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Debevoise to Expand London Corporate Practice

LONDON, November 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced that Guy Lewin-Smith will be joining the firm's London office in early 2008 as a partner in the corporate practice. Mr. Lewin-Smith joins the firm from Linklaters, where he has spent his entire legal career and has been a partner in that firm's corporate finance practice since 1994.

Mr. Lewin-Smith advises on a full range of M&A, equity capital market and corporate finance advisory matters. He has experience across various industrial sectors, including the financial services sector. Mr. Lewin-Smith was also responsible for founding and developing the corporate practice in Linklaters' Singapore office.

Martin Frederic Evans, Presiding Partner of Debevoise, said: "We are delighted to have such an accomplished and well regarded senior English corporate finance lawyer join our practice in London and we welcome Guy to the firm. Our London office has seen significant growth over the last few years, demonstrating Debevoise's commitment to the development of our European practice. Guy joins an outstanding group of lawyers working on a global platform across all of our offices."

James A. Kiernan, Managing Partner for Europe, said: "Guy is a highly experienced English corporate finance lawyer with an impressive breadth of practice. His UK and cross-border M&A and equity capital markets capabilities will further strengthen our European corporate finance practice and we look forward to his being an integral part of its growth. He is also experienced in the financial services sector, which complements our expanding practice in this area."

Guy Lewin-Smith said: "Debevoise is a firm with an outstanding reputation. I am very excited for the opportunity to help continue to build the firm's corporate finance practice in London and look forward to working with my new colleagues across Europe, the US and Asia."

Debevoise's London office, opened in 1989, works on some of the highest profile and most complex transactions in Europe. The firm does this by virtue of its English and US law capabilities, its close integration with its offices in Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow and New York, and access to the firm's worldwide resources. Debevoise's corporate practice advises on a wide range of M&A, private equity fund formation and transactional work, capital markets and financing transactions. With 17 partners and approximately 80 lawyers in total, over half of whom are English-law qualified, Debevoise's London office is its largest outside of New York.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm now has over 670 lawyers. For more information, please visit our website at

SOURCE Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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