Ballard Spahr has added depth to its Business and Finance Department with the recent addition of two prominent attorneys, both of whom have particular experience in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Katayun I. Jaffari, a Philadelphia-based partner, focuses on securities, corporate governance, capital-raising, and mergers and acquisitions. Joseph W. La Barge, the former Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer at Tengion Inc., also handles M&A transactions, and drafts and negotiates licensing, research, collaboration, and manufacturing agreements.

“I chose Ballard Spahr because of the tremendous team I’ll be joining,” said Ms. Jaffari. “The work they are doing in corporate governance and securities is a perfect fit with my practice. It is precisely the platform I was looking for to grow my practice.”