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NEW YORK, March 9, 2005- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network -Orrick, He…

NEW YORK, March 9, 2005- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network -Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that David Robbins has joined its New York office as a partner in the firm’s global finance practice group. Robbins is a former partner at White & Case.

Robbins has represented clients in international transactions for more than 20 years and currently concentrates on advising Japanese equity investors, developers, and lenders in international project finance transactions. Robbins, who speaks Japanese and has lived and worked in Tokyo, has wide-ranging experience in project development and financing, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, cross-border joint ventures, and commercial transactions.

Although Robbins is based in New York, he will work primarily with international clients, including those in Japan and Europe.

“David’s international practice fits well with Orrick’s global ambitions,” said Ralph Baxter, Orrick’s chairman and chief executive officer. “His experience in transactions involving Japanese interests will further strengthen the synergies between our recently expanded Tokyo office and our New York office as well as the firm’s other offices throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.”

“David adds depth to Orrick’s corporate and finance practices, particularly in the area of lender representation,” said Michael Meyers, a New York partner who heads the firm’s global finance practice group. “His experience in project finance transactions in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America will enable us to further enhance the services we offer our international clients.”

“I am very excited to join Orrick’s highly respected global finance practice,” said Robbins. “Orrick’s unique combination of a broad and expanding international platform with a talented, collaborative culture provides the perfect environment for me to grow my practice and deliver the best possible service to my clients.”

About Orrick’s Global Finance Practice
Orrick’s global finance practice includes more than 60 lawyers with experience in banking and commercial finance, energy, leasing, project and infrastructure finance, including public private partnerships (PPP’s) and cross-border finance. A leader in global finance, Orrick has been cited by leading publications including Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading finance practice in California and New York (in banking, energy, project and infrastructure finance), and in France (for banking and commercial finance). In 2004, the practice group represented clients in transactions named “Deal of the Year” by Project Finance and Trade Finance magazine.

About Orrick’s Tokyo Office
Orrick opened its Tokyo office in 1997 and quickly built successful Tokyo-based project finance and real estate practices. In more recent years, the firm has established itself as a leader in the Japanese real estate and securitization market, and has been building a broad-ranging Japanese and cross-border corporate practice. Orrick is growing its Japanese law practice—the firm’s Tokyo office nearly doubled in size in 2004—at a time when it is anticipated that imminent regulatory changes will allow international law firms to broaden the scope of the business that they do in Japan, and to directly hire lawyers who are licensed to practice Japanese law.

About Orrick’s New York Office
Orrick’s New York office opened in 1984. With nearly 200 lawyers, it is the firm’s largest office and one of the top ten largest law offices in New York City of firms with origins elsewhere. Orrick’s New York lawyers are highly respected as legal innovators and as a dominant force in the U.S., European, and Asian financial markets and litigation arenas.

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, 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, Milan, Paris, Rome, Taipei, and Tokyo.

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