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Reed Smith has taken on three new Southern California corporate lawyers, the firm announced Monday. Irell & Manella partner Ken Ikari and O’Melveny & Myers’ counsel Susan Alker are joining the firm’s Los Angeles office as partners, and Alschuler Grossman partner Ramsey Hanna is joining the Century City office as counsel. “We’ve grown significantly over the last three or four years, and a key to executing our strategy is making sure that we have top lawyers,” said John Iino, co-chair of the firm’s 140-lawyer corporate and securities group. All three lawyers said Reed Smith’s national and international platform � the firm has more than 1,500 lawyers in 21 offices around the world � was one of the big attractions. “My practice is in the M&A field, representing corporations as well as private equity,” Ikari said. “More and more, this kind of practice requires a national and international platform, which Reed Smith obviously provides.” An M&A and corporate finance lawyer, Ikari represents companies like Toshiba’s U.S. subsidiaries, as well as corporate financiers. Alker, who was with O’Melveny for about a decade, represents banks and other lenders in large finance deals. Hanna, who worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati before joining Alschuler, focuses on emerging companies and venture capital. Hanna said he’d originally come to Alschuler because the firm planned to build out its corporate practice, but merger discussions and the firm’s split earlier this year put those plans on hold. “The firm no longer has the resources or depth of practice that I need to run my practice,” Hanna said.

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