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Howrey begins ’07 with a catch of six laterals

Howrey, LLP, which was recently in news for opening offices in New York and Munich, has given a boost to its U.S. and European operations by adding six lateral partners. With this, the firm now has in its fold nearly 620 lawyers operating from 16 worldwide offices.

The firm began the year by fortifying its four offices in New York, London, San Francisco, and Munich. The three lawyers joining the firm’s New York office are Michael F. Armstrong, William O. Purcell, and Paul K. Rooney. Jeremy Brown is joining the firm’s London office. Leigh A. Kirmssé is joining the firm’s San Francisco office, while Marc F-X Groebl is joining its Munich office.

Welcoming the new lawyers, Howrey Chairman and CEO Robert F. Ruyak said that he hoped that the lateral expansion move would help the firm become the first choice for clients in practice areas of intellectual property, antitrust, and global litigation.

The excitement in the firm’s rank and file emanates from the fact that the laterals are certain to add a repertoire of experience and expertise. Armstrong has been a counsel to several high profile clients. He has also held several governmental investigation posts. Purcell is a veteran of 25 years in civil and criminal litigation as well as internal and external investigations. Rooney, during his practice of 35 years, has represented corporations and individuals in almost 90 trials in the federal and New York State courts. All three, being recognized in the New York legal community, along with the firm’s present formidable team are likely to create the hub of Howrey’s New York practice.

Elated with the new development, Ruyak hopes that the firm in its second innings of next fifty years is poised to be a world leader in antitrust, global litigation, and intellectual property.

Holland & Knight adds three new partners in Florida
Holland & Knight, LLP, added three new partners: Kara L. MacCullough, Laurie Green, and Esther L. Moreno in its securities and mergers & acquisitions practices in South Florida office. The trio comes from Akerman Senterfitt, where they served as shareholders. The three new partners are veteran Securities and M&A specialists with established reputation in Florida.

The firm has significantly expanded its practice group with the new additions and also with the three lateral hires earlier this year. MacCullough who chaired that earlier firm’s securities practice group will now concentrate in the areas of securities, mergers and acquisitions, and international corporate transactions, along with the other partner, Moreno. The duo recently served as lead counsel for SBA Communications Corporation's $1.1 billion acquisition of AAT Communications Corp. They had earlier represented public companies in connection with equity and debt offerings and debt tender offers in excess of $3.5 billion.

MacCullough and Moreno focus their practice in the areas of securities, mergers and acquisitions, and international corporate transactions. During the past three years, they have also represented public companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, including recently serving as lead counsel for SBA Communications Corporation's $1.1 billion acquisition of AAT Communications Corp. Green has experience from her working in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance for 11 years prior to entering private practice. She will now gain a foothold on a national platform in the new firm.

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