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John Laco, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

John Laco is the head of O'Melveny's 60 attorney Los Angeles Transactions Group and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. John represents private and public companies, private equity and pension funds and family investment offices in mergers and acquisitions (buy-side and sell-side), equity and debt financing and recapitalization transactions.

John also provides boards of directors, CEOs and executive management with general corporate advice (fiduciary duties, executive compensation, corporate structure and stockholder agreements) and counsel with respect to joint ventures and other strategic decisions. John has experience across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, professional services, medical devices, apparel, aerospace, entertainment, retail, software and technology, including semiconductor and clean energy technologies.

John has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States 2011 and 2010 publication as a leading lawyer for private equity buyouts and by the 2011 International Financial Law Review 1000 as a leading lawyer for private equity. He received his J.D. from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to law school, John worked as a lead engineer/manager of the Reliability Engineering Group at Northrop from 1987 to 1989.