Reed Smith Adds Three to Transactional Group

Drew Combs

Daily Journal

April 11, 2007

LOS ANGELES - The law firm Reed Smith announced Monday the addition of two partners and a counsel, all hailing from different firms, to the transactional practice in its Los Angeles offices.

Ken Ikari, a partner at Irell & Manella, and Susan C. Alker, formerly a counsel at O'Melveny & Myers, join Reed Smith's downtown office as partners.

Ramsey Hanna, previously a partner at Alschuler Grossman, joins the firm's Century City office as counsel.

"Susan, Ken and Ramsey are well-positioned to play key roles in our growing Southern California corporate practice," said John Iino, the Century City-based co-chair of Reed Smith's corporate and securities practice.

Iino added that, in the past 12 months, the firm's corporate practice in Los Angeles has doubled in size and totals 20 attorneys.

"With mergers in London and Chicago, Reed Smith has become a truly national and international firm," said legal recruiter Alan Miles, who brokered the lateral moves by Ikari and Hanna, "but they haven't lost focus on the importance of a strong corporate practice in California."

Reed Smith's combinations with Chicago firm Sachnoff & Weaver and the London-based firm Richards Butler became effective earlier this year.

The Pittsburgh-based firm's offices in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angels and Century City resulted in in large part from the 2003 acquisition of the California firm Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May.

"Reed Smith's ability to grow their corporate practice in California is a testament to the success of the Crosby Heafey merger and the efforts of key people in the firm, such as John Iino," Miles said.

Reed Smith has 1,500 attorneys practicing at 21 offices in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

The firm's presence in financial centers around the world attracted mergers-and-acquisition attorney Ikari to Reed Smith.

"In today's business world, you need a national and international presence to attract major clients," said Ikari, whose client list includes regional financial institutions, such as First Community Bank Corp., as well as major corporations, including Toshiba America Inc. The other two additions bring similar corporate experience to the firm.

Alker represents financial institutions, insurance companies and private equity funds in a variety of corporate matters, including leverage buyouts and loans.

"I came here to further expand my practice," Alker said, explaining why she joined the firm. "Reed Smith, firmwide, has deep relationships with a number of banks I have done work for and some banks I have not done work for," she added.

Alker declined to name specific clients.

Hanna advises a wide gamut of clients, from start-ups to multinational corporations, on a variety of transactional matters, including corporate governance issues, SEC compliance and intellectual property matters.

Other recent additions to the firm's corporate practice in Los Angeles include Michael W. Chou and Lilly S. Kim, who both joined the firm as counsel from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.

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