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ING Corporate General Counsel B. Scott Burton Joins Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

August 1, 2007

ATLANTA (August 1, 2007) Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces former ING America Insurance Holdings, Inc. Corporate General Counsel B. Scott Burton has joined the firm's highly regarded Corporate Practice Group as partner, resident in the Atlanta office.  Mr. Burton's practice augments the corporate mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and securities practices.

While at ING, Mr. Burton oversaw the legal department functional activities of ING Americas Executive Center, which includes the company's financial services businesses in North and South America.  He also oversaw the Corporate and Transactional Practice Group.  Mr. Burton spent the last 10 years as the legal architect of ING's massive expansion in the Americas.  Under his direct legal guidance and hands-on involvement, ING has participated in over $25 billion in transactions in the financial services and insurance sectors. 

Also joining Sutherland's Corporate Practice Group from ING is Atlanta Counsel William H. Hope, II, whose practice focuses primarily on corporate finance.  Mr. Hope, who is also a Chartered Financial Analyst®, served ING Investment Management Americas as Vice President, Corporate Legal, since 2000.  There he worked extensively on the negotiation and documentation of structured derivative transactions, including ISDA Master Agreements and related documentation, and on the regulation of exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives products under federal law and state insurance law.  Prior to joining ING, Mr. Hope was based in Tokyo, working for CS First Boston, AFLAC and GE Capital.

"Having served as in-house counsel for some of the world's leading corporations, Scott and Bill's first-hand knowledge of the multitude of complex corporate legal issues will undoubtedly be a benefit to our clients," said Corporate Practice Group Leader Thomas C. Herman.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 450 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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