Gibson Dunn Picks Up New Corporate Partner Terrence R. Allen (Orange County)

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has snagged a well-rounded partner who focuses on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings to reinforce its corporate practice.

Terrence R. Allen has joined the firm’s Orange County office from O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He has handled a variety of corporate transactions, including public and private mergers, stock purchases, asset sales and leveraged recapitalizations.

“I am looking forward to contributing to the growth and success of Gibson Dunn’s Orange County office and to leveraging the world class resources of the firm for the benefit of clients,” Allen said.

Allen’s clients include United Food Group, Memorex International and Hanson PLC. He has represented issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and secondary equity offerings. He has also handled private placements and venture capital deals for issuers and managed purchases of equity, start-up and other private companies for investors.

He also brings experience advising public companies on corporate governance and disclosure matters.

“Terry has built a strong transactional practice in the Southern California market, and his addition will add depth to our corporate practice nationally,” said Ken Doran, managing partner at Gibson Dunn.

Prior to joining O’Melveny & Myers, Allen practiced with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. He received his law degree in 1993 and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and journalism in 1989 from the University of Southern California.

“His experience, particularly in the middle market sector, will complement our corporate practice locally and in California,” said Jeff Thomas, the partner heading up the Orange County office.

In January, former California Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Fuchs joined Gibson Dunn as of counsel in its business crimes and investigations practice area

Fuchs came to Gibson Dunn from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he served as the deputy chief of the major frauds section. One of the biggest cases he worked on was the investigation and successful prosecution of former Homestore.com executives.

Fuchs was just one of many former federal prosecutors on Gibson Dunn’s roster of securities attorneys. The firm has also welcomed Debra Wong Yang, the former Los Angeles U.S. Attorney, and Maurice Suh, another former prosecutor.

Gibson Dunn’s corporate attorneys focus on advising clients on various types of corporate and commercial transactions.

The firm’s corporate lawyers collaborate with lawyers in other practice areas in order to help clients complete their transactions. The firm has lawyers that specialize in the areas of tax, executive compensation and labor, antitrust, litigation, environmental law, intellectual property, real estate and bankruptcy.

Gibson Dunn represents corporations and other businesses on general corporate matters, such as corporation formation and restructuring, negotiating and documenting general commercial contracts, joint venture formation, employee benefits and executive compensation, stock options, SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley matters, and advising boards of directors and special committees.