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PwC appoints Ron Chopoorian as Global Leader, Health Industries

PwC has appointed Ron Chopoorian (PwC United States) as the Global Leader of its Health Industries practice. Ron has extensive client experience and deep industry knowledge across health industries, including payer, provider and pharmaceutical and life sciences. He brings more than 24 years of experience assisting private equity and corporate clients with a broad range of mission critical strategic initiatives, including improving business and commercial strategy, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures focused on improving shareholder value.

In his new role, Chopoorian will lead the Global Health Industries team, which advises a large network of clients in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, as well as policymakers on a range of key areas including advanced data analytics, integrated patient experience, digital transformation in healthcare, social determinants of health, precision medicine, assurance, tax and legal services, and strategy. He will also continue his role as the Global Relationship Partner for one of the world’s largest multinational pharmaceutical companies.

“I’m excited to take on the role of Global Health Industries Leader during a time when clients, policymakers and society face profound changes, challenges and opportunities,” says Chopoorian. “The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a reminder of how PwC’s purpose – to build trust in society and solve important problems – guides our work with health industries stakeholders. By bringing our capabilities together, we have a unique opportunity to connect payers, providers, pharma and policy makers in order to address common challenges across the health ecosystem. We can provide solutions that make a real impact in delivering the best outcomes for patients, communities and clients.”

Kevin Burrowes, PwC’s Global Clients and Industries Leader, says “The opportunities and challenges facing our clients are unparalleled. In collaboration with other industries, our Health Industries practice, under Ron’s leadership, will continue to help governments and organisations repair, rethink and reconfigure their business models to emerge stronger from the crisis.”

Chopoorian previously was the New York Metro Deals Leader and has launched and served as the national leader of the PwC United States Divestiture Services practice. He also co-led the “Digitising Deals” initiative to enhance value creation and customer experience through the use and deployment of technology in the M&A process. During his career with PwC, he has advised various multinational pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies on a number of strategic and operational issues, from digital enablement and transformation to business and financial due diligence.

Chopoorian earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School. Ron is also a CPA and a member of both the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs.

Duane Morris Welcomes Real Estate Partner Tom Galli

Tom Galli has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Galli was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

“Our Real Estate group is a high-performing practice, and its ongoing success is an important component of our strategy as a national, leading law firm,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “With Tom’s experience and relationships, we anticipate new growth opportunities as data centre, large development and public-private partnership projects move ahead in the United States.”

“Tom’s extensive experience on large-scale real estate transactions, distressed assets and complex financing arrangements will be a significant and synergistic boost to our Real Estate capabilities,” said George Kroculick, co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. “We are delighted that Tom has chosen to join us. His skillset and client base are great complements to those of our practice group,” added Chester Lee, Real Estate Practice Group co-chair.

“I am pleased to be part of a thriving Real Estate group. Duane Morris represents a great strategic fit for clients with its large platform of offices across the U.S., in London and across Asia, and the breadth of sophistication of its business practices, particularly its Real Estate Practice Group. I am looking forward to being part of the firm’s collaborative culture and applying it to my practice,” Galli said.

With more than 30 years of experience, Galli represents clients on real estate transactions and developments for data centre, mixed-use, office, industrial, stadium, arena, retail and multifamily properties. He regularly represents private equity firms, REITs, publicly traded companies, developers, private companies and government agencies in a variety of real estate transactions and developments.

Galli is a 1988 graduate of Stanford School of Law and earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

Marc Petitier Joins White & Case as a Partner in Paris

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the addition of Marc Petitier as a partner in Paris.

“The strength of our global network, with on-the-ground market leading expertise in many of the world’s most important jurisdictions, means we can advise clients on their most complex cross border matters wherever their transactions take place,” said White & Case partner John Reiss, Head of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. “Marc’s reputation as a leading M&A partner will enhance our existing corporate capabilities in Paris and complement our strengths in finance, restructuring and disputes, which are more important than ever in the current economic climate.”

Petitier is a renowned corporate lawyer who has led on many of the most significant corporate transactions originating from France, advising clients on public and private M&A deals, sales and joint ventures, and corporate governance. He has experience across a number of different sectors, including technology, financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, and on Africa-related deals. Petitier brings 20 years of experience and joins White & Case joins from Linklaters, where he was a partner.

Denise Diallo, White & Case Executive Partner in Paris, said: “Marc’s arrival builds on our success and growth in Paris and follows the addition of a team of private equity partners led by Saam Golshani at the end of 2018, the arrival of partners Jean-Luc Champy and Amaury de Feydeau in February 2020 and Emilie Rogey in September 2019, and the four partner promotions at the start of 2021. Marc’s reputation and corporate relationships make him the perfect fit to bring additional prestige and capabilities to the Paris office and also present a great opportunity to reinforce and diversify our client base, through strong client synergies and overlap with Marc’s practice.”

Partner Oliver Brettle, a member of White & Case’s global Executive Committee, said: “We continue to invest and grow across the major EU markets, which have seen great success in recent years and remain extremely important to our global clients. The addition of Marc supports this focus as well as the Firm’s strategy for growth in key global practices and industries, including M&A, technology and financial institutions.”

Bloomberg ranked White & Case first by value for cross-border M&A for the first nine months of 2020.

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.