Akin Gump Adds Patton Boggs Team: Business of Law

A team of seven health-care policy attorneys and advisers are joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Washington office from Patton Boggs LLP. The group, which includes four partners, is led by John F. Jonas.

The other partners are Martha M. Kendrick, Karen Smith Thiel and Anurag Varma. Senior policy adviser M. Todd Tuten is part of the group and Richard L. Thompson, a former senior vice president for policy and government affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., will join Akin Gump as senior counsel.

Akin Gump also will affiliate with Lu Zawistowich, a former Patton Boggs public policy adviser who is starting CapView Associates LLC, a health-policy consulting firm.

“This is a game-changer for our clients and our firm,” Akin Gump Chairwoman Kim Koopersmith said in a statement.

Patton Boggs, which has been struggling financially over the past couple of years, announced last week a merger set for June 1 with Squire Sanders, a 1,300-lawyer global firm.

Drinker Biddle Adds Four More Novak IP Lawyers in Delaware

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP said Frank DiGiovanni, Jeff Eichen, Zhun Lu and Keith Walter joined the firm as partners in the intellectual property group in Wilmington, Delaware.

This is the second group lured from Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP after a team of six IP lawyers joined in April.


Munger Tolles Advises Beats in $3 Billion Apple Acquisition

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is representing Beats Electronics LLC on its $3 billion sale to Apple Inc., which will give the iPhone maker a popular line of headphones and a nascent subscription music-streaming service.

The Munger Tolles team involved in the Beats Electronics sale is led by Kevin S. Masuda and includes Andrew Z. Wolstan, Mark R. Sayson and Jasmine M. Roberts. The team in the Beats Music transaction is led by Brett J. Rodda and includes Jesse Max Creed and Sarah L. Graham. Both deal teams also include David B. Goldman and Samuel T. Greenberg, tax; and Williana H. Chang, employee benefits.

Beats founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre were represented by a team of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers that included corporate partners Brian McCarthy and Andrew Garelick; executive compensation and benefits partner Joseph Yaffe; intellectual property and technology partner Stuart Levi; tax partner Kenneth Betts; and labor and employment partner Karen Corman.

A team of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP attorneys represented Apple.

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Bass Berry, Simpson on Amsurg Agreement to Buy Sheridan

Bass, Berry & Sims Plc is advising Amsurg Corp., the operator of 242 U.S. ambulatory surgery centers, which agreed to buy Sheridan Healthcare for $2.35 billion to add the country’s biggest provider of anesthesia services.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is providing legal counsel to Sheridan and Hellman & Friedman, the private-equity firm that owns Sheridan. Corporate partners Chad Skinner and Atif Azher are leading the Simpson Thacher team.

Additional partners include William Brentani, capital markets; Brian Steinhardt, credit; Katharine Moir, tax; David Rubinsky, executive compensation and employee benefits

Bass Berry’s team was led by Jim Jenkins and included Danielle Sloane, Mary Beth Fortugno, George Masterson , John Seehorn and Bryan Metcalf.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP represents Citibank as financial adviser to Amsurg with a team that includes co-chairwoman of the M&A practice Barbara Becker and corporate partner Brian Gingold.

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Law Firm News

Tim Powers Named Next Managing Partner of Haynes & Boone

Haynes & Boone LLP named Tim Powers the firm’s managing partner. He will succeed Terry Conner on Jan. 1, becoming the fourth managing partner in the firm’s 44-year history.

“Our firm can expect Tim to provide a clear vision and leadership during a time of significant change in our profession,” Conner said in a statement.

Conner, who joined the firm in 1975 and has been managing partner for six years, will continue to be part of the leadership team.

Powers, like Conner, is a member of the firm’s finance section. He has represented U.S. and foreign lenders as lead agents and arrangers in more than $50 billion of subscription financings, the firm said.

Government Lawyers

SEC Names WilmerHale’s Avakian as Deputy Enforcement Chief

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission added another partner from law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP to its senior ranks.

Stephanie Avakian, 44, will start next month as the agency’s deputy director of enforcement, the SEC said in a statement yesterday. Avakian worked at the agency from 1995 to 1999 as an investigator and counsel to a commissioner.

“Stephanie is widely respected because of her intelligence, her pragmatic approach, and her excellent judgment,” the SEC’s enforcement director Andrew Ceresney said in a statement.

Avakian joins a long line of officials who have moved between the agency and WilmerHale, including SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher, General Counsel Anne Small and Stephen Luparello, the director of the trading and markets division, who were all partners at the law firm. Joseph Brenner, chief counsel for the enforcement division, was also a WilmerHale partner before joining the SEC in 2010.

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