Power Lawyers 2011
One of the leading lawyers specializing in independent movie finance, Burke was involved in such major deals as this year's Goldman Sachs and Assured Guaranty's agreement to provide a credit facility critical to the reorganization of the Weinstein Co. and pacts for Comerica Bank and Union Bank to finance movies through Summit Entertainment and Relativity Media, respectively. But Burke -- whose all-business corporate style masks a part-time surfer and a collector of guitars he admits he can barely play -- is equally known for the annual bocce ball party he throws at Cannes, which this year drew 300 attendees. "It's turned into an important event there," he says, "frankly because a lot of the larger parties have been canceled thanks to the economic crisis."
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