Winston & Strawn Names James Levin and Warren Loui As Partners In LA Office

Winston & Strawn LLP hired both C. James Levin and Warren Loui as partners in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Levin was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he served as former co-chair of M&A/Private Equity practices. Loui comes from Mayer Brown LLP, where he was a partner in its banking and finance department. Loui was also the Los Angeles Finance practice leader.


Winston & Strawn LLP announced today that it has significantly expanded its M&A, securities, private equity, and finance capabilities on the West Coast with the addition of C. James Levin and Warren Loui, who have joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as partners. Levin joins Winston from O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he was a partner in and former co-chair of the firm’s M&A/Private Equity practices. Loui comes to Winston from Mayer Brown LLP, where he was a partner in its banking and finance department, and the Los Angeles Finance practice leader.

The duo, who have well-established practices in Southern California, bring a rare combination of experience representing public and private companies in acquisitions and divestitures, securities offerings, and corporate finance transactions, including securitizations, structured and acquisition finance matters, and capital raises for emerging companies.

Levin has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as private companies in their acquisitions and business dispositions, and has advised many prominent investment banking firms. Loui’s representation of lenders and issuers includes acquisition financings of up to $3.7 billion, and structured financings and other securitizations in transactions valued up to $6 billion, including some of the first securitizations of non-performing loans and life settlements, the first securitization of electronic automobile receivables, and the first securitization under the Federal Reserve’s Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jim and Warren to our office,” said Laura Petroff, managing partner of the Los Angeles office. “Their reputation and proven deal-making abilities, along with their uncommon blend of experience, will allow our office to grow strategically in ways that complement our existing corporate presence in California and the firm’s global capabilities.”

“Jim and Warren bring superb skills that will benefit clients on the West Coast and beyond,” added Steve Gavin, chair of Winston’s corporate department. “Their experience adds significant depth in a number of critical corporate areas.”

Said Levin: “Joining Winston & Strawn’s Los Angeles office is a terrific growth opportunity that will greatly expand the firm’s corporate platform, enhancing capacities in the corporate governance, M&A, and securities arenas.” Added Loui, “Our familiarity with the Los Angeles market also opens up extraordinary opportunities to cross-sell services to new and existing clients in multiple disciplines.”

Levin earned his J.D. from Northwestern University, cum laude, where he was a member of the Northwestern Law Review. He also earned an M.M. from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from DePauw University.

Loui earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. He also has an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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