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Florida East Coast Industries has appointed Myles Tobin as general counsel for All Aboard Florida, a proposed privately funded, intercity passenger-rail link between Orlando and Miami.
Tobin will be responsible for directing the project's legal affairs and providing counsel on all significant legal issues, All Aboard Florida officials said in a press release.
Tobin has more than 30 years of experience, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to railroad regulatory compliance and commercial transactions. He has represented Fortune 1000 companies as a former partner at Fletcher & Sippel L.L.C., a Chicago-based law firm where he was instrumental in providing legal counsel to CN.
Tobin's background also includes a stint as vice president of U.S. legal affairs for CN, where he counseled senior executives and directed the legal affairs for 40 U.S. subsidiaries ranging from land acquisition companies, bulk terminals and equipment leasing companies to several large and medium-sized railroads, including Illinois Central Railroad (IC), Grand Trunk Western and Chicago Central & Pacific. He negotiated business and legal terms for the company’s $1.6 billion merger agreement with IC. Prior to the merger, Tobin served IC for nine years, ultimately as general counsel.
"Tobin's legal background coupled with his extensive work at major transportation and railway companies provides the insight and knowledge that makes him an incredible asset to this project," said All Aboard Florida President and Chief Operating Officer Don Robinson.
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