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Cadwalader Bolsters Antitrust Presence With Addition of New Partners Steven Sunshine, Jess Biggio and David Wales.

NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Steven C. Sunshine, former head of Shearman & Sterling LLP's worldwide Antitrust Practice and Antitrust Litigation Affinity Group, and Jess Biggio and David P. Wales, Jr., former partners in Shearman & Sterling LLP's Antitrust Practice Group, have joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as partners in the Litigation Department.

Mr. Sunshine will lead the Antitrust Practice Area within the Litigation Department. He will reside in the firm's Washington office, as will Mr. Wales; Ms. Biggio will be resident in the firm's New York office. Mr. Sunshine, Ms. Biggio and Mr. Wales represent domestic and foreign clients in connection with antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, litigation, counseling, joint ventures, distribution arrangements, and grand jury investigations and regularly appear before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, state antitrust enforcement authorities, foreign authorities, and federal courts. They have worked on numerous high-profile antitrust litigations and criminal matters for clients including De Beers Centenary AG and Syngenta and transactions including SmithKline Beecham's merger with Glaxo-Wellcome, Bell Atlantic's merger with NYNEX, and the Rhone-Poulenc/Hoechst merger forming Aventis.

"I am delighted to welcome Steve, Jess and Dave to the firm and to announce the creation of our Antitrust Practice Area, an integrated full service antitrust practice," stated Robert O. Link, Jr., Cadwalader's Chairman and Managing Partner. "By allowing us to identify potential antitrust needs, the Antitrust Practice Area will add value and bolster the client services offered to our client base by our Litigation and Corporate Departments."

"Steve, Jess and Dave are leading practitioners who collectively bring high profile experience in each substantive area of antitrust work to the firm -- mergers, litigation and criminal antitrust. Their expertise bolsters our litigation practice while also providing needed anti-trust and regulatory support to our mergers and acquisitions team," stated Greg Markel, Chair of Cadwalader's Litigation Department.

"We are looking forward to teaming with Cadwalader's already strong securities, business fraud/white collar crime, and insurance and reinsurance litigators in both the Washington and New York offices and with its premier M&A lawyers. With the creation of an integrated full service antitrust practice, fully linked to the litigation as well as the corporate practice, we will be able to provide an integrated platform to Cadwalader clients -- resulting in a full, one-stop shopping 'legal' experience," stated Mr. Sunshine.

Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Mr. Sunshine served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he supervised the Division's merger enforcement program. He received his B.A. from Brown University in 1981 and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1984, where he was a member of the Boston College Law Review and Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia, and before the Untied States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the District of Columbia.

Ms. Biggio joined Shearman & Sterling in 1993 and became a partner in 2001. She received her B.A. from Carleton College in 1990 and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993, where she was a member of the International Moot Court. She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Wales joined Shearman & Sterling as an associate in 1995. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he supervised the review of pending cases and handled policy matters. He returned to Shearman & Sterling as a partner in 2004. Mr. Wales received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1992 and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 1995. He was a member of the Syracuse Law Review and Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, established in 1792, is one of the world's leading international law firms, with offices in New York, London, Charlotte, and Washington. Cadwalader serves a diverse client base, including many of the world's top financial institutions, undertaking business in more than 50 countries in six continents. The firm offers legal expertise in securitization, structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, real estate, environmental, insolvency, litigation, health care, banking, project finance, insurance and reinsurance, tax, and private client matters. More information about Cadwalader can be found at http://www.cadwalader.com.

Web site: http://www.cadwalader.com

Paula Zirinsky, +1-212-504-5696, paula.zirinsky@cwt.com, of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Jocelyn Austin, +1-212-445-8363, jaustin@webershandwick.com, for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
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