LARRY BRAUN: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP - Partner
Larry Braun is the former Co-Leader of Sheppard Mullin’s Corporate Practice Group. In addition to his law degree, Braun holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and has attained the New Jersey CPA Certificate Requirements. He was previously a managing director of the largest private investment banking firm on the west coast. Braun is resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office where he represents public and private companies in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities and general business.
Braun is an advisor to clients ranging from family-owned businesses to multi-national corporations in many diverse industries such as high-tech and computers, healthcare, consumer goods, aerospace and defense, and grocery and food service. His principal areas of practice are general corporate law, corporate finance and securities law, mergers and acquisition transactions, contractual matters (including licensing and distribution arrangements), healthcare transactions and general business counseling.
JEFFREY H. COHEN: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Partner
Jeffrey H. Cohen began his career at Skadden as a summer associate and has been integral to the growth and development of the firm’s Los Angeles office and its corporate practice. Cohen has served as the head of the Corporate Group in Skadden’s Los Angeles office for over 15 years and has been instrumental in its rise to prominence. The group has been at the forefront of global M&A capability and boasts the capacity to handle the largest and most complex corporate finance and M&A transactions on behalf of domestic and international clients.
In addition, Cohen has been a leader in innovative private equity transactions. He is extremely client-focused and is highly skilled at getting the toughest deals successfully completed. Cohen’s extensive experience, creativity and background in finance enable him to effectively address clients’ business needs. Clients frequently call on Cohen to handle some of their most complex matters. One example is his work for AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. in its $4.2 billion acquisition by Tyson Foods, Inc.
EVA DAVIS: Winston & Strawn LLP - Partner
Eva Davis is Co-Chair of the Private Equity Practice at Winston & Strawn, a leadership role in which she is spearheading the strategic global expansion of the firm’s private equity practice, with a particular focus on the West Coast. In addition to this role, which has established her as a valuable member of the firm’s management team, Davis is a renowned dealmaker with an emphasis on U.S. and cross-border transactions.
For more than 20 years, Davis has advised domestic and international clients on numerous mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions and enterprise-transformative business opportunities. She has taken charge as lead counsel negotiating and completing deals in a wide variety of industries, including: automotive, consumer products, energy, entertainment, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, technology and telecommunications, among others. Her transactional experience includes deals ranging from tens of millions of dollars to more than $1 billion.
STEVEN B. STOKDYK: Latham & Watkins LLP - Partner
Steven B. Stokdyk is a leading corporate attorney with extensive securities, finance, acquisition and governance experience representing companies, principal investors and investment banks in a variety of industries – including technology, financial institutions, healthcare, gaming and real estate. He regularly advises public and private companies in their most significant M&A and capital markets transactions, as well as strategic/ activist defense, proxy contests and other corporate control matters.
He particularly advises clients on hostile and negotiated mergers; initial public offerings; high-yield, convertible and secured debt offerings; recapitalizations; and private equity and debt investments. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance and structure, securities law compliance and strategic transactions. He has extensive experience representing public and private companies in high-profile M&A transactions. For example, he represented United Online in its sale to B. Riley in 2016 and is currently representing Teladoc in its acquisition of Best Doctors.
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