John Maselli joins Corporate practice in Northern California

DLA Piper announced today that John Maselli has joined the firm’s Corporate practice as a partner in Northern California, based in the San Francisco office.

Maselli advises private equity sponsors, venture capital firms, portfolio companies and strategic acquirers and targets in connection with planning and executing domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including leveraged buyouts, asset sales, tender offers, spinoffs and carveouts, take privates, and growth equity and early-stage investments. He also advises clients in connection with joint ventures and leveraged recapitalisations, as well as general corporate, securities law and commercial matters.

“John’s broad M&A and private equity experience will make him an invaluable resource for our clients,” said Victoria Lee, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Technology sector. “He has handled complex cross-border transactions across a range of sectors, including technology, healthcare, cybersecurity, life sciences and real estate, and his wide range of industry experience will deliver important value to domestic and international companies alike.”

“John adds significant depth to our transactional capabilities in Northern California and will help us better meet the needs of clients engaging in strategic transactions across our global platform,” said Bradley Gersich, co-chair of the firm’s Northern California Corporate and Securities practice. “We are excited to have him on our team.”

Maselli is the latest addition to the firm’s Corporate practice, which has also recently welcomed partners Thomas Gaynor, Jinjian Huang and Khoa Do in Northern California, as well as Stephen Ballas and Stephen Reil in Los Angeles.

Maselli received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and his B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Hogan Lovells partner joins Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie has appointed trade and commodity finance lawyer Lodewyk Meyer as a partner in its banking and finance practice group in Johannesburg.

Meyer was previously partner of the banking and finance team at Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg, where he had been since 2015.

His experience also includes roles at Norton Rose Fulbright, Bowman Gilfillan, Standard Chartered, Nedbank and Absa. Throughout his career he has advised banks, structured trade and speciality funds, and actors in the commodity value chain in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US.

“Lodewyk’s hire forms part of our strategy to grow our transactional practice in Africa through strategic recruitment and organic promotions,” says Baker McKenzie managing partner Morne van der Merwe. “Lodewyk’s skills in trade, finance and investment in Africa are invaluable to multinational organisations who must negotiate a multitude of trade and finance laws and regulations when transacting across borders in Africa.”

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Who’s switching jobs? People moves for October 12th

The latest news for People on the Move, including insights and opinions from employment experts around the globe.

Octopus Property

Specialist property lender Octopus Property, part of the Octopus Group, announced the appointment of Paula Purdy as business development manager (BDM), north of England, reporting directly to D’mitri Zaprzala, Head of Sales. Paula’s appointment follows on from the three regional BDM hires announced last month, with representatives now established across the UK. Paula brings over 17 years of residential, commercial, buy-to-let and bridging lending experience. She joins Octopus Property from Shawbrook Bank, where she was head of sales, residential mortgages, increasing business and raising Shawbrook’s profile amongst intermediaries. Paula will be responsible for deepening relationships with introducers, alongside building new ones, in and around major North of England cities including Chester, Liverpool, Crewe and Warrington, leveraging Octopus Property’s residential, commercial and development product range.

White & Case LLP

Global law firm White & Case has expanded its global project finance practice with the addition of Simon Caridia as a new partner in London. Simon focuses his practice on debt financings for infrastructure M&A and private equity transactions. He advises industry sponsors, infrastructure and private equity funds, commercial bank lenders, multilateral agencies, institutional investors and host governments on brownfield transactions and greenfield projects, including acquisitions, refinancing’s, restructurings, project finance and public-private partnerships. He joins White & Case from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was a partner. “There are very few lawyers in the London market who can match Simon’s reputation, experience and market knowledge in relation to advising clients on debt financing for infrastructure M&A and private equity deals,” said White & Case partner Mark Castillo-Bernaus.

Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey, the global investment bank, yesterday announced that David Brock had joined the firm as a managing director in its industrials group, focused on the building products sector. He is based in London. David joins from Jefferies, where he was a managing director and head of the construction and building materials group. Prior to Jefferies, he was also a managing director and head of the construction and building materials group at Deutsche Bank. David’s previous experience also includes equity research roles in the building products sector at Credit Suisse and HSBC. “I am excited for the opportunity to be part of this momentum and to be joining the market-leading Industrials team,” David said.