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Winston & Strawn Acquires L.A. Firm, Adds Sidley Austin Partners

Feb. 16, 2021, 6:32 PM

Winston & Strawn has acquired Scheper Kim & Harris, a 15-lawyer firm in Los Angeles, to build its white-collar defense and commercial and securities litigation practices on the West Coast.

The expansion aids Winston & Strawn’s “ability to address growing regional opportunities in financial services, technology, intellectual property, and the growing complexities of real estate in a post-COVID environment,” Eva Davis, the firm’s managing partner in Los Angeles, said in a statement.

The firm has also added three former Sidley Austin partners Paul Walker, Liz Walker, and Bruce Fraser with expertise in real estate and workouts.

They “will immediately elevate our capabilities in addressing the growing number of commercial real estate restructurings, workouts, and complex litigation generated by the extended COVID lockdown,” Davis said.

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