WilmerHale Expands West Coast Corporate Practice With Two Partner Hires

Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES

LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WilmerHale is pleased to welcome Partners Christopher Rose and Eric Hwang to the firm's Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices, respectively. Mr. Rose and Mr. Hwang join the firm from an Am Law 100 firm. They collectively bring with them more than 30 years of law firm and in-house experience handling a variety of corporate matters.

"Eric and Chris possess a powerful combination of experience, knowledge and drive, which will benefit the firm and its clients as we continue to focus on strategic growth on the West Coast," said Susan Murley, Co-Managing Partner of WilmerHale. "Their experience advising tech and life sciences companies is key and fits with our focus and strategy."

"WilmerHale's strong corporate practice and entrepreneurial culture really drew us to the firm," said Mr. Rose, on behalf of himself and Mr. Hwang. "Having demonstrated an impressive track record working with clients at all stages of growth and in a variety of industries, we are eager to help bolster the firm's already active practice."

Mr. Hwang added, "The firm's depth of talent, breadth of experience and commitment to increasing its presence in Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach were the perfect combination as we look to strengthen and grow our practices in these regions."

Mr. Rose advises public and private clients on M&A, IPOs, venture capital and private equity investments, as well as public filings under federal securities laws and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, NYSE and NASDAQ requirements and other corporate governance matters. Mr. Hwang advises technology and life sciences companies, investment banks, and venture capital and private equity firms on a wide range of strategic transactions, including joint ventures and complex, cross-border M&A transactions.

WilmerHale is widely recognized for its preeminence in the representation of technology and life sciences companies in the US and Europe. The firm's corporate lawyers have considerable experience in IPOs, venture capital, M&A, strategic alliances, corporate governance matters and the representation of emerging companies. WilmerHale's business lawyers draw on the resources of its intellectual property, tax, labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, real estate, bankruptcy and antitrust practices to provide a full service solution to its corporate clients. The firm's corporate practice is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, and was recently named among the top two Best Life Sciences Law Firms for 2016 in the inaugural Life Science Index, published by Lake Whillians and Breaking Media.

"Chris and Eric's arrival exemplifies our continued efforts to seek out top talent for our growing West Coast offices," said Steve Singer, Chair of WilmerHale's Transactional Department. "Each experienced partner brings unique strengths that will help serve the varied and complex needs of our technology and life sciences clients. Having collectively spent over 10 years in various in-house and business roles, Chris and Eric bring a strong understanding of the scope of services and practical, real-world advice that clients are seeking from their outside advisors."

"We are delighted to welcome our first corporate partner in Los Angeles and to expand the office's capabilities beyond our existing complex litigation and government investigations practice," added Randall Lee, Partner-in-Charge of WilmerHale's LA office.

Mr. Rose earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is admitted to the State Bar of California and the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Hwang earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is admitted to the State Bar of California.

About Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

WilmerHale provides legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of its clients. The law firm's leading Intellectual Property, Litigation/Controversy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Securities, and Transactional Departments participate in some of the highest-profile legal and policy matters. With a staunch commitment to public service, the firm is renowned as a leader in pro bono representation. WilmerHale is 1,000 lawyers strong with 12 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.wilmerhale.com.

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