Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has promoted seven of the firm’s lawyers to the partnership. Matthew C. Bate (Geneva), Jeremy R. Berry (Washington, D.C.), Estela Díaz (New York), Joseph K. Friedman (Los Angeles), Harry Keegan (London), Eric J. Klein (Dallas) and Tamer A. Soliman (Abu Dhabi).
Mr. Bate is a member of the firm’s litigation practice. He focuses on international arbitration and litigation involving foreign direct investment, major infrastructure projects, joint ventures and cross-border transactions in the energy, mining, telecommunications, technology, financial and transportation sectors.
Mr. Berry is a member of the firm’s investment funds practice. He focuses on private investment funds and complex corporate transactions, with a particular focus on private equity and hedge fund formation and other alternative investment matters.
Ms. Díaz is a member of the firm’s litigation practice. She focuses on commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. She also represents individuals and companies in white collar investigations and internal investigations.
Mr. Friedman is a member of the firm’s real estate practice. He represents a broad spectrum of clients in a wide variety of complex real estate transactions. A particular focus of Mr. Friedman’s practice is representing private equity clients in connection with investments in distressed real estate assets.
Mr. Keegan is a member of the firm’s international corporate transactions practice. He focuses on UK and cross-border corporate finance transactions, including capital markets transactions, M&A, private equity and joint ventures. His recent experience includes representations in the energy, telecommunications, media and financial services sectors. He has previously been seconded to two investment banks.
Mr. Klein is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice. He focuses on all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright and trademark matters. His broad background in engineering allows him to practice in many fields of technology.
Mr. Soliman is a member of the firm’s international trade practice. He advises corporate and government clients on a wide range of international trade and trade policy issues, including in the areas of defense trade/export controls, anticorruption laws, economic sanctions and customs/security-related issues.
Jacob J. Worenklein, who has over three decades of experience advising the world’s largest energy and financial institutions on complex project finance transactions, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office. He joins Ed Zaelke and Adam Umanoff as co-head of the firm’s global project finance practice. Previously, he was a partner with another large international law firm.
Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent project finance lawyers, Mr. Worenklein has successfully guided the financing and development of some of the largest electricity, natural gas, water, oil, nuclear and transportation infrastructure projects across the United States and throughout the world. His success and dedicated work in this field have garnered international attention, including receipt of Infrastructure Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Worenklein’s broad track record of experience extends across both the legal and business sectors: he founded and headed the power and project finance practices at Milbank, where he practiced for 20 years; founded and served as chairman and chief executive officer of US Power Generating Company; headed global project finance and independent power at Lehman Brothers; and served as global head of Société Générale’s award-winning energy, power, infrastructure and project finance sectors.
Mr. Worenklein joins a practice that has grown substantially over the last two years and was recently named as one of Law360’s “2011 Practice Groups of the Year.”