Wilmer Poaches Corporate Partners From White & Case

May 2, 2016


By, David Ruiz

SAN FRANCISCO — Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has added corporate partners in its Palo Alto and Los Angeles offices. Eric Hwang and Christopher Rose come from White & Case, where they both practiced for close to four years.

Rose and Hwang join Wilmer’s corporate and emerging companies practices. Rose said he would help expand the firm’s reach in “Silicon Beach,” the Los Angeles equivalent to Silicon Valley.

Hwang and Rose are both former in-house attorneys with financing and M&A experience. Rose has represented venture capital and private equity firms on their investments, and he has represented public and private companies through corporate governance matters, financings and regulatory compliance. Rose was associate general counsel at Fidelity National Financial Inc. from 2003 to 2006. The company completed 30 acquisitions worth more than a collective $10 billion, Rose said.

In private practice, Rose represented Google Capital, Salesforce.com Inc. and Toshiba in corporate venture capital investments. Hwang represents technology and life sciences companies on joint ventures and cross-border M&A. He spent more than five years at Oracle Corp. helping the company set up its current in-house M&A team and infrastructure. More recently, Hwang has represented data and analytics software provider Pivotal Software Inc. on multiple purchases.

“What we saw in WilmerHale was the ability to utilize the firm’s strong regulatory practice and the whole U.S. platform in a way that we haven’t been able to previously,” Hwang said. “It will really benefit our clients in terms of getting the breadth of expertise that will be relevant for them.”

Hwang and Rose made their move with the help of Watanabe Nason & Schwartz legal recruiters Larry Watanabe and Ken Schwartz.

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