January, 2013 - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced the election of 11 new partners, effective January 1. The 11 individuals are Carlos Bermudez (Los Angeles), Stacey R. Eisenstein (Washington, DC), Tony D. Feuerstein (New York), Bernd G. Janzen (Washington, DC), Amanda R. Johnson (Washington, DC), Frederick T. Lee (New York), Barbara Niederkofler (New York/London), Raphael A. Prober (Washington, DC), Gabriel J. Procaccini (Houston), Michelle Reed (Dallas) and Joshua R. Williams (New York).
Akin Gump chairman R. Bruce McLean stated, “This outstanding group of lawyers has made tremendous contributions to our clients, our firm and our communities. I am delighted to call these individuals my fellow partners and look forward to their continued success in the years to come.”
Mr. Bermudez is a member of the firm’s corporate practice. He represents a diverse array of clients, including publicly and privately held companies and private equity funds, in acquisitions, mergers, corporate finance, securities and general corporate matters.
Ms. Eisenstein is a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice. She works with employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on arbitration and complex matters before federal courts and administrative agencies.
Mr. Feuerstein is a member of the firm’s corporate practice. He focuses on representing clients in a broad range of public and private M&A transactions, including negotiated and unsolicited transactions, tender and exchange offers, mergers, leveraged buyouts, stock and asset purchases, divestitures and cross-border transactions.
Mr. Janzen is a member of the firm’s international trade practice, advising U.S. and foreign clients on a range of trade litigation proceedings, including antidumping, countervailing duty and trade preference proceedings. He also advises clients on matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, compliance with U.S. export control laws administered by the U.S. departments of Commerce and State and various trade policy matters before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other government entities.
Ms. Johnson is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice. Her practice focuses on complex litigation, with an emphasis on patent infringement disputes and damages analyses. She covers a wide array of technologies, including electronics, telecommunications, computer software and agricultural chemicals.
Mr. Lee is a member of the firm’s corporate practice, where he concentrates on private equity-related corporate finance transactions, including acquisition and distressed financing.
Ms. Niederkofler is a member of the firm’s investment funds practice. She is principally engaged in the representation of private investment funds and their sponsors and focuses on the formation and operation of fund complexes. Her practice extends to both hedge and private equity funds.
Mr. Prober is a member of the firm’s public law and policy practice. His practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in all aspects of congressional investigations, as well as in connection with investigations by various executive branch departments, commissions and agencies.
Mr. Procaccini is a member of the firm's energy and global transactions practice. He is principally engaged in representing domestic and international oil and gas companies in transactions involving all phases of the energy business, including exploration and production activities, midstream ventures, infrastructure projects and financing matters.
Ms. Reed is a member of the firm’s litigation practice. She focuses on complex civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on representing public companies and their officers and directors in securities litigation, internal investigations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Mr. Williams is a member of the firm’s tax practice. He advises clients on a broad range of U.S. and international tax matters, with a focus on the formation and operation of domestic and offshore private investment funds and on the tax aspects of project finance and renewable energy transactions.
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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP relocated its Singapore office to Marina Bay Financial Centre, Tower 2.
The firm’s Singapore office has, since August 2012, been providing legal counsel across a wide range of business practices including investment funds, energy, M&A and project finance to U.S. and international clients with operations in Singapore. Robert M. Griffin Jr., a partner in Akin Gump’s investment funds practice, leads the Singapore office.
Akin Gump international managing partner Rick L. Burdick comments, “As clients continue to expand their operations and investments into Asian emerging markets, in particular China, India and Southeast Asia, it is increasingly important that we have a robust presence on the ground in that region. The development of the firm’s office in Singapore — an important hub for investing across Asia — is a great fit with our overall strategy of expanding into markets in a way that responds to our client’s needs.”