New York, September 14, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker…

New York, September 14, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker & McKenzie and Coudert Brothers announced today that Baker & McKenzie has agreed to acquire substantially all of Coudert’s flagship office in New York.

The Coudert contingent joining Baker & McKenzie is comprised of approximately 70 partners and other legal staff. It includes the key leadership of Coudert’s major practices based in New York, including the highly regarded Securities/Capital Markets practices and the M&A/ Corporate groups. The Coudert additions will more than double Baker & McKenzie’s New York presence to over 135 lawyers and legal staff.

John Conroy, Chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s Executive Committee, said: “We are extremely pleased to have attracted this high quality talent to our firm. Baker & McKenzie has a long term objective of adding significantly to its practice strength in New York City, especially in the major corporate transactional and capital markets fields. Adding this group of attorneys from Coudert represents a significant step towards achieving our goal in an international context that has been the hallmark of Baker & McKenzie and Coudert Brothers, the two pioneers in the global legal business.”

Clyde Rankin, Chairman of Coudert Brothers LLP, and a member of the group joining Baker & McKenzie, said, “We are delighted to be joining Baker & McKenzie. Like us, they have a long standing commitment to an international legal practice and we are excited at the prospect of leveraging our combined strength in New York and elsewhere on the dynamic business model which Baker & McKenzie has been developing.”

Discussions with individual attorneys elsewhere in Coudert are continuing.

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