Focuses Practice on Private Equity and Fund Formation Washing…

Focuses Practice on Private Equity and Fund Formation

Washington, D.C. – November 30, 2006 – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Todd W. Betke has joined the firm’s corporate and securities practice as of counsel resident in the Washington office.

“Todd is a welcome addition to our corporate and securities practice group,” said David A. Wormser, the partner in charge of Pepper’s Washington office. “His substantial experience in fund formation and significant contacts with funds investing in emerging markets are nice complements to our practice. We’re pleased that he has chosen to join Pepper.”

Mr. Betke focuses his practice on the commercial, legal and regulatory issues associated with private equity and hedge fund formation, and related acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies and assets. He has served as lead counsel to fund managers in connection with the structuring and organization of numerous investment funds ranging in size from $25 million to $750 million in capital commitments.

Mr. Betke also has a strong background in general corporate matters and has advised clients in connection with a wide range of transactions and corporate governance matters in the United States and, in cooperation with local counsel, foreign markets, including Russia, India, China, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. He has also worked extensively with clients and local counsel in connection with the structuring and establishment of investment funds and other investment vehicles in Guernsey, Jersey, Cyprus, Mauritius, the Netherlands and the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Betke has served as general counsel to six privately managed, U.S. government-sponsored Enterprise Funds managing over $1 billion in public and private capital for investment in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

“Pepper’s corporate and securities practice offers me the opportunity to expand and strengthen my relationships with fund formation clients and to continue to grow my practice in other areas,” said Mr. Betke. “I look forward to exploring the many opportunities I will have as part of Pepper.”

Mr. Betke joins Pepper from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in Washington, D.C., where he had practiced since 1994. He received his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago’s Kent College of Law in 1994, and his undergraduate degree from Colgate University in 1989.

About Pepper Hamilton
Pepper Hamilton LLP (www.pepperlaw.com) is a multi-practice law firm with 450 lawyers in seven states and the District of Columbia. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.

Pepper’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group provides clients with advice in connection with all types of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnering arrangements, restructurings and reorganizations, and public and private securities offerings, venture capital and other financing transactions.

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