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03/26/07

Crowell & Moring expands arbitration practice, IP group gets ranked


Crowell & Moring hired Arif Hyder Ali as partner to the firm's International Arbitration Practice. Ali will co-chair the group with partner Stuart H. Newberger. Ali has nearly two decades of experience in international dispute resolution and investment risk management counseling. His network spreads around more than 30 countries and five continents. Apart from Ali, Baiju Simal Vasani joins the firm as associate. They will be based in Crowell & Moring's Washington, DC, office.

Welcoming the duo, Crowell & Moring chairman Kent A. Gardiner said that their joining the firm enhances the firm's established credentials as a leader in resolving global complex international disputes. The duo earlier served Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. The firm aims to leverage the expertise of these two world class practitioners. This, the firm hopes, will help its team to serve global corporations and government clients in some of their most complex disputes.

Meanwhile, the firm's Intellectual Property Group has been ranked by The Legal 500 U.S.-Volume II (Intellectual Property, Media, Technology, and Telecoms). The group bagged the ranks in the following IP categories: non-contentious/transactional - Patent Re-examination and IP; non-contentious/transactional - Patent Prosecution: International Clients. The firm's two outstanding IP lawyers Jeffrey D. Sanok and Kimberley Chen Nobles were recognized by the Legal 500 U.S. for their outstanding practices. Earlier, the firm's Corporate Group, too, was ranked for its mergers and acquisitions work in the 2007 Legal 500 U.S.-Volume I (Corporate and Finance) book.

The Legal 500 has been providing independent commentary on law firms for more than two decades in more than 90 different countries/jurisdictions. The Legal 500 U.S. Intellectual Property, Media, Technology, and Telecoms book is the second of four guides covering the U.S. legal market.

The firm's IP group has considerably grown over the last few years. It includes Janet M. MacLeod, Andrew M. Riddles, and Kathryn L. Clune among others. In addition to that, the firm has 56 lawyers in Washington, DC, California, New York, and Brussels offices.

Steed, new corporate counsel in Kilpatrick Stockton
Tom Steed joined Kilpatrick Stockton's corporate department as Counsel in the Raleigh office. Steed has vast knowledge in the Investment, Securities, and Securities Exchange Act of 1934. He has also assisted in the establishment of a number of registered mutual funds and non-registered hedge funds. The firm hopes to build up its Investment Company/Investment Manager practice with the help of Steed's experience and his knowledge of mutual and hedge fund administration, public and private offerings, and compliance matters. A full-service international law firm, Kilpatrick has more than 500 attorneys in its nine offices spread across the globe.

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