Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


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Arent Fox Names Bowers Head of White Collar Practice

Bingham McCutchen Partner Moves to Sheppard Mullin


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Arent Fox LLP yesterday announced that former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Terree Bowers is the new head of the firm’s White Collar and Investigations Practice.

Firm chairman Mark. M. Katz praised Bowers as “one of the most respected and accomplished trial attorneys in the United States” with “a remarkable record of success as a prosecutor and in private practice.” He said he “cannot think of a better person to lead our White Collar and Investigations Practice.”

Bowers said he was “honored the firm has selected me to lead such a distinguished group of attorneys,” remarking that the practice is “comprised of some the finest, most experienced attorneys in the nation” with “remarkable courtroom experience, talent, skill and knowledge.”

Prior to joining Arent Fox’s Los Angeles office last March, Bowers served as interim U.S. Attorney from 1992 until 1994, during which time he handled several high-profile cases, including the federal Rodney King civil rights trial and the Charles Keating fraud case.

He spent four years in The Hague as a U.S. representative at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and later became the chief deputy city attorney for Los Angeles under Rocky Delgadillo before he moved to private practice, joining Howrey LLP, in 2005.

Bowers attended the University of Texas for both his undergraduate and law degrees before being admitted to practice in 1979.

In other news, former Bingham McCutchen partner Rose P. Shiner joined the Century City office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm’s Entertainment, Media and Technology practice group, the firm announced yesterday.

Guy Halgren, chairman of the firm, remarked that Shiner “has an impressive film finance background, which includes bank representations and a variety of motion picture lending and credit experience.” He predicted Shiner’s practice would be “an excellent fit with our entertainment group, as well as the firm’s banking practice.”

Bob Darwell, chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Media and Technology practice group, commented that Shiner “has a fantastic reputation and represents a number of the firm’s existing bank clients so we are thrilled to have her join our group in Century City.”

Shiner said she was “very excited about joining Sheppard Mullin,” and “look[ing] forward to working closely with my new partners and further growing the film finance practice.”

The attorney’s practice focuses on film finance and other entertainment transactional matters, according to a release from the firm. She represents banks and other financial institutions and advises clients in various aspects of motion picture lending, complex multi-source financing structures and credit facilities. 

Shiner counsels clients in numerous types of secured financing transactions and co-production arrangements, U.S. state tax credits, incentives for domestic productions, negative pick-ups, subordinated debt and equity arrangements, and syndicated film slate financings, the release said.

The attorney represented Comerica Entertainment Group in the $135 million syndicated secured credit facility for Groundswell Pictures’ financing slate, which covers such titles as “Milk,” “Appaloosa,” “The Informant,” and “All Good Things,” the release said.

She also advised CIT Lending Services Corporation in connection with the financing for GreenStreet Films slate of motion pictures, and represented the production lender for numerous motion picture projects in various stages of production and distribution, including the upcoming Brad Pitt film “Cogan’s Trade,” as well as “District 9,” “The Box,” and “The Expendables.”

Shiner graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1993 and Loyola Law School in 1998. She was licensed to practice that same year.


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