(TOKYO) August 3, 2005 – International law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP ha…

(TOKYO) August 3, 2005 – International law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP has strengthened its energy team in Tokyo with the addition of Paul D. Fredrick, who joins as Of Counsel with the firm.

Fredrick’s practice involves the representation of clients in international mergers and acquisitions, energy matters and project development and finance transactions. He has worked on oil and gas projects including the acquisition and disposal of assets and cross-border pipeline projects in Asia, the Caspian, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.

For the past seven years, Fredrick served as General Counsel for ITOCHU Oil Exploration Co. in Tokyo. He has also worked for major law firms in San Francisco, Honolulu and Tokyo. Fredrick graduated from DePauw University, B.A., in 1983, and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, J.D. cum laude, in 1987.

Vinson & Elkins, one of the world’s leading energy law firms, has a long history of working with Japanese companies on international energy and infrastructure projects. It also provides legal services for U.S. and international clients who are active investors in the market for non-performing loans, real estate and other assets in Japan.

In addition to strengthening its Tokyo office with the addition of Fredrick, the firm recently expanded its presence in Shanghai, China. The firm’s teams in Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai work together closely on major projects and transactions for public and private companies and individuals investing and doing business in Asia, Asian-based enterprises doing business abroad, and governmental entities.

For more information about this press release, please contact Paul Fredrick at + 81.3.6402.6258, or via email at [email protected] For more information about Fredrick or the firm, visit our web site at www.velaw.com.

Vinson & Elkins was established in 1917 and is one of the world’s largest international law firms. The firm has about 700 lawyers practicing in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

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