Press Release March 17, 2008

Goodwin Procter Expands Corporate Practice in LA; Welcomes Four High-Profile Partners

BOSTON, March 17, 2008 – Goodwin Procter announced today that Eric R. Reimer, Elliot D. Hinds, Q. Scott Kaye and Marc A. Jones have joined the firm as corporate partners resident in the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices. The four partners join from McDermott Will & Emery.

Reimer will split his time between the firm’s New York and LA offices. While at his prior firm, Reimer served as chair of the Global Leveraged Finance Practice Group, headed its Project Finance Practice and served as a senior member of its Restructuring Group. Hinds, Kaye and Jones were key members of the Leveraged Finance, M&A and Private Equity Groups; they will be resident in Goodwin Procter’s Los Angeles office.

Hinds practices in the areas of leveraged finance, project development and finance (with an energy emphasis) and mergers and acquisitions. Kaye focuses on secured and unsecured debt financing, acquisition financing, mezzanine and other subordinated debt financings, restructurings, distressed asset acquisitions, debtor in possession lending and banking. Jones has extensive experience in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, securities, start-ups, joint venture formation and general corporate matters in a broad range of industries.

“We continue to add top-shelf talent to our California offices, maintaining our momentum in building a bi-coastal powerhouse for the best in client service. Eric Reimer commands the finest reputation in the corporate community in both Los Angeles and New York. Elliot Hinds, Q. Scott Kaye and Marc Jones are superb additions, with deep experience in Goodwin Procter’s key practice areas of leveraged finance, M&A and private equity,” said Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner. “With our current corporate finance and private equity strengths, Eric and his group will underscore the level of excellence Goodwin Procter offers in providing best-in-class service and capabilities.”

“We’re very pleased to be welcoming this excellent group,” said John R. LeClaire, chair of the firm’s Private Equity Group. “They are high quality people who share our vision and will fit in well with our culture. Their talents and capabilities will allow us to extend our corporate practice in Southern California in a variety of key areas, as well as to serve our expanding base of private equity clients at the highest levels.”

About Goodwin Procter

Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with more than 850 attorneys in offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, tax and products liability. Since the firm opened its first West Coast offices in 2006, 87 lawyers have joined Goodwin Procter in Los Angeles, San Diego, Palo Alto and San Francisco. Information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.

Partner Biographical Information
Eric R. Reimer joined McDermott Will & Emery in 1999, where he served as chair of McDermott’s Global Leveraged Financed Practice Group, a senior member of the Restructuring Group and head of its Project Finance Practice. Previously, he spent 10 years as an associate and then senior counsel at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Reimer’s practice includes representation of private equity firms and hedge funds, borrowers, issuers and lenders in M&A credit facilities, front end lending transactions, bridge facilities, acquisition facilities, debt issuances and restructurings, including the financing of debtors in bankruptcy, and ranging from investment grade syndicated financings to middle market assets-based facilities, 144A offerings, private bank, high-net-worth individual financings, leveraged leases and project financings, with particular experience in M&A, private equity, health care, retail, equipment and transportation. He also represents opportunity and investment funds in the acquisition and restructuring of debt and credit facilities and the ongoing general representation of portfolio companies of such funds. He is admitted to practice in California, New York and Washington, D.C. Reimer earned his JD from the University of California-Hastings College of Law. He received his B.S. from the University of Southern California.

Elliot D. Hinds joined McDermott Will & Emery in 2000, following four years as an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. He practices primarily in the areas of project development and finance, commercial law, banking, venture capital and general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions. Hinds has considerable experience in structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions in energy, technology and health care industries and technology services arrangements (including strategic alliances with equity components, joint ventures and software and procurement outsourcing). He has represented parties involved in variety of secured and unsecured corporate finance transactions particularly in the energy and healthcare industries. Hinds has extensive experience in the area of electric energy project development, finance and regulation. He is admitted to practice in California. Hinds received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley.

Q. Scott Kaye joined McDermott Will & Emery in 2001 and focuses his practice on secured, structured and project finance, restructurings, distressed asset acquisitions, debtor in possession lending and banking. He has extensive experience representing lenders and borrowers in asset-based lending, acquisition financing, bridge financing and other financing transactions and DIP lenders, trustees, debtors and creditors in workouts and formal bankruptcy proceedings. He has expertise in negotiating and documenting complex credit documents, subordinated and mezzanine debt positions, advising clients on corporate asset isolation strategies and the use of Special Purpose Vehicles in connection with CMBS legal and structured finance. Additionally, Kaye advises bank and non-bank lenders and other commercial entities on the complexities of federal securities margin regulations and the application and interpretation of FASB Statements. He is admitted to practice in California and to all Federal District Courts in California. He earned his JD from the University of Florida College of Law and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York.

Marc A. Jones joined McDermott Will & Emery in 1996. Jones has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities, start-ups, joint venture formation and general corporate matters in a broad range of industries. He has served as lead counsel in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, divestiture and other corporate restructuring transactions representing acquiring and target companies. Jones has also served as lead counsel in many private placement transactions and public securities offerings representing issuers and investors. He has extensive experience representing lenders and borrowers in private debt offering transactions and structuring institutional credit facilities. He is admitted to practice in California. Jones earned his J.D. from the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, his M.B.A. from University of California-Los Angeles, and his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Davis.