Quinn Emanuel, Kirkland, Shearman: Business of Law

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP hired John Rhie as chairman of the firm’s Asian international arbitration practice and to open a Hong Kong office.

Rhie, who will become managing partner of the office when it opens after receiving approval, was recently with Korean firm Kim & Chang, where he focused on international arbitration in Seoul.

Quinn Emanuel partner Carey Ramos will move from New York to join Rhie in Hong Kong as a senior partner. Ramos, who has media and intellectual property expertise, concentrates on complex business litigation, particularly in cross-border disputes and international arbitration.

Rhie has acted as both an arbitrator and an advocate in arbitrations.

“John’s joining us is the culmination of an investigation and sifting of candidates that we have conducted for several years. He is a perfect fit for our international arbitration platform and our Asia strategy in particular,” managing partner John Quinn said in a statement. “Carey brings a wealth of experience in representing Asian companies in complex business disputes. Together, John and Carey present a formidable team to expand our practice in Asia.”

Ramos will assist the firm’s Asian clients with litigation in the U.S. and European Union, the firm said. He will also work with Rhie to develop the firm’s international arbitration practice in Asia.

“This takes me closer to the Asian clients that I have served in cross-border disputes for years,” Ramos said in a statement.

Quinn Emanuel has more than 600 lawyers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The Hong Kong office will be the firm’s 14th.

Edwards Wildman Opens in Istanbul With M&A Boutique Association

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is opening an office in Istanbul through an association with the Ismen law firm, a mergers and acquisitions and private equity boutique law firm.

“Istanbul has become a hub for sophisticated M&A and private equity activity as multinational companies and private equity firms are attracted to the increasingly active CEEMENA region,” Ted Cominos, a partner in Edwards Wildman’s private equity practice group, said in a statement.

The 12-lawyer Ismen law firm, founded in 2004, focuses on M&A transactions, including privatizations and private equity investments. Ismen also has experience in complementary practice areas, such as corporate and commercial services, finance, real estate and capital markets, among others. The firm is led by partners Tolga Ismen and Arzum Gunalcin.

“The arrangement with Edwards Wildman presents an opportunity for our lawyers to tap into a new network of sophisticated clients while offering a broad array of cross-border legal services to our existing clients,” said Ismen.

Edwards Wildman has over 600 lawyers at 15 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.


Boston Bombing Judge Emerges as Target as Prosecution Advances

A former Harvard Medical School research assistant who went on to serve as a U.S. judge for 23 years now finds herself at the center of the Boston Marathon bombing case, and by extension the post-Sept. 11 issue of whether, and when, suspected terrorists should benefit from constitutional rights.

Marianne Bowler, who began her career as a researcher and freelance writer before going to law school, became a civil litigator for the Justice Department in the late 1970s. She put her background to use, specializing in personal injury cases, medical malpractice, swine flu and asbestos litigation, before eventually rising to be the second-most powerful federal prosecutor in Massachusetts.

Now 66 and a federal magistrate judge, her career as an attorney and jurist took on a new headline when, at a bedside court hearing in Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center last month, she advised bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of his rights under the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Miranda v. Arizona.

On May 30, she is scheduled to preside over the first full court hearing in Tsarnaev’s prosecution, as the government seeks to show a trial is warranted on the two capital charges he faces. Tsarnaev, 19, is accused of carrying out the April 15 attack that killed three and injured 260 with his brother Tamerlan, 26, who died after a shootout with police. Bowler also presides over the prosecution in Boston federal court of three of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends accused of hindering the probe.

Bowler read Tsarnaev his rights to remain silent and seek legal counsel in the hospital room hearing on April 22, three days after he was captured. During those three days, Tsarnaev, according to law enforcement officials, revealed details of the attack to investigators who were acting under a so-called public safety exception that allows pre-Miranda questioning if there is a reasonable belief there is imminent danger to the public.

Brendan Garvin, Bowler’s spokesman, declined to comment on the lawmakers’ statements.

The Tsarnaev case is U.S. v. Tsarnaev, 13-mj-02106, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (Boston).

