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Paul Hastings Expands Chicago Office With Hire of Nine Corporate Lawyers

August 02, 2010

Chicago, IL (August 2, 2010) Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that nine lawyers have joined the firms Corporate practice in Chicago. The group of lawyers will focus on expanding the firms Private Equity practice and their hire follows the recent arrivals to the Chicago office of Thad Malik and Jill Sheiman.

The nine lawyers joining are Ryan McLennan, Amit Mehta, Paul Quinn, Richard Radnay, Brian Richards, Chris Sheaffer, Kim Thompson Smith, Jim Smulkowski, and Jeff Terry.

"The arrival of these highly experienced corporate lawyers to the Chicago office is evidence of our commitment to deepen the breadth and scope of services we can offer our clients," said Elizabeth Noe, chair of Paul Hastings Corporate practice. "This group strengthens our global private equity and mergers and acquisitions practices."

"We are thrilled to welcome these nine exceptional lawyers to Paul Hastings as we grow our corporate platform in Chicago," said Rick Chesley, chair of the Chicago office. "This group will play an integral role as we continue to focus on expanding our range of first-class skills for our clients in Chicago and globally."

RYAN McLENNAN
Ryan concentrates his practice on private equity, venture capital, leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, financings, and general corporate matters. Ryan was formerly a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

AMIT MEHTA
Amit's practice is focused on private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private securities offerings, and counseling boards and senior management on strategic business, corporate governance, financial, and transactional matters. Amit was formerly a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

PAUL QUINN
Paul's practice is centered on private equity transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, venture capital and related financings, and distressed acquisitions and investments. Paul was formerly a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP where he was the chair of that firms Chicago corporate practice.

RICHARD RADNAY
Richard's practice focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private financings, and executive compensation and equity arrangements, including counseling boards of directors and senior management on such matters. Richard was formerly a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

BRIAN RICHARDS
Brian focuses his practice on private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He advises private equity funds in the structuring and negotiation of leveraged buyouts, as well as represents companies in their mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and general legal needs. Brian was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP where he was co-chair of the private equity practice.

CHRIS SHEAFFER
Chris focuses on middle market private equity transactions and other mergers and acquisitions, including leveraged buyouts, minority investments, recapitalizations, and exit transactions in a wide range of industries. Chris was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

KIM SMITH
Kim focuses on corporate matters. She counsels private equity firms, business owners, and strategic investors in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and recapitalizations. Kim was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

JIM SMULKOWSKI
Jim concentrates on federal tax issues related to private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, real estate investments, and management compensations. Additionally, he has experience in tax litigation and dispute resolution matters. Jim was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

JEFF TERRY
Jeff focuses his practice on private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, and related financings. Jeff was formerly a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

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