New Irvine Partner Renee Gabbard and New York Of Counsel Edward Peck were highlighted Feb. 22 in The Am Law Daily for their recent move to the firm. Both will practice with our Private Client Group. Also joining them from their old firm is Associate Megan Acosta, who will work in our Irvine office.

New York Counsel Alan Appel was quoted Feb. 14 by Law360 concerning the U.S.- Switzerland FATCA agreement. Switzerland recently agreed to implement a tough law requiring its banks to turn over information on accounts held by U.S. citizens in an effort to help catch U.S. tax evaders. Getting Switzerland to sign on to FATCA – the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act – was a big step forward in extending the law’s reach, Appel said. “It shows Switzerland is not going to fight this and they’ve ordered their financial institutions to comply,” he said.