core strengths in the Financial Services sector and transactional practices, as well as expand our offerings into innovative new areas” said Kaye Scholer’s Managing Partner Mike Solow. “We’re pleased to offer our clients these augmented resources and capabilities.”

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Matheson Advises Willis on its $18 Billion Merger with Towers Watson

Matheson has advised Willis, the third-largest insurance broker globally, on its merger of equals with financial management services provider Towers Watson. The combined company, Willis Towers Watson, will be valued at $18 billion approximately and it will have 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries with revenue of approximately $8.2 billion.

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Montgomery McCracken Adds Two Litigation Partners in Philadelphia

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce the addition of Peter J. Deeb and David Dormont as partners in the firm’s Litigation Department in Philadelphia. Deeb joins from Anderson Kill and Dormont joins from Coren & Ress, P.C.

Deeb concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment litigation and tort defense. For more than 25 years, he has served as counsel for leasing companies, banks, corporations and other business entities, including individual entrepreneurs. His experience includes representing clients in breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, unjust enrichment and fraud litigation, and in employment matters including restrictive covenants such as noncompete and nonsolicitation clauses as well as discrimination claims. He also counsels clients regarding all aspects of equipment leasing, including portfolio purchase agreements, program agreements and master lease agreements and the review and revision of employment agreements.

Deeb graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1984 and from Yale University in 1981.

Dormont has more than 20 years of experience focusing on complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy-related litigation, representing a diverse range of clients from individuals and unions to Fortune 500 companies in complex commercial disputes. He has handled more than 200 matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels in a variety of jurisdictions. David has tried cases, as first or second chair, before various trial courts, including in trials which resulted in two of the 10 largest verdicts reported in Pennsylvania in 2005.

Dormont graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics education. He graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992.