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WilmerHale Adds Orrick M&A Partner as Transactions Make Comeback

March 1, 2021, 5:02 AM

WilmerHale is bringing aboard Tal Hacohen, a corporate and mergers and acquisitions lawyer, from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a partner in the firm’s New York office.

“Tal brings deeps knowledge and extensive experience in representing clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including both the buy- and sell-side of mergers and acquisitions,” said Susan Murley, co-managing partner of WilmerHale.

The hire comes as merger and acquisition activity made a major recovery late last year from a near-decade low. North American deal volumes were 6% lower for the year after being down more than 50% in the first six months of 2020, Bloomberg News reported Dec. 24.

Hacohen’s list of deals has included TPG Capital’s $1.9 billion, all cash acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc.; Superior Plus’s $900 million purchase of NGL Energy Partners; and IFM’s $5.7 billion acquisition of the Indiana Toll Road.

Hacohen has also counseled companies on general corporate matters and capital-raising transactions, and he’s advised boards of directors and shareholders on corporate, partnership and limited liability company law.

He anticipates “contributing to the growth of the corporate practice and the firm in 2021 and beyond,” he said in a statement.

The hire follows other recent additions by WilmerHale.

Last month, Securities and Exchange Commission official Stephanie Avakian rejoined WilmerHale as chair of its securities and financial services department. Avakian had been director of the SEC’s division of enforcement.

The firm this year also landed top trade enforcement official Jeffrey Kessler, who rejoined from the Commerce Department, and former Promontory Financial Group leader Michael Dawson, who is a partner in the firm’s securities and financial services department.

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