VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Craig P. Wood has joined the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group as a partner based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining VLP, Mr. Wood was a sole practitioner and before that a partner and West Coast Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group at Foley & Lardner LLP. (more…)

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Simpson Thacher represented the underwriters, led by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Lloyds Securities Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Mizuho Securities USA LLC, in connection with the public offering by Air Lease Corporation of $600 million aggregate principal amount of 2.75% Senior Notes due 2023 and $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.625% Senior Notes due 2027. The net proceeds of the offering will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include, among other things, the purchase of commercial aircraft and the repayment of existing indebtedness. (more…)

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Zheng Liu joins Rimon Law as a Partner in its Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation groups. She regularly advises and represents clients in technology industries on a range of legal issues, particularly in intellectual property, technology law, commercial disputes, data privacy, product liability, and international trade. Zheng’s practice concentrates on Chinese technology companies and the issues they face in doing business outside of China; her Chinese clients include DJI, Tencent, Foxit, OPPO, UCWeb, and Ubtech. Before joining Rimon, she was at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where she established and led Orrick’s Drone & UAV practice. With a background in both biology and physics, her experience covers a variety of industries, including UAVs, internet, telecommunications, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical devices. (more…)

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Cooley is expanding its patent counseling & prosecution practice with the arrival of acclaimed partner Mika Reiner Mayer, whose practice focuses on patent due diligence, strategic portfolio management and patent prosecution. Mayer joins from Morrison & Foerster, where she co-founded and led the venture intellectual property group and also led the medical device patent group. She will be based in Palo Alto. (more…)

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Simpson Thacher represented the underwriters, led by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated in connection with the registered public offering by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) of $3.5 billion aggregate principal amount of additional notes over three tranches with maturities ranging from 5 to 30 years. The additional notes constituted a reopening of the $12 billion aggregate principal amount of notes initially issued on February 23, 2016, increasing the aggregate principal amount of the series to $15.5 billion. The net proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes, including repurchases of common stock and payment of dividends under Apple’s program to return capital to shareholders, funding for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions and repayment of debt. (more…)

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The Firm represented Microsoft Corporation in connection with its offering of $13 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes and its $5 billion senior unsecured credit agreement. (more…)

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Kao and Tsai come to V&E from Perkins Coie LLP. Kao will serve as Managing Partner of V&E’s Palo Alto office while also working out of the firm’s San Francisco office, where Tsai will be based. In addition, Kao and Tsai have an extensive roster of clients in the Asia-Pacific region and will oversee V&E’s Taiwan practice. (more…)

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Global law firm K&L Gates LLP is bolstering its leading intellectual property litigation practice with the addition of partner Jeff Randall, whose representations include many of the world’s most successful and recognizable technology companies as well as numerous other industry-leading enterprises. Randall, who arrives from Paul Hastings LLP, handles patent, trade secret, and other IP litigation for clients located in and outside the Silicon Valley. (more…)

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Alston & Bird has strengthened its patent prosecution capabilities with the addition of Ardeshir Tabibi as partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

“Ardeshir is a distinguished lawyer with deep technical expertise and a wealth of experience assisting clients in expanding and capturing the real value of their patent portfolios,” said Jason Cooper, Alston & Bird partner and co-head of its Intellectual Property Practice. “He knows what it takes to strategically build and leverage a patent portfolio, in the United States and around the world, and will be a tremendous asset to clients in helping them develop and execute patent strategies that align with their business objectives and reflect a clear understanding of market opportunities and threats.” (more…)

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DLA Piper announced today that Brian Wheeler has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate practice in Northern California working in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

Wheeler focuses on mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies as well as joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate governance. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and has worked in Tokyo and London for more than a decade. Wheeler has worked on international transactions and matters for clients across a wide array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, energy and financial services, as well as a particularly strong focus on the technology sector. (more…)

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Dentons announced today that Maria Sendra has joined its Corporate practice as a partner in Palo Alto, enhancing the Firm’s already robust ability to provide complex securities, mergers and acquisitions and foreign markets transactional work to clients from its Silicon Valley platform.

Sendra’s global capital markets practice focuses on emerging technology, life sciences, clean technology and renewable energy. Her strong transactional practice augments the Firm’s substantial national and global capabilities involving private equity markets, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, securities, licensing and venture capital for domestic and global corporations. (more…)

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This week, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP added Joshua H. Walker as a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice. Walker was previously the leader of Simpson Thacher’s IP Transactions Group in Palo Alto, and will now be practicing in Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley and Austin offices.

“Josh’s addition to Greenberg Traurig is a true embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit so strongly encouraged at the firm,” said Chuck Birenbaum, chair of the firm’s offices in Northern California. “He is one of the first lateral hires recruited via Facebook messenger, where Josh reached out to Ian Ballon directly to learn more about the firm’s atmosphere and what it’s like to split time between two offices.” (more…)

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