Press Release
July 15, 2021

Holland & Knight Expands Corporate Practice on West Coast

IRVINE, Calif. (July 15, 2021) – Corporate attorneys Bryan Gadol and Wendy Kottmeier have joined Holland & Knight as partners in the firm's Orange County office. Mr. Gadol and Ms. Kottmeier, who have worked together for 20 years, focus on M&A and private equity transactions. They previously practiced at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Mr. Gadol will head Holland & Knight's California Corporate, M&A and Private Equity practice.

Mr. Gadol and Ms. Kottmeier guide clients at all stages of the corporate life cycle in connection with M&A and private equity, securities transactions, reorganizations and other corporate matters. They are trusted advisers to companies, private equity funds, family offices and other investors across various sectors, including technology, consumer products, beauty, medical device and manufacturing.

"Bryan and Wendy are the perfect team to lead the expansion of our corporate presence in California, particularly in M&A and private equity," said David Barkus, co-leader of Holland & Knight's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group and the leader of the firm's Private Equity Team. "With an outstanding deal sheet and client roster, they make an excellent addition to our national team as well."

"Wendy and I are thrilled to join Holland & Knight and delighted to have the opportunity to lead the expansion of the firm's corporate practice in California," said Mr. Gadol. "We believe our deep client relationships in Southern California and deal experience nicely complement the firm's existing strengths in M&A and private equity, and we hope to contribute meaningfully to the continued growth of the practice."

Mr. Gadol is a member of the American Bar Association's Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital committees. He is a regular speaker and author regarding M&A and private equity.

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