Hogan Lovells Builds Corporate and Life Sciences Practices in Silicon Valley

SILICON VALLEY, 1 December 2010 – Hogan Lovells announced today that it is strengthening its Corporate and Life Sciences West Coast platform with the addition of Laura Berezin as a partner in Hogan Lovells US LLP. Berezin will be a member of the Corporate practice in the Silicon Valley, California office where she will focus on corporate and investment banking matters in the life sciences industry.

Since opening offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley in 2008 that were originally focused on litigation, Hogan Lovells planned to build a leading corporate and life sciences practice in Northern California, starting with the arrival of corporate partner Jon Layman in June 2010.

A skilled lawyer who has practiced for more than 18 years in Silicon Valley, Berezin concentrates in corporate, securities and capital markets transactions, with a particular experience in representing life science clients, a key industry sector for Hogan Lovells.

Berezin represents public and private corporations, investment banks, venture capital funds, and financial institutions both in the United States and Europe in a variety of equity, debt, and equity-linked transactions, including public offerings, private placements, PIPES, 144A transactions, and highly structured convertible instruments, spin-outs, and mergers and acquisitions. Her general corporate practice includes formation and financing activities, securities compliance, public company disclosure, and corporate governance matters. She has extensive experience in counseling publicly-traded life sciences companies and their boards of directors.

Most recently, Berezin was a partner at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto, California.

Hogan Lovells Silicon Valley Office Managing Partner Michael Charlson said, "Laura brings an excellent combination of entrepreneurialism, ambition, and work ethic, and she shares our commitment to expanding our Northern California offices. In an environment where government policy developments and growth opportunities will profoundly affect life science companies and their transactional activity over the next several years, Laura's corporate capabilities and industry experience, coupled with the broader Hogan Lovells platform, present a compelling proposition for new and existing clients."

Remarking on her arrival, Berezin said, "I am extremely impressed by Hogan Lovells' depth of practice in New York, Washington, D.C., and overseas, in addition to the outstanding Life Sciences practice. I believe we will have tremendous potential and opportunity to expand existing client relationships and to build the corporate presence in the Bay Area."

Berezin received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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