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Aytan Dahukey

Partner
Century City
T: 310.228.3729
F: 310.228.3906

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2004, Notes and Comments Editor, Brooklyn Journal of International Law
  • B.A., University of Arizona, 2001, cum laude
  • California
  • New York
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Aytan Dahukey is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Century City Office and is a member of the firm's Healthcare, Emerging Growth/Venture Capital and Private Equity Industry Teams. As an active member of these industry teams, Aytan enjoys a wide-ranging practice that spans across several sectors.

Areas of Practice: Healthcare

Aytan's healthcare practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counsel representing a wide variety of healthcare-related clients in California and nationally. His clients include health insurance companies, independent physician associations, large physician groups, hospitals and hospital-affiliated foundations and other integrated multi-specialty medical clinics, provider management services organizations, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other healthcare entities as well as those private equity funds and strategic investors that participate in the healthcare sector.

Aytan has assisted with a variety of cutting-edge transactions stemming from recent healthcare reform. He has assisted ACOs in formation and applications to participate in Medicare shared savings plans and has assisted in the organization and structuring of multiple California hospital foundation clinics and integration of physician practices with foundations. Aytan also has extensive familiarity with healthcare-specific compensation and contracting arrangements (e.g., pay-for-performance, shared risk pools, HCC-RAF, etc.) and their effects on physician-related strategic transactions. He is also experienced in identifying and addressing complex healthcare-related regulatory issues ranging from information privacy to anti-kickback and federal Stark issues.

Areas of Practice: Private Equity / Strategic M&A

Aytan also possesses deep experience representing clients in the fields of aerospace and defense, manufacturing, technology, personal services, retail and food services. He has represented private equity funds in numerous large leveraged buy-out, add-on and divestiture transactions and has also represented owners of a wide variety of private businesses in sales to private equity funds and other strategic investors.

Scope of Practice:

Aytan has extensive experience advising clients and negotiating mergers, asset and stock acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buy-outs, professional services and management services arrangements, employment and independent contractor arrangements (both for executive officers and for physicians and ancillary providers), and other strategic alliances and also regularly provides counseling to clients with respect to formation, private placements, corporate governance, physician and ancillary provider contracting and other day-to-day operational matters.

Aytan also handles pro-bono adoption cases for pro-bono clients through Public Law Center's Children's Rights Program.

  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • Healthcare, Legal 500, 2015, 2016
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2015
  • Rising Star, Association for Corporate Growth Los Angeles
  • Law360's Rising Star, Healthcare
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private Equity transactions
  • General corporate representation
  • Private placements

Representative Transactions

Healthcare Related:

Represented Molina Healthcare in its agreement to acquire certain Medicare Advantage assets from both Aetna and Humana, relating to Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana.

Represented Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: MOH) in its acquisition of Today’s Options of New York, Inc., a prepaid health services plan that provides health insurance coverage in New York to approximately 38,000 members.

Represented Blue Wolf Capital Partners in its acquisition of National Home Health Care Corp., a leading provider of home care services in the northeastern United States.

Represented Emergency Physicians Medical Group, one of the largest emergency medical groups Michigan, staffing facilities in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa and Delaware in its sale to affiliates of EmCare, an affiliate of Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc. (EVHC).

Represented ProHealth Physicians, one of Connecticut’s largest independent physician groups and its integrated management company, in an acquisition by Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services business.

Represented Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: MOH) in connection with its $200 million acquisition of Providence Human Services, LLC and  Providence Community Services, LLC from Providence Services Corporation (NASDAQ: PRSC).

Represented Scottsdale Emergency Associates in its sale to affiliates of EmCare, an affiliate of Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc. (EVHC).

Represented PriMed Physicians in its affiliation with Yale New Haven Health System and its affiliate Northeast Medical Group.

Represented Paladin Healthcare Capital in its management services arrangement with Howard University Hospital.

Represented Greater Houston Anesthesiology (one of the largest anesthesia groups) in its affiliation with Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe portfolio company U.S. Anesthesia Partners.

Represented Lakewood IPA, an independent physician association with more than 400 doctors based in Long Beach, Calif. in its sale to affiliates of Tenet California, Inc.

Represented DaVita Inc. in its acquisition of HealthCare Partners, a major California healthcare provider and management services organization. This acquisition resulted in Sheppard Mullin being awarded the Deal of the Year in the healthcare industry by the M&A Atlas Awards in 2013.

