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Investment fund partner joins McDermott's New York office

Edwin C. ("Ted") Laurenson has joined McDermott Will & Emery's Corporate Department as a partner.

Based in the Firm's New York office, Laurenson is focusing his practice on the regulation of public and private investment funds and investment advisory matters.

Laurenson is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), including the Federal securities law subcommittees on investment companies and advisers and private investment entities.  He recently served on the Task Force on Hedge Fund Regulation assembled by the ABA Section on Business Law to respond to regulatory initiatives with regard to private funds.

"Ted will be a significant asset for our continually growing New York corporate practice," commented Peter Sacripanti, partner-in-charge of the Firm's New York office.  "He will be working closely with Tom McGavin, Joseph Suh and others, who since joining the Firm in early 2004 have been committed to further enhancing our capital markets practice."

Laurenson's practice in recent years has focused on both private funds, including hedge funds and private equity funds and the registration, regulation and operation of publicly and privately offered closed end investment companies.  He advises on all aspects of the application of the Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act to those funds, as well as privately managed accounts.  In other areas relating to registered investment companies, Laurenson has dealt extensively with matters relating to securities lending and the interface of banking law, retirement plan benefits law and the securities laws with regard to retirement funds and other types of pooled investment vehicles.

Laurenson earned his B.A. magna cum laude at Amherst College and his J.D. at Yale Law School.  Immediately following law school, he clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William K. Thomas in the Northern District of Ohio.  He is admitted to practice in New York.

"Ted will play an important role in our Firm-wide private fund practice," commented Grant Bagan, Head of McDermott's Firm-wide Corporate Department.  "With the global growth of private funds and the growth in our fund practice, his particular experience advising investment firms and advisers will quickly be put to work."

Background Note: McDermott Will & Emery's New York office has more than 120 lawyers who represent a broad range of regional, U.S. and international clients, including some of the world's largest publicly and privately-held companies, financial institutions, private funds and high-net-worth individuals.

McDermott Will & Emery's managed funds practice has substantial experience advising US and offshore hedge funds and private equity funds, other private investment companies, family offices, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors in the full range of their activities, including Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory issues.

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