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White & Case appoints securities lawyer

White & Case, LLP, has hired securities lawyer Mariel Creo in a move that will maintain the growth of the firm's New York Securities Practice.

Creo brings with her to the firm an extensive background in complex corporate and finance transactions in Latin America and Europe. Fluent in English and Spanish, she has represented multinationals in the Latin American markets and global financial institutions. Creo has also worked in the areas of private placements, private equity investment funds with Latin American investments, high-yield bond offerings, leveraged finance, and debt restructuring.

Founded in 1901 in New York City, White & Case provides services in the areas of finance, mergers, securities and sovereign law, and issues including antitrust, commercial litigation, and international trade. The firm has now expanded to more than 2000 lawyers working in 23 countries. The New York office of White & Case has 400 lawyers providing diverse legal services.

Sidley Austin opens office in Sydney U.S. international law firm Sidley Austin, LLP, is opening an office in Sydney on May 1. The Sydney office will be the firm's sixth office in the Asia Pacific region. Hundreds of lawyers operating in the law firm's capital markets practice from its 11 global offices.

Also, Bob Meyers, a resident in Sydney, will join Sidley's global corporate finance and capital markets practice as partner. Presently, Meyers is the managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Sydney office. He is a leading U.S. legal adviser to Australian companies and investment banks in the U.S. as well as global capital markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and structured finance.

For more than 20 years, Sidley Austin has represented investment banks and financial institutions from Australia and New Zealand in the practice area. The firm decided to set up a local office to meet the growing needs and an increase in the number of deals in the Australian market.

Sidley Austin currently has five offices in the Asia Pacific region. These are in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Singapore. The Sydney office will be the firm's 16th global office.


Toddler gets head stuck on toilet seat
And to think toilet training begins at 15 months! Beat this. This young fellow learned a tough lesson - early in life - that the potty seat is meant for the buttocks and not used as a head gear. Imagine this scene at the fire station in Braintree, Essex. A mom walks in with a toddler wearing a trainer toilet seat as a crown. When the seat wouldn't budge, despite her trying, she thought it would be a good idea to ask for help from the firefighters. They poured the soapy liquid onto the toddler's ears and head, and lo and behold! The ring came off easily. The British firefighters thus relieved this two-and half-year-old from his obnoxious head gear and also saved him from an ordeal that could have been a whole lot worse. Not that he was very concerned about it either. The "brave" toddler toddled off unwary of the situations that could have been. The joys of growing up! Life indeed is a learning process and a complicated one, my dear!

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