The Churn

Six months after launching an office in Rio de Janeiro, Hogan Lovells this week added its second Brazilian outpost by opening a location in São Paulo with a lateral hire from Clifford Chance.

Joining Hogan Lovells as a partner is capital markets specialist ISABEL COSTA CARVALHO, who focuses her practice on various types of international transactions, including public offerings and debt-related deals. Costa Carvalho recently handled the largest IPO in Latin America in the past five years—a share sale by insurance business BB Seguridade Participacoes that raised $4.2 billion.

Hogan Lovells announced in 2012 that it planned to establish a physical presence in Rio de Janeiro, but didn’t officially open its office there until last July. Claudette Christian, the outpost’s managing partner, told The Am Law Daily at that time that the delay was caused by the firm’s decision to seek the necessary approvals from the Brazilian Bar Association in both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. As is the case in Rio de Janeiro, Hogan Lovells will operate in São Paulo as a foreign legal consultancy representing local clients and international entities with operations in the country.

“Adding a São Paulo office to our existing Rio de Janeiro operations brings differentiation and diversification to our Brazil and broader Latin American practice,” Christian said in a statement provided by the firm. “We continue to see interest in Brazil from existing global clients as well as companies that are entering the market for the first time, and we wanted to be able to offer clients a full breadth of expertise in equity and debt capital markets, private equity, infrastructure development and finance, and corporate transactional work across Brazil.”

Hogan Lovells now has 46 offices and associated offices around the world. The firm placed seventh in The American Lawyer’s most recent Am Law 100 ranking, with gross revenues of $1.63 billion and profits per partner of nearly $1.1 million in 2012.

In other Churn news …

Akerman welcomes white-collar defense attorney CHRISTOPHER OPRISON as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Previously with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Oprison is a former associate White House counsel who represents clients in complex civil and criminal litigation matters and government investigations.

Trial attorney RICHARD CHARNLEY is now a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox, where he is part of the IP and media and entertainment practices. Formerly with Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, Charnley represents companies and individuals connected to the entertainment industry in a range of IP and insurance matters.

MARC KUSHNER has left Duane Morris to join the tax practice of Baker & McKenzie as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Kushner advises limited liability companies, real estate investment trusts and other organizations on tax issues.

Ballard Spahr’s intellectual property department has added ROBERTA YOUNG as of counsel from Arent Fox. Based in San Diego, Young advises a range of clients on IP strategy, drafting and prosecuting patents, and due diligence opinions.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has added corporate attorney MARC DRUCKMAN as a shareholder in the firm’s Miami office. Druckman, who advises clients on M&A and other transactional matters, previously worked at Akerman.

Dallas-based litigation and dispute resolution attorney STUART BLAUGRUND has left Gardere Wynne Sewell to join Dentons as a partner. Blaugrund advises clients on various employment law matters arising from discrimination, wrongful termination, trade secret and benefits issues. Another new Dentons arrival is corporate attorney ATA DINLENÇ, who joined the firm’s New York office as a partner from Baker & McKenzie in December. Dinlenç advises clients on energy project development and acquisitions, as well as financings and workouts.

STEVEN SMITH has joined the New York office of Dickstein Shapiro as counsel in the financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice. Smith, who represents clients in Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 bankruptcy cases, was previously with Edwards Wildman Palmer.

Immigration specialty firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy is expanding two Texas offices with the addition of four partners. STEVE LADIK, KRISTI TAYLOR and PAIGE TAYLOR, who arrive from Berry Appleman & Leiden, will practice out of Fragomen’s offices in both Dallas and Houston. Former FosterQuan partner KELLY COBB, meanwhile, joins the firm’s Houston office. The firm said more than 30 attorneys and staffers will be moving along with the four partners.

The Portland, Ore., office of Holland & Knight is growing with the addition of five litigation partners, all of whom specialize in a new practice area for the firm: lawyer ethics, risk management and regulation. The new arrivals—who come over from Hinshaw & Culbertson—include PETER JARVIS, the former partner-in-charge of Hinshaw’s Portland office. The other attorneys joining from Hinshaw as partners are DAVID ELKANICH, ROY PULVERS, ALLISON RHODES and DAYNA UNDERHILL. Jarvis and Rhodes previously served as cochairs of Hinshaw’s professional responsibility and risk management practice.

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell announced the arrival of litigator REZA MIRZAIE as a partner in the firm’s patent litigation practice. Based in Los Angeles, Mirzaie most recently practiced at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. He specializes in litigation involving computer hardware and software, as well as electronics and mechanical systems.

MARK MANSOUR is now a partner in the health care and life sciences practices in Jones Day’s Washington, D.C., office. Mansour, who was previously at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, specializes in issues related to food and drug law.

Katten Muchin Rosenman has hired three attorneys, including one partner, from the London office of Hogan Lovells. PHILLIP WATKINS and two associates are joining the firm’s corporate practice to advise clients on cross-border M&A matters, as well as strategic investments, joint ventures and securities offerings.

As sibling publication Daily Report noted this week, THOMAS CLYDE and LESLI GAITHER have moved to the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner and counsel, respectively. The pair—who represent various media clients and focus on First Amendment litigation—previously worked in the Atlanta office of the now-defunct Dow Lohnes. Cooley absorbed more than 50 Washington, D.C.–based Dow Lohnes attorneys in November.

LeClairRyan litigator RHODES RITENOUR will soon leave the firm’s Richmond office after being appointed Virginia’s deputy attorney general for civil litigation. While in private practice, Ritenour—who begins his new job on Jan. 20—focused on IP litigation and alcoholic beverage control regulation, while also counseling elected officials and campaigns.

Littler is expanding its Portland office with a recruit from Fisher & Phillips. TAMSEN LEACHMAN is now a shareholder at the employment and labor firm, where she will focus on such matters as labor relations, employment discrimination, harassment and litigation.

JESSE KANACH is headed to the Washington, D.C., office of Perkins Coie as a partner in the firm’s investment management group. Arriving from Shearman & Sterling, where he served as counsel, Kanach advises clients on exceptions related to registration under the Investment Company Act.

Proskauer is expanding both its Hong Kong and London offices, with each getting a new partner. DAVID CHU will lead the firm’s Asia litigation practice in Hong Kong after arriving from Dechert, where he led that firm’s Asian litigation practice. ROBERT GAUT, meanwhile, will head Proskauer’s London tax practice. Gaut was most recently a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Sports attorney and agent ALFRED “CHIP” SLOAN has left LeClairRyan to join the entertainment, media and communications group and sports law practice of Pryor Cashman as of counsel. Based in Los Angeles, Sloan represents professional athletes, entertainers and companies in litigation, arbitration and transactional matters. As a sports agent, Sloan has advised Major League Baseball players Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as Chelsea Football Club soccer player Samuel Eto’o.

ANDREW PEREL has landed in the New York office of Troutman Sanders as a partner in the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice. Formerly the chair of Michelman & Robinson’s environmental department, Perel works on all aspects of environmental law, including development projects, risk management and due diligence.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is expanding its banking and finance practice in London, with the addition of CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN as a partner. Formerly a partner at Hogan Lovells, McLaughlin advises banks and borrowers on financing aspects of cross-border private equity buyouts as well as real estate acquisitions and restructurings.

DAVID WANG is no longer with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, as the IP litigator has left for the Silicon Valley office of Winston & Strawn. Joining as a partner, Wang will focus on patent infringement litigation.

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