NEW YORK, March 30, 2005 – Holland & Knight today announced that Andre…

NEW YORK, March 30, 2005 – Holland & Knight today announced that Andrew Holmes has joined the Structured Finance Group within its Business Law Section, as a partner in the firm’s New York office.

Holmes’ practice has a U.S. and international asset-based finance focus, including lease, loan, project finance and securitization transactions for transportation, telecommunication and industrial equipment, facilities and other capital assets, as well as co-generation and power, waste and fuel production projects. Holmes recently represented a Fortune 50 company in connection with a construction loan and lease financing of an auto parts production facility to be located in Mexico. He is also a longtime member of the Equipment Leasing Association.

“Andy’s expertise in all aspects of asset securitization, structured finance, corporate transactions and leasing will enable us to significantly expand the scope of our practice, particularly in the areas of middle-market to big ticket equipment leasing,” said John Pritchard, Structured Finance Practice Group Leader. “He will play an integral role in the firm’s delivery of high-caliber legal services to our clients.”

Holmes joins the firm’s Structured Finance team which includes, John Pritchard, Bill Piels, Tom Zimmer, Audrey Sung, Rick Crowley, Nancy Hengen, Jovi Tenev, and MJ Spelliscy.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Holmes spent a decade at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, where he was an Of Counsel member of the Corporate Department and the Project Finance & Equipment Leasing Practice Group. Before joining, Paul, Hastings, Holmes worked at Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon until 1995.

Holmes received an AB from Princeton University with a certificate of distinction in American Studies and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in New York and in Connecticut, where he also will focus his practice.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a commercial law firm with more than 1,250 lawyers in 26 offices in the United States. Internationally, offices are located in Mexico City, Tokyo and Beijing, with representative offices in Helsinki, Caracas and Tel Aviv, and strategic alliance relations in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Holland & Knight is among the 15 largest firms worldwide, providing representation in all major areas of law. www.hklaw.com

Contact: Elizabeth Fogerty, Rubenstein Associates
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