EXCLUSIVE: Lori Sinanyan, an attorney at Jones Day who represented Relativity Media in its Chapter 11 financial restructuring, will be joining Relativity as Chief Counsel beginning May 2.
Andrew Levin was named President and Chief Legal Officer in November. He will work with Sinanyan, although it is not clear in what capacity or for how long. Sinanyan, who had worked at Jones Day for seven years, sent an email to her colleagues (some of whom she had worked with for 14 years) to tell them the news. Relativity declined to comment.
She told them that she had worked exclusively on the case for the last year. It is unusual for a lawyer who works on a restructuring to then join the client’s company.
The University of Southern California Law School graduate withdrew her name today as a Relativity counsel at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. She had represented the company since July when it filed for Chapter 11 protection. She said at the time that she was a member of good standing at the bar of the State of California as well as bars for the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California.
Jones Day recruited Sinanyan in 2009 from Kirkland & Ellis, along with Richard Wynne and Bennett Spiegel who also helped to lead Relativity’s legal team at the Bankruptcy Court.
Levin joined Relativity last fall as president of legal from T-Mobile USA where he was SVP Government Affairs. Prior to that he was Chief Legal Officer & Secretary at iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel). Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh at the time, called him “an accomplished attorney and senior strategist with an outstanding track record.”