SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2015) – Louis R. Dienes, an attorney with more than two decades of experience handling mergers and acquisitions in technology and other growth industries, has joined Ballard Spahr in San Diego and Los Angeles, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. 

Mr. Dienes has represented clients in more than $10 billion of concluded mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, including domestic and cross-border stock and asset transactions. He has extensive experience representing buyers and sellers of assets in foreclosures, bankruptcies, and receiverships, and has served as U.S. co-counsel in similar foreign deals.

Mr. Dienes has advised private investor groups and angel investors, and has represented businesses, investment banks, and investors in more than 150 private offerings of securities, including preferred stock and convertible debt offerings, and offerings of partnership and limited liability company interests.

“Louis is a talented lawyer with considerable experience in M&A transactions of all sizes and across industries,” said Brian M. Pinheiro, Chair of Ballard Spahr’s Business and Finance Department. “Expanding our M&A capabilities in the West is a strategic priority for the firm and Louis will be a valuable resource both to clients and his colleagues. We are delighted to have him on the team.”

Ballard Spahr’s M&A/Private Equity Group represents buyers and sellers in dozens of industries, ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational public companies, in transactions that span the lower and middle markets to multibillion-dollar mergers.

Mr. Dienes serves as the primary legal adviser to numerous boards, executive teams, and investors in domestic and multinational businesses—from start-ups to well-established corporations—and is known for his skill in transactions involving rights in technology and other intellectual property.

“Louis brings significant experience to our clients, both in the West and nationwide," said Chris Celentino, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s San Diego office. "He will play an integral role in the continuing expansion of our capabilities in Southern California and we all look forward to working with him."

At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Dienes will be a member of the firm’s Business and Finance Department and its Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity Group.

“Ballard Spahr has an impressive national business practice, which provides an ideal platform to meet the needs of my clients,” said Mr. Dienes. “I am looking forward to joining my new colleagues and helping to build out the firm’s offerings in California.”

About Ballard Spahr
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