Warsaw, Poland (May 9, 2005) – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Squ…

Warsaw, Poland (May 9, 2005) – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, one of the leading global law firms, is responding to increased client focus on Central Europe by combining with Wiater spólka komandytowa, one of Poland’s prominent law firms.

“Poland, the most populous of the Central European countries, is poised for strong economic growth, infrastructure development and continuing increases in foreign investment as the country integrates into the European Union,” said R. Thomas Stanton, Squire Sanders chairman. “We’re pleased to find a partner in Wiater that so ably complements our long standing strength in Central Europe as well as our presence throughout the world.”

Wiater sp. k. brings additional expertise in infrastructure development such as communications, real estate, finance and energy, according to Mark Cusick, Central European Practice Coordinator for Squire Sanders.

“Wiater lawyers have that combination of technical knowledge and commercial sense that is so essential to guiding clients working in emerging markets,” Cusick said. “Under the leadership of Dr. Krzysztof Wiater, this relatively young firm consistently demonstrates their deep understanding of local market needs and their focus on providing excellent counsel and service.”

Cusick added that Wiater lawyers regularly advise multinational clients on acquisitions, restructurings, financings and employment as well as advising large foreign investors on key privatization and investment opportunities.

Krzysztof Wiater said Squire Sanders’ international platform complements the evolving needs of Wiater’s multinational client base as well as the firm’s demonstrated strengths in its primary practices areas. Wiater will continue as the managing partner of the Warsaw office, which will be known as Squire Sanders Wiater Spólka komandytowa.

“Most of our clients are international businesses operating in Poland or Polish businesses expanding elsewhere,” Wiater said. “Squire Sanders has international breadth and depth that will give our clients access to valuable resources essential to doing business in a global economy.”

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About Wiater sp. k.

Wiater sp. k. was established in 2004 by a group of prominent Polish lawyers with extensive experience and practicing with other prominent Polish law firms.

The firm’s practices include:

Banking and finance
Bankruptcy and restructuring
Competition Law
Corporate and commercial law
EU law

Intellectual property
IT and telecommunications
Labor and employment
Mergers and acquisitions
Public procurement
State Aid

About Squire Sanders

As one of the first firms to enter the markets of Central and Eastern Europe in the early 1990s, Squire Sanders has become a regional leader in providing legal services. The firm early on developed deep expertise in cross border M&A, communications, energy, competition and EU regulation and international dispute resolution. More recently, Squire Sanders has represented clients in areas such as corporate and project finance and financial services, real estate and hospitality and private equity. The firm’s global network of offices allows Squire Sanders lawyers to draw upon a thorough understanding of each area’s resources, politics, potential and realities.

Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. is one of the largest international law firms with approximately 700 lawyers serving clients throughout the world. The firm’s offices in the Americas are in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Tampa, Tysons Corner and Washington DC. In Europe, offices are in Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. In Asia, offices are in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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