LONDON, May 18, 2005- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network -Orrick, Herring…

LONDON, May 18, 2005- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network -Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Alastair Gorrie has joined the firm’s London office as a partner in its corporate practice group.

Gorrie, a former partner at Coudert Brothers in London, focuses on EU and UK competition law and EU single-market law. With 10 years’ experience in Brussels prior to developing the Coudert competition law practice in London, Gorrie has developed a reputation as a leader in the field and has worked on high-profile cases in both the UK and Europe. Gorrie and George Yates, another former Coudert Brothers partner, who joined Orrick’s Paris office on May 2, also focus on the consumer products industry.

“The addition of Alastair strengthens our European and corporate practices, as we continue to expand the services we offer to clients interested in pursuing European and cross-border transactions,” said Ralph Baxter, Orrick’s chairman and CEO.

David Syed, Orrick’s managing partner for Europe, added, “Alastair’s broad experience in EU law, particularly his emphasis on EU and UK competition law, complements our London team’s core strengths as advisers on domestic and international corporate and finance transactions. We are very pleased to welcome Alastair to the firm.”

“Orrick’s strong U.S. platform will be very helpful as I continue to strive to provide the best possible service to my clients,” said Gorrie. “Orrick’s London office is brimming with talent and energy, and I look forward to contributing to its continued success.”

The addition of Gorrie is part of a firmwide initiative to expand Orrick’s corporate practice. In February and March of this year, the firm added nine corporate partners in Silicon Valley from Heller Ehrman’s Venture Law Group. Over the last year, Orrick has added prominent corporate lawyers in London, Paris, New York, and San Francisco, as well as Tokyo, where eight new corporate lawyers increased that office’s team by more than 40 percent.

About Orrick’s London Office

London’s importance to global markets makes it a critical business center for Orrick’s clients, many of whom have major operations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Orrick established its presence in London in 1998 and, following steady growth, now has a team of leading corporate and finance lawyers qualified in English and U.S. law.

About Orrick

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm with approximately 700 lawyers in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm focuses on litigation, complex and novel finance transactions, and innovative corporate transactions. Orrick clients include Fortune 100 companies, major industrial and financial corporations, commercial and investment banks, high-growth companies, governmental entities, start-ups, and individuals. The firm’s 14 offices are located in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pacific Northwest, London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Tokyo, and Taipei.

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