LOS ANGELES – Reed Smith today announced that prominent California transactional lawyers Ashok W. Mukhey and Mitchell S. Cohen have joined the firm as partners in the firm’s Global Corporate Group in Century City. Formerly with Irell & Manella, the duo brings the firm a diverse practice in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and general corporate representation of public and private companies.

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“Ashok and Mitch have worked with premier clients and financiers on sophisticated matters at the highest levels for decades,” said James Tandler, Chair of Reed Smith’s U.S. Corporate Group. “They offer impressive knowledge and extensive experience in our key industry groups, particularly entertainment & media, life sciences and financial services. The arrival of Ashok and Mitch is further commitment to our priority of adding top corporate talent in California and other key markets. We are excited to welcome them to the firm.”

Mukhey, formerly co-chair of Irell’s Transactions practice, has more than three decades of experience advising companies in a broad range of industries including gaming, hospitality, entertainment, technology, life sciences, manufacturing, and medical devices. He handles mergers and acquisitions, private investment, corporate finance, and counsels clients on securities regulation and securities offerings. Both he and Cohen have worked on financing matters for a number of high-profile companies and organizations, such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and related foundations, including issuances of tax-exempt “Oscar Bonds” for the construction and development of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Mukhey received a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has spent his entire career at Irell.

“Reed Smith’s reputation in the middle-market global corporate space and the firm’s platform is the perfect combination for us to grow our practices,” Mukhey said. “In addition, having the full range of disciplines available to support our transactional work is essential and a great benefit to our clients. We look forward to working with our new Reed Smith colleagues and helping the firm expand its corporate offerings in California and beyond.”

Cohen has significant experience in debt finance transactions, while his practice also focuses on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate representation in a variety of industries. He advises borrowers, banks, and institutional and investment fund lenders in a wide range of debt financings and restructurings. Cohen also represents entertainment and media companies with financing for the development and production of films, as well as the sale of film libraries and other assets. As part of his more than three decades of experience, he previously practiced in Tokyo advising Japanese companies on U.S.-based investments and transactions and has served as outside corporate counsel to a number of U.S. subsidiaries of multinational companies.