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Aytan Dahukey '19 C-Suite Advisor Since 2019

Partner and Leader, Healthcare Private Equity Practice Group | Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP


Aytan Dahukey is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s Century City Office, Leader of the firm’s Healthcare Private Equity Practice Group, 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 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: 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.

Aytan is a current member of ACG Los Angeles.

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