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30 January 2006

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's Burgeoning Financial Services Practice Adds Six New Partners

30 January 2006, Washington, D.C. - The international law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is pleased to announce the addition of six financial services partners to the Firm's Washington, DC and New York offices. The partners will further expand Mayer, Brown's rapidly-growing financial services practice, which has grown by 26 lawyers over the past year. Joining from the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP are Scott A. Anenberg, Marc R. Cohen, David R. Sahr, Thomas J. Delaney and Alex C. Lakatos in Washington, and Mark G. Hanchet in New York.

"They will greatly enhance our ability to advise banks, securities firms and other financial firms in the US and around the world on a full range of financial regulatory, transactional, enforcement and litigation matters." "We are excited about our association with Mayer, Brown" said Marc Cohen.

"Our clients will benefit from the firm's strong global platform and superb capabilities in finance, financial services, corporate, real estate, tax and litigation." "These lawyers further fortify Mayer, Brown's unparalleled ability to respond at a global level to the strategic needs of our banking, finance, corporate and asset management clients here and abroad," added Jason Kravitt, Mayer Brown's New York and Chicago-based senior finance and securitization practice leader.

"We are enthusiastic about adding their regulatory and litigation experience to our existing regulatory capabilities. We have built one of the leading financial services practices in the US which, when combined with our transactional and litigation skills, offers our clients a level of multidimensional services that few firms can equal."

The group provides financial regulatory advice and litigation services primarily to financial services firms before all of the Federal banking agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Congress, and state financial regulatory authorities. They have over 100 years of combined experience representing marquee banking and financial services firms in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim, as well as leading financial institutions in the United States, and draw upon prior work experience with U.S. governmental authorities including the FDIC, the OTS and the Banking Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This is the second lateral move of a large group of financial regulatory attorneys to Mayer, Brown in the past six months. In July, 20 lawyers -- including Kathryn B. McGrath, Joseph I. Goldstein, and six other partners -- joined from Crowell & Moring LLP's SEC group.

"We are pleased to have these great attorneys join us," said Kenneth S. Geller, who as partner-in-charge of Mayer, Brown's Washington, DC office has overseen a 37% increase in lawyer headcount, including 19 new lateral partners, in the DC office since January 2005.

"These new partners will expand upon our existing strengths."

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is among the largest law firms in the world with 1,650 lawyers in seven U.S. (Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, and Washington, D.C.) and six European cities (Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London, and Paris.)

Attorney Profiles

Scott A. Anenberg
Mr. Anenberg has more than 25 years of experience representing foreign and domestic commercial banks, thrift institutions, other financial services companies and their holding companies. He regularly counsels clients on issues ranging from geographic and product expansion, acquisitions and reorganizations, to the impact of federal and state laws and regulations on lending and other day-to-day operations. Mr. Anenberg represents financial institutions on applications, enforcement matters and legislative and regulatory initiatives before the Congress, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as well as before state regulatory authorities. Mr. Anenberg previously worked as an attorney in the Honors Program in the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a law clerk in the Legislative Counsel's Office of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He publishes a monthly regulatory developments column for the Electronic Banking Law and Commerce Report.

Marc R. Cohen
Mr. Cohen counsels global financial services firms on complex regulatory, legislative and litigation matters in the cross border arena.. Before joining Shaw Pittman in 1999, Mr. Cohen was with the Washington, DC office of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Prior to that he practiced commercial law and litigation at Brenner, Saltzman, Wallman & Goldman in New Haven, Connecticut. While in New Haven, Mr. Cohen taught courses on the International Debt Crisis at Yale College. Upon graduation from Yale Law School, Mr. Cohen clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Carbranes, then U.S. District Judge.

David R. Sahr
Mr. Sahr advises domestic and foreign financial institutions on establishing and expanding their operations in the United States as well as on related regulatory, enforcement and compliance matters.  He represents banks and their affiliates before federal and state agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Mr. Sahr advises and represents foreign banks on federal legislative developments affecting their U.S. banking and nonbanking operations.  He also advises broker-dealers and investment advisers on regulatory matters.

Thomas J. Delaney
Mr. Delaney focuses on federal and state regulation of financial institutions.  He advises both domestic and foreign financial services companies on day-to-day compliance concerns, enforcement matters, mergers and acquisitions, geographic and product expansion, cross border compliance and legislative issues.  Mr. Delaney represents clients before all of the federal financial institutions agencies, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, state regulatory authorities and the U.S. Congress.  Mr. Delaney has worked previously with the legal department of the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision, as regulatory and legislative counsel for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, and on the staff of the Banking Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark G. Hanchet
Mr. Hanchet's practice focuses on a broad range of litigation, including general commercial litigation and banking litigation, with a particular focus on trade finance and letter of credit law, a field in which he has lectured and published a number of articles.  In addition, Mr. Hanchet has also represented clients in conducting internal investigations and in complex civil litigation ranging from class actions, insurance coverage cases and energy litigation to employment matters and bankruptcy litigation.

Alex C. Lakatos
Mr. Lakatos counsels and litigates on behalf of foreign and domestic banks, investment companies, and other financial institutions and their affiliates in matters that involve federal and state banking and securities law.  Mr. Lakatos concentrates on matters that have both litigation and financial aspects, such as enforcement defense and securities litigation.  Mr. Lakatos was a litigation associate at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering and prior to that clerked for the Honorable Mary Schroeder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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