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13 December 2006

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw appoints leading Global Trade partner in Brussels
- Firm Adds Significant Russian Capabilities to Trade Practice -

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

13 December 2006 - International law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of WTO and EU trade law partner Edward Borovikov from Hammonds in Brussels. Six others will also be joining the firm.

Edward advises many Russian and Eastern European companies and authorities before the European Commission in relation to trade and economic relations and integration issues. He also assists Russian authorities in relation to Russia's proposed WTO accession. Borovikov's appointment adds to the firm's growing Russian capabilities. Washington D.C. partner Catherine Novelli previously served as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative where she led United States trade policy efforts towards Russia.

Following a period as an Economist at Moscow State University, Edward became a senior expert on trade policy relating to Russia's WTO accession and EC-Russia relations for the Committee For External Economic Relations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia. In 1996 he became First Secretary of the Russian Mission to the European Communities (Trade Policy and Economics Section) where he worked until becoming a partner at Hammonds in 1999.

Edward's appointment continues to cement Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's global trade capabilities in the US, Europe and China (through its consulting office in Beijing). The practice already includes high-level former government officials, including former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor, partners James Jochum, Marguerite Trossevin and Cathy Novelli, who arrived in recent years, as well as the latest arrival of the respected trade team from Miller & Chevalier including Duane Layton, Sydney Mintzer and Jeffery Lowe. In Europe former EU Ambassador to the US G√ľnter Burghardt and partner Paulette Vander Schueren and her team provide a strong platform in Brussels along with Jean-Philippe Montfort, a leading European regulatory partner.

Edward Borovikov commented: "I am delighted to be joining a team which is making a big impact in the international trade market owing to both the level of its expertise and ongoing expansion. My practice will further complement the established team and help to develop this global practice area for the firm."

Peter Scher, Head of the Global Trade Practice, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Washington D.C., added, "By welcoming Edward to our expanding global trade team in Brussels, we acknowledge the importance of Russian-specific trade and WTO expertise. Russia's expected membership of the WTO next year will create numerous opportunities and challenges for Russian companies operating in the U.S. and Europe as well as other multi-national companies operating in Russia. Edward will contribute greatly to the dynamic and diverse nature of our well-respected team, as well as providing vital legal advice to our clients in the constantly expanding market in Russia."

Paul Maher, London Senior Partner and Vice-Chairman elect continued: "The Brussels office has become a significant platform for competition, trade, regulatory and government affairs work, an area of increasing strategic importance to the firm and its clients. Edward and his team, with their deep experience in Russia and noted achievements in global trade regulation and litigation, will further strengthen and broaden our geographic and industry expertise."

For further information, contact:

Bob Harris
Director of Public Relations

Peter Scher
Partner, Head of the Global Trade Practice
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, Washington D.C.
+1 202 263 3360

Paul Maher
Senior Partner
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, London
+44 20 7782 8815

Charlotte Ward
PR Manager, London
+44 20 7782 8547

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