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Paul Hastings Strengthens Global Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice With Addition of Paul Harner

February 05, 2007

Paul Hastings Strengthens Global Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice With Addition of Paul Harner

Firm Continues Expansion of New Chicago Office with Top Hire

Chicago, IL (February 5, 2006) - Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Paul Hastings), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce today that Paul Harner, previously at Jones Day, has joined the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring practice as a partner, resident in the Chicago office. Mr. Harner focuses primarily on bankruptcy, restructuring and other insolvency-related matters.

"In anticipation of increased activity in relation to bankruptcy and restructuring matters, Paul Hastings continues to add top-tier practitioners, such as Paul, to our practice," said John Hilson, Chair of Paul Hastings' Finance and Restructuring Group. "As a nationally recognized lawyer with extensive experience in complex restructurings, Paul will enhance our bankruptcy and restructuring capabilities in Chicago, as well as around the globe."

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Harner was a partner and Co-Chair of Jones Day's worldwide Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice. He also led their practice in Chicago. He is consistently rated among the top bankruptcy and insolvency lawyers in the United States in publications such as Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, IFLR 1000, and Who's Who Legal. He was recently listed as one of the twelve "Outstanding Bankruptcy Lawyers" in the United States by Turnarounds & Workouts, which had previously named him on three other occasions to its annual listing of "Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyers" in the nation.

Harner has represented debtors, official creditors' committees, and other parties  in many of the nation's largest corporate restructurings, including the Chapter 11 cases of National Century Financial Enterprises, NationsRent, Inc., Tower Automotive, Kmart Corporation, and Laidlaw, Inc. He also has represented clients in distressed mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions (both in and outside of Chapter 11 proceedings).

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 leading global financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies 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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