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Monday, May 23, 2005


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Reed Smith Adds Corporate Partner to Los Angeles Office


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Russell M. Frandsen has joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner in the Corporate & Securities Group at the firm’s Los Angeles office, a firm spokesperson said Friday.

Frandsen, most recently with the Los Angeles office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and a former senior partner at Radcliff Frandsen & Dongell, started at Reed Smith Tuesday.

“We expect Russ will make a significant contribution to the growth of our Downtown Los Angeles office, including the continuing expansion of our transactional practice,” Peter Kennedy, Reed Smith’s Los Angeles managing partner, said in a statement.

A 1976 graduate of Duke University Law School, Frandsen has been a corporate attorney in the Los Angeles area for more than 28 years.  He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, as well as with general corporate and securities matters for predominantly middle market clients.

“I am very enthusiastic about Reed Smith’s expanding practice platform, its economic track record, and its ability to support my clients’ public offering and SEC-related needs in Southern California,” Frandsen said in a release. “The firm’s life sciences capability will also be invaluable to my clients.”

Frandsen practice focuses on intellectual property, tax, technology transfer, and real estate matters involving the life science and technology sectors as well as real estate retailing and restaurant operations. His background includes taking clients through IPOs and providing advice on hostile tender offers, proxy contests and other fights for corporate control as well as on corporate financing, joint venture financing, and other finance vehicles. 

His practice also includes business and tax planning and representation of clients before the IRS and the Tax Court. The firm, which recently added a Munich office, also said it expects to take advantage of Frandsen’s fluency in German and relationships in Germany.

Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith has grown to more than 1,000 lawyers, largely through mergers with other U.S. and European firms, and is believed to be among the 25 largest law firms in the world. It acquired a California presence three years ago through a merger with Crosby Heafey Roach & May.


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