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06/04/07

Dewey Ballantine expands finance services, opens shop in Charlotte


In a bid to broaden its financial services operations, prominent international law firm Dewey Ballantine, LLP, has opened a new office in Charlotte, NC. Dewey's new NC office will be set up by two partners from Dechert, LLP, James R. Bryant, III, and W. Todd Stillerman. The duo practices in structured finance — the core practice area for Dewey Ballantine — concentrating on structured real estate products and equity investments. They have also represented issuers and underwriters in commercial mortgage-backed securitization (CMBS) transactions, real estate CDOs and securitization of other real estate interests, sale-leaseback, mezzanine financing, and syndicated finance transactions.

Dewey Ballantine's expansion to Charlotte, the second largest banking center in the United States, marks its commitment towards growth and also excellence in client service on complicated transactions. Established in 1909, the firm has about 550 lawyers representing clients from its worldwide offices in complex corporate transactions, litigation, and tax matters.

Alhadeff & Solar joins Buchanan Ingersoll
A team of seven lawyers from San Diego law firm Alhadeff & Solar, led by partners Sam Alhadeff and Keith Solar, will join Buchanan Ingersoll in California. Buchanan will however, also continue to maintain its Del Mar office with four lawyers, as well as its new San Diego office which is operational since June 1.

A&S is known in the area for its land-use and environmental law practice. The partners, Alhadeff and Solar, practice business law, litigation, and water law matters, among others. The partners said that they wanted to join Buchanan because its areas of practice were particularly relevant to the Southern California clients. A&S's clients also include prominent in-home health care providers AccentCare. In addition to Alhadeff and Solar, two senior attorneys, three associates, and eight staff members will be joining the firm. Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll has altogether 550 lawyers of whom 80 are based in Philadelphia.

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Welcome back, Jan!
Polish man wakes up after 19 years in coma and finds a new world

Now this is straight out of fairy tales, and without Grimm Brothers' assistance. He isn't the fabled sleeping beauty, but can take a chance at the Guinness on being a sleeping hunk with a reverse story? His wife, Gertruda, sat by his side, all these years waiting for him to wake up. Even doctors had given up hopes of his survival. Not this gutsy lady. She braved all odds to bring him back to the present. This Polish man slept through 19 long years. Poor man, Railwayman Jan Grzebski, missed the entire hullabaloo about the end of the communists regime; approaching millennium; the horrendous 9/11, war on Iraq; and Saddam's going to the gallows! He was hit by a train in 1988, after which he slipped into comatose, reports Polsat, a private channel. Grzebski, who fathered four kids before the accident, returned to find that his kids furthered the family lineage with 11 grandchildren. He is still getting a grip on the changes all around him and is "amazed" at people whining on their cellphones. However, he says he owes it all to his wife, "She is the one who took care, saved my life." Is it power of love or is it being chivalrous, hmm?

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