• Gordon M. Bava

    Chair; Business, Finance & Tax Division
    Co-Chair, Corporate & Finance
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    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4205
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224


    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. 

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    • Memberships & Activities
    • Speaking Engagements


    Gordon Bava is co-chairman of the firm after serving for a decade as its Chief Executive and Managing Partner until December 31, 1999.  Mr. Bava’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, special committee representation, private and underwritten securities offerings and general corporate representation of clients in a variety of industries.

    Mr. Bava has conducted these services for public entertainment, utility and healthcare companies, local, regional and multinational financial institutions and holding companies, investment banks, and institutional and individual investors.

    Mr. Bava previously 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.

    Representative Matters

    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:

    • An underwritten public offering of $66 million of Depositary Convertible Preferred Stock.
    • $274 million refinancing of leverage leases of four Boeing 747-200F aircraft.
    • $140 million of First and Second Priority Secured Trust Certificates.
    • ¥$5.4 billion bridge loan agreement and ¥$12.5 billion term loan agreement.
    • $800 million acquisition by means of a public tender offer by and merger with Federal Express Corporation.

    California  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:

    • $600 million combination of HM Management Holdings, Inc. and QuaMed, Inc. in 1994, which became the foundation of HSI as a public entity.
    • Lead counsel to Foundation board of directors in connection with various takeover proposals made to HSI.
    • $160 million underwritten public offering of common stock by HSI.

    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. 

    Nevada Savings & Loan Association. Special outside corporate counsel for largest S&L in Nevada on a variety of public financings and its acquisition by Southwest Gas Corporation.

    Honors & Awards

    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.


    Co-author, “A Comeback for Tender Offers?” Mergers & Acquisitions: The Dealmaker’s Journal, March 2007.

    Memberships & Activities

    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.

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaker, "Are You Ready to Go Public?" Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 2013.