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IRS Says Chief Counsel Wilkins Not Involved in Meetings in 2011

Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel William Wilkins didn’t attend an August 2011 meeting on the agency’s treatment of political nonprofit groups and didn’t learn about the selective scrutiny of small-government groups until this year, the IRS said in a statement yesterday.

The timeline in an inspector general’s report released May 14 said that “Chief Counsel” was involved in an Aug. 4, 2011, meeting. Wilkins, one of two presidential appointees at the IRS, is the agency’s top lawyer.

The IRS said in the statement that “chief counsel” is standard language for referring to any of the 1,600 attorneys who work for him.

Wilkins “is not involved” in the issue involving nonprofit groups and didn’t discuss the applications with the Treasury Department’s general counsel, the IRS said.


Kirkland Advises Pamplona in Coinmach, Air-Serv Acquisition

Kirkland & Ellis LLP was legal adviser to Pamplona Capital Management LLP, which agreed to buy Coinmach Service Corp., the biggest laundry-equipment service provider in the U.S., and Air-Serv Group LLC in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion. White & Case LLP advised Coinmach.

Air-Serv provides car-tire inflation services in North America, according to a statement yesterday. Pamplona is combining the companies into a new entity, CSC ServiceWorks Inc. Robert Doyle, currently chief executive officer of Coinmach, will lead the merged company along with the existing management team from Air-Serv, the statement shows.

The Kirkland team for Pamplona was led by corporate partners Michael Brosse and Michael Movsovich, with tax partners Greer Phillips and David Grenker, debt finance partners Christopher Butler and Michelle Kilkenney, and executive compensation partner Scott Price.

White & Case partner Dan Latham worked on the deal for Coinmach.

Coinmach is London-based Pamplona’s first acquisition in the U.S. The private-equity firm, whose investments are mostly in Europe, may look for more acquisitions in the U.S. since hiring former Cerberus Capital Management LP executive Robert Warden, an American, as a partner last year, a person familiar with the matter said last month. Warden was a managing director at Cerberus and focused on industrial-company deals, a person with knowledge of the move said at the time.

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Shearman Adds Three Private Equity Partners in London

Global private equity lawyers Mark Soundy, Sarah Priestley and Simon Burrows have joined Shearman & Sterling LLP from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as partners in London. They worked closely with private equity partner Jeremy Dickens, who joined Shearman’s New York office in April.

“The team’s arrival will allow us to offer private equity sponsor houses even stronger capability,” Creighton Condon, Shearman & Sterling’s senior partner said in a statement. “Mark, Sarah and Simon will work closely with our M&A, leveraged finance, debt capital markets, high yield and tax lawyers, as well as with colleagues in asset management and executive compensation and employee benefits, to deliver great client service.”

Soundy was involved in the establishment of Weil’s Dubai office and has more than 25 years’ experience handling M&A transactions, the firm said. He is also experienced in early stage investment and development capital work.

Priestley was head of Weil’s London corporate tax group, focusing on complex U.K., multijurisdictional and pan-European M&A and private equity transactions. She has experience in the corporate tax, VAT, and stamp duty aspects of commercial transactions, and corporate restructurings and spinoffs.

Burrows advises private equity and captive investors, hedge funds, public and private corporations, and management teams on complex cross-border transactions in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., the firm said. He also has been involved in restructuring, funds, and equity capital markets work.

Shearman & Sterling has almost 900 lawyers in 18 offices in 12 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Skadden’s Antoinette Cook Bush Named News Corp. Executive

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s partner Antoinette Cook Bush was named as executive vice president and global head of government affairs for the new News Corp., the proposed global publishing entity to be formed when the company splits into two independent, publicly traded companies.

Bush, who was the partner in charge of Skadden’s communications group, will report to Robert Thomson, chief executive officer of the new News Corp., and will be based in Washington. She starts June. 24.

“Having worked with News Corp. for many years as a legal adviser, I’m honored to have been asked to serve this important role from inside the company,” Bush said in a statement. “As a big believer in the power of news, information and education to transform societies, I look forward to communicating the company’s mission to key audiences in Washington and around the world.”

News Corp. initiated the process to split itself into two publicly traded companies in December. The media company, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, is dividing into the Fox Group and a new News Corp.

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