O’Melveny’s Bruington, Lazatin Named Law360 Rising StarsMay 30, 2014
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LOS ANGELES ─ May 30, 2014 ─ Law360 has named O'Melveny & Myers LLP partners Nancy Bruington and Carlos Lazatin among its 2014 "Rising Stars," lawyers under the age of 40 "whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions belie their age.” According to Law360, the publication culled the winners from more than 1,000 submissions. Bruington and Lazatin each were profiled in Law360 as part of the publication's special series on the 2014 Rising Stars.
Bruington, a Century City-based member of the Firm's Entertainment and Media Practice who is appearing on Law360's Rising Stars list for the second time this year, represents studios, production companies, commercial and investment banks, private equity funds and other investors in structuring and negotiating multipicture and slate financings, cash flow and asset-based financing transactions, corporate finance transactions, and other types of media and entertainment financing transactions. Law360 noted that she has played a “pivotal role in some of Hollywood's biggest financing transactions,” such as The Weinstein Co.'s new, US$370 million senior secured revolving credit facility and Alcon Entertainment’s portfolio co-financing arrangement to finance six films with a financial investor. Among other prominent deals, Bruington also represented Walt Disney Studios and Disney Enterprises Inc. on Disney’s amendment of its US$200 million senior subordinated credit facility and distribution agreement with Dreamworks Studios and advised Open Road Films Inc. in the refinancing of a US$100 million senior secured revolving credit facility. Bruington told Law360 that the keys to her success are “focusing on client service, gaining experience on deals, working hard and making relationships in the industry or the space that I practice.”
A member of O’Melveny’s Class Actions, Mass Torts, and Insurance Litigation Practice, Lazatin defends clients in class actions and consumer products litigation. Law360 highlighted Lazatin’s role in helping Kia Motors Corp. defeat a class action involving vehicle gas-tanks, and his representation of Skechers USA Inc. in a series of class actions coupled with an FTC investigation in parallel with 44 state attorneys general. “I brought a lot of the class action expertise to the table and handled negotiations with the lawyers on the plaintiffs' side,” Lazatin said of the Skechers matters. “We had the ability to bring multiple people with expertise in multiple practice areas to negotiate and eventually complete a successful settlement.” Law360 also noted that the Los Angeles-based Lazatin’s experiences with the claims-substantiation process from his prior career in marketing enhance his skills in consumer protection law. “I like getting into the mind of the consumer and how they react to particular messaging,” Lazatin said. “And in false ad litigation, I like the focus on consumer takeaways and likelihood of confusion.” In one example of how Lazatin’s added perspective has come to bear in his work, Law360 cited O'Melveny’s 2011 victory for General Mills, in which the team was able to show that the company’s cereal claims complied with the US Food and Drug Administration's regulations for food flavoring.
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