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Bistrow, Celentino join Ballard Spahr

Bankruptcy and transactional finance attorneys Mikel R. Bistrow and Christopher Celentino have joined Ballard Spahr as partners in San Diego, firm officials announced Monday.

Both come from Foley & Lardner LLP.

"We opened the San Diego office in 2010 with a talented group of litigators who focus primarily on white collar defense, regulatory enforcement, receiverships, and complex litigation," said Mark Stewart, Ballard Spahr's chairman. "We have since bolstered our government enforcement and investigations capability there. Mikel and Chris add a new dimension with their extensive knowledge and experience in bankruptcy law and transactional finance."

Bistrow practices in the areas of commercial finance and lending, real and personal property secured transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, creditor's collection and related remedies, bankruptcy, insolvency, and workouts.

Celentino focuses on creditor rights, fiduciary services litigation, business reorganization and workouts, and insolvency and bankruptcy law.

Bistrow and Celentino join Ballard Spahr as members of the firm's litigation department and its bankruptcy, reorganization and capital recovery and transactional finance groups.

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