Covington Advises Steve Ballmer on Clippers Purchase

Covington & Burling advised Steve Ballmer on his agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers from The Sterling Family Trust for $2 billion.

“I will be honored to have my name submitted to the NBA board of governors for approval as the next owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. I love basketball,” Ballmer said in a statement. “And I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win – and win big – in Los Angeles.”

The Covington team was led by Doug Gibson, Scott Roades and Peter Zern, and included Rob Heller and Jeff White (tax), Mike Francese (benefits), Ben Block (litigation), Don Elliott (environmental) and Doris Blazek-White (trusts and estates).

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Jonathan Bloch Joins JMBM as a Corporate Partner in its Los Angeles Office

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to welcome Jonathan Bloch as a corporate partner in its Los Angeles office. Formerly of Manatt, Bloch’s law practice focuses on the needs of large institutional investors, including venture capital and private equity. He counsels clients in fund formation, operations, and legal and regulatory compliance. He has participated in raising capital for real estate, hospitality, technology and telecommunication companies, manufacturing facilities and Internet distribution centers.

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Asim K. Desai Joins Gordon & Rees’s Los Angeles Office as a Partner

On Nov. 27, Asim K. Desai joined the Los Angeles office of Gordon & Rees as a partner in the firm’s Insurance, Tort & Product Liability, Class Action, and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Desai will also serve as co–chair of the Bad Faith/Extracontractual Practice Group.

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Timothy J. Toohey Joins Morris Polich & Purdy LLP to Head the Firm’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Security Team

Morris Polich & Purdy LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy J. Toohey joined the firm as a partner on November 1, 2013. A US and EU Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/EU), Tim is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard University and UC Berkeley School of Law. Additionally, Tim attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. His practice is concentrated on data protection and privacy matters, complex litigation and intellectual property. An authority in the field, Tim has authored the timely book in the cyber arena Understanding Privacy & Data Protection – What You Need to Know with Thomson Reuters/Aspatore (2014). The book provides a succinct and fundamental study, offering key guidance regarding the many existing domestic and international laws while addressing technological developments that impact privacy and data security. Bringing a wealth of experience to the firm, Tim has assumed the leadership of the firm’s established cyber, privacy & data security team.

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Winston Continues West Coast Growth with Addition of Project Finance Partners in Los Angeles Office

Winston & Strawn LLP has announced that two attorneys have joined the firm’s transactional practice from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Edward V. Kayukov and Laurae Rossi, both project finance attorneys, join Winston & Strawn as partners in the Los Angeles office. The firm has now welcomed approximately 20 attorneys in the last 12 months to its Los Angeles office. The recent hire comes on the heels of the firm’s opening of an office in Silicon Valley, which brings Winston & Strawn’s presence on the West Coast to three offices.

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