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09/27/06

K&LNG ensures all lawyers are equal

Harvard Law School Women's Law Association conducted a national survey on treatment of women lawyers in many prominent U.S. law firms. Based on its outcome, two offices of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, in Washington and Pittsburgh respectively, grabbed the top position owing to its positive attitude towards women colleagues. The survey, "Presumed Equal: What America's Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms," was conducted among 105 U.S. law firms, wherein K&LNG's overall constructive attitude towards its women lawyers catapulted the firm to the 13th position nationally.

The survey, conducted with the aim to gain insight into the emerging role of women at top law firms, based its results on responses gathered from several thousands of anonymous responders. Queries were sent to women lawyers across the country on whether the firm's provided them with adequate training on various factors-like leadership, business development, part-time opportunities, personal and professional advancement, etc, besides working environment, gender equality practices, work-life balance, mentoring and diversity. The survey was also an attempt to educate wannabe lawyers on firm cultures and how to choose the best between two good firms based on the suitability of needs.

K&LNG has offices working simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. with a workforce of 1000 lawyers, representing a varied clientele ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 corporations globally.

Norton Rose enhances securities team
Former director at Barclays Capital, Dean Naumowicz joined Norton Rose as a partner in its international securities team in London. The move has boosted the total number of partners in the group to five in just over a year. Naumowicz, whose expertise includes derivatives, focuses on emerging markets and has advised numerous clients on OTC derivatives and structured finance transactions. He has worked on a wide range of innovative finance structures in emerging markets. Norton hopes to benefit from Naumowicz's experience in first tier institutions and his connections in emerging markets.

As Norton Rose strives to rebuild and strengthen its securitization capabilities and develop a profitable OTC derivatives practice, with Naumowicz's inclusion the firm completed four lateral hires, and is still keeping its doors open. Besides Naumowicz, the other partners in the International Securities Group are experts in derivatives and structured finance, debt capital markets, securitization, and Islamic structured finance. Norton Rose boasts of a work force of 1,000 lawyers across continents that support clients in corporate finance; financial institutions; energy and infrastructure; transport; and technology.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP

    


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