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02/13/07

Steptoe's New York City office gets a Securities Partner


International law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP hired Michael J.W. Rennock as a partner in its New York City office. Rennock, a former partner of Winston & Strawn LLP, has vast experience in securities, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and other general corporate matters.

Welcoming the new partner, Greg R. Yates, a corporate partner in Steptoe's NYC office, hoped that Rennock would reinforce the firm's competence in providing legal services and counsel to its business, investment bank, hedge fund, and private equity clients. Rennock has represented clients from diverse industries and sectors ranging from healthcare, child care, energy, banking, Internet services, biotechnology, telecommunications, and electronic data transmission. Viewing the new assignment as a great opportunity, Rennock is keen to develop a corporate practice in New York enhancing the firm's already strong international corporate practice profile.

Schiff Hardin hires Hideki Akiyama
Chicago-based law firm Schiff Hardin LLP has added Hideki Akiyama as a partner in the firm's New York City office. Akiyama is joining the firm's Corporate and Securities Group and comes from the Tokyo office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he worked as associate. He has experience in mergers and acquisitions transactions and general corporate matters including agreements related to negotiating and drafting joint venture, strategic alliance, distributorship, and license. Established in 1864, Schiff Hardin is a general practice law firm with 400 lawyers working from offices in New York, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Lake Forest, and San Francisco. A J.D. from Duke University School of Law and LL.B. from Keio University Faculty of Law, Akiyama is licensed to practice law in both New York and Georgia.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

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