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Three WilmerHale Lawyers Named "Best of the Best"; Gary Born Voted World's Best International Litigator

June 23, 2006

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized by Legal Media Group’s 2006 guide entitled, Best of the Best, as being preeminent practitioners in their practice areas.Gary Born and Roger Witten were named in the Best of the Best in litigation, while William Kolasky was named to the antitrust and competition list.

Mr. Born was honored by his peers as the world’s leading litigator, receiving more nominations than any other candidate in a detailed survey of international legal practitioners, in-house counsel, and academics by Legal Media Group. Legal Media Group announced, “Legal Media is delighted to announce the selection of Gary Born as the world’s leading litigator in its poll of experts on international litigation.” Jonathan McReynolds, Project Manager for Expert Guides elaborated, "Gary Born received more peer nominations to secure his selection as the world's best international litigator in our poll of experts on international litigation. Mr. Born's professional recognition and academic authority are exceptional and confirm the results of our research."

Mr. Born chairs WilmerHale’s International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practices and is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in both fields. He has been lead counsel in more than 300 international arbitrations and litigations, and is the author of several leading works on international arbitration and litigation, including, International Commercial Arbitration (2d ed. 2000 Kluwer/Transnational Publishers), and International Arbitration and Forum Selection Clauses (2d ed. 2006 Kluwer). His most recent book, International Civil Litigation in U.S. Courts (4th ed. 2006), will be released by Aspen Publishers this summer. All books may be purchased through the Aspen Publishers website at www.aspenpublishers.com .

“We are pleased, but not surprised, to see that Gary has been recognised as the world’s leading litigator in Legal Media’s Best of the Best 2006 edition. Our international disputes practice is the best in the world and we are delighted by this recognition,” said William J. Perlstein, co-managing partner at WilmerHale.

Mr. Kolasky is the co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Department. Prior to his joining WilmerHale, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice from 2001 to 2002. He is credited with being one of the architects of the new International Competition Network, a network of more than 80 competition authorities worldwide designed to promote international cooperation and convergence and to streamline the multinational merger review process.

Mr. Witten co-chairs WilmerHale’s International Litigation group. He has led teams of lawyers in several of the firm's largest and most noteworthy litigation cases, representing clients such as Titan, the Audit Committee of Royal Ahold, NV, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, and UBS AG. He is one of the leading practitioners in the country in FCPA compliance and enforcement matters and is co-author of the treatise Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (5th ed. 2005).

“Each of these lawyers brings honed skills and seasoned talents to the practice of law,” said Mr. Perlstein. “It is a privilege to have them as partners and we are pleased to see that Legal Media has recognized them in their Best of the Best 2006 edition.”

Legal Media Group is a Euromoney Institutional Investor company. Best of the Best is an international guide to the world’s leading lawyers. Researchers for the guide are in touch with over 30,000 in-house counsel and private practice lawyers in more than 90 countries to have them identify the “Best of the Best” in the legal industry.