The Churn

April 27, 2010 9:05 PM

The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200

Posted by Ed Shanahan

Our colleagues at The National Journal reported Tuesday that DLA Piper is bolstering its sports, entertainment, and finance practice with three hires from Nixon Peabody, including one of the firm's biggest dealmakers.

Peter White, a partner in Nixon Peabody's New York office, had arranged financing for new stadiums for both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. He has worked on the financing, development, and operation of stadiums and arenas for professional sports teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League.

"[White's] ability to do this on our platform here and in other places, as in China, is an example of the enormous opportunity," Roger Meltzer, global chairman of DLA Piper's corporate and finance practice, told the NLJ.

White is making the move along with public finance partners Mark Whitaker in Washington and Katherine Baynes in Rochester, N.Y. Whitaker represented the Ricketts family in their financing of a controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. He also has transactional experience in transportation infrastructure, convention centers, hotels and colleges and universities.

Asked whether he expected other Nixon Peabody attorneys to follow the three lawyers' lead, DLA's Meltzer told the NLJ that the firm's immediate focus is the integration of White, Whitaker, and Baynes.

In other Churn news...

One day after adding former Greenberg Traurig partner Robert Shapiro to its litigation practice in Washington, D.C., Hughes Hubbard & Reed has brought on Jennifer Choe Groves to chair its international intellectual property rights and entertainment practice in D.C., reports The National Law Journal. Groves joins the firm from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she has spent the past five years as senior director of intellectual property and innovation. Groves also chaired the Special 301 Committee, an interagency body that analyzes the IP protection and enforcement policies of more than 90 countries. On Monday, Hughes Hubbard announced that it had hired Shapiro, who advises clients on regulatory and commercial claims involving the federal government.

King & Spalding's FDA/life sciences practice has a new lawyer (and a new cochair of the group). The firm recently hired Patrick Morrisey as a partner. Morrisey has experience in health care regulatory, reimbursement, policy, legislative, strategic counseling, and pricing matters for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and health care providers and plans. Morrisey, previously a partner at Sidley Austin, is a recognized authority on Medicare, Medicaid, and FDA regulatory issues.

Immigration lawyer Ellen Freeman recently joined K&L Gates as of counsel, working in the firm's labor and employment practice. She is based in the firm's Pittsburgh office. Freeman, who previously worked at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, advises clients in the health care, medical research, and manufacturing sectors on immigration-related issues, including advising on the immigration impact of corporate reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has recruited a Hong Kong-based lawyer to serve as global cohead of its private equity practice. Maurice Hoo, formerly the head of Paul Hastings's China private equity practice, will continue to work in Hong Kong. "As well as enhancing the capabilities of our sizable China corporate group, our decision to appoint Maurice to co-lead the development of our global private equity practice from Hong Kong shows just how important the private equity market is for our clients both in China and Asia," said Don Keller, head of Orrick's corporate group. Hoo, who has previously advised private equity clients including Warburg Pincus and AIG Investments, became a Paul Hastings partner in 2006, having joined the firm the year before from the now-defunct Hong Kong office of Seattle's Perkins Coie. Earlier this month, Orrick's Hong Kong office was the target of recruitment by Winston & Strawn, which added litigation partner Adrian Yip and three other lawyers.--Anthony Lin

Kevin K. Rooney has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. He will be based in the firm's Silicon Valley office. Rooney, who most recently practiced at Hayden Bergman & Rooney in San Francisco, focuses on a variety of corporate, securities, and related matters, especially mergers and acquisitions and public and private financing transactions.

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