Lash to further solidify Brunswick's Washington practice

NEW YORK: Brunswick Group has hired Bill Lash, former assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance in the Bush Administration, as a senior advisor.

NEW YORK: Brunswick Group has hired Bill Lash, former assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance in the Bush Administration, as a senior advisor.

Lash will work on public policy, issues management, and regulatory issues related to the global M&A market. He will work in both the Washington and New York offices.

Brunswick partner David Shapiro, who runs the agency's DC office, said that Lash's addition--along with other recent hires such as Harry Clark and Richard Mintz--will help bolster the firm's standing in a DC marketplace that is increasingly important for global business clients.

"We do a lot of global transactions. That is a significant part of what we do," Shapiro said. "It is becoming very apparent to bankers and lawyers and corporate executives that operate globally that political risk...has been heightened."

Shapiro said much of the public and political misperception of national security issues related to international business deals, such as the uproars that affected the Dubai Ports deal and CNOOC's failed acquisition of Unocal, stems from the public's lack of understanding about the nature of global business.

"That does present a communications challenge, not just, for instance, a lobbying challenge," he said.

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