Akin Gump Named Among “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” For 12th Time

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 13:51

On May 9, Corporate Board Member once again named Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to its list of “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms.”  The ranking, now in its 13th year, is conducted byCorporate Board Member magazine and global business advisory firm FTI Consulting, Inc. This marks the 12th appearance by Akin Gump on this elite list of the country’s best corporate law firms.

Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting jointly conduct research to establish which firms directors and general counsel “believe to be the most respected legal counsel nationwide.”

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Douglas I. Brandon has joined Akin Gump in Washington, DC, as a partner in its communications and information technology practice. Mr. Brandon comes to Akin Gump from TerreStar Networks, where he served as general counsel.

Mr. Brandon has nearly 25 years of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry, working with terrestrial providers and satellite carriers on a range of regulatory and policy matters before the departments of Commerce and Justice and the Federal Communications Commission as well as with Congress. He also has tremendous knowledge of the array of issues faced by telecommunications companies, ranging from advising on compliance matters to structuring transactions and responding to government complaints and investigations.

Mr. Brandon joined TerreStar Networks in 2007, first as vice president – regulatory affairs, then as general counsel, secretary and senior vice president. In addition to his role directing all aspects of legal and compliance functions, he also led TerreStar’s corporate development team. Mr. Brandon oversaw all of the company’s legal matters, including collaboration with a team from Akin Gump that navigated the company through the bankruptcy process, culminating in the sale of substantially all of TerreStar’s assets to DISH Network.

Prior to joining TerreStar, Mr. Brandon spent nearly 10 years as vice president of external affairs and law at AT&T Wireless, where he was in charge of all federal policy development, implementation and advocacy. His work there included the oversight of regulatory approvals for the company’s sale to Cingular Wireless, a landmark deal that continues to reverberate throughout the telecommunications industry.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Brandon was head of the regulatory group in Washington, D.C., at McCaw Cellular Communications, with responsibilities for licensing, compliance and policy matters before the FCC and securing other federal approvals for transactions. He was also responsible for obtaining approval from the Department of Justice for McCaw’s merger with AT&T.

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Akin Gump was named Best Onshore Law Firm – Client Service at the HFMWeek European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2013 held in London on April 25.

The awards recognize excellence in service provision to the hedge fund industry, including for fund administration, accountancy and technology, legal, prime brokers and distribution platforms.

Akin Gump was recognized for its pre-eminent hedge fund and private equity fund practices, which are able to support alternative investment managers in all key jurisdictions where they are based, on a fully integrated basis.