New York, NY (April 12, 2005) – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Pau…

New York, NY (April 12, 2005) – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP (Paul Hastings), a leading international law firm, today announced the opening of an office in Milan, Italy. The new office, which will officially open in early May, will be the firm’s 17th office around the world.

The firm also announced that Roberto Cornetta, previously managing partner at Norton Rose and Bruno Cova, former Lead Counsel to the Extraordinary Commissioner working on the restructuring of Parmalat, will be joining the office as partners.

“The opening of an office in Italy, the fourth largest economy in Europe, is the next important step in expanding our global footprint,” Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. “Over the past several years, we have replicated our Asian growth strategy in Europe, opening offices in London, Paris and Brussels, and building strong European transaction and litigation capabilities in order to serve the growing needs of our clients.”

“An office in Milan, the financial center of Italy, will further enhance our ability to serve these clients whose business continues to become more global in scope,” said Zachary. “Roberto Cornetta and Bruno Cova are excellent attorneys who understand the business landscape in Italy and have a strong grasp of what it takes to help us succeed in Europe.”

Roberto Cornetta served as managing partner of Norton Rose Italy specializing in banking, finance, and M&A. As managing partner, Roberto started the Italian practice in 2000 and grew it to a full service practice of 55 English and Italian qualified lawyers practicing in Milan and Rome. Roberto represented a number of banks funding major privatization as well as PPP projects. Over the years Roberto has served clients in the aviation, real estate and service industries.

Bruno Cova is a senior corporate attorney experienced in private practice and in several in-house counsel positions. He has been General Counsel of Fiat, a €60 billion Fortune 100 company, Chief Compliance Officer of EBRD, and General Counsel of Eni’s Exploration & Production Division, the energy company’s core business which has a €12 billion turnover.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is an international law firm, representing Fortune 500 companies with more than 1,000 attorneys located in 17 offices: Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Stamford, Tokyo and Washington, DC.

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