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St. Louis, Oct. 28, 2016 – By a vote of the partnership, the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP ( has elected 15 new lawyers to partnership in the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2017. This brings the number of partners firmwide to 389. The new partners are:

Taavi Annus, St. Louis  Taavi Annus

Annus has a broad corporate practice that is focused on corporate finance and general corporate matters, including capital markets transactions, securities laws and stock exchange rules. He advises venture capital funds and other investors, as well as startup and development stage companies, in connection with venture capital financings. Annus also represents public and private companies in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, reorganizations and other similar transactions.

James Attonito, New York James Attonito

Attonito concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises public and private company clients in a wide range of corporate transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and general contractual matters. Attonito’s clients range from startups to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, financial services, technology, health care, real estate and manufacturing.

Christopher Blaesing, St. Louis  Christopher Blaesing

Blaesing focuses on banking and real estate litigation, including collection actions, foreclosure suits, easement disputes, landlord-tenants cases, defense of lender liability claims, subdivision/homeowners association lawsuits and a host of other banking and real estate litigation matters. His litigation practice also encompasses probate/fiduciary, mass toxic tort, employment, franchise law, appeals, class actions and a variety of other general commercial cases. Blaesing’s practice focuses on Southern Illinois matters, though he regularly practices in the St. Louis area as well and has handled matters from New York to California.

Fabrice Bouquier, Paris  Fabrice Bouquier

Bouquier assists French and international clients with mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. He also advises on distribution law, food law, consumer law and complex commercial contracts. During the last five years, Bouquier’s practice has been increasingly focused on managing large-scale direct investment for Chinese industrial groups in various European jurisdictions including France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.

James P. Colgate, New York  James P. Colgate

Colgate has more than 20 years of experience in land use, zoning, planning and code compliance in New York City. Prior to joining Bryan Cave, he was the assistant commissioner for technical affairs and code development at the New York City Department of Buildings. Colgate previously worked at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the NYC Department of City Planning. He is a registered architect and a certified floodplain manager.

Jeremy Finkelstein, New York  Jeremy Finkelstein

Finkelstein focuses his practice on representing corporate trust institutions as indenture trustees and agents in connection with domestic and cross-border debt capital markets transactions. He has experience representing clients in connection with secured and unsecured project financings. He also has worked with secured and unsecured creditors and disbursing agents in various defaulted debt, restructuring and bankruptcy matters.

Tim Glasgow, Denver  Tim Glasgow

Glasgow advises clients on the tax consequences of a wide variety of matters including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, joint ventures, and restructurings of corporations and partnerships. In addition, he represents clients in disputes with federal, state and local taxing authorities, and he has extensive estate planning experience.

Sarah Hartley, Denver  Sarah Hartley

Hartley has significant experience in complex commercial litigation and antitrust disputes, representing local, national and multinational companies in all stages of their dispute resolution process. She has represented clients in disputes related to oil and gas development, financial products, First Amendment, intellectual property, government procurement, trade secrets and contract matters. Hartley also concentrates on sports litigation and Safe Sport matters within the Olympic Sport movement. She has helped sports clients with a variety of governance issues, sponsorships and employment agreements.

Jason Kempf, St. Louis  Jason Kempf

Kempf’s practice focuses on business and securities litigation. He regularly represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial institutions and corporations in arbitration, federal and state litigation, and investigations by regulatory organizations. Kempf also has successfully represented public and privately owned corporations in product liability matters. 

Michelle Masoner, Kansas City  Michelle Masoner

Masoner practices primarily in the areas of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and debtor-creditor rights. She represents creditors and debtors in complex restructurings and Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcies, as well as related civil litigations and appeals. Masoner has represented secured and unsecured lenders, special servicers of securitized commercial mortgages, indenture trustees, unsecured creditors, landlords, investors and debtors. In addition, she has represented a number of commercial and lending clients in real estate and commercial litigation cases in both state and federal courts.

Elizabeth Sipes, Denver  Elizabeth Sipes

Sipes focuses her practice on private funds, investment management and corporate matters. She counsels sponsors of onshore and offshore private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity and venture capital funds, in all stages of their business, including fund and upper-tier management structuring, adviser registrations and exemptions, investment company issues, side letter negotiations and ongoing operations. Sipes also has substantial experience advising strategic and financial buyers, sellers and investors in a wide variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, minority investments and strategic partnerships in the U.S. and overseas.

Vanessa Sunshine, Irvine  Vanessa Sunshine

Sunshine focuses her practice primarily on real estate transactions, including representation of developers, joint ventures and REITs in connection with acquisition, disposition and financing of multifamily, retail centers, office buildings, business parks, industrial buildings and senior living facilities. She also has experience in the area of commercial, industrial and retail leasing. In addition to her real estate experience, Sunshine also represents banks and other financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting a variety of real estate secured lending transactions.

Tracy Talbot, San Francisco  Tracy Talbot

Talbot focuses her practice in the area of commercial and intellectual property litigation. She has a wide range of pre-trial litigation experience, and she has tried cases in federal and state courts. She represents clients in the nutritional supplement, telecommunications and financial industries, among others, in complex litigation matters and class actions concerning general business and contract disputes, patent infringement, intentional interference, discrimination and disability claims, and claims of unfair competition, false advertising, civil RICO, lender liability and fraud.

Quinn Wheeler, Phoenix  Quinn Wheeler

Wheeler’s practice involves the representation of clients in secured and unsecured commercial loan and credit transactions. This includes asset-based financing, receivables-based financing, acquisition financing, time-share financing, real estate secured financing, structured finance and syndications. His practice also includes the representation of clients involved in loan restructurings, forbearances and other workout transactions, and he also represents buyers and sellers of distressed debt and other assets, including real estate assets.

Kristin Yemm, St. Louis  Kristin Yemm

Yemm’s practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities law matters. She regularly represents public and privately held companies in a variety of industries in a broad range of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture transactions. Her practice also includes advice and counseling with respect to capital markets transactions and corporate governance and commercial matters.

About Bryan Cave LLP

Bryan Cave is a global law firm with approximately 1,000 highly skilled lawyers in 27 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. The firm represents publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, nonprofit and community organizations, government entities, and individuals. With a foundation based on enduring client relationships, deep and diverse legal experience, industry-shaping innovation and a collaborative culture, Bryan Cave’s transaction, litigation and regulatory practice serves clients in key business and financial markets.

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