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NEW YORK- April 25, 2005- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Stroock & S…

NEW YORK- April 25, 2005- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a leading national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, was selected as “Law Firm of the Year” by Institutional Investor’s Securitization News. The winner was announced on April 21, 2005 at a gala evening event at the Ritz Carlton in New York City.

The Securitization News Awards honor the top institutions in the securitization industry in numerous categories, including the best law firm. In selecting Stroock, Securitization News cited Stroock’s “versatility in structuring deals from the most traditional to the more esoteric” and noted that the firm “often gets accolades from bankers at the major firms.”

“We are honored to be named the securitization industry’s Law Firm of the Year,” said Lois Weinroth and Richard Fried, co-heads of Stroock’s Structured Finance Practice Group. “We are proud that Stroock’s innovation and creativity have been recognized by our clients and the industry at large.”

Other winners of the Securitization News Awards included:

— UCC Capital Corporation’s BCBG Max Azria Group – Deal of the Year

— Citigroup – Securitization Firm of the Year

— Deutsche Bank – CDO Structurer of the Year and Trustee of the Year

— JPMorgan – Research Firm of the Year

— MBNA – ABS Issuer of the Year

— Land Securities – MBS Issuer of the Year

— Trust Company of the West (TCW) – CDO Manager of the Year

— Fitch Ratings – Rating Agency of the Year

— FGIC – Financial Guarantor of the Year

— Intex – Technology Firm of the Year

Stroock’s Structured Finance Practice Group is consistently ranked among the top U.S. law firms in the representation of issuers and underwriters in the public and Rule 144A asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities markets. Stroock has participated in the securitization of more than $450 billion in assets over the past few years.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks, and venture capital firms in the U.S. and abroad. Stroock’s emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation’s leading law firms for 125 years. Stroock’s practice areas include corporate finance, legal services to financial institutions, energy, financial restructuring, insurance, intellectual property, litigation and real estate. For more information, please visit Stroock’s website at www.stroock.com.

Elyse Blazey, 212-806-6098
eblazey@stroock.com

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