United States: Piper Rudnick Announces Opening Of Paris Office
Last Updated: July 1 2004

Addition of Distinguished International Practitioners at Cariddi, Mee, Rué Marks International Expansion for Piper Rudnick

PARIS, June 29, 2004 – Piper Rudnick LLP announced today that it is taking its first step overseas by opening a Paris office. The partners of Cariddi, Mee, Rué will become partners of Piper Rudnick and will serve as the Paris office of Piper Rudnick. They are currently partners of the U.S. law firm Hogan and Hartson LLP and have represented Hogan and Hartson in Paris since December 1995.

The Cariddi partners joining Piper Rudnick are led by Alan Cariddi and include: Bruce C. Mee, Fabrice Rue, Christine Bougis, Bijan E. Eghbal and Carol A.F. Umhoefer.

"We are very pleased to welcome this entire team to the firm," said Francis B. Burch, Jr., and Lee I. Miller, co-chairmen. "This move was driven by the expanding needs of our clients. Many of our clients are very active in Europe and in France in particular, and an office of this quality in Paris will enable us to serve them better. This presents an excellent opportunity to take the first step in expanding our firm into the international arena."

Mr. Cariddi commented, "We have long been familiar with the firm’s leadership and are drawn to its strategic vision of global expansion. The firm’s recent history within the U.S. demonstrates that Piper Rudnick is a firm that acts with focus, intelligence, and determination to execute its vision.

"The firm’s core strengths in litigation, real estate, corporate, and government affairs complement and reinforce the strengths of our practices and offer us very attractive opportunities to expand the service we offer our clients."

About Cariddi, Mee, Rué

The firm is composed of experienced French and American attorneys who are fully integrated members of the French and European legal communities, practicing as avocats (attorneys-at-law), admitted without restriction to the Paris Bar. They engage in a substantial and diversified practice in France and represent clients in European Union (EU) and international (non-EU) matters, including transactions in the United States.

Their practice is focused in particular on the areas of corporate law, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic investments; tax; banking and finance; French and European commercial law; intellectual property, including Internet technologies; labor and employment; arbitration and litigation; and estate law.

Their clients include French, Japanese and U.S. multinational companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, such as telecommunications, energy, advertising, sports and entertainment, toys and games, electronics, computer software, clothing, food and beverage, restaurants, hotels, automobiles, banking, finance, insurance, engineering and construction, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical equipment and supplies. Clients also include French and foreign individuals, as well as law firms seeking advice on French or EU matters.

Attorneys practicing in the Paris office are fluent in French and English, and some speak additional languages, including German, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese.

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