Proskauer Continues Expansion Of LA Office

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 01:00

Proskauer continued the expansion of its Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Los Angeles office with the addition of Joseph J. Giunta as Senior Counsel.

Formerly a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and one of the founding partners of that firm's West Coast M&A practice, Mr. Giunta's practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions (both friendly and hostile), proxy contests, tender offers, restructurings, recapitalizations and leveraged buyouts.

"Joe's experience working with purchasers, sellers and their financial advisers in the full gamut of merger, acquisition and disposition transactions will be invaluable to us, not just in Los Angeles, where our corporate practice is recognized as one of the most active and accomplished in the region, but across our global platform," said Jeffrey A. Horwitz, co-head of Proskauer's Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

Michael A. Woronoff, head of Proskauer's Los Angeles office and its West Coast corporate and securities practice, said, "Joe is one of the best in the business, and we're very lucky to have the opportunity to bring him onboard. His experience will allow the firm to continue to expand its work on the large-scale matters in which our clients are increasingly involved."

During his tenure at Skadden, Mr. Giunta handled transactions for The Greenbrier Companies, Oaktree Capital Management LLC, the Special Committee of Times Mirror, the Special Committee of Spiros Development Corporation, Del Webb Corporation, Plum Creek Timber Co., Baxter International, Inc., CEMEX, S.A., Cobra Golf Inc., Costco Wholesale Corporation, Sapiens International Corp., Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of St. John's Knits, among many others.

Mr. Giunta is the latest addition to Proskauer's global Corporate Department and transactional practice, which in recent weeks have welcomed Seung Chong and Jeremy Leifer (Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity), Gene Buttrill (Capital Markets) and Jay C.S. Tai (Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity) in Hong Kong, Russell T. Carmedy and Michael Nouril (Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity) in London, and Frank Zarb (Capital Markets, Finance) in Washington, DC.