Jones Day Strengthens Corporate Practice With Three New Lawyers

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 15:16

A trio of experienced lawyers has joined Jones Day’s Private Equity and Tax practices. Kenneth Polin has joined Jones Day as a partner in the Private Equity Practice, resident in the firm's San Diego office, and Peter Elias has come to Jones Day as a partner in the Tax Practice, also resident in San Diego. Amie Singer Piccola has joined Jones Day as of counsel in the Private Equity Practice, resident in the firm's Atlanta office.

All three lawyers were most recently partners in the Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice at Foley & Lardner in San Diego.

"The deep experience of these fine lawyers further strengthens our Firm's ability to handle a wide variety of private equity transactions for our clients, who increasingly seek to take advantage of strategic business opportunities in markets worldwide," said Chuck Hardin, Practice Leader for Jones Day's global Private Equity Practice.

Mr. Polin has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of securities, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and other financing transactions. He concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on representation of media, finance, technology, and growth companies. He also has extensive experience representing venture capital, private equity, and other investors.

Mr. Elias's practice focuses on structuring tax-sensitive transactions for a range of business and investment transactions, including those involving private equity and real estate funds, joint ventures, REITs, and other investment entities. He also has significant experience with devising and structuring complex mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

"Ken and Peter are important additions to our growing team here in San Diego as they provide even greater strength to our expanding corporate practice," said Karen Hewitt, partner-in-charge of Jones Day's San Diego office. "We know our clients will benefit from their extensive experience providing strategic advice on a wide range of issues."

With the arrival of Messrs. Polin and Elias, Jones Day's San Diego office now has 41 legal professionals, including 36 attorneys and five patent agents. Last November, Maria Sendra also joined Jones Day San Diego as a partner in the Private Equity Practice.

Ms. Piccola, who requested to move back to Atlanta from San Diego, focuses on a broad range of business and financial matters, including private equity and venture capital financings, debt and equity securities offerings, business formation, corporate governance and compliance, general business counseling, strategic planning, and raising capital for emerging growth companies. She has particularly deep experience with identifying alternative and creative financing options for emerging growth companies and start-ups, including strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and project-based finance. Ms. Piccola’s experience in renewable energy includes representing contractors and landowners in the construction, development, financing, and acquisition of renewable power generation facilities, including geothermal and wind.

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Competition lawyer Nick Taylor has joined Jones Day's Sydney office as a partner. Formerly a partner with Gilbert + Tobin, Mr. Taylor also served in government, reviewing mergers and asset sales for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

"Nick's arrival is a significant addition to our global competition law practice, which now spans four continents, said Phil Proger, the Washington-based partner who leads Jones Day's Antitrust & Competition Law Practice. "With virtually every significant merger triggering multi-jurisdictional reviews and with cartel and other competition litigation increasingly spilling across borders, clients are looking to integrated law firms with a footprint in every major market for both strategic counsel and boots on the ground."

While the bulk of Mr. Taylor's work has been in his native Australia, he has also developed knowledge of many Asian competition regimes, including China (where he was seconded to King & Wood), India, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Pakistan and Vietnam. In addition to representing clients in Asia, he has worked as an Asian competition law and policy advisor for the OECD, organizing 15 training events for Asian competition authorities and judges. Since September 2009, Mr. Taylor has been working with the OECD as its representative on its joint venture with the Korean government, the OECD-Korea Regional Centre for Competition Law.