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Power Lawyers 2011

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    John Burke
    John Burke
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

    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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