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Jones Day has billed Chrysler more than $18.5m (£12.3m) during the past five months, reports The Am Law Daily.

In late November the embattled car manufacturer paid Jones Day $1m (£660,000) to establish a retainer, and according to the US firm’s application to be Chrysler’s lead counsel, around $5.8m (£3.8m) remains in the retainer, meaning the firm has drawn down more than $13m (£8.6m) so far.

Corrine Ball, the lead bankruptcy partner advising Chrysler, is billing $900 (£600) per hour, while partner John Cornell is advising Chrysler on employee benefits and executive compensation to the tune of $950 (£630) per hour.

According to the law firm’s engagement letter from November, Jones Day was advising General Motors in its talks with Cerberus Capital Management on a possible GM-Chrysler mega-merger. Should those talks reopen – a move which now looks unlikely – Jones Day would still advise GM and build a wall between its GM and Chrysler teams.

The only other firm application so far is that of New York’s Togut Segal & Segal, which will serve as conflicts counsel for Chrysler and advise on any matters that present a conflict for Jones Day. Togut partners will bill $760-$890 (£500-£590) per hour, while associate and counsel rates will range from $295 (£195) to $680 (£450).

Since 2005, Togut has served as bankruptcy conflicts counsel for several leading auto suppliers, including Tower Automotive, Dura Corporation and Delphi.

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