New York, NY – July 24, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Pepper…

New York, NY – July 24, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Carol M. Degener has joined its New York office as of counsel in the Financial Services Practice Group. Ms. Degener has a broad corporate and corporate finance practice that includes the establishment and operation of hedge funds and fund of funds, domestically and offshore.

“Carol provides Pepper with much-needed support and depth in our rapidly growing hedge fund and alternative investment practice,” said Richard P. Eckman, chairman of Pepper’s Financial Services Practice Group. “She will be a great asset to us, and we look forward to working with her.”

Ms. Degener joined Pepper from Seward & Kissel LLP in New York, where she was counsel in the firm’s Corporate Finance Group.

“Joining Pepper is an excellent way for me to grow my practice and expand my reach in the hedge fund arena,” said Ms. Degener. “Joe Del Raso, Greg Nowak and others have built a tremendous foundation for the investment management practice at Pepper, and I am looking forward to helping them and others create an even stronger footing for the firm’s hedge fund practice.”

Ms. Degener’s practice includes working with SEC-registered investment advisers and commodity pool operators. She has experience with the structuring of management companies and general partners, regulatory compliance, solicitation agreements and disclosure regarding performance. She also is experienced in shipping sale leaseback transactions, financings and asset acquisitions and dispositions, and asset-backed securitization transactions, with a particular emphasis on financial services fee and lease receivables.

Additionally, Ms. Degener has worked with private placements – including Rule 144A and Regulation S placements – of debt and equity, secured and unsecured lending transactions, joint ventures and acquisitions. She also has experience in the aircraft area, in connection with asset acquisitions, dispositions and financings.

Ms. Degener is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University (B.A. 1983), Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (M.I.A. 1984) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1987).

About Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton LLP ( is a multi-practice law firm with more than 450 lawyers in seven states and the District of Columbia. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.

Pepper expanded its New York office and moved to a new address in Manhattan in October 2006. Lawyers in the office assist clients with corporate matters, private equity, financial services and investment management, tax, international transactions and dispute resolution, commercial and pharmaceutical litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, and corporate restructuring and bankruptcy.

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