Real Estate Attorney Douglas Praw Joins Holland & Knight in Los Angeles

Holland & Knight today announced that real estate attorney Douglas Praw has joined the firm as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Praw has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate and public finance matters. He comes to Holland & Knight from Goodwin Procter.

“Doug is an excellent addition to our real estate practice in California,” said Susan Booth, head of Holland & Knight’s West Coast Real Estate Group. “He regularly represents some of the major players in the industry. His experience not only in real estate, but also in land use and finance, will be a valuable asset to the firm and our clients.”

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Prominent Entertainment Boutique Joins Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

The lawyers of the boutique law firm Wyman & Isaacs LLP have joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, bringing expanded expertise and services to Davis Wright’s nationally renowned entertainment and media practice.

Bruce Isaacs and Bob Wyman come to the firm’s L.A. office as partners, and Cheryl Nelson has joined as counsel. The three lawyers have represented many of the largest motion picture production studios and TV networks, as well as many other leading players in the entertainment industry.

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Nossaman Expands Public Pensions and Investments Practice in California With Ashley Dunning and Michael Toumanoff

Nossaman LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Ashley Dunning and Michael Toumanoff to the Firm’s Public Pensions and Investments Practice Group. Ms. Dunning will be based in the Firm’s San Francisco office as a Partner and Co-Chair of the Public Pensions and Investments Group, and Mr. Toumanoff will be based in the Firm’s Los Angeles office as Of Counsel. Both join from Manatt Phelps & Phillips.

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Kirkland Advises CHS Capital and Royall & Company in Sale of Royall & Company to Advisory Board Company

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised CHS Capital and Royall & Company in the sale of Royall & Company, the higher education industry leader in strategic, data-driven student engagement and enrollment management solutions, to the Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO), a global, insight-driven technology, research, and services provider. Under the terms of the agreement, the Advisory Board will purchase Royall for $850 million, consisting of $750 million in cash and $100 million in Advisory Board stock.

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Air Lease Forms $2 Billion Aircraft Leasing Joint Venture

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP represented Air Lease Corp. (ALC) in a joint venture with Napier Park Global Capital (US) LP announced Nov. 6, 2014.

The joint venture, which will be named Blackbird Capital I LLC and managed by ALC, plans to buy up to $2 billion worth of commercial airplanes by the end of 2016 to be leased to other airlines globally.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP Represents Wynnchurch Capital in Raising $1.2 Billion Fund

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Wynnchurch Capital in the raising of its fourth private equity fund, Wynnchurch Capital Partners IV, L.P., which announced its final closing at $1.2 billion of limited partner commitments. The fund, which had a target of $900 million, was oversubscribed, resulting in the fund reaching its hard cap closing relatively quickly after its initial launch in September 2014.

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Kirkland Advises Vista Equity Partners in Formation and Fundraising of Vista Equity Partners Fund V

Kirkland represented Vista Equity Partners in the formation and fundraising of Vista Equity Partners Fund V, its fifth flagship fund, which completed its fundraising six months early and announced its final closing on October 15, 2014. With Kirkland’s assistance, Fund V far exceeded its $3.5 billion target, raising in excess of $5.775 billion in limited partner commitments. Investors in Fund V include significant commitments from Fund IV limited partners as well as new corporate limited partners, public pension plans, non-U.S. pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, foundations and high-net-worth individuals, including many Vista portfolio company executives. Target investments, for which Vista routinely retains Kirkland as counsel, will focus on middle and upper-middle market enterprise software companies.

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Leading Intellectual Property Team Joins Manatt

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced the addition of a three-partner group to its Intellectual Property practice, including Robert W. Dickerson Jr. and Lawrence R. LaPorte in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and Yasser M. El-Gamal in Orange County. The team joins from Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where Dickerson had served as co-leader of that firm’s Intellectual Property practice and El-Gamal had served as administrative partner of its Orange County office.

Dickerson joins as chair of Manatt’s national Intellectual Property practice.

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