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Sidley Austin Elevates 11 to Chicago Partner

  Law Firm News  -   POSTED: 2007/07/30 21:25

Eleven lawyers in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP are among the 36 associates and counsel elevated to partnership in the firm, which now has 659 partners in offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The new Chicago partners are Michael C. Andolina, Financial Services/Consumer Class Actions;
Jeannette K. Arazi, Structured Finance and Securitization;
John A. Chamberlin, Real Estate;
Anny C. Huang, Structured Finance and Securitization;
Kenneth P. Kansa, Bankruptcy/Corporate Reorganization;
Christopher P. Lokken, Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives;
Brian A. McAleenan, Communications Regulatory;
Daniel J. Neppl, Insurance/Reinsurance Disputes;
Clinton R. Uhlir, Insurance;
Robert L. Verigan, M&A and Private Equity; and
J. Randal Wexler, Securities Litigation and S.E.C. Enforcement.

"All of our new partners embody the client service values and collegial
culture of Sidley, in addition to being exceptionally talented lawyers,"
said Thomas A. Cole, chair of the firm's Executive Committee. "We are proud
to have them join Sidley's partnership."

   "It is gratifying to have these accomplished lawyers join Sidley's
partnership ranks because they truly deserve and have earned this honor,"
added Charles W. Douglas, chair of the firm's Management Committee. "They
have earned the respect of their clients and colleagues. We welcome them to our partnership and appreciate their continued dedication to the firm."
  
Michael C. Andolina, 34, is a partner in the Financial
Services/Consumer Class Actions practice. His practice includes a diverse
range of civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels in both
state and federal courts, with an emphasis on consumer fraud class action
defense and white collar civil litigation.
   Mr. Andolina, who had been an associate, received his J.D. from The
University of Chicago Law School. He received his A.B., magna cum laude,
Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown University.
  
Jeannette K. Arazi, 37, is a partner in the Structured Finance and
Securitization practice. Ms. Arazi's experience includes the representation
of commercial paper and medium-term note conduits and financial
institutions in the acquisition or financing of various types of assets
including trade receivables, motor vehicle leases, franchise loans,
timeshare interests and other financial assets.
   Ms. Arazi, who had been an associate, received her J.D., magna cum
laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Minnesota Law School. She
received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Macalester College.
 
John A. Chamberlin, 37, is a partner in the Real Estate practice. His
practice includes commercial real estate transactions of all types,
including acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing transactions.
   Mr. Chamberlin, who had been an associate, received his J.D., magna cum
laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law
where he was notes editor of the Law Review. He received his B.A. from
Brigham Young University.
  
Anny C. Huang, 33, is a partner in the Structured Finance and
Securitization practice. Her practice includes representation of major
financial institutions, public and private corporations, institutional bond
holders, hedge funds and other creditors and investors in connection with
leverage financing for private equity, real estate and hedge funds, capital
call facilities, syndicated and structured loans, mezzanine financings,
collateralized debt obligations, securitizations, work-outs and
restructurings and single-currency, multi-currency and cross-border
transactions.
   Ms. Huang, who had been an associate, received her J.D. from Columbia
University School of Law where she was a Kent Scholar and served on the Law Review. She received her B.A. and B.S., with highest honors, from the
University of California - Berkeley.
  
Kenneth P. Kansa, 34, is a partner in the Bankruptcy/Corporate
Reorganization practice. Mr. Kansa's practice encompasses all areas of
corporate reorganization and bankruptcy matters, focusing on the
representation of various parties in complex chapter 11 cases.
   Mr. Kansa, who had been an associate, received his J.D. from the
University of Virginia School of Law, his M.A. from Cleveland State
University and his B.A. from George Washington University.
 
Christopher P. Lokken, 36, is a partner in the Investment Funds,
Advisers and Derivatives practice. He advises and represents clients in
federal securities, derivatives, futures related regulatory and corporate
matters with respect to alternative investment funds, including offshore
and domestic hedge funds, commodity pools and alternative asset strategy
funds sold on a retail basis in Japan.
   Mr. Lokken, who had been an associate, received his J.D., cum laude,
Order of the Coif, from Northwestern University School of Law where he was
coordinating articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. He
received his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and his B.A., with
distinction, from Indiana University.
 
