Ray LaSoya has joined US law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan as a Partner, with immediate effect. LaSoya will be resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office and will serve as the National Chair of Stroock’s Private Equity Practice Group.
LaSoya has worked on a variety of complex corporate transactions, including tender offers, acquisitions and divestitures, public offerings and private equity investments. He counsels clients in the areas of public disclosure, reporting and corporate governance. He represents both public and private companies, including private equity investors and their portfolio companies, in their day-to-day legal affairs and in transactions across a broad range of industries.
"Ray brings to Stroock extensive experience in a wide variety of corporate transactions, and is a tremendous addition to our corporate capabilities," says Stuart Coleman, Stroock’s Co-Managing Partner. "His client base complements Stroock’s, and his background and experience as both a leader and an attorney will greatly enhance the firm’s strong Private Funds, Financial Restructuring and Entertainment practices."
LaSoya will head Stroock’s increasingly active bi-coastal Private Equity Group that includes a number of Stroock’s top corporate partners, and will work closely with Kris Hansen in New York, Co-head of Stroock’s Financial Restructuring Practice, and Schuyler Moore and Matthew Thompson in Los Angeles, partners in Stroock’s transactional Entertainment Group.
"I am excited by the opportunity to join Stroock and to lead an impressive team of private equity lawyers while working closely with attorneys in Stroock’s related practice areas," says LaSoya. "I am particularly pleased with Stroock’s commitment to growing its private equity practice on both coasts, and feel confident that this is a great fit for me, my clients and the firm."
LaSoya comes to Stroock from the Los Angeles office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, where he was co-chair of its Private Equity practice group. He received his undergraduate degree from Whittier College and his JD from Yale University.