Represented ABQ Health Partners, a major New Mexico medical group, in its acquisition by HealthCare Partners. 

Represented Greater Newport Physicians Medical Group and Nautilus Healthcare Management Group, LLC in their sale to Memorial HealthCare System, the operator of one of the largest hospital-affiliated medical foundations in California. 

Represented Alliance Medical Group and Affinity Medical Group in side-by-side transactions in their sale to University Healthcare Alliance, an affiliate of Stanford Hospital. 

Represented AppleCare Medical Management in its strategic transaction with OptumHealth, an affiliate of UnitedHealth Group. 

Represented LakeSide Systems, Inc. in its acquisition by an affiliate of Regal Medical Group.

Represented Memorial HealthCare IPA (MHIPA), a major Orange County independent physician association in its merger with an affiliate of OptumHealth, an affiliate of UnitedHealth Group and represented three major medical groups affiliated with MHIPA in their follow-on sale transactions with OptumHealth.

Represented Bristol Park Medical Group, a major Orange County managed care physician group in its sale to Memorial HealthCare System, the operator of one of the largest hospital foundations in California. 

Represented a major Orange County managed care physician group in its add-on acquisition of a competing Orange County managed care physician group.

Represented shareholders of Alvarado Hospital in its sale to a major hospital conglomerate in California. 

Represented Talbert Medical Group, Inc., a medical group located in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California to HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group, a Torrance, California-based healthcare organization.

Represented a teleradiology company based in San Diego California in a recapitalization and investment by a NYSE listed national provider of outpatient diagnostic imaging services.

Aerospace and Defense, Manufacturing, Technology, Personal Services, Retail and Food Services Related:

Represented Dr. Fresh, a leading designer and marketer of toothbrushes, travel kits, mouthwashes, floss/flossers, breath fresheners, toothpaste and other personal care products in a sale and roll-over / recapitalization transaction with Moelis Capital Partners, the private equity business affiliated with Moelis & Company. 

Ongoing representation of Mobile Messenger, the leading mobile solutions provider of marketing, distribution and monetization solutions for mobile device companies in corporate governance and related matters. 

Represented a nationwide professional staffing agency in its leveraged sale of a minority interest to a major private equity firm and the related financing.

Represented an Oil and Gas oilfield waste management services in reorganization or its business and on-going corporate governance matters. 

Represented Two Chefs On A Roll, Inc. (TCOR) in the sale of its business to Bakkavor Group HF, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bakkavor London Limited (OMX ICE: BAKK). 

Represented the members of Electric Visual Evolution, LLC, an international manufacturer and distributor of sport-oriented clothing (“EVE”) in the sale of all of the outstanding membership interests of EVE to Volcom, Inc. (NASDAQGS: VLCM) 

Represented Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Inc. in its divestiture of its National Support Services division. 

Represented Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation in its acquisition of Sonoma Photonics, Inc. 

Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in an $850 Million registered debt offering. 

Represented Etilize, Inc., a provider of aggregated product data to online retailers, distributors and resellers in its sale of a majority interest to Encodex International GmbH (Encodex), a wholly owned subsidiary of GfK AG, one of the largest market research companies in the world headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany. 

Represented a regional supplier of bathroom and closet products in the purchase of two divisions of one of its competitors. 

Represented the shareholders of Allied Veneer Company in a sale of assets to Forest Plywood Sales, Inc. 

Represented National Technical Systems (NASDAQ: NTSC) in acquisition of Elliott Laboratories, Inc. for a combination of cash and stock of NTSC and related amendment and restatement of NTSC’s credit facility. 

Represented Napa Valley based restaurateur in private placement to raise capital for new 5 star restaurant project. 

Represented National Technical Systems (NASDAQ: NTSC) in acquisition of United States Test Laboratory, L.L.C. and related amendment and restatement of credit facility.

Articles

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker - "M&A and Private Equity Issues in Healthcare," June 17, 2015
  • Speaker – California Grocers Association Webinar Series - "The Affordable Care Act - What Employers Need to do to Comply," November 2013
  • Moderator and Speaker, "Physician Medical Groups M&A: Buying, Selling and Valuing," June 20, 2013
  • Moderator, "Patients, Payors & Piggy Banks: Healthcare M&A in a Post-Obama Caremageddon World," February 20, 2013
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, State Bar of New York
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, American Healthcare Lawyer Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Association for Corporate Growth Los Angeles