Brian A. McAleenan, 34, is a partner in the Communications Regulatory
practice. His practice involves commercial and regulatory litigation and
related matters.
   Mr. McAleenan, who had been an associate, received his J.D., magna cum
laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law
where he was on the Law Review. He received his B.S., cum laude, from the
University of Illinois.
 
Daniel J. Neppl, 38, is a partner in the Insurance/Reinsurance Disputes
practice. He regularly arbitrates and litigates reinsurance disputes,
representing both ceding companies and reinsurers in the property and
casualty areas in matters involving both traditional and non-traditional
reinsurance. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Neppl clerked for the Honorable
C. Thomas White, Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court.
   Mr. Neppl, who had been counsel, received his J.D., cum laude, from
Creighton University School of Law, where he was executive editor of the
Creighton Law Review. He received his B.S., with honors, from the
University of Iowa.
  
Clinton R. Uhlir, 35, is a partner in the Insurance practice. He
focuses his practice on the representation of issuers, underwriters and
purchasers of financial products and the structuring, creation and
operation of structured investment vehicles (SIVs), asset-backed commercial
paper (ABCP) conduit programs, derivative product companies (DPCs),
including credit derivative product companies (CDPCs), and other types of
structured finance operating companies (SFOCs).
   Mr. Uhlir, who had been an associate, received his J.D. from The
University of Chicago Law School and his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton
University.
  
Robert L. Verigan, 32, is a partner in the M&A and Private Equity
practice. His principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions,
corporate finance and venture capital/private equity investments. He has
also worked with issuers and underwriters in a variety of initial and
follow-on public offerings, including over a dozen S-1 offerings and
private placements of securities.
   Mr. Verigan, who had been an associate, received his J.D., cum laude,
from The University of Chicago Law School. He received his B.A., cum laude,
from Duke University.
  
J. Randal Wexler, 34, is a partner in the Securities Litigation and
S.E.C. Enforcement practice. His practice focuses on complex internal
corporate investigations, corporate accounting fraud and the defense, both
individual and corporate, of complex securities fraud class actions and
related violations of ERISA.
   Mr. Wexler, who had been an associate, received his J.D., cum laude,
from The University of Michigan Law School. He received his B.A. from Yale
University.
  
Sidley also named the following to partnership in its other offices:
Brussels -- Arnoud R. Willems; Frankfurt -- Jerome S. Friedrich; Hong Kong
-- Charles Allen; London -- Jonathan Edge, Theresa D. Kradjian and Paul
Matthews; Los Angeles -- Aimee M. Contreras-Camua, Sandra S. Fujiyama,
Kelly L.C. Kriebs, Jennifer A. Ratner and Robert M. Stone; New York --
Laura M. Barzilai, Madeleine J. Dowling, Lynn A. Dummett, Isaac S. Greaney,
Joseph Kelly, Dennis M. Manfredi and Aryeh H. Zarchan; San Francisco --
Teague I. Donahey; Tokyo -- Akira Nakazawa; Washington, D.C. -- Kevin J.
Campion, Mark B. Langdon, Eric A. Shumsky, Eric M. Solovy and John K. Van
De Weert, Jr.
   Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's largest full-service law firms,
with more than 1,700 lawyers practicing in 16 U.S. and international cities
including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London,
Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. In 2006, Sidley was named to Legal
Business' Global Elite, their designation for "the 15 finest law firms in
the world." Sidley was again named the number one law firm for overall
client service by BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, in
2007. BTI has also named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one
of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for six years in
a row.
   For purposes of the New York State Bar rules, this press release may be
considered Attorney Advertising and the headquarters of the firm are Sidley
Austin LLP 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, 212.839.5300 and Sidley
Austin LLP One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.853.7000. Prior
results described herein do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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