Bryan Cave LLP Adds Partners in Washington, D.C., and New York

ST. LOUIS, May 13, 2008 (Lawfuel) – Stuart J. Kaswell and Shephard Melzer have joined the international law firm Bryan Cave ( as partners. Kaswell will work with the White Collar Defense & Investigations, Securities Litigation & Enforcement and Corporate Finance & Securities Client Service Groups in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Melzer will practice with the Banking, Finance & Real Estate Client Service Group in the firm’s New York office.

“Stuart has broad experience advising the financial services industry on regulatory and legislative matters,” said Don Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave. “Shep’s finance, equipment leasing and transportation practice is consistent with one of our strategic goals, which is to expand our capabilities in the banking and real estate sectors.”

Kaswell specializes in broker-dealer regulatory and compliance work. His clients include mutual funds, banks, trade associations and other securities industry organizations. Kaswell has experience in all aspects of broker-dealer issues, including net capital, margin, advertising and books and records, among others. He also has experience in the regulation of investment advisers and other financial institutions. He regularly advises clients on matters concerning compliance with SEC, SRO and state securities law requirements, national market system issues, national clearance and settlement issues and preparing testimony on legislation before Congress.

Kaswell is the former senior vice president and general counsel of the Securities Industry Association (now the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association). He frequently speaks at industry events and has testified before Congress and regulatory authorities.

He received his J.D. in 1979 from the Washington College of Law at American University and his A.B. in 1976 from Vassar College with general and departmental honors.

Melzer has a broad range of experience in all aspects of corporate, finance and commercial law, including the financing, leasing and operating of aircrafts, ships, ports, harbors, railcars and other equipment. His practice includes transactions involving revolving, term and commercial loan facilities. Melzer represents major domestic and foreign financial institutions and corporate and individual lessors, owners and operators and their affiliates and providers in a broad range of secured and unsecured financing and other commercial transactions and operations. These transactions include sales and purchases of assets and loan portfolios, mergers and acquisitions, leases and charters and workouts and restructurings. He has provided legal counsel to lenders in structuring and negotiating highly complex loan transactions, letters of credit and other domestic and cross-border financing facilities.

Melzer is a former chairman and current member of the Committee on Aeronautics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He writes a bi-monthly column in the New York Law Journal on secured transactions.

Melzer received his LL.B. in 1967 from Columbia University School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, in 1964 from Yeshiva University.

Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiaries Bryan Cave International Trade and Bryan Cave Strategies LLC provide trade and customs consultancy and government relations and strategic counsel, respectively. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,000 lawyers and other consulting professionals in 22 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.

For more information, contact:
Meghan Clinton at (212) 576-2700 ext. 223
[email protected]

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