Paul Hastings LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for A well-respected international firm with capabilities across California. Maintains a fine track record for its work on behalf of private equity funds, corporations and other stakeholders on M&A, and offers wide-ranging industry expertise across healthcare, technology, and media and entertainment. Provides counsel on a variety of corporate transactions as well as private equity investments and leveraged financings. Particularly highly regarded for its capabilities on complex cross-border transactions.

Strengths Clients say: "The lawyers are great technically, and also excel at being practical, efficient and relevant to what's important."

A source reports: "The team is extremely responsive and can draw on expertise throughout the firm for whatever we need in the context of an acquisition."

A further interviewee says: "I think they're extremely professional, conscientious and knowledgeable. They do good work."

Work highlights Advised Vector Capital with respect to its acquisition of Aspect Software.

Represented Viacom in connection with the $340 million merger of its wholly-owned subsidiary PPKNTC with Pluto.

Advised Intel with respect to its proposed acquisition of Barefoot Networks.

Notable practitioners

David Hernand exhibits "good commercial sense," according to interviewees. He handles public and private M&A in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. He acts for companies, investment banks and private equity sponsors.

Mike Kennedy exhibits strength in the representation of corporates and private equity firms in M&A in a number of industries, including technology, healthcare and media. A client reports: "He's exceptionally good legally and a real business partner. He helps us figure out the things we most care about."

Robert Miller impresses clients by being "very good at helping translate the law into practical business advice." His practice involved the representation of public and private companies in a range of corporate transactions, including M&A and carve-outs.

Steve Camahort handles an extensive range of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on technology and life sciences M&A. One client says: "Steve is outstanding to work with, particularly in high-pressure situations. He is very calm, comes up with innovative solutions to complex issues and is always thinking one step ahead."

William Choe concentrates his practice on domestic and cross-border M&A deals in the technology space. Clients say: "Bill is highly client-oriented and always responds quickly. I can always count on him for an unbiased opinion and to be a strong advocate."