Paul Hastings Continues Growth of European Corporate Practice with Addition of Prominent Energy Lawyer in Milan

January 18, 2013

Milan, Italy

- Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Lorenzo Parola has joined the firm as a partner with the Corporate and Energy practices in Milan. Mr. Parola, former global co-chair of the Renewable and Clean Energy Industry Sector Group at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, is one of the leading energy lawyers in Italy. He joins from Grimaldi Studio Legale, the Italian successor firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he was a partner.

As energy remains a solid component in the European market, and a driver of cross-border work in finance, project finance, M&A and with Asia, Lorenzos addition will help strengthen our European Corporate practice, said Bruno Cova, co-chair of the Milan office. His expertise and diversified client mix will be an excellent fit with our capabilities in Milan, he added.

Lorenzos addition is yet another step in our long-term strategy to build a leading global Energy practice, said Elizabeth Noe, chair of the Corporate practice. His reputation as one of the leading legal experts in the global energy market will be an asset as we continue to develop our Energy practice across Europe and as we continue to build our office in Houston, she added.

Mr. Parola provides transactional assistance, finance and regulatory advice to a wide variety of clients on a broad spectrum of energy issuesfrom M&A, project finance, project development and construction law to regulatory work, trading, and commercial contracts. He has significant experience advising clients throughout the entire energy chain, from oil & gas (upstream, midstream and downstream) to conventional generation and petrochemical, including permitting and regulatory issues related to the development of gas infrastructure and power projects. Mr. Parolas expertise extends to project development, specialty commercial contracts, physical and financial energy and CO2 trading, as well as national and international arbitration. He also works in renewables and cleantech, as it relates to wind farms, photovoltaic, geothermal and biomass energy plants.

Mr. Parolas arrival continues the expansion of the European Corporate practice, with James Cole joining the Securities & Capital Markets and Hedge Fund practices in London in January, Neil Hamilton joining the Finance and Investment Management practice in London in October and Ugo Giordano joining the Finance and Capital Markets practice in London in July. His hire also follows the opening of our Houston office and addition of several leading energy-focused transactional partners in April.

Paul Hastings LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in Asia, Europe, and the United States. We provide innovative legal solutions to financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Please visit www.paulhastings.com for more information.

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