Partner Placements

Matthew McKim joins Loeb & Loeb as a Partner

Matthew McKim joins Loeb & Loeb as a partner in the Trusts and Estates department in the firm’s Chicago office.

McKim advises clients on a wide range of U.S. tax planning matters, with a particular emphasis on income tax structuring for inbound U.S. investments. His clients include high net worth global families, international trust companies and non-U.S. citizens with U.S. contacts. McKim’s practice truly spans the globe.

He has counseled clients based in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, PRC, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. McKim brings more than 15 years of experience as a tax and trust lawyer and has extensive experience with a wide range of global family structures. He regularly assists clients (most often multinationals and their families) in navigating the U.S. tax system and with other considerations that arise when families move to or invest in the United States. Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb, McKim led the International Private Client Group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP.

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Saul Rostamian joins Sheppard Mullin from Winston & Strawn

Saul Rostamian has joined Sheppard Mullin in Los Angles as a partner in the litigation practice group. Saul serves his clients as a litigation trained outside counsel. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and strategic counseling across various sectors including real estate, banking, private equity, public-private partnerships, and manufacturing. His role centers on risk management and providing creative solutions in a wide variety of matters ranging from deals to disputes, drawing on the firm’s broad base of specialists.

He has strategically resolved complex disputes short of litigation, and, where necessary, litigated high stakes matters through trial and appeal. He has also guided his clients through complex corporate matters at the core of the companies he represents. Saul has been selected by the Southern California Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for Business Litigation (2014-2019).

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Erik Wallace, Laurence Ho and team join Loeb & Loeb in Hong Kong

Highly regarded trusts & estates and private client partners Erik Wallace and Laurence Ho, together with Letao Tao and Sarah Lai, have joined Loeb & Loeb in Hong Kong, from Stephenson Harwood. Erik and Laurence will lead the newly formed Hong Kong Trusts & Estates Team, joining Loeb’s top ranked Trusts & Estates Department.

Erik has been a practicing trusts and estates lawyer for more than 20 years and has spent the past eight years in Hong Kong, and most recently established the U.S. private client practice for Stephenson Harwood. He assists high net worth individuals and families with succession planning, structuring or restructuring trusts, and establishing private trust companies and charitable foundations. Laurence brings more than a decade of experience advising clients on U.S. tax, trust and estate planning matters as well as reporting compliance issues, and also counsels individuals, multinational families, family offices, estates and fiduciaries.

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Alex Jacobs joins Goodwin Procter from Pircher Nicols & Meeks

Alex Jacobs has joined Goodwin Procter in Los Angeles as a partner in the real estate practice. Previously on the executive committee at Pircher, where he practiced for 17 years, Alex built out a practice representing commercial owners and developers. He advises private and institutional investors, owners, and developers in connection with the acquisition, disposition, development and financing of commercial real estate properties. He also negotiates and structures complex joint venture agreements between sponsors and capital providers and represents clients for residential development, multifamily residential projects, office buildings, and hotels and resorts. “Alex’s practice complements the skillsets of our existing real estate and hospitality industry team on the West Coast and having him on board further positions us as one of the dominant real estate industry practices in the United States and Europe,” said Dean Pappas, chair of Goodwin’s Los Angeles office, in a statement.

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Karen Ubell joins Goodwin Procter

Karen, former attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as former co-chair of the blockchain technology group at Cooley, has joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in the San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on advising digital currency and blockchain clients on interactions with regulators, compliance and the implementation and adoption of novel technologies. “Karen’s deep private and public-sector expertise in this space brings tremendous value to our clients and it is a perfect fit for Goodwin’s platform at the intersection of capital and innovation in California and globally,” Mitzi Chang, co-chair of Goodwin’s digital currency and blockchain technology practice said in a statement.

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Katherine Cheung joins Dorsey & Whitney in Hong Kong

Katherine Cheung has joined Dorsey & Whitney in Hong Kong in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. Previously with King & Wood Mallesons, Katherine specializes in general commercial disputes and financial services regulatory matters, with an emphasis on cross-border disputes. Her commercial litigation and arbitration experience covers general contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, regulatory investigations, contentious insolvency matters and professional services matters.

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Jessica Nall joins Baker McKenzie

Jessica Nall

Jess, chair of Farella Braun & Martel’s white-collar crime and internal corporate investigations practice, has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in its San Francisco office, aiding its Northern California expansion. She has for nearly two decades defended companies and individuals in cases involving the Justice Department and other government agencies, including representing executives and employees in the Yahoo! cyber breach investigation, one of the largest in the internet’s history, as well as officials at Samsung and Hitachi.

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Frank Rahmani Joins Sidley from Cooley

Frank Rahmani has joined Sidley Austin in San Francisco as a partner in emerging companies and life sciences. Frank advises emerging growth and public companies in the life sciences and technology industries. Working closely with founders, CEO’s, boards of directors and investors, he serves as a trusted advisor in a broad range of matters, from formation and spin-off transactions to financings and public offerings.

Frank has completed over 200 institutional and venture financings, over 30 strategic partnerships, and various forms of mergers and acquisitions ranging from 20M to over $3 billion in per deal value. Frank joins the firm from Cooley LLP where he practiced for 23 years.

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IP Transactional lawyer Marcela Robledo to join Baker McKenzie

Marcela Robledo has joined Baker McKenzie in their San Francisco office and will serve as a Partner in the firms Intellectual Property & Technology practice group. Marcela has significant experience handling all intellectual property, data and technology aspects in a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing, collaboration agreements and joint ventures.

Her practice focuses on technology transactions, and routinely advises public and private clients from all types of industries on the intellectual property, privacy and cybersecurity aspects of a wide range of corporate matters. She joins the firm from Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP, where she led the IP aspects of some of their largest technology M&A transactions.

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Joshua Thompson, head of Shearman & Sterling’s Global Leveraged Finance Group and head of Private Capital, has joined Sidley & Austin in New York

Josh is a widely recognized finance lawyer who has built a deep practice in leveraged finance. He has advised many of the world’s most prestigious financial institutions and borrowers on complex financing matters. He focuses his practice on acquisition financings and other leveraged lending, which includes leveraged buyouts, tender offers and other going private transactions.

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