Proskauer Client Grifols Acquires Novartis’ Business Diagnostics Unit For $1.7 Billion

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 15:48

Proskauer has announced that it represented Grifols, together with Grifols’ general counsel Osborne Clarke SLP, in its $1.675 billion agreement to acquire the transfusion diagnostics unit of Novartis. The assets acquired include diagnostic products and technology for transfusion medicine and immunology, a manufacturing plant in the U.S., and commercial offices in the United States, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

The transaction is part of Grifols’ growth strategy to complement its range of plasma protein therapies with other diagnostic products and services. The unit will also help to strengthen the company’s worldwide footprint in providing integrated solutions for blood and plasma donor centers from donation to transfusion. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014 upon customary regulatory approvals.

The Proskauer team was led by Mergers & Acquisitions partners Peter Samuels and Daniel Ganitsky and included partners Ron Franklin (Finance), Daryn Grossman (Life Sciences), Edward Kornreich (Health Care), Sigal Mandelker (Litigation), Andrea Rattner (Employee Benefits), Stuart Rosow (Tax) and Eric Remensperger (Real Estate); Senior Counsel Ellen Moskowitz (Health Care) and Gail Port (Environmental); Associates Yoon Suk Choo (Mergers & Acquisitions), Aliza Cinamon (Environmental), Mina Farbood (Mergers & Acquisitions), Annie Kim (Tax), Julie Kim (Mergers & Acquisitions), Allen Loeb (Real Estate), Joshua Miller (Employee Benefits), Lorena Sarmiento (Mergers & Acquisitions) and Jessica Weitzman (Life Sciences).

Proskauer has advised Grifols, a longtime client of the firm, on several matters in recent years, including the company’s $3.4 billion acquisition of Talecris Biotherapeutics in 2010.

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Proskauer has announced the promotion of 11 lawyers, six to partner and five to senior counsel, across the global law firm’s practices and offices.

“Our newest partners and senior counsel have demonstrated their ability to serve our clients at the highest levels,” said Joseph M. Leccese, Proskauer chairman. “We applaud their dedication to our clients and the firm, and are pleased to see them progress toward more senior leadership roles.”

The firm’s new partners and senior counsel are:

Partners

  • Jonathan Benloulou (Los Angeles) represents clients across a range of industries in mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance, and securities law matters. 
  • Richard Corn (New York) is a tax lawyer, who advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, structured financings, equity and debt issuances, and bankruptcy-related transactions.
  • Keisha-Ann Gray (New York) focuses her practice on labor and employment law, representing clients in both the private and public sectors. An experienced trial lawyer, she regularly litigates sexual harassment, race, age, gender and disability discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination claims before federal and state courts.
  • Glen Lim (Los Angeles) focuses on the representation of banks and other financial institutions as lenders and strategic investors, and buyout funds and corporations as borrowers, in connection with domestic and international financings.
  • Michael Suppappola (Boston) is a corporate lawyer focusing on the representation of private investment funds, funds of funds and investment advisers.  He counsels U.S. and non-U.S. sponsors on all aspects of the fund formation and capital raising process.
  • Jay Tai (Hong Kong) focuses his practice on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and complex corporate and commercial transactions. He has extensive experience representing regional and global private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, investment banks and strategic investors in their investment activities throughout Asia, with a particular focus on China. 

Senior Counsel

  • Nicole Eichberger (New Orleans) is a litigator experienced in complex ERISA litigation, advising employers, fiduciaries, and trustees on ERISA benefit and fiduciary issues. 
  • Jonathan Galler (Boca Raton) is a litigator who represents clients in the areas of probate litigation, business litigation, and insurance recovery and counseling.
  • Patrick Lamparello (New York) focuses on labor and employment law, representing clients in federal and state litigations, arbitrations and administrative proceedings, as well as union/management relations and collective bargaining.
  • James Segroves (Washington, DC) is a litigator with extensive experience in the health care industry.  He regularly represents defendants in litigation brought under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and related state laws.
  • Paresh Trivedi (New York) is a corporate lawyer experienced in representing clients in technology, media, communications, cable programming, digital advertising and content distribution transactions.