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12/20/06

DLA Piper strengthens its practice areas


Aiming to bolster its practice areas by adding experienced veterans, DLA Piper hired transactional and industry expert, Jerry H. Herman to its Hospitality and Leisure practice group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. It also hired Al-Harith Sinclair for its regional financial regulatory practice in Dubai.

Herman, who joins the firm as Of Counsel, comes from Arlington Hospitality, where he served as the CEO. Herman commands over 25 years of experience in the field of hotel and real estate acquisition, development, financing, and capital formation transactions. Jay Epstein, DLA Piper's U.S. Real Estate practice group head, welcomed Herman to the group stating that they will benefit highly from the latter's excellent experience and wide accomplishments.

DLA Piper's real estate practice is diversified continuously by the recruiting of leading practitioners in the field. Boasting a real estate practice attorney strength of 550 lawyers globally, the firm's U.S. offices alone has more than 250 attorneys who provide a full range of transactional and advisory services in addition to offering advice on acquisitions, dispositions, financing, corporate facilities and related legal services to its impressive list of clients.

As part of its continued expansion program, DLA Piper has appointed Al-Harith Sinclair for its regional financial regulatory practice in Dubai. Working along with Jayshree Gupta, the head of the Dubai office, Sinclair will build on business with international and local financial institutions in the region. A UK financial regulatory lawyer, Sinclair comes from the London office of Pinsent Masons, where he was partner. He has ten years of experience in London, and focuses his practice on investment bank regulation, financial services regulation, and mergers & acquisitions in the financial area.

All over the world, DLA Piper's 3,200 lawyers, spread across 24 countries and 62 offices, practices in commercial, corporate and finance, human resources, litigation, real estate, regulatory and legislative, tax, and technology, media, and communications.

Orrick strengthens global real estate practice
International finance and real estate attorney, Hervé Kensicher has joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a partner in its Global Real Estate practice in Paris. Kensicher focuses his practice on French domestic and cross-border commercial real estate finance and securitization, and has significant experience in finance and banking law. Prior to joining Orrick, Kensicher was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The merger of Orrick with the Paris law firm Rambaud Martel in January has created a strong practice for the law firm, especially in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, finance, and corporate matters.
 
 


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