Top Ranking for Both Overall Deals and Private Equity LAWFUEL – …

Top Ranking for Both Overall Deals and Private Equity

LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – DLA Piper finished 2006 as the third most active firm in the world in private equity and venture capital, according to the year-end league tables issued by Private Equity Analyst. The firm placed third in both overall deals – which includes both private equity and venture capital deals – and also for the total number of private equity deals.

The firm’s performance in private equity and venture capital was driven by robust deal flow in key markets including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, China, East Palo Alto, New York, Northern Virginia, Seattle, the U.K. and Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled with our strong standing in Private Equity Analyst’s 2006 year-end league tables,” said Anthony Rickert, co-chair of DLA Piper’s Private Equity practice group. “This latest accomplishment is an indication of how our firm’s practice continues to succeed with hard work put forth by a group of extraordinary lawyers.”

“Our 2006 ranking, which included a mix of US and non-US deals, is testament to the success of the firm’s global platform,” added Jay Smith, co-chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities practice. “We have already begun to build on last year’s success during the first half of 2007.”

About DLA Piper’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Practices
DLA Piper is a leading worldwide advisor in merger and acquisition activity, and the firm brings that knowledge to bear for its private equity clients in connection with their investment activities. The firm’s private equity lawyers manage each transaction based on their extensive transactional experience and understanding of the legal issues, structuring requirements, and regulatory environment affecting our clients. DLA Piper proactively coordinates each tier of the capital structure to work in harmony with the others consistent with the financial goals, management incentives, and exit strategy of the client.

The emerging growth and venture capital group at DLA Piper has more than 120 attorneys in the US who represent companies and investors in venture financing and private equity transactions. The group is among the most experienced in the venture community. The group’s experience covers every major venture investment segment and enables us to offer a sophisticated, integrated suite of services to venture funds and their portfolio companies, domestically and internationally.

About DLA Piper
DLA Piper has 3,200 lawyers in 24 countries and 63 offices throughout the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia. It has leading practices in corporate, finance, human resources, litigation, real estate, regulatory and legislative, tax, and technology, media and communications. In certain jurisdictions, this information may be considered attorney advertising.

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