Aytan Dahukey is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s Century City Office. He is the leader of the firm’s Private Equity team and is also a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Emerging Growth/Venture Capital teams. As an active member of these industry teams, Aytan enjoys a wide-ranging practice that spans across several sectors. 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.
Areas of Practice: Healthcare
Aytan's practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counseling representing a wide variety of healthcare-related for-profit and non-profit clients across the country. His clients include health insurance companies and health plans, independent physician associations, large single- and multi-specialty physician groups, hospitals and hospital-affiliated foundations, home health and hospice agencies, provider management services organizations, healthcare IT companies and accountable care organizations (ACOs) as well as 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. In addition to leading numerous recent high-profile merger and acquisition transactions in the health insurance and physician service spaces, 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: General 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.
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 and is a member of the Firm’s pro-bono committee.
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Private Equity transactions
- General corporate representation
- Private placements
Represented the Center for Social Dynamics, a provider of in-home autism services on the west coast in its sale and recapitalization by NMS Capital.
Represented Molina Healthcare, Inc. in its agreement to acquire NextLevel Health Partners, a managed Medicaid insurance carrier serving populations in Chicago, IL.
Represented Molina Healthcare, Inc. in its agreement to acquire certain assets of YourCare Health Plan, Inc., a not-for-profit subsidiary of Monroe Plan for Medical Care serving populations in seven counties in the Western New York and Finger Lakes region.
Represented Cefaly Technologies, a premiere medical device developer based in Belgium in its sale to affiliates of DW Healthcare Partners.
Represented West Sands Partners in its acquisition of Pacific Fertility Centers, a premiere fertility clinic in California.
Represented Mini Pharmacies, a diabetes specialty pharmacy in its sale to affiliates of Angeles Partners in California.
Represented Progressive Medicine Associates, a democratic emergency physician practice in Phoenix, AZ in its sale to affiliates of American Physician Holdings, LLC.
Represented American Vision Partners, a leading provider of ophthalmologic and optometric services on the west coast in several acquisitions of ophthalmology and optometry practices.
Represented affiliates of H.I.G. Capital in the acquisition of Correctional Medical Group Companies (now Wellpath), a national provider of medical and behavioral health services to correctional and recovery facilities throughout the US.
Represented private equity firm General Atlantic in its formation and equity commitment to a new portfolio company, OneOncology, including OneOncology’s commercial partnership with healthcare technology and services company Flatiron Health and its affiliation transaction with one of the nation’s leading and largest community-based oncology practices, Tennessee Oncology, PLLC.
Represented Calo Programs, a national provider of behavioral and mental health treatment programs in acquisitions of Dragonfly Programs in Oregon and Potomac Pathways in Washington DC.
Represented Millennium Vision P.C., an ophthalmology group, and its affiliates, Sharona Optical, Inc., an optometry retailer, Eye Surgery Centers of Arizona, LLC, an ambulatory surgery center, and Millennium Vision Surgical, PLLC, a management entity in sale transaction with AmSurg and Envision Healthcare.
Represented Southwestern Eye Center, a leading provider of best-in-class surgical and clinical ophthalmic care to patients in Arizona in its sale to affiliates of H.I.G. Capital.
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 in 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 company in reorganization of 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.
Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2019-2020
Top 40 Under 40, Daily Journal, 2017
Super Lawyer, Healthcare, Super Lawyers, 2017, 2019-2020
Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
Healthcare, Legal 500, 2015-2018
Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2015
Rising Star, Association for Corporate Growth Los Angeles
Law360's Rising Star, Healthcare
- Law360, 05.25.2018
Healthcare Law Blog Posts
- "Highlights From The Wall Street Journal’s Health Forum," March 31,2020
- "Notes from the 2019 Health Evolution Summit: Promoting Quality Healthcare and a Quality Healthcare Experience," April 18, 2019
- "Day 3 Notes from the 2019 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference," January 10, 2019
- "Day 2 Notes from the 2019 JPMorgan Healthcare Conference," January 9, 2019
- "Day 1 Notes on the 2019 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference," January 8, 2019
- "Healthcare Industry Companies Must Be Wary of Classifying Any Workers As Independent Contractors, In Light of the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex Ruling," May 18, 2018
- "Day 4 Notes on the 2018 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference," January 12, 2018
- "Day 3 Notes on the 2018 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference," January 11, 2018
- "Notes on Day 2 of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference," January 10, 2018
- "Day 1 Notes from the 2018 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco," January 9, 2018
- "CMS Aims to Nix Obama-Era Payment Models," August 30, 2017
- "CEO of Molina Healthcare Discusses Implications of cuts to Affordable Care Act," May 1, 2017
- "Food for Thought (and Health): Day 2 Notes from the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference," January 11, 2017
- "Looking Forward/Looking Backward – Day 1 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference," January 10, 2017
- "Medicare ACO v.3.0—More Risk, More Money?" March 12, 2015
- "Task Force of Healthcare Providers and Insurers are Shifting to Incentive Based Contracts," February 5, 2015
- "Pioneer ACOs: Slowed Health Spending, Improved Quality and More Drop Outs?" October 21, 2014
- "Final Meaningful Use Rule: CMS Loosens its Grip," September 15, 2014
- "CMS Care Coordination Payments – A Boon to Doctors and Patients but Patient Participation Will be Essential," August 19, 2014
- "Time to Revamp Primary Care?" March 15, 2013
- Insurer to Purchase Vertically Integrated Medicare Advantage Plan/Provider, June 10, 2011
- Accountable Care Organizations: Payment Options for ACOs Pursuant to the Proposed Rule, May 24, 2011
- Proposed Rule: Legal Structure and Governance of ACOS, April 12, 2011
- Speaker, "Maximizing Value: Running a Smooth Sales Process," Autism Investor Summit 2019, February 12, 2019
- Moderator and Speaker, "Payor Alignment Plate Tectonics – What’s Shaking?,” Health Evolution Summit, April 19, 2018
- Moderator, "Inve$ting in Our Future...Getting a Handle on the Healthcare Market," Opus Healthcare Panel, October 12, 2017
- Speaker, "Legal Structure & Liabilities," Huntington Neurophysiology Symposium, September 15, 2017
- Moderator and Speaker, "$$Healthcare$$...What’s the Deal with Healthcare M&A?," Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Conference, November 10, 2016
- Speaker, "M&A and Private Equity Issues in Healthcare," June 17, 2015
- Speaker, "The Affordable Care Act - What Employers Need to do to Comply,"California Grocers Association Webinar Series, 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
- via Zoom, 03.19.2020
- HUNN GROUP, January 29-30, 2020
- The Biggest Healthcare Opportunity in the Next 5 Years is….?, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, 04.11.2019
- Sheppard Mullin: 1901 Avenue of the Stars Suite 1600 Los Angeles, CA 90067, 10.12.2017
- Symposium 2017, 09.15.2017
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
J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2004, Notes and Comments Editor, Brooklyn Journal of International Law
B.A., University of Arizona, 2001, cum laude
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