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Hedge fund attorney Christopher M. Wells joins Proskauer Rose

The former Head of Coudert Brothers' Global Investment Funds Practice has joined Proskauer Rose LLP along with three other Coudert attorneys.

Proskauer Rose LLP, an international law firm with over 650 lawyers in the US and Europe, revealed that Christopher M. Wells, one of the top US hedge fund attorneys, has been named a partner in the firm's New York office. He was previously a partner at Coudert Brothers LLP, where he headed the firm's Global Investment Funds Practice.

Wells, who specializes in the organization and representation of onshore and offshore hedge funds and their managers, will also bring three associate attorneys in the hedge fund practice from Coudert.

With an extensive background representing a variety of hedge fund entities and significant experience in trading, compliance and management issues related to hedge fund transactions, Wells and his team are an important addition to Proskauer's Corporate Department.

"Attracting a seasoned attorney with the expertise and reputation that Chris possesses is a tremendous opportunity for us," said Proskauer Chairman Allen I. Fagin. "There are numerous synergies inherent in the combination of a thriving hedge fund group with our private equity and overall corporate practice. With a wealth of experience to his credit, he is an outstanding addition to our team."

Proskauer's representation of private equity, buyout, and venture capital funds and its robust transactional practice have been driving forces behind the growth of its Corporate Department. The addition of Wells is a boost to that growth, following the expansion in the last year of the firm's private equity practice and the addition of several attorneys specializing in mezzanine financing, second lien financing and other sophisticated transactional work.

Before joining Coudert as an associate, Wells received his J.D. from the University of Michigan. He has written and spoken extensively on the topics of hedge funds, private equity funds and investment management and was recognized in the 2005-2006 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Founded in 1875, Proskauer Rose is one of the largest US law firms, providing a wide variety of legal services to clients throughout the United States and around the world from offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston, Boca Raton, Newark, New Orleans and Paris.

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