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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Troutman Sanders Announces New San Francisco Office

Troutman Sanders LLP announced today plans to open an office in San Francisco, the firm’s fourth office on the West Coast since it first expanded into California in 2009. The office will officially open on April 1 in the Financial District at 580 California Street, where the firm has leased the entire eleventh floor.

“Our office in San Francisco will support our successful growth on the West Coast, and it will expand the robust work that we are already performing there for clients in our core practices of energy, finance, insurance, and intellectual property,” said Robert W. Webb, Jr., Chairman of Troutman Sanders. “In addition, as the United States business gateway to China, San Francisco will provide a unique and valuable link to our thriving offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to support and enhance the rapid growth of inbound and outbound work for our clients between our U.S. and China offices.”

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Nixon Peabody advises Oceanwide Holdings in $1B+ acquisition of San Francisco Towers

Oceanwide Holdings Co, Ltd., a publicly traded real estate company headquartered in China, is announcing the acquisition of the two-tower First & Mission development site in San Francisco’s TransBay. This is Oceanwide’s second major transaction since first entering the U.S. real estate market in December 2013 with the purchase of a 4.6-acre downtown Los Angeles parcel of land across from Staples Center and the L.A. Live entertainment complex.

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Paul Hastings Represents BioMarin in $911 Million Public Offering of Common Stock

Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, represented BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq:BMRN), a pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions, in connection with its underwritten public offering of 9,775,000 shares of common stock. BioMarin estimated the offering would raise gross proceeds of $911.5 million before costs.

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Former SF USAO Securities Fraud Chief Joins Covington

Douglas Sprague, former chief of the San Francisco U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud section, has joined Covington & Burling’s litigation group as a partner, further strengthening the firm’s highly regarded white collar practice. He will be resident in Covington’s San Francisco office.

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