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LONDON, Dec. 6 2004 – LAWFUEL – First with law firm, lawyer, attorney…

LONDON, Dec. 6 2004 – LAWFUEL – First with law firm, lawyer, attorney news — Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Alan Bannister has joined the firm’s London office as partner. Formerly a partner in the London office of Clifford Chance, Bannister will continue his London-based U.S. securities practice with a focus on cross-border capital markets transactions.

“We are delighted to have Alan join the firm,” said Ken Doran, Managing
Partner of Gibson Dunn. “Alan will strengthen our capital markets practice
firmwide by providing key expertise in our London office. His addition is
part of our strategy to expand steadily in Europe at the same high level of
quality the firm is known for worldwide.”

“Alan has a highly regarded securities practice, representing major
investment banks and non-U.S. corporations in cross-border securities
offerings,” said Judith Shepherd, a London partner and member of the firm’s
International Corporate Transactions Group. “His addition raises our profile
in London and in Europe in this key practice area. Building off the strengths
of our existing resources in Europe and the U.S., Alan will help us to be even
better positioned to handle complex domestic and cross-border transactions in
Europe.”

Bannister added, “I am excited at the prospect of joining Gibson Dunn,
with its strong US capital markets practice and unmatched SEC regulatory
practice. I look forward to building the cross-border transactional practice
with my new colleagues in London, Europe and the U.S.”

Bannister is the latest addition to the firm’s European offices. This
year, antitrust partners James Ashe-Taylor and David Wood joined in the London
and Brussels offices, tax partner Hans Martin Schmid joined in Munich, and
corporate partner Nicolas Baverez joined in Paris.

Bannister concentrates his practice on U.S. securities law advice, acting
for underwriters and European issuers in high yield and equity and other
securities offerings, including US public offerings, Rule 144A offerings,
other private placements and Regulation S offerings, as well as shareholder
rights offerings, spin-offs and general corporate transactions.

About Gibson Dunn’s Capital Markets Practice

With lawyers in all offices active in offerings of debt and equity
securities, Gibson Dunn has earned a reputation for excellence and creativity
as counsel to issuers, underwriters, initial purchasers and placement agents.
The firm’s uniquely well-balanced practice, with an extensive representation
of issuers and underwriters, combined with an exceptional regulatory strength,
gives Gibson Dunn the breadth and insight that few firms can match. The
corporate finance lawyers are continuously active in a broad range of public
and private debt and equity securities offerings.

Gibson Dunn consistently ranks among the industry leaders in representing
issuers in initial public offerings and has extensive experience in follow-on
offerings, spin-offs and restructurings, preferred stock offerings, and rights
offerings. In addition, we regularly advise clients on bought deals, whether
conducted under shelf registration statements or under Rule 144 K.

With respect to debt offerings, our corporate finance team works regularly
with issuers and underwriters of senior and subordinated investment grade and
high-yield debt sold in registered offerings or in Rule 144A transactions.
Gibson Dunn lawyers routinely assist clients in the creation of universal
shelf registration statements to facilitate quick debt takedowns and act as
counsel to the agents in medium term note programs offered on both
institutional and retail bases.

On the underwriters side, the firm represents many of the prominent
national investment banking firms, including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley,
Bear Stearns, J.P. Morgan, ABN, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America, Citigroup,
Wachovia Securities, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, UBS, CIBC World Markets,
Credit Suisse First Boston, Friedman Billings Ramsey and A.G. Edwards.

Recent transactions include representation of:

* Citigroup as underwriter in $5.5 billion offering of floating rate
notes by Wells Fargo
* Tyco International Ltd. in its $4.5 billion secondary offering shelf
registration of convertible senior debentures
* SLM Holding Corporation in its offering of $2 billion medium term
notes
* Qwest Communications in its $1.8 billion offering of senior notes and
floating rate senior notes
* Pitney Bowes Inc. in its $450 million medium term notes offering
* Atmos Energy Corp. in its $346 million offering
* Merrill Lynch as underwriter in the $228 million offering by Alliant
Energy
* Bear Stearns as underwriter of $200 million offering of notes by the
Government of Jamaica
* Companhia Siderurgica Nacional in its $200 million offering of notes
* French State in the offering of shares by Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhone

About the Firm

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm.
Consistently ranking among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and
major publications, Gibson Dunn is distinctively positioned in today’s global
marketplace with more than 800 lawyers and 13 offices, including Los Angeles,
New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Munich,
Brussels, Orange County, Century City, Dallas and Denver.

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