Skadden and Latham on Otsuka-Avanir Deal: Business of Law

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advised Japan’s Otsuka Holdings Co. in its deal to buy California-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Latham & Watkins LLP represented Avanir in the $3.54 billion deal, in which Otsuka will gain treatments for neurological conditions.

The Skadden team advising Otsuka included partners Kenton King and Mitsuhiro Kamiya, corporate; Joseph Yaffe, executive compensation and benefits; Jose Esteves, intellectual property and technology; Douglas Nemec, patent litigation; James Keyte, antitrust and competition; Jennifer Bragg, health-care enforcement and regulation; and Sally Thurston, tax.

In addition, counsel Hiroshi Sarumida, corporate; Barbara Mirza, executive compensation and benefits; and Kenneth Schwartz, antitrust and competition, worked on the deal.

The Latham team advising Avanir was led by corporate partners Charles Ruck and Scott Shean with counsel David Wheeler. Also on the deal were partners Jim Barrall, benefits and compensation; Joshua Holian, antitrust; Christopher Norton, environmental; and Samuel Weiner, tax.

Additionally, counsel Rebecca Brandt and Betty Pang, regulatory; and David Kuiper, intellectual property, worked on the deal.

The transaction would give the Japanese company access to Avanir’s pipeline of treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and migraine. Otsuka gets about 41 percent of its revenue from North America, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Firm Moves

Private-Equity and Deal Lawyer Joins Gibson Dunn in New York

Matthew Hurlock has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a partner in New York.

Hurlock, who was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, will continue his private-equity and M&A practice at Gibson Dunn. He advises private-equity funds in domestic and international acquisitions and dispositions of their portfolio companies and related issues and also works on public company deals.

Winston & Strawn Hires Corporate Partner in Houston

Jonathan Judkowitz has joined Winston & Strawn LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate transactions group in Houston. He was most recently a banking and finance partner at Mayer Brown LLP.

Judkowitz, who focuses on the energy sector, represents lenders and borrowers in finance transactions including secured and unsecured commercial finance, project finance, first-lien/second-lien finance, and cross-border finance.

Weil Gotshal Adds Capital Markets Lawyer in New York

Frank Adams has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as a partner in the firm’s U.S. capital markets practice in New York.

Adams was previously a shareholder in the London office of Greenberg Traurig LLP. He joined Greenberg in 2012 after 10 years as a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, in both New York and London. He specializes in acquisition and leveraged-finance transactions and high-yield debt and other complex securities offerings.

Hogan Lovells Adds Former FTC Lawyer in Privacy Practice

Katherine Armstrong has joined Hogan Lovells LLP as counsel in the firm’s privacy and information management practice.

She was previously a senior attorney at the Federal Trade Commission where she worked on policy and enforcement matters including law-enforcement investigations, rule-makings, and research and analysis of data broker and big data issues.

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