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MEGA-WATTS Hunton & Williams has teamed up with the J.C. Watts Cos., a public relations and business development firm spearheaded by the former Republican congressman from Oklahoma. “My view was that J.C. Watts could be very helpful in terms of serving our clients in that whole area of government relations,” says Hunton partner James Miller. The Hunton-Watts alliance will advise private and public clients on issues of international trade, urban development projects, municipal finance, tax, and health care. The collaborators will also dole out advice to the U.S. government and African nations on how best to employ the $15 billion designated by President George W. Bush to combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa. On the domestic front, Hunton and Watts hope to assist historically black colleges and universities gain better access to tax-exempt capital markets. Hunton & Williams partners Miller and Robert Edwards Jr. will be working on the alliance out of the firm’s D.C. office. — Christine Hines HOGAN’S HIRE Hogan & Hartson has added Ray La Soya as a corporate partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. La Soya joins the firm from the L.A. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. A mergers and acquisitions specialist, La Soya has worked on deals including the merger of the Chevron Corp. and Texaco Inc. — Jenna Greene IN THE MONEY Arnold & Porter lawyers in London advised Arrow Therapeutics in raising the largest venture capital funding in the U.K. biotechnology sector this year. The company, which focuses on anti-infectives drug discovery, raised $34.5 million in its first round of funding. Partners Jeremy Willcocks and Julian Thurston worked on the matter. — J.G. BIGGER IN BOSTON Piper Rudnick has added two new partners to its 34-lawyer Boston office. Jonathan Moulton and Lawrence Gold join the firm from Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault and will lead Piper’s corporate and securities and emerging companies practice in Boston. — J.G.

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