Maynard Cooper Continues San Francisco Growth, Adds IP Partner Josh Van Hoven

Maynard Cooper & Gale continues to expand the knowledge and experience available to its West Coast clients with the recent addition of three new attorneys to its rapidly-growing San Francisco office. With the addition of partner Joshua Van Hoven and associates Ali Drury and Dylan Randolph, Maynard now has seven lawyers in San Francisco, representing clients in areas ranging from intellectual property protection to corporate finance and investment to insurance and financial services litigation.

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Troutman Sanders Adds Energy Partner in San Francisco

Troutman Sanders LLP announced today that Paul C. Lacourciere has joined the firm’s Energy practice as a partner in the San Francisco office. He practiced previously at K&L Gates.

A substantial portion of Lacourciere’s practice is devoted to work in the solar industry, structuring transactions and advising on compliance with regulations governing the sale of electricity in California.

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Troutman Sanders Continues Expansion of West Coast IP Practice with Two Partners in San Francisco

Troutman Sanders LLP announced today that Dean Morehous and Marcus Hall have joined the firm as partners in the Intellectual Property practice in the San Francisco office. Both lawyers practiced previously at Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP. Last month, the firm added partner David Devernoe and associate Christopher Franich to the Intellectual Property practice in the San Diego office.

“When we opened in San Francisco less than two months ago, we said that we intended to quickly grow the office,” said Craig Kline, managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. “We are very pleased that Dean and Marcus are joining us. Their significant IP and commercial litigation experience, as well as their strong ties to the local community, will be of great benefit to our expanding practice.”

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Shearman & Sterling Advises on CSX Corporation’s $600 Million Notes Offering

Shearman & Sterling represented the underwriters led by Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and UBS Securities LLC in connection with CSX Corporation’s public offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of its 3.950% Notes due 2050. CSX Corporation is a leading provider of traditional rail services and transportation for intermodal containers and trailers. The proceeds of the offering will be used for general corporate purposes.

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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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Polsinelli Expands Labor and Employment Strength in California

National law firm Polsinelli adds two noted San Francisco labor and employment attorneys to serve clients nationally. Shareholder Charles O. Thompson joins the firm as the Vice Chair of the California Labor & Employment Practice Group and will lead Polsinelli’s West Coast Labor and Employment Practice. Michele Haydel Gehrke also joins as a Shareholder, bringing Polsinelli’s growing, national Labor and Employment Practice to more than 50 attorneys coast to coast. Thompson and Gehrke previously practiced together at the same AmLaw 100 firm in San Francisco. Polsinelli entered the California market nearly four years ago in Los Angeles, and opened a San Francisco office last year with a strategic goal to expand.

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Hinshaw & Culbertson Adds Four Maritime Attorneys to its San Francisco Office; Continues Growth Following Merger

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced today that it has expanded its San Francisco office with the addition of Forrest Booth as a Partner, Pamela Schultz as a Partner, Phillip Barilovits as Senior Counsel and Bradley H. Pace as an Associate. On March 31, 2015, the attorneys joined Hinshaw from Severson & Werson in San Francisco.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome this group of attorneys to our firm,” says Robert J. Romero, partner in charge of the San Francisco office. “Their capabilities enhance our firm-wide focus on representing the insurance industry and its many varied interests both domestically and abroad.”

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Dechert Advises Wells Fargo on Deal with GE Capital Real Estate

Leading international law firm Dechert LLP advised Wells Fargo in relation to its agreement to purchase commercial real estate loans valued at US$9 billion in the United States, UK and Canada from GE Capital Real Estate as part of an overall transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion. Wells Fargo purchased performing first mortgage loans, and private equity firm Blackstone acquired US and European equity assets as well as first mortgage loans in Mexico, Australia and the US, with Wells Fargo providing financing for certain of Blackstone’s acquisitions.

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