The NHL's Atlanta Thrashers were sold to True North Sports & Entertainment, a group from Winnipeg, Canada. The group will move the team there next year—DLA Piper advised Atlanta Spirit—the Atlanta ownership group—on the $170 million sale. The firm also hired Michael Macaluso from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He will work in the firm's finance practice.
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman are launching a real estate practice after hiring Wallace Schwartz and Adam Endick, former partners at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In other news, Kasowitz will advise beleaguered bookselling giant Borders as it is set to be sold sometime in July.
It was a big week for SNR Denton—the firm hired former Jones Day partner Pamela Fulmer to work in its intellectual property practice in San Francisco, hired Heather Richman to work in its Silicon Valley public policy and regulation practice, and hired four former Seyfarth Shaw litigation and arbitration lawyers to work in its New York City office.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips hired three lawyers last week: former O'Melveny & Myers partner Phillip Kaplan will join the firm in Orange County; James Bonham and Shawn Hodjati will join the firm's government practice in Washington, D.C.
Winston & Strawn has hired former Seyfarth Shaw partner John Roesser in New York City.