Firm hires four new partners in San Francisco and Palo Alto
SAN FRANCISCO/PALO ALTO (May 31, 2016) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of four new partners in the San Francisco Bay Area. Three partners – Darío Avram, Patrick D. Huard and Alex S. Kaufman – join Morrison & Foerster’s Private Equity Investments & Buyouts Group, and the fourth partner, Sara L. Terheggen – joins the firm’s Corporate Department.
Messrs. Avram, Huard and Kaufman all come to the firm from Kirkland & Ellis with significant expertise and relationships in the private equity space. Dr. Terheggen joins Morrison & Foerster from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, combining a public company practice, advising on numerous corporate finance transactions, initial public offerings and corporate governance matters, with a fund practice, working with private equity and other funds on fund formation and other transactions.
“Darío, Patrick and Alex bring impressive private equity experience and will play leading roles in the firm’s efforts to build a prominent private equity practice in the Bay Area,” Eric McCrath, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Private Equity Investment & Buyouts and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups, said. “These hires signal our intent to further invest and strengthen our leadership position in the San Francisco Bay Area market, traditionally the firm’s cornerstone.”
Brandon Parris, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s 390-lawyer Global Corporate Department, added: “Sara is a highly accomplished lawyer who will help us continue to expand our public company, corporate finance, and fund formation practices across the firm. We are committed to growing our bench of talented, next generation partners in the Bay Area who will play key roles in the firm.”
This latest addition to the firm’s partnership is another example of the momentum that Morrison & Foerster is enjoying so far this year with lateral hires. Recently, Morrison & Foerster welcomed a group of eight government contracts partners to its Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia offices, including David Churchill whom Chambers has referred to as a “dean of the government contracts bar.” Beyond this, 10 other partners have joined the firm in 2016, including three more in the United States, four in Asia, and three in Europe.
Here is some further information on Morrison & Foerster’s newest partners.
Morrison & Foerster continues to be top-ranked as an “elite” firm in Corporate/M&A Nationwide by Chambers USA 2015. The firm advised on 138 M&A transactions in 2015, with a total value of approximately $195 billion, including 19 transactions of greater than $1 billion. Morrison & Foerster is also ranked as one of the most active law firms by Private Equity Analyst based on the number of private equity and venture capital deals the firm negotiates and closes, as well as for GP and LP fund formations.