Lone Star Funds of Dallas used three firms for its pending acquisition of Home Properties, a Rochester-based multifamily real estate investment trust, for $7.6 billion, including assumed debt.

Lone Star turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Hunton & Williams; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Lone Star’s financial adviser, Goldman, Sachs & Co., used Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Hogan Lovells advised Home Properties on the transaction. Sidley Austin advised BofA Merrill Lynch, which was financial adviser to Home Properties. (more…)



Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added three attorneys in Houston and Dallas: Derek J. Anchondo, who was previously a partner at Adams and Reese, joined as an energy shareholder in Houston; Christina A. Tate, previously a partner at Vinson & Elkins, joined as a corporate shareholder in Dallas; and Hiba Kazim joined the firm’s Houston Litigation Practice as an associate.

“Texas is a key growth market for Greenberg Traurig and high caliber practitioners like Derek and Christina allow us to offer our clients the highest quality and value in the delivery of legal services possible,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, chief executive officer for Greenberg Traurig. “It is my pleasure to welcome them and Hiba to the firm. The Greenberg Traurig brand stands for excellence, extraordinary value in our areas of focus, global collaboration, and a culture of respect, empowerment, and trust. And when we talk with attorneys about joining the team, we are not only looking for exceptional lawyers but also for people who share our commitment to client service and who understand both the benefits of our large focused platform and the warmth of the Greenberg Traurig family.” (more…)



Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that hospitality attorney Kelly Franklin Bagnall has joined the firm as a partner in its Dallas office. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Bagnall was a member of Dykema and served as the Director of its Hospitality and Gaming Industry Group.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kelly and her long-time hospitality clients to our firm,” said Joe Guay, Holland & Knight’s Real Estate Section Leader. “With Kelly’s help, our firm looks forward to building our new real estate and other practices in Dallas and expanding our national hospitality team’s reach within the industry.” (more…)



Wick Phillips, a full-service business law firm with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, announces that Noah Nadler has joined the Dallas office as an Senior Associate on the Insurance Coverage Litigation team. Noah advises and represents corporate policyholders in coverage disputes involving all types of insurance policies, including Directors and Officers (D&O), Errors and Omissions (E&O), Fiduciary Liability, Commercial General Liability (CGL), Property, Builder’s Risk, Employer’s Liability, Environmental and Energy policies. (more…)



Eric English has joined Porter Hedges as a partner in the Bankruptcy section of the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. English has a diverse restructuring, litigation and creditor rights practice, including the representation of debtors, secured lenders, trade creditors, and equity holders in commercial workouts, bankruptcy restructurings and disputes. He also has experience with commercial foreclosures and has represented buyers in distressed acquisition transactions. (more…)



Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Ricky A. Raven as a partner in the firm’s U.S. Commercial Litigation Group in Houston. Raven was formerly a partner at Thompson & Knight in Houston.

“Ricky is an exceptional addition to our national practice,” said Raymond A. Cardozo, Chair of Reed Smith’s Litigation Department. “He is an accomplished and well-known trial lawyer and has first-chaired more than 100 jury trials to verdict throughout the country. His connections to the Houston business community and with in-house counsel at major corporations are exceptionally strong. We are delighted to have him as a colleague.” (more…)



Texas-based Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. (Munsch Hardt) recently strengthened its Corporate & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions practices with the addition of W. Phillip Whitcomb as a Shareholder in its Dallas office. Whitcomb brings to the firm more than 30 years of experience in advising and representing senior management of public and private companies on sophisticated corporate legal issues.

“We are thrilled to have Phil on board. Given his vast experience, Phil adds a great deal of strength to Munsch Hardt’s corporate section,” said Phil C. Appenzeller, Jr., CEO of Munsch Hardt. “Having worked in this market for quite some time, he understands what clients need and has the experience and judgment to get exceptional results. We are excited to welcome him to the firm.” (more…)



Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys and additional staff from the intellectual property law firm of Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri L.L.P (“Wong Cabello”) have joined the Firm in its Houston office, effective June 9, 2015. As a result of these additions, Blank Rome significantly bolsters its IP practice to more than 60 attorneys and broadens its service offering to clients. All 5 name partners are joining, with J. David Cabello serving as co-chair of Blank Rome’s Intellectual Property and Technology group. They bring with them an additional 6 partners, 4 of counsel, 9 associates, and professional staff. (more…)



Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a national law firm, announced today its expansion into Texas with the addition of two partners from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. The attorneys establishing Barnes & Thornburg’s Dallas office include Mark W. Bayer, who will serve as office managing partner, and Randy Gordon. With plans to make additional attorney hires in the coming months, the office will be temporarily located at 1717 McKinney Ave., Suite 700, in Dallas. (more…)



International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today announced a decisive expansion of its Dallas office as two new teams of leading M&A and technology and outsourcing lawyers joined the Firm.

The two new teams, which may comprise up to 15 lawyers, arrive from the Dallas office of another AmLaw 50 law firm. With these additions, the number of lawyers in McDermott’s Dallas office more than doubles as the Firm moves to take advantage of new strategic opportunities in this important and growing market. The two new groups, taken together, add a technology focus to McDermott’s transactional practice that complements its existing strengths in adjoining practices such as Intellectual Property (IP) and Health. (more…)