Princeton, NJ – May 17, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm News Wire – Pe…

Princeton, NJ – May 17, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm News Wire – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Steven D. Bortnick, a lawyer concentrating on domestic and international tax and private equity matters, has joined the firm as a partner. He will divide his time between the firm’s New York and Princeton offices.

“Steve has particular experience in structuring transactions for international private equity sponsors, and he is an authority on venture capital operating company investment rules,” said Joan C. Arnold, chair of Pepper’s Tax Practice Group. “He adds an extra dimension to our international tax practice, and his experience with private equity, fund formation, M&A and other corporate transactions will be valuable to our clients. We are excited to begin working with him.”

Mr. Bortnick joins Pepper from Dechert LLP, where he was counsel in the New York office.

Mr. Bortnick handles a broad range of cross-disciplinary transactions, including asset, stock, cross-border and domestic acquisitions, tax-free spinoffs, recapitalizations and reorganizations. He is experienced in the structuring of domestic and international private equity transactions from tax and venture capital operating company standpoints. He also has worked with pooled investment vehicles, and he counsels corporate entities on tax issues. In addition, Mr. Bortnick advises U.S. citizens and corporations in overseas investment, and he has been involved in the formation of private equity and hedge funds.

“Joining Pepper offers me a terrific opportunity to build my practice,” said Mr. Bortnick. “With the support of the tax and corporate groups, I am looking forward to integrating my practice with Pepper’s, while helping to advise the firm’s existing clients on domestic and international tax matters.”

An active speaker and author, Mr. Bortnick has written materials for several major private equity tax conferences and has presented on such topics as private equity, venture capital, cross-border investing, venture capital operating company issues, and merger and acquisition tax issues.

Mr. Bortnick is a graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University, B.S. 1985), Rutgers University School of Law – Camden (J.D. 1988) and New York University School of Law (LL.M., taxation, 1992). He is a member of the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania bars.

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’s Tax Practice Group assists clients with proactive tax planning, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings, reorganizations, restructurings, liquidations and structured finance vehicles. The firm’s tax lawyers are integrally involved in the structure and formation of partnerships, and have significant experience in private equity funds, hedge funds, corporate spinoffs, accounting method changes and IRS controversy matters.

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