Bracewell & Giuliani LLP — The law firm announced a slate of new hires for its San Antonio office. William Avila, Michael Bernard, Blakely Fernandez and Jane Macon (pictured) are each joining as partners. Avila, previously of counsel at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP from May 2011, focuses on public finance law. Bernard, a San Antonio-based attorney since 2005, was a first assistant district attorney for Bexar County. He specializes in public law, public finance, energy and litigation. Fernandez has held a variety of leadership positions, including partner with Tuggey Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather LLP. Other firms include Winstead Sechrest & Minick PC and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Macon, who was city attorney of the City of San Antonio from 1977 to 1983, is currently chairwoman of Siebert Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: SIEB), a holding company that provides various investment banking and broker services to retail investors. At Bracewell & Giuliani, she will advise on public finance deals as well as public and private partnerships, real estate zoning, municipal bonds and economic development.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP — Andy Soh has joined the New York law firm as international counsel. He will be based in Hong Kong. Over the years, Soh has worked in New York and Singapore, beginning with Jones Day from January 2005 to October 2008. From there, he went on to Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP and Kobre & Kim LLP, before his most recent position with General Electric International Inc. as executive counsel for Asia-Pacific litigation and investigations. Soh specializes in complex commercial disputes, as well as government enforcement defense.