Bloomberg Law
May 14, 2020, 3:42 PM

Pharmaceutical Industry Frenzy Mints New Law Department Leaders

Brian Baxter
Brian Baxter

From initial public offerings to mergers and acquisitions, pharmaceutical companies across the U.S. have been busy bringing on in-house legal chiefs since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak two months ago.

Atara Biotherapeutics Inc. May 6 confirmed its hire of senior vice president and general counsel K. Amar Murugan. He joined the immunotherapy company after more than seven years at Assertio Therapeutics Inc., a Newark, Calif.-based specialty pharmaceutical outfit formerly known as Depomed. Murugan spent the past two years as Assertio’s general counsel.

In March, Assertio merged with Wayne, Pa.-based Zyla Life Sciences in a $17.5 million all-stock deal forming ...

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