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Earl Zimmerman Joins Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

June 9, 2009

NEW YORK (June 9, 2009)Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces that Earl Zimmerman has joined the firm as a partner in its Corporate Practice Group, based in the New York office. Mr. Zimmerman will advise clients in mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings, distressed insurance situations, and other insurance-linked transactions.

“Earl increases the depth of our transactional insurance team, expanding the service we can provide to our insurance sector clients," said Corporate Co-Practice Group Leader Cynthia M. Krus. “This is another example of Sutherland’s long-standing commitment to the insurance industry and leadership in providing legal representation to insurance companies and other financial institutions. We welcome Earl to the firm."

“We expect to see our financial institution clients increasingly engaged in strategic and capital-driven transactions as the United States and the world recover from the recession," said Eric R. Fenichel, Corporate Co-Practice Group Leader. “Earl will be a valuable resource in counseling them as they navigate through a challenging and changing business, credit and regulatory environment."

Mr. Zimmerman has lectured internationally on insurance-linked securities, mergers and acquisitions, and mortality-based products. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Committee on Insurance Law of the New York City Bar Association.

Before joining Sutherland, Mr. Zimmerman was a partner at Clifford Chance in New York. He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he also was honored as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for academic achievement.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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