Brian P. Duff

  • Partner
  • Ebrian.duff@lw.com
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA
  • T +1.213.891.8263
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Profile

Brian P. Duff is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department.

Mr. Duff's advises clients on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • Corporate governance
  • Emerging and public company representation

Mr. Duff represents strategic and private equity buyers and sellers in public and private M&A transactions, as well as, issuers and investment banking firms in public and private securities offerings and restructurings. He also regularly advises public and private company clients on corporate governance and securities law compliance matters.

Experience

Mr. Duff’s experience spans a broad range of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, internet and digital media, retail, investment banking, and manufacturing.

A list of Mr. Duff’s select representations include:
Healthcare & Life Sciences

  • Cerner Corporation in connection with its pending acquisition of Kantar Health for US$375 million
  • GRAIL in connection with its pending acquisition by Illumina for US$8.0 billion and contingent value rights
  • Adventist Health in connection with its acquisition of Blue Zones LLC, a facilitator of healthy living
  • HCA in connection with multiple JVs for clinically integrated physician networks
  • Adventist Health in connection with its partnership with InnovAge and Eskaton, to bring a new program of all-inclusive care for the elderly
  • DaVita Inc. in connection with its sale of its DaVita Medical Group
  • St. David’s HealthCare in connection with its acquisition of Austin Diagnostic Clinic
  • HCA in connection with its acquisition of Primary Health Physicians (d/b/a CareNow), an owner and operator of urgent care clinics
  • A leading provider of healthcare services in connection with its acquisition of 20 urgent care centers
  • A leading healthcare services provider in connection with its minority investment in an Accountable Care Organization
  • An affiliate of a leading healthcare services provider in connection with its acquisition of a leading Northern California Independent Practice Association
  • A Southern California pharmaceutical and diagnostics company in connection with a sale of substantially all of its pharmaceutical drugs

Retail, Consumer Products, and Manufacturing

  • FreshDirect in connection with its sale to Ahold Delhaize and Centerbridge Partners
  • Nestlé Health Science in connection with its minority investment in Before Brands, Inc.
  • Nestlé USA, Inc. in connection with its sale of its Tradewinds and Sweet Leaf Tea businesses
  • Nestlé USA, Inc. in connection with its sale of its Juicy Juice business to Harvest Hill Beverage, a portfolio company of Brynwood Partners
  • Nestlé Prepared Foods Company, a subsidiary of Nestlé USA, Inc., in connection with its sale of its Joseph’s Pasta business, a provider of frozen pasta products
  • Beautycounter in connection with its acquisition of NUDE Skin Care, Inc. and NUDE Brands, Ltd., developers of beauty and skincare products

Technology and Emerging Growth Company

  • Fashionphile in connection with NewSpring Growth’s minority investment in Fashionphile
  • Fashionphile in connection with Neiman Marcus’ minority investment in Fashionphile
  • A local emerging growth company’s merger with a leading location-based immersive virtual reality company
  • Sale of an award-winning special effects company to a leading video creation to distribution company
  • A large Southern California technology company in connection with its acquisition of a complementary app developer
  • Demand Media, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Saatchi Online, a US-based online art gallery
  • Demand Media, Inc. in connection with its sale of its CoveritLive business, an operator of end-to-end content engagement and live events platform
  • An NYSE listed public company in connection with the sale of its humor website and related content
  • Beautycounter in connection with its acquisition of NUDE Skin Care, Inc. and NUDE Brands, Ltd.

Private Equity M&A

  • Univision Communications Inc. in its sale of the Onion and related news websites
  • ClearLight Partners, LLC in connection with the sale of its portfolio company, Total Automated Solutions, Inc. (TASI), a provider of inspection equipment and test systems
  • Bay Grove Capital and its portfolio company, Lineage Logistics, LLC, in connection with its acquisition of Millard Refrigerated Services, Inc., a provider of refrigeration, warehousing and logistic services
  • A Southern California private-equity company in connection with its acquisition of a leading legal marketing business

Capital Markets and Public Company

  • Live Nation Entertainment in connection with its acquisition of a next-generation ticketing platform
  • Farmer Bros. Co. in connection with the successful outcome of its 2019 proxy fight
  • Encore Capital Group, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the U.K. and Ireland-based Cabot Credit Management Group, an acquirer and manager of consumer debt
  • Farmer Bros. Co. in connection with its acquisition of the Boyd’s Coffee Company business
  • Farmer Bros. Co. in connection with the successful outcome of its 2016 proxy fight
  • Houlihan Lokey, Inc. in connection with its US$253 million initial public offering
  • Demand Media, Inc. in connection with its tax-free spin-off of Rightside Group, a provider of domain name platform services
  • Encore Capital Group, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Asset Acceptance Capital Corp., a purchaser of defaulted and charged-off accounts receivable portfolios
  • Encore Capital Group, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of a controlling stake in the U.K. and Ireland-based Cabot Credit Management Group, an acquirer and manager of consumer debt
Bar Qualification
  • California
Education
  • JD, University of Southern California, 2005
    Order of the Coif; Submissions Editor, Southern California Law Review
  • BA, Georgetown University, 1999
    cum laude
Practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Public Company Representation
  • Private Equity