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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Names Seven New Partners
May 23, 2005

New York, NY (May 23, 2005) - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Ceresney, Jeffrey S. Jacobson, Matthew E. Kaplan, Geoffrey Kittredge, Li Li, Maeve O’Connor and My Chi To will become partners of the firm, effective July 1, 2005. Mr. Ceresney, Mr. Jacobson, Mr. Kaplan, Ms. O’Connor and Ms. To are resident in the firm’s New York office, Mr. Kittredge is resident in the London office and Ms. Li is resident in the Shanghai office.

Andrew J. Ceresney is a member of Debevoise’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on white collar criminal and SEC investigations, complex civil litigation and internal corporate investigations. He joined Debevoise in 2003. Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Ceresney acted as a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1997-1998) and the Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (1996-1997). Mr. Ceresney received his J.D. in 1996 from Yale Law School where he was Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He obtained his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University in 1993.

Jeffrey S. Jacobson is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. His experience includes defense of consumer, securities and antitrust class actions, complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal and SEC investigations. Mr. Jacobson joined Debevoise in 1997. He received his J.D. in 1996 from Columbia University School of Law where he was a Stone Scholar. He obtained a master’s degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center of Government in 1993 and his B.A., cum laude, in American Politics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.

Matthew E. Kaplan is a member of the Securities Practice Group in the firm’s Corporate Department. He has experience in the areas of securities transactions, financing transactions and corporate governance, as well as general corporate matters. Mr. Kaplan joined Debevoise in 1996 and was resident in the firm’s New York office until his move to the London office in July 1999. In August 2001, he returned to the New York office. Mr. Kaplan received his J.D. in 1996 from Columbia University School of Law where he was a Stone Scholar. He received his B.A. in History (with honors) and Classics from Colgate University in 1993.

Geoffrey Kittredge, resident in the London office, is a member of the Investment Management and Private Equity Practice Groups in the firm’s Corporate Department. His work focuses on advising institutional and independent sponsors of private equity investment funds in Europe and the United States. Mr. Kittredge joined Debevoise’s New York office in 1996, moved to the firm’s Paris office in 1999 and has been resident in the London office since 2002. He received his J.D. in 1996 from New York University where he was an editor of the Law Review. He obtained his M.B.A. in 1992 from Columbia University in Finance and Business Economics and his B.A. in 1984 from the University of Virginia in Political Philosophy and English Literature.

Li Li, resident in the Shanghai office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department. In China, she has represented multinational companies, Chinese companies and fund managers in a broad range of transactions, including public offerings, private placements, mergers & acquisitions and foreign direct investments in China. Ms. Li is the Chief Representative of the firm’s Shanghai office. She joined Debevoise in 2002. Prior to joining Debevoise, she was a partner at the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Ms. Li received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1991. She obtained her M.A. in Economics from Duke University in 1987 and her B.A. in English from Capital Normal University in China in 1984.

Maeve O’Connor is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on a wide range of securities litigation, regulatory investigations, complex commercial litigation and employment disputes. Ms. O’Connor joined Debevoise in 1997. She served as Law Clerk to the Hon. H. Lee Sarokin, Third Circuit (1995-1996). Ms. O’Connor earned her J.D. in 1995 from Yale Law School where she was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She obtained her B.A. in History and Literature, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1990.

My Chi To is a member of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group in the firm’s Corporate Department. She has experience in handling complex restructurings and bankruptcies and acquisitions of troubled companies. Ms. To joined Debevoise in 1998. She served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, Supreme Court of Canada (1995-1996). Ms. To received her LL.B in 1995 and her LL.L in 1994 from the University of Ottawa. She obtained a M.Phil. in Politics in 1998 from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, an international law firm, was founded in 1931. The firm, which now has more than 640 lawyers, provides international services in corporate, litigation, tax, and trusts and estates law. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offices are located in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Moscow and Shanghai.




     
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