Chair; Business, Finance & Tax DivisionCo-Chair, Corporate & Finance
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University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1974.Executive Editor, “Student Notes,” Southern California Law Review.
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, magna cum laude, B.S.F.S., 1970.Phi Beta Kappa.
Bava is cochair of the firm after serving for a decade as its Chief Executive
and Managing Partner. Mr. Bava currently serves as National Head of Manatt’s
Business, Finance and Tax practice. His personal practice focuses on mergers
and acquisitions, underwritten securities offerings, boards of directors and
the representation of clients in a variety of industries.
Bava has conducted these services for entertainment, utility and healthcare
companies, local, regional and multinational financial institutions and holding
companies, individuals acquiring controlling interests in financial institutions
and holding companies, regional and national investment banks, and a full range
of non-financial institution corporate clients from closely held concerns to
New York Stock Exchange- and NASDAQ-listed companies.
Bava served as the Executive-in-Residence at Rustic Canyon Ventures, Santa
Monica, California, one of the largest venture capital funds in Southern
California focusing on Internet businesses, business services and other
technology-oriented, high-growth industries.
American Energy Operations, Inc. Lead counsel in connection with the $100 million sale of more than 100 oil wells to BreitBurn Energy Partners, L.P., a NYSE-listed oil and gas partnership.
Moelis & Company, LLC. Lead counsel to financial advisor in connection with the $718 million acquisition of Hughes Telematics, Inc. by Verizon Communications, Inc.
NorthWestern Corporation. Lead counsel in connection with the $2.2 billion cash merger with Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Limited (Australia).
Crescent Film Holdings. Lead counsel in connection with a $150 million investment in Village Roadshow Pictures Group, the multinational film production and distribution division of Village Roadshow Limited, an Australian public company.
Hanmi Financial Corporation. Lead corporate and regulatory counsel to leading Korean-American bank holding company in connection with a combined $120 million registered direct and underwritten rights offering.
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Lead counsel to NASDAQ-listed pharmaceutical company in connection with a $130 million acquisition of a Swiss patent holding company and its Japanese patent maintenance company.
Belvedere Capital Partners. Lead counsel to the private equity fund in its investment in a troubled portfolio company and the liquidation and distribution of its other portfolio investments.
Central Pacific Financial, Inc. Lead counsel in a $425 million non-negotiated, cash and stock takeover by CPF of CB Bancshares, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Special Committee of Board of Directors Of Pacific Union Bank. Counsel to a special committee of the board of directors in connection with a $300 million cash and stock acquisition by Hanmi Financial.
The Flying Tiger Line, Inc. Lead outside counsel for the world's largest air cargo carrier between 1985 and 1989. Among the most notable transactions:
Wellness Foundation/HealthNet. Special lead corporate counsel for one of the largest charitable foundations in California in its capacity as the largest shareholder of Health Systems International, Inc. (HSI), the parent company of HealthNet. The transactions led for this client include:
East West Bancorp. Lead corporate counsel in connection with $260 million ownership transfer of the nation's largest Chinese-American bank within six weeks. Lead Counsel in six acquisitions of Chinese-American commercial banks.
in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 12 years.
California Super Lawyers,” Los Angeles Magazine, 2004-2012.
Who’s Who in L.A. Law: Top 40 M&A Lawyers, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2011.
Who’s Who in Law, Los Angeles Business Journal, listed among the first published 100 most prominent business attorneys practicing in Los Angeles County, 2009.
Named among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2008.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years.
“Southern California Super Lawyers,” Los Angeles Magazine, 2004-2008.
Executive of the Year, Los Angeles Business Journal, 1995.
Who’s Who in Law, Los Angeles Business Journal, listed among the first published 100 most prominent business attorneys practicing in Los Angeles County.
Admitted to practice in California.
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Member, State Bar of California Association, Financial Institutions Committee, Business Section.
Member, American Bar Association.
Chairman (1998) and Member, Board of Directors, Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law office in the United States.
Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, 2002 Chair, Legal Services Division.
Chairman, Board of Directors, KCET, a community television affiliate of the Public Broadcasting System.
Member, Board of Trustees of the Association of Public Television Stations.
Member, Board of Directors, Fraternity of Friends of the Los Angeles Music Center.
Member, Board of Directors, Attorneys Insurance Mutual Risk Retention Group, until June 2005.
Member, Pacific Council on International Policy.
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