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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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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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.

Leading M&A Lawyer Dan Clivner Joins Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Dan Clivner will join the firm as co-managing partner of the Los Angeles office and a key member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity practices. Mr. Clivner regularly leads high-profile transactions in private equity, telecom, media and entertainment and retailing, including more than $18 billion of such transactions since 2012. He joins Sidley from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he served as the Los Angeles office managing partner since 1998. His arrival expands Sidley’s long-standing presence in the Los Angeles market and the continued growth of its M&A and Private Equity practices.

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Kilpatrick Townsend Expands White Collar Defense and Cybersecurity Practice

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today the addition of Raymond Aghaian to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Aghaian will be a Partner in the firm’s Complex Business Litigation Team.

“We are delighted to welcome Ray to the firm,” Jim Gilliland, Chair of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Litigation Department, said. “His significant experience and background in white collar defense and cybersecurity bolsters our litigation practice on the West Coast — a top priority for the firm. Our clients will benefit greatly from Ray’s expertise and his addition adds depth to our already strong team.”

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Kirkland & Ellis Advises Avista Capital Partners and Armored AutoGroup in Sale

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Armored AutoGroup., a portfolio company of Avista Capital Partners, in its sale to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion in cash and assumed debt.

Avista Capital Partners is a leading private equity firm with approximately $6 billion under management and offices in New York, Houston and London.

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Dentons US and McKenna Long to Combine

A merger of Dentons US LLP (“Dentons US”) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“McKenna Long”) has been approved by the partners of both firms. The news builds on the momentum of the previously announced combination between Dentons and 大成, creating the world’s largest law firm. Clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world, and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US

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Nixon Peabody Expands West Coast Corporate Practice

With a focus on expanding its corporate practice in California, Nixon Peabody has added partner Thomas Gaynor. Tom, who will split his time between the firm’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, represents companies, funds, and investors in various business stages

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