Sidley Austin LLP Adds Top Entertainment Lawyer Matthew Thompson in Los Angeles

Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Matthew C. Thompson, a prominent media and entertainment lawyer, has agreed to join Sidley 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 as it continues to expand as part of its new Century City office. Mr. Thompson’s arrival further demonstrates Sidley’s commitment to continued growth in Los Angeles and the active expansion of its media and entertainment resources following Sidley’s announcement that Dan Clivner, a leading M&A and private equity lawyer who has handled major transactions in the media and entertainment industry, joined the firm.

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Entertainment Attorney Carolyn Hunt Joins Barnes & Thornburg

Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a national law firm, announced today that prominent entertainment attorney, Carolyn Hunt, will join the firm as partner. Known as a savvy dealmaker, Hunt has deep experience representing clients in entertainment-related transactions, with an emphasis on film and television finance and distribution.

Having been involved in more than $2 billion in financing for hundreds of film, television and gaming projects, including many award-winning films, Hunt recently represented the financiers of the first major feature film to premiere on the world’s leading Internet TV network and in select IMAX theaters globally on the same day. She also worked on behalf of the financier of the largest Chinese language film ever shot in Los Angeles. Hunt comes to the firm from Loeb & Loeb LLP.

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Pillsbury Adds Another Partner In Los Angeles

Pillsbury today welcomed new public practices partner Richard “Dick” B. Oliver. Oliver joins the Los Angeles office along with a group of litigation and government contracts attorneys who joined the firm over the past few weeks from McKenna Long & Aldridge.

“The addition of Dick to our firm-wide government contracts group further strengthens the service offerings for our Chambers-ranked government contracts practice,” said Nancy A. Fisher, leader of Pillsbury’s public practices and public policy sections. “His significant experience and knowledge will further expand our ability to serve our clients.”

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Herbert Smith Freehills advises Toll Group on its A$8 billion scheme of arrangement with Japan Post

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to have advised leading Australian transport and logistics provider Toll Group on its acquisition by Japan Post, in one of the largest ever public company acquisitions in Australia.

Toll Holdings Limited (Toll Group) is the Asia Pacific Region’s leading provider of transport and logistics, employing approximately 40,000 people across some 1,200 locations in more than 50 countries.

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Ballard Spahr Advises Applegate in Announced Sale to Hormel Foods

Ballard Spahr is representing Applegate, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat company, in a $775 million transaction that would make it an independently operated, stand-alone subsidiary of Hormel Foods. An agreement between the two companies was signed on May 26 and is expected to close within 60 days.

Applegate’s selling shareholders are Stephen McDonnell and Swander Pace Capital. Under the agreement, Applegate will operate as a separate, stand-alone subsidiary, which allows it to leverage Hormel Foods’ vast resources while continuing its mission-driven focus on providing consumers nationwide with meat that is antibiotic-free, humanely raised, and organic.

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NII Holdings Completes $1.88 Billion Sale to AT&T

NII Holdings, Inc. announced it has completed the $1.88 billion sale of its Mexican operations to AT&T. Kramer Levin represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in NII’s ongoing bankruptcy case, one of the largest chapter 11 cases of 2014. This pivotal transaction, which is subject to customary post-closing adjustments, led to a revised plan support agreement with significantly increased plan value and distributions to all creditor classes and the support of more than 70 percent of the estate’s creditors. The chapter 11 plan, for which the Creditors’ Committee is a co-plan proponent, is scheduled for confirmation in June 2015 in the Southern District of New York.

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Charter Communications to Merge With Time Warner Cable

As widely reported in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and other media outlets, Paul, Weiss client Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable. The transaction, which values Time Warner Cable at $78.7 billion, will create a leading broadband services and technology company, which will result in greater product innovation, bringing new and advanced services to consumers and businesses. The merger agreement is subject to shareholder approval at both companies and regulatory review and other customary conditions and is expected to close by the end of 2015.

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Litigator and corporate advisor Melanie Joo joins Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles

Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that Melanie Joo has joined the firm as a partner in our Los Angeles office. Melanie previously was Counsel at Arent Fox LLP. She is the 20th attorney to join Thompson Coburn’s growing Los Angeles office since the firm’s 2013 combination with Freedman Weisz LLP.

Melanie focuses her practice in two main areas: The representation of automotive companies, including vehicle dealerships and manufacturers, and the representation of Korean companies and other Asia-based clients entering the U.S. market.

Melanie, who speaks Korean, counsels Asian companies across a host of industries, including automotive, electronics manufacturing, fashion and hospitality. She serves as a partner and advisor to such clients on all aspects of doing business in the United States, from market entry, formation and cross border transactions, to intellectual property, advertising and complex litigation. Melanie guides Asia-based companies through corporate formation, advises executives on all aspects of franchising, licensing and regulatory laws, and offers continuing counsel as they expand in the U.S. market.

For nearly a decade, Melanie has represented automotive industry clients on a variety of federal and state regulatory matters, class action and consumer litigation, and transactional matters. She counsels automotive clients on multi-agency government investigations and has a team ready to provide clients with multi-state mapping of applicable laws and regulations across the country. Melanie also has extensive experience representing startup electric vehicle manufacturers, Internet-based automotive advertising companies and national automotive retailers.

Melanie is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Korean American Bar Association, the International Association of Korean Lawyers, and the Korean American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles.

She earned her law degree from Tulane University School of Law and her B.A. degree from the University of Southern California.

Susan L. Daly Joins Procopio

Procopio is pleased to announce the addition of partner Susan L. Daly to the firm’s Real Estate team.

Susan focuses her practice on representing developers of residential and commercial real estate. She has extensive experience in numerous types of subdivided land projects in California, Hawaii, Arizona and Oregon, including condominiums, planned developments, standard subdivisions, mixed-use projects, mixed-use high-rise projects, commercial condominium projects, residential master-planned communities, resort master-planned communities, golf course communities and custom home developments. Susan works regularly with builders and developers to obtain subdivision public reports from the California Bureau of Real Estate and approval of subdivision documents from local city and county planning departments. She also works with developers and lenders on broken common interest development projects.

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