Lowenstein Sandler Adds Marita A. Makinen As Member In Corporate Department

Monday, May 2, 2011 - 01:00

Lowenstein Sandler is bolstering its thriving New York corporate practice with the addition of mergers and acquisitions lawyer Marita A. Makinen as a Member of the Firm. Her arrival follows hot on the heels of an eight-person IP team that joined Lowenstein's Palo Alto office last week, and a seven-strong white collar group led by renowned litigator Ike Sorkin that joined Lowenstein in New York a few months ago.

Ms. Makinen represents public companies, activist investors and private equity sponsors in their public, private, hostile, joint venture and distressed company transactions. She also represents public companies in financing transactions, including PIPE and mezzanine debt investments, and on stock exchange and securities law compliance and disclosure matters.

"I joined Lowenstein to bring my mergers and acquisitions expertise to the fastest-growing, most exciting technology practice in the country," said Ms. Makinen. "I look forward to working with Lowenstein's talented lawyers, a few of whom I've had the pleasure to collaborate with during my career, and to introducing my clients, who will benefit from Lowenstein's renowned client service, to my new colleagues."

Lowenstein Sandler continues to strengthen its national intellectual property practice, announcing today that the highly sought-after IP group led by Dan Ovanezian and Marina Portnova is joining the firm in its Palo Alto office. The eight-person patent prosecution team left the well-known valley firm of Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman to join Lowenstein.

"We could not be more thrilled that Dan, Marina and their team chose to bring their energy and creativity to Lowenstein. Their forward-looking, business-oriented approach fits perfectly with the entrepreneurial culture that makes Lowenstein Sandler different" said Gary Wingens, Lowenstein's Chairman & CEO. "This team's arrival will certainly enhance our ability to continue to deliver great value and service to our clients, and our newest clients will have at their disposal the comprehensive suite of legal services that Lowenstein offers."

The eight-person group joining Lowenstein also includes Kevin Grange, Ashley Essick, Ben Kimes, Joan Arbolante, Paul Krueger and Tony Chen. They have collectively prosecuted thousands of patents, including many for companies that are well known in the venture and tech communities. "Intellectual Property is the core asset of the businesses in our space," said Mark Kesslen, chairman of Lowenstein's IP practice. "The addition of Dan and Marina's team gives our clients the IP resources they need from coast to coast."

Lowenstein Sandler ranks among the nation's most active law firms for the number of private equity and venture capital deals negotiated and closed during 2010, according to Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst. The firm was recognized for handling a total of 157 private equity and venture capital deals during the year.

The Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler is a nationally recognized thought leader in the development of technology-based and venture-backed businesses across industries. The Tech Group, which has counseled clients on more than 300 venture and angel financings in the past two years, represents the country's leading venture funds and works with technology entrepreneurs and businesses at every level - from the labs of leading universities, to start-ups, to the largest companies in information technology, telecommunications and life sciences.

Lowenstein Sandler's Specialty Finance practice handles mergers and acquisitions, acquisition financing, PIPEs, SPACs and other corporate finance matters for a wide array of investment funds, leading national investment banks, and issuers, in deals worldwide. The group has counseled clients on more than $4 billion in PIPE transactions since 2007, maintaining its ranking among the nation's top firms representing investors and placement agents in PIPEs, according to The PIPES Report, PrivateRaise.com and PlacementTracker.