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Fulbright's Public Finance Practice Ranked Among Nation's 10 Best.

HOUSTON & NEW YORK -- Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.'s public finance practice ranks among the top practices in the nation in the three principal roles - bond counsel, underwriter counsel and disclosure counsel, according to Thomson Financial's newly released rankings for 2006.

Fulbright's national public finance practice includes more than 50 attorneys, who have represented virtually every type of participant in the municipal securities market. The firm regularly helps finance more than $15 billion in public infrastructure annually and has represented six of the nation's 10 most populous cities on public finance matters.

"Our broad national experience in every facet of the municipal securities market, together with strong local presence on all three coasts, enables us to better serve our clients," said Frederic Weber, head of Fulbright's Public Finance and Administration Department. "With extensive experience representing state and local governments, underwriters, institutional investors, credit enhancers, investment contract providers and swap providers, our lawyers are better able to anticipate and accommodate the needs of other transaction participants while protecting our clients' interests."

Thomson Financial provides information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research and healthcare. Each year, Thomson Financial releases year-end rankings of those involved in the municipal marketplace, including public finance practices at law firms.

Based on dollar volume for long-term municipal issues, Thomson ranked Fulbright the nation's 2nd top disclosure counsel, 6th best bond counsel in negotiated offerings, 7th top bond counsel in all offerings, and 8th top underwriters' counsel.

Fulbright recently served as lead finance counsel to the New York Mets in an innovative financing of a new ballpark to replace Shea Stadium. The transaction was dubbed the "Deal of the Year" by the project finance community because of the uniqueness of the public-private partnership with The City of New York.

Fulbright also acted as bond counsel in a $2.3 billion financing of a 20-year supply of natural gas for municipal utilities located in Texas and elsewhere. The transaction was the third largest municipal securities issue nationally in 2006.

Additionally, Fulbright acts as disclosure counsel to the City of New York - considered the country's largest municipal issuer. The firm also represented the underwriters in financing the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium and has served as bond counsel to the Houston-Harris County Sports Authority during its financings of Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium and Toyota Center in Houston. Fulbright frequently represents school boards, counties, municipalities, state agencies, special districts and authorities, and other issuers of municipal bonds.

Fulbright's attorneys have helped to bridge the gap in the nation's transportation network through innovative financing of toll roads, highways, airports, transit systems, ports, bridges and parking facilities. Fulbright is also representing the underwriters of one of the largest municipal securities issues in Texas - a $600 million offering for the Texas Transportation Commission.

Nationally, Fulbright's public finance lawyers have assisted with more than 200 projects making up more than $45 billion in financings for publicly owned electric generation and transmission facilities.

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Founded in 1919, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. is a leading full-service international law firm, with more than 1,000 lawyers in 16 locations in Houston, New York, Washington, D.C., Austin, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Antonio, St. Louis, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Munich and Riyadh. Fulbright provides a full range of legal services to both domestic and foreign clients worldwide.

The 2007 BTI survey of FORTUNE 1000 general counsel chose Fulbright as "The BTI Client Service 30" A-Team and Corporate Board Member magazine named Fulbright among the top 20 corporate law firms in the U.S. in their survey of board members of public companies. For more information, please visit: www.fulbright.com.
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