Winston & Strawn Expands as Preeminent Corporate Lending Group Joins Law Firm in New Charlotte Office

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 9 /CNW/ -- Winston & Strawn LLP opened a major
office in Charlotte and significantly expanded its corporate finance
capabilities with the addition of six partners who previously practiced in the
lending and corporate finance group of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman.
The law firm's tenth office will be headed by Dean A. Warren.
    Joining Warren are corporate finance partners David L. Batty, W. Kent
Walker, James T. Hedrick, Jr., Eric L. Burk, and Rene J. LeBlanc-Allman.  In
addition, the partners anticipate that several additional partners and
associates from their prior firm will join Winston & Strawn's Charlotte office
    "This is a strong team of sophisticated attorneys who bring added quality
and breadth to our already formidable corporate finance capabilities," said
Thomas Fitzgerald, Winston & Strawn's managing partner.  "With the addition of
this exceptional group of experienced attorneys, we are continuing our
expansion in the strategic sectors of banking and corporate finance-in a city
viewed as the No.2 banking center in the nation."
    "We are delighted to have Dean and his team join us," said chairman, Dan
Webb.  "Working together, we will be able to provide even more expansive
corporate finance services to our clients through an established presence in
the Southeast."
    According to Webb, the firm's new office will initially focus in the
corporate lending practice area with a full range of corporate finance,
capital markets, and general corporate representation envisioned.
    The partners in the new Charlotte corporate finance group have a strong
syndicated lending practice that has consistently ranked in the top 20 for all
U.S. law firms in the LPC Reuters league tables and was ranked 12th in the
United States for the first three quarters of 2007.  Their practice has
longstanding relationships with numerous national and international financial
institutions, most of which are based or have a significant presence in the
Charlotte region, including Wachovia and Bank of America.
    Winston & Strawn's corporate practice regularly represents numerous
Fortune 100 companies that are primarily categorized in the financial services
industry, including JP Morgan Chase Bank, Citigroup, and MasterCard.  The
envisioned strategic expansion of the firm was also furthered during 2007 with
several other high profile lateral hirings in its various offices.
    The group will be located in temporary space until the week of January
14. Updated information will be available on the firm's website at
    Winston & Strawn LLP is an international commercial law firm with nearly
1,000 attorneys in ten offices including Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Geneva,
London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Washington,
D.C.  More than 150 years old, the firm has a proud tradition of professional
excellence and dedicated client service.  Understanding that clients face many
challenges on a daily basis, Winston & Strawn works to provide realistic
solutions to complex legal issues.

    NOTE TO EDITOR: Mr. Fitzgerald is available for interviews at Noon CT,
    Mr. Warren is available for interviews after 4 p.m. CT.

For further information:

For further information: Darryl Van Duch, +1-312-558-6185,, or Lisa Sachdev, +1-312-558-5844,,
both of Winston & Strawn LLP

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