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Paul Hastings Recognized in Legal 500 US and Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Rankings

December 01, 2006

Paul Hastings Recognized in 2006 Legal 500 US-Volume 1 and 2006 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Rankings

New York, NY (December 1, 2006) - Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Paul Hastings), a leading international firm, is pleased to announce that the newly-published Legal 500 US - Volume I (Corporate and Finance) has named five of the firms' practice areas and 25 of its attorneys among its leading list of corporate and finance lawyers in the United States. In addition, the 2006 Legal 500 Asia Pacific recognized 20 attorneys and 22 practice areas. This marks a significant increase from last year's rankings, which listed five of our attorneys and 12 of our practice areas.

The Legal 500 US - Volume I recognized Paul Hastings practice areas and individuals in the following categories:

Acquisition Finance
Attorneys recognized: Kevin Fisher (San Francisco), Michele Cohen (New York) and John Hilson (Los Angeles)

Corporate Restructuring: Advice to Creditors and Financial Institutions

Attorneys recognized: Jesse Austin (Atlanta), Melissa Schwartz (Washington, D.C.) and Kevin Fisher (San Francisco)

Investment Funds-Mutual Fund Formation
Attorneys Recognized: Michael Rosella (New York), Mitchell Nichter (San Francisco), Julie Allecta (San Francisco)  and David Hearth (San Francisco)

Mergers and Acquisitions-International Deals Under $1 Billion
Attorneys recognized: David Dedyo (Palo Alto), David Klein (New York), Carl Sanchez (San Diego), Kenneth Bender (Los Angeles), Robert Miller (Los Angeles), Thomas Kruger (New York), Charles Baker (New York), Frank Layson (Atlanta) and Wayne Bradley (Atlanta)

Private Equity-Buyouts Sub $1 Billion
Attorneys recognized: William Simpson (Orange County), Michael McKinnon (Orange County), Peter Tennyson (Orange County), Gregg Vignos (San Francisco), William Schwitter (New York), Robert Miller (Los Angeles), Siobhan Burke (Los Angeles) and Rob Carlson (Los Angeles)

This marks the first year that Legal 500 has covered the United States legal market. Our recognition in the United States by the Legal 500 is a significant achievement that underscores our strategy of recruitment and the development of high-caliber legal talent to compete successfully among the world's best law firms and to satisfy and exceed the expectations of our clients.

The Legal 500 also released its rankings of the best law firm practice areas and attorneys in the Asia Pacific and has recognized a number of our practice specialties and individual attorneys. Twenty-two of our practice specialties and six of our attorneys are listed in the Asia Pacific Legal 500. This is an increase from last year's rankings, which listed 17 of our practice areas and five of our attorneys.

Asia Pacific Legal 500 ranks Paul Hastings a leader in:

  • Banking and Finance (Hong Kong)

  • Banking and Finance: Foreign firms (China)

  • Banking and Finance: International firms and joint ventures (Japan)

  • Capital markets: Debt and Equity (Hong Kong)

  • Capital Markets: Foreign firms (China)

  • Corporate (including M&A) (Hong Kong)

  • Corporate/FDI: Foreign firms (China)

  • Corporate/M&A: International firms and joint ventures (Japan)

  • Dispute Resolution (Hong Kong)

  • Dispute Resolution: International firms and joint ventures (Japan)

  • Employment: Foreign Firms (China)

  • Employment (Hong Kong)

  • Foreign Law Firms with Experience in Korea (South Korea) 

  • Intellectual Property: Foreign firms (China)

  • Intellectual Property: International firms and joint ventures (Japan)

  • Projects and Energy (Hong Kong)

  • Projects and Energy: International firms and joint ventures (Japan)

  • Real Estate (Hong Kong)

  • Real Estate and Construction: International firms and joint ventures (Japan)

  • Real Estate: Foreign firms (China)

  • Restructuring and Insolvency (Hong Kong)

  • Securitization: International firms and joint ventures (Japan)

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 also named the following Paul Hastings attorneys as leading indviduals in specific practice categories.

  • Neil Campbell for Structured Finance and Securitization (Hong Kong)

  • Norifusa Hashimoto for Banking and Finance (Japan)

  • Haig Oghigian for Dispute Resolution (Japan)

  • Raj Pande for Restructuring and Insolvency (Hong Kong)

  • John Steed for Real Estate and Securitization (Japan)

  • Jong Han Kim for Foreign Law Firms with Experience in Korea (South Korea)

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is a leading international law firm with over 1,100 attorneys in 18 offices. The firm serves a diverse client base including many of the top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies, supports clients in all of their legal needs and offers deep capabilities in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M+A, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Project Finance, Investment Management, Real Estate, Labor and Employment and Tax Advisory Services. For additional information, please visit our website at

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