SOURCE: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

August 01, 2005 13:54 ET

Finance Partner, John Ferrell, Joins Sheppard Mullin's Expanding New York Office

Former Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Executive Expands Finance Practice Nationally

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2005 -- John Ferrell has joined the New York office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the Finance & Bankruptcy practice group. Ferrell, most recently with White and Case in New York, has represented a wide variety of commercial and investment banks and other financial institutions, ranging from Citigroup, Merrill Lynch & Co. and CIT Group, to several local and regional banks.

Ferrell has been a managing director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch and has also headed his own investment banking firm, specializing in private equity transactions. His non-U.S. clients have included Banco Urjuijo, the largest private bank in Spain, and Banca Leonardo, the largest independent broker-dealer on the Milan Stock Exchange.

James J. McGuire, partner-in-charge of the firm's New York office, said, "I practiced with John at White & Case and am thrilled to have him at Sheppard Mullin. John is an excellent addition to the office and allows us to grow the practice group nationally. He brings a substantial background in finance, both in private practice and in-house experience."

Additionally, Finance & Bankruptcy partner Bill Wyatt is relocating to the New York office from San Francisco to team with Ferrell on the national expansion of the practice. Wyatt started as an associate at Sheppard Mullin in 1982 and became a partner in January 1990. He specializes in finance transactions and workouts.

"Sheppard Mullin has a top-notch finance group. I am excited to build its presence on the East Coast and look forward to working with firm veteran Bill Wyatt on expanding the practice group," commented Ferrell. "I am very pleased to be rejoining Jim and other attorneys I worked with at White & Case who now practice in Sheppard Mullin's New York office."

In addition to the arrival of Ferrell and Wyatt, Entertainment and Media partner Ben Mulcahy has joined the New York office full-time. Mulcahy was recently ranked as one the country's leading attorneys by The National Law Journal, which named him to its annual "40 Under 40" list of leading lawyers under the age of 40, and had been dividing his time between the firm's New York and Century City offices since last September. Mulcahy will build on the firm's prominence in the areas of entertainment and advertising, which practice currently includes representation of Paramount Pictures Corp., New Line Cinema, Lions Gate, Focus Features, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Marketing Store Worldwide. Similarly, Finance and Bankruptcy special counsel Greg Mendenhall is now based in New York and was previously based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Ferrell received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law School in 1969 and a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, as a National Merit Scholar, in 1966.

About Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is a full service AmLaw 100 firm with 430 attorneys in nine offices located throughout California and in New York and Washington, D.C. The firm's California offices are located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Century City, Orange County, Del Mar Heights and San Diego. Sheppard Mullin provides legal expertise and counsel to U.S. and international clients in a wide range of practice areas, including Antitrust, Corporate and Securities; Entertainment and Media; Finance and Bankruptcy; Government Contracts; Intellectual Property; Labor and Employment; Litigation; Real Estate/Land Use; Tax/Employee Benefits/Trusts & Estates; and White Collar Defense. The firm was founded in 1927. For more information, please visit

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