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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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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Sidley Austin LLP to Add Intellectual Property Litigation Partner in San Francisco

Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Michael J. Bettinger will join the firm as a partner in San Francisco. He will be a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice.

Mr. Bettinger is a leading trial lawyer for patent cases in U.S. District Courts and the International Trade Commission. Mr. Bettinger, who has tried 21 cases to verdict, has litigated cases for high-tech clients in the computer, telecommunications, semiconductor, networking and healthcare industries.

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Pillsbury Bolsters West Coast Insolvency & Restructuring Practice

Pillsbury today announced Cecily Dumas, a highly regarded bankruptcy lawyer who also handles commercial transactions and litigation, is joining the firm’s Insolvency & Restructuring practice as a partner in the San Francisco office.

Dumas is well known in the Bay Area and beyond for her representation of high-profile clients and bankruptcy trustees, as well as her frequent presentations on the latest developments in insolvency and restructuring. She has more than 25 years’ experience in bankruptcy and commercial law, most recently as lead name partner of her own firm, Dumas & Clark LLP.

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Kirkland & Ellis Represents Madison Dearborn, Ikaria in $2.3B Sale to Mallinckrodt

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Madison Dearborn Partners and Ikaria, Inc., a privately held critical care company, which today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Mallinckrodt plc under which a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt will acquire Ikaria from a Madison Dearborn-led investor group in a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion. Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK), is a leading global specialty biopharmaceutical company. Subject to customary closing conditions, the parties expect the transaction to be completed early in the second calendar quarter of 2015. 

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