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Stroock Names New Partners and Special Counsel

New York, NY, Dec. 17, 2010…Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, named four new Partners and two new Special Counsel, effective January 1, 2011.

"This group of talented attorneys brings great intelligence and dedication to their practices, to the firm and to our clients," said Stuart H. Coleman, Stroock's co-managing partner. "We are pleased to recognize their outstanding efforts with these promotions."

The new Partners and Special Counsel are:

Jayme T. Goldstein, (Partner – Financial Restructuring, New York) Mr. Goldstein specializes in corporate restructuring and represents ad hoc committees of bondholders, term lenders and other creditors, official creditors' committees, debtors, individual secured and unsecured creditors, acquirers, DIP lenders and equity holders in formal bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court reorganizations, and the development and execution of distressed investment strategies. Mr. Goldstein focuses on representing hedge funds, private equity funds, banks and large institutional investors. Formerly an associate with Stroock, Mr. Goldstein received his J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was Associate Editor, Cornell Law Review, and his B.A. from Brown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Andrew S. Lewner, (Partner – Litigation, New York) Mr. Lewner concentrates on complex insurance and reinsurance matters. He has represented ceding companies, reinsurers, retrocessionaires and liquidators in a range of matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the country. These matters have involved such issues as misrepresentations in connection with the placement of reinsurance, disputes as to the coverage provided by reinsurance treaties, insurance policies and facultative reinsurance certificates, rent-a-captive arrangements, standards of conduct applicable to ceding companies in their dealings with reinsurers and disputes with program managers and broker negligence.

Mr. Lewner, previously special counsel with Stroock, received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Jeffrey M. Mann, (Special Counsel – Intellectual Property, New York) Mr. Mann is a registered patent attorney whose practice includes all facets of intellectual property law, including transactional work, patent prosecution, licensing, litigation and opinion work. He has been actively involved in drafting, negotiating and conducting due diligence related to the Intellectual Property and Information Technology aspects of corporate financial restructuring, structured finance and insurance transactions. Further, Mr. Mann has advised clients on trademark, copyright and domain name issues related to their websites and the Internet. He has litigated, prosecuted and rendered opinions on patent matters in the mechanical, electrical and computer science arts, and has also managed multinational patent portfolios helping clients protect their core business technologies. Mr. Mann, previously an associate with Stroock, received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Brooklyn College.

Amanda K. Moore, (Special Counsel – Corporate/Private Funds, New York) Ms. Moore represents managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, managed accounts and other pooled investment vehicles across a full spectrum of legal considerations.  She also represents seed and other investors in private funds, institutional alternative investment groups and investment managers, offering products on a worldwide basis. Her practice focuses on fund formation regarding a broad range of investment strategies, compliance with securities laws and manager compensation arrangements.  Ms. Moore has significant experience advising private and public companies and their boards of directors on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other investment transactions, as well as on securities law and corporate governance matters.  Ms. Moore, previously an associate with Stroock, received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, and her B.S. from Duke University.

Lior J. Ohayon, (Partner – Corporate/Private Funds, New York) Mr. Ohayon has diverse corporate transactional experience, having worked on securities, mergers, acquisitions, financings, restructurings, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital matters. His practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and non-U.S. sponsors in connection with the formation of hedge funds, private equity funds, hybrid funds, real estate funds and infrastructure funds that operate within and outside the U.S., for which he provides ongoing regulatory and compliance advice in connection with their investment activities. Mr. Ohayon also represents various distributors, including leading wealth management and private banking institutions, in connection with their placement of securities issued by related and third-party sponsored funds, through direct distributions, as well as feeder structures, linked products and other platforms. He also represents institutional and high-net-worth investors in connection with their investments in various private funds.  Mr. Ohayon, previously an associate with Stroock, received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University.

Nicole M. Runyan, (Partner – Corporate/Investment Management, New York) Ms. Runyan practices in Stroock's Investment Management Group, joining our seven other corporate partners and counsel with principal responsibility for the ongoing representation of more than 700 mutual funds, closed-end funds or ETFs (or their independent board members), with more than $1 trillion in assets under management (approximately 9% of U.S. investment company assets), as well as investment advisers, industry service providers and unregistered pooled investment vehicles. Ms. Runyan specializes in the representation of registered open-end and closed-end investment companies, and their independent board members, as well as the representation of registered investment advisers.  She regularly advises a broad spectrum of clients on statutory and regulatory matters encompassing fund formation and operation under various federal securities laws. Ms. Runyan also works closely with clients on fund marketing and distribution arrangements, compliance programs, fund mergers and other restructurings. Previously an associate with Stroock, Ms. Runyan received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Wake Forest University.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity firms in the U.S. and abroad.  Stroock's emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation's leading law firms for 130 years.  Stroock's practice areas include capital markets/securities, commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity, private funds, derivatives and commodities, employment law and benefits, energy and project finance, entertainment, environmental law, financial restructuring, financial services litigation, insurance, intellectual property, investment management, litigation, personal client services, real estate, structured finance and tax.  For more information, please visit Stroock's website at www.stroock.com.