Akin Gump Adds Corporate Partner Courtney York in Dallas

(Dallas) – Akin Gump today announced that Courtney S. York has joined the firm as a partner in its corporate practice in Dallas. Ms. York, previously a partner at Baker Botts, is a seasoned M&A practitioner with a strong industry focus in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) industries.

“Courtney is a truly talented transactional lawyer. Given her deep experience advising highly sophisticated clients on M&A and governance matters, Courtney will be a terrific addition to our Dallas office,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “Courtney’s experience, technical skill set and business judgment will make her an outstanding member of our firm, and I am delighted to welcome her to Akin Gump.”

Ms. York handles a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, complex technology transactions, spin-offs and securities offerings. With a primary focus on representing companies in the TMT sector, she also advises clients regarding securities compliance, joint ventures, private equity investments, restructurings, debt and equity capital markets transactions and general corporate governance issues. She joins a corporate team at Akin Gump focused on advising companies and funds on a broad range of transactional matters.

“As we further expand our corporate footprint in Texas, Courtney’s experience and deal résumé complement our existing platform both in Dallas and throughout our national practice,” said Kerry E. Berchem, head of Akin Gump’s corporate practice. “I am truly thrilled that Courtney has joined us and am very confident that she will be a great asset to many of our clients and our entire team.”

Added Scott Barnard, partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Dallas office, “Our Dallas corporate team has been very active leading some of the largest and most significant deals throughout North Texas, and Courtney’s arrival will only add to that momentum. I am excited that she is joining us and know that she will be an ideal fit at Akin Gump.”

“Akin Gump offers a great platform through which I can continue growing my practice, particularly in TMT-related M&A and securities matters,” said Ms. York. “The firm’s strength in areas such as IP, litigation and regulatory issues, coupled with its expansive global corporate practice, is a perfect fit for me and will be of great benefit to the clients with whom I work. I could not be more excited to be here and embark on this next chapter in my career.”

Ms. York received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas.

About Akin Gump’s Corporate Practice

Lawyers in Akin Gump’s corporate practice counsel private equity and hedge funds, public and private companies, sovereign entities and financial advisors in connection with their transactional, finance and ongoing business needs. The firm regularly leads complex and sophisticated transactions, crossing borders and industries. Our team includes leading dealmakers and finance lawyers with extensive experience in complex leveraged and acquisition finance arrangements.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

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