Paul Hastings Continues Expansion of the Global Projects Practice with the Addition of Four Lawyers in Paris

March 05, 2008

Paris (March 5th, 2008) – Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that a four lawyer team comprised of Partners Pascal Cuche and Marc Lordonnois, and associates, Karine Debaecker and Mounir Letayf, will join the Paris office. The team specializes in public law and infrastructure project transactions with a particular emphasis on Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

“The burgeoning PPP sector in France and Europe requires lawyers with a great depth of infrastructure finance expertise,” said John Hawkins, chair of Paul Hastings Global Projects Group. “We continue to make strategic acquisitions of leading practitioners to our projects practice in the U.S., Asia and Europe.”

"We are delighted that one of Paris's leading PPP teams is joining us in Paris. Not only will this strengthen and greatly enhance our domestic French PPP practice but in addition it will immediately boost our cross-border PPP practice, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe but also in the U.S. and Asia where French contractors are becoming increasingly more active. The acquisition of this team continues the significant growth of Paul Hastings project finance practice in Europe and reaffirms Paul Hastings position as one of Europe's leading project finance practices," said Jonathan Simpson, Partner and Head of the European Projects practice.

Pascal Cuche, Marc Lordonnois and Karine Debaecker advise sponsors, contractors, lenders, investment funds and public authorities on a range of complex international and domestic utilities, accommodation, infrastructure and acquisition projects. Mounir Letayf has extensive experience in acquisition finance, especially private equity transactions, advising both lenders and private equity funds, as well as in project finance.
About Paul Hastings Global Projects Group: The Paul Hastings Global Projects Group is internationally recognized for the breadth and depth of its project finance and development capabilities. With more than 25 years of experience, Paul Hastings has one of the most experienced teams of project finance and development lawyers in the world. In the last few years, the Global Projects Group has represented clients in more than $50 billion of project transactions globally.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is a leading international law firm with over 1,200 attorneys in 18 offices. The firm serves a diverse client base including many of the leading global financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies and offers deep capabilities in capital markets, finance and restructuring, intellectual property, international arbitration and dispute resolution, investment management, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, product liability, project finance, real estate, securities litigation and tax advisory services. For additional information, please visit our website at www.paulhastings.com.

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