Marc Epstein Joins Akin Gump As Partner; Firm Advises Clients In Russia And China

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 16:02

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced that Marc Epstein has joined the firm as a partner in the real estate practice in the firm’s Fort Worth office. He comes to Akin Gump from Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, along with Sean Bryan and Randall Quick, who both join as senior counsel.

Mr. Epstein boasts nearly 30 years of experience counseling owners, developers, landlords, tenants and investors on an array of real estate and business transactions such as sales, acquisitions, financing, leasing, development, management and construction.

At Akin Gump, Mr. Epstein will advise clients on a broad range of real estate and real estate-related matters, including assisting clients in structuring various vehicles for real estate-related investment such as funds, joint ventures, partnerships, limited liability companies and real estate investment trusts. His experience will be complemented by Mr. Bryan’s skills in working with clients on matters involving the formation, structuring and maintenance of entities used in business transactions and the tax aspects of business transactions as well as by Mr. Quick’s representation of a wide variety of clients in construction and real estate development projects.

Mr. Epstein has extensive experience with the structuring and negotiation of agreements involving real estate development and operation, including design and construction agreements, development agreements and management/leasing agreements.  He has been involved with numerous development projects around the country and abroad, including hotel, retail, office, residential, industrial, transportation, museum and entertainment projects, and has negotiated well over a billion dollars’ worth of design, engineering and construction contracts.

Mr. Epstein is a member of the Urban Land Institute and a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

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Akin Gump has advised Renova in the sale of 100 percent of its shares in its logistics and storage business, Multinational Logistics Partnership (MLP), one of Russia and Ukraine’s largest and most successful logistics operators, to structures closely related to the Gutseriev family of entrepreneurs. The transaction completed on September 30, 2013, and is likely to become 2013’s largest Russian deal in the local logistics market. 

The transaction followed the consolidation of Renova’s shareholding in MLP — on which Akin Gump also advised — from investment company ANN, PGP and Ukraine-based Privat Group.  

Akin Gump Moscow partner Ilya Rybalkin led the team representing Renova, supported by Moscow partner Vladimir Kouznetsov, counsel Anthony Walker and Pavel Kabatov and London partner Justin Williams as well as a team of lawyers and tax advisors in London and Moscow.

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Akin Gump served as legal counsel to Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., in its role as financial adviser to the special committee of the board of directors of Yongye International, Inc., which has announced its intention to be taken private.

Yongye is a China-based crop nutrient maker. The value of the deal is estimated at about $340 million.

Akin Gump Hong Kong partners Gregory D. Puff, who also heads the firm’s Asia practice, and Zachary N. Wittenberg lead the team representing Houlihan Lokey.

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Akin Gump has announced the launch of its new blog, AG Deal Diary.

The blog is home to insights concerning, and analysis of, topics relevant to companies, boards of directors, funds and other dealmakers. Its principal goal is to provide concise, compelling content with a core focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, corporate restructuring and the capital markets.

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