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ATLANTA – 19 March 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – McGuireWo…

ATLANTA – 19 March 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – McGuireWoods LLP today announced that two former partners of Troutman Sanders and a former Prudential Financial executive have joined McGuireWoods as partners in its Atlanta office.

The three new partners include: John C. Beane, who chaired Troutman
Sanders’ corporate and securities practice group for 11 years; William
B. Marianes, who chaired Troutman Sanders’ intellectual property
practice group for 15 years; and Andrew Cataldo, who left Troutman
Sanders in the late 1980s to work for Prudential Financial, and most
recently has served as an Atlanta-based independent management
consultant.

McGuireWoods Chairman Robert L. Burrus, Jr. said, “John, Bill and Andy
have excellent credentials and diverse expertise in areas that are in
strong demand by clients including: mergers and acquisitions;
securities; corporate governance; technology; intellectual property;
franchising; telecommunications; public, private and structured
finance; and joint ventures. Their practices extend from middle market
to large domestic and international clients, making them an excellent
fit for McGuireWoods.”

As part of its strategic vision for better serving clients,
McGuireWoods is focused on expansion in key commercial centers,
including Atlanta. Fred T. Isaf, managing partner in McGuireWoods’
Atlanta office, explained, “Atlanta is a major hub of corporate
activity in the southeast region of the United States. Our goal is to
have the Atlanta office more than double in size in the next few
years. The legal caliber of John, Bill and Andy is representative of
the type of lawyers we are focused on attracting.”

Beane, who was recognized by Law & Politics and Atlanta magazine as a
2004 Super Lawyer for Mergers and Acquisitions excellence, focuses his
practice in mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions. He has
been with Troutman Sanders since 1981. Previously, he served as an
attorney for the North American operations of Akzo (now Akzo Nobel)
and an associate at Baker & Botts. Beane earned his law degree with
distinction from Duke University and received undergraduate with
highest honors and graduate degrees from the University of North
Carolina. Beane is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and presently
serves on its programs committee. He has served as chairman of the
Japan-America Society of Georgia and as a member of the executive
committee of the National Association of Japan-America Societies. He
has also served as president of the board of trustees of Canterbury
Court, chairman of the board of directors of Crossroads Community
Ministries for the homeless and senior warden of St. Luke’s Episcopal
Church.

Marianes is a 2004 Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property in Law &
Politics and Atlanta magazine, in Best Lawyers in America in Gaming
Law, and selected in Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite for
corporate law and intellectual property. He focuses his practice in
corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, technology, intellectual
property, licensing, franchising, outsourcing and business succession
planning. He joined Troutman Sanders in 1981 and is a graduate of
Leadership Atlanta. Marianes earned a masters degree with honors in
business administration from Emory University Graduate School of
Business Administration and his law degree from Emory University
School of Law with Order of the Coif honors. He received a bachelor of
arts degree from Northwestern University with highest departmental
honors. Marianes has served on the boards of the United Way, St.
Martin’s School, Technology Law Section of the Georgia State Bar,
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Apartments and
in numerous offices of AHEPA, the largest international Greek
organization worldwide. He is also a special assistant attorney
general in Georgia and serves as the general counsel of the Greek
Orthodox Church for the eight southeastern states.

Cataldo, a former Troutman Sanders corporate attorney for many years
with Beane and Marianes, spent more than 11 years at Prudential
Financial in Atlanta and at Prudential’s headquarters in New Jersey.
While at Prudential, Cataldo served in a number of diverse, senior
legal and business positions, including southeast regional counsel of
Prudential Capital Group, assistant general counsel and chief ethics
officer of Prudential’s law department, and president and chief
executive officer of Prudential Group Credit Insurance Operations. He
was later president and chief operating officer of A.K. Stamping
Company, Inc., a world-class, global manufacturer of high-precision
parts for the telecommunications, computer and electronics industries.
Since 2002, he has been an independent management consultant to a
variety of clients, and is slated to be the presiding director of
Sentry State Bank (in application, which if approved, will be a
subsidiary of CompuCredit Corporation), headquartered in Atlanta. In
joining McGuireWoods, Cataldo will leverage his diverse legal and
business experience in the areas of corporate law, mergers and
acquisitions, securities, corporate governance, finance and asset
securitization. He earned his law and undergraduate degrees from State
University of New York.

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