Quinn Emanuel Adds Two Partners To London Office -- Barrister Sue
Prevezer QC and US Litigator Marc Becker
LOS ANGELES -- Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP
announced today that Sue Prevezer QC and Marc Becker have joined the firm as
partners in its London office. Prevezer joins the firm from the London office of US
firm Bingham where she was a member of the financial restructuring and
litigation groups. Becker joins the firm from the Los Angeles office of the US law
firm Munger,Tolles & Olson LLP where he was a member of the litigation
Quinn Emanuel is the largest business litigation-only law firm in the United States
with over 400 lawyers. The Firm opened its London office last month. The
primary focus of the office which will be litigation arising out of complex financial
transactions, particularly for parties adverse to large financial institutions and
accountancy firms. Prevezer and Becker are the second and third major partner
level acquisitions the firm has made for the London office in two weeks. They will
be joining Richard East, a prominent restructuring and litigation partner from the
London office of Kirkland & Ellis. Prevezer and East had collaborated before on
several high profile matters.
Managing partner John Quinn stated, "Sue and Marc's backgrounds fit the
mission we see for our London office. We want to offer London litigants Magic
Circle level talent for disputes which the Magic Circle firms can not take on
because of conflicts. More often than not these disputes arise out of situations in
which companies are in financial distress. This is Sue's particular area of
expertise. The firm has known Marc for years as a top-notch commercial
litigator. We are lucky to have someone of his caliber join our team." Quinn
continued, "We are one of the few high quality US firms which can be adverse to
global financial institutions, like Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.
We aim to fill the same niche in London."
Before joining Bingham last year Prevezer was a leading QC at Essex Court
Chambers. She is an experienced trial lawyer and appellate advocate. One of a
relatively small group of women QC's in the City, Prevezer has a substantial
court practice and regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal. She
has advised and appeared in international and domestic fraud cases and money
laundering disputes, representing bondholders, hedge funds, office holders,
creditors, major clearing banks, accountants and major corporations.. Prevezer is
consistently recommended in the areas of insolvency, commercial litigation, civil
fraud and energy by Chambers and Legal 500, with the former describing her as
"incredibly bright" and "a punchy advocate who is particularly good at
complicated financial cases."
Prevezer stated "I see Quinn Emanuel as the ideal firm to fill an underserved
market. I and am looking forward to be a part of such an exciting venture."
Prevezer is a graduate of Cambridge University. She was called to the bar in
1983 and became Queen’s Counsel and a Recorder in 2000. She has been a
Deputy High Court Judge since 2006 and is an accredited mediator with CEDR.
Becker's practice includes a wide range of complex commercial litigation in US
federal and state courts in both civil and criminal matters. He has represented
clients across a broad range of industries and has extensive expertise in civil
fraud matters, commercial contract disputes, and entertainment and intellectual
property litigation. Prior to joining Munger Tolles in 1989, he clerked for United
States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson in Los Angeles. In 2006 and 2007 he
spent a year in London working on matters for his former firm.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to be on the ground floor of a
unique and exciting undertaking in London with a firm I respect," said Becker.
Becker graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1988 where he was a
member of the Order of the Coif and the California Law Review. He received his
undergraduate degree in Music Performance in 1984 from the University of
Toronto, majoring in orchestral clarinet.
Quinn Emanuel recently secured office space on Long Acre in Covent Garden
and intends to have approximately 15 lawyers in London within the next six
months. Most of these lawyers will be hired locally.