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America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2006: Corporate/M&A

Chambers & Partners has compiled their independent and objective list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide -- which is designed to reflect market opinion -- contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.

In Chambers' 2006 review of national legal talent in the area of "Corporate/M&A," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.

Chambers' comments:

New York Ranking: 5

The Firm: This seven-office, Chicago-headquartered firm continues its march into New York with a steadily growing profile due to the volume and high caliber of attorneys and deals undertaken. Offering a "quality service," clients point to an incredibly responsive group that "will do whatever necessary to accommodate our needs in terms of timing." A powerful global private equity practice is an additional trump card for the firm. Recent work highlights include advising Merrill Lynch, financial adviser to Constellation Brands, in Constellation's $1.36 billion cash-and-debt buyout of Robert Mondavi. The firm also represented Coors Brewing in its $6.7 billion merger with Molson and acted for Bain Capital in its bid with KKR and Vornado Realty Trust for Toys 'R' Us.

The Lawyers: Clients find Stephen Fraidin "an invaluable source of advice - you can rely on his word and he is also forthright." He represented the special committee of Net2Phone in a buyout bid from its largest shareholder, IDT. He also acted for Forstmann Little & Co in its $750 million acquisition of International Management Group and $1.6 billion acquisition of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide.

Clients/Work Highlights: Belden CDT; Coors Brewing; Dow Chemical; Forstmann Little & Co; GenCorp; Houlihan Lockey; Merrill Lynch; Net2Phone; Solutia; Peter J Solomon Company.

Reprinted with permission from Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2006 -