Jan 13, 2017

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Expands Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Practice with 3 New Attorneys in New York

ATLANTA (January 13, 2017) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the expansion of its domestic and international Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Practice with the addition of three new attorneys, Alan S. Jacobs, Brenda T. Simensky, and Danila Duo, who join the firm’s New York office. The team also brings a newly-established Italian Practice to SGR.

“Smith, Gambrell & Russell is excited to welcome three experienced corporate attorneys to bolster our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in New York,” said Stephen M. Forte, SGR’s chairman and managing partner. “The team will complement our recent European expansion into the UK and Germany with a new Italian Practice which further demonstrates the firm’s strategic growth within the U.S. and internationally.”

Mr. Jacobs is a Partner in SGR’s Corporate Practice group. His areas of concentration include domestic and international private negotiated mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, business investment structures, and transactions, corporate debt and equity finance, and corporate governance and family business succession.

Ms. Simensky is Counsel in SGR’s Corporate Practice group. She advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, secured lending and brand licensing. Ms. Simensky also serves as outside general counsel for many clients, advising on their full range of corporate needs.

Ms. Duo is Counsel in the Corporate Practice group and Head of SGR’s new Italian Practice. Her practice focuses on various aspects of corporate law with an emphasis on commercial and corporate cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Ms. Duo also provides general legal support on an ongoing basis to Italian clients and their companies seeking to enter or expand their presence in the US and to US clients investing in Italy.

The New York office expansion comes on the heels of SGR’s announcement of the opening of three new international offices in London, Southampton, and Munich. Additional attorneys will be joining the New York office in the coming months which will bring the office total to 48 full-time lawyers.

About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s more than 200 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, construction, and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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