LATERALS

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Kelli Moll joins the firm as partner and leader of the firm’s hedge-fund practice in the New York office. She will focus on hedge-fund and private-­equity fund ­formation, regulatory advice, seed-capital arrangements and partnership arrangements among principals. Previously, Moll was a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel.

Baker & McKenzie: Kent Beattie joins the firm’s corporate and finance practice group as partner in the Toronto office and will focus on commercial real estate and corporate/commercial law. Previously, Beattie was a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings (Birmingham, Ala.): Todd Presnell joins the firm’s litigation practice group as partner in the Nashville, Tenn., office and will focus on representing major corporations, small businesses, tax-exempt organizations and individuals. Previously, Presnell was chairman of the litigation department at Miller & Martin.

Dykema Gossett: Bill Finkelstein joins the firm’s corporate fin­ance practice group as partner in the Dallas office and will focus on counseling clients on commercial transactions, acquisitions and minimizing insolvency risks in structuring business transactions. Previously, Finkelstein was a partner at K&L Gates.

Foley & Lardner: David Klein joins the firm’s information technology and outsourcing practice as partner in the New York office and will focus on negotiating and structuring complex technology-related transactions. Previously, Klein was a partner at Paul Hastings.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (New York): Nicholas Spearing joins the firm’s European competition law practice as partner in the London office and will focus on a wide range of areas in antitrust law, in particular merger control, cartel and dominance investigations and sector inquiries. Previously, Spearing was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker (New York): Janene Marasciullo joins the firm’s financial-services practice in the New York office and will focus on litigating complex commercial cases, securities disputes, regulatory enforcement matters and employment disputes. Previously, Marasciullo was a partner at Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo.

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks (Boston): Gregory Corbett joins the firm’s litigation group as partner and will focus on complex patent and intellectual property litigation and licensing. Previously, Corbett was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.

NEW ARRIVALS

Blank Rome (Philadelphia): Debra Goldberg joins the firm’s financial services group as partner in the New York office and will focus on complex aircraft financing and leasing transactions of both commercial and corporate aircraft. Previously, Goldberg was of counsel to Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Ang­eles): Avi Weitzman joins the firm’s litigation practice as of counsel to the New York office and will focus on complex criminal cases. Previously, Weitzman was an assistant U.S. attorney in the securities and commodities fraud unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Los Angeles): Tai-Heng Cheng joins the firm’s international arbitration practice as partner in the New York office and will focus on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. Prev­iously, Cheng was a tenured professor of law at New York Law School and co-director of its Institute for Global Law, Justice and Policy.

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