Finance Partner Pamela J. Martinson Joins Sidley Austin LLP in Palo Alto – 19 November 2010 – Palo Alto – Sidley Austin LLP is pleased to announce that Pamela J. Martinson will join the firm as a partner in its Palo Alto office. Ms. Martinson will focus her practice in the area of finance and lending.

“Pam is a seasoned finance lawyer with tremendous experience in banking and commercial lending,” said Tom DeFilipps, Managing Partner of Sidley’s Palo Alto office. “Pam will help expand our finance capabilities on the West Coast, in particular in Palo Alto, where her practice complements our established support of venture capital and investment banking clients.”

Ms. Martinson represents major institutional and other lenders, as well as borrowers and equity sponsors. She has significant experience in complex financings of all kinds, including syndicated and single-bank lending transactions (secured and unsecured), leasing (leveraged and synthetic), securitizations and structured finance. Ms. Martinson also regularly handles the debt aspects of sponsor-led acquisition transactions, as well as the financing of corporate headquarters and other significant real property, international trade finance, and lending to technology and growth companies. She advises departments of major corporations with respect to credit, workout and Uniform Commercial Code issues.

“I am thrilled to continue the momentum of Sidley’s growth in Palo Alto,” said Ms. Martinson. “The firm has a renowned national practice in banking and finance, and I am looking forward to working with my talented colleagues to expand the practice on the West Coast.”

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Martinson was a banker and commercial lender. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her M.B.A. and B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver.

Sidley established its Palo Alto office in late 2009 with veteran lawyers who understand the process of innovation. The Palo Alto office focuses on corporate, technology transactions and IP litigation matters for emerging and established companies, including companies in the information technology, digital media, life sciences and clean tech industries. In serving their clients, the lawyers in the Palo Alto office collaborate with Sidley’s well-recognized practices in areas such as capital markets and government regulation, as well as Sidley’s global platform, which includes six offices in Asia and four in Europe.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with approximately 1600 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Sidley is recognized for service and responsiveness. Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the inaugural U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2010. BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only two firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and as number one in three of those years.

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