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Gibson Dunn Adds Three-Partner Bankruptcy and Distressed Debt Group in New York

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that David Feldman, Eric Wise and Matthew Williams have joined the firm's New York office as partners.  All three joined Gibson Dunn’s Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group, with Feldman taking a leadership role as Co-Chair of the group.

Feldman, Wise and Williams were formerly partners at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, where Feldman was the co-head of the Distressed and Special Situations Lending Group.

"Growing our bankruptcy practice has been a high priority for the firm for some time, and even more so in light of the current financial crisis" said Ken Doran, Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. "David, Eric and Matt have a very strong reputation in the bankruptcy and restructuring community in New York and nationally, and will give us greater depth of experience and expertise in that area. With their addition, we will be better positioned to serve our clients in this troubled economy."

"David, Eric and Matthew are extremely well regarded in the hedge fund and financial institutions community," said Steven Shoemate, Co-Partner in Charge of the New York office. "Their addition will complement our New York transactional practices, especially in the areas of M&A, securities and finance."

"This group has an established practice and a tremendous reputation in the distressed debt arena and will give Gibson Dunn a strong foundation in this growing area," said Michael Rosenthal, Co-Chair of the Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group.

"We look forward to working with our new colleagues at Gibson Dunn," said Feldman. "Gibson Dunn presents us with an excellent opportunity to continue to expand our practice. It has a top-tier corporate practice with significant depth not only in the U.S. but in Europe and other key global markets in the Middle East and Asia."

About David Feldman

Feldman focuses his practice on the representation of distressed investors, lenders, bondholders and creditor committees in a variety of bankruptcy cases, restructurings, and distressed asset and debt transactions.

He regularly represents hedge funds and financial institutions in connection with the investment of companies in distress, including the representation of bondholder groups, bank groups, official creditors committees and equity groups in out-of-court and in-court restructurings, distressed M&A transactions and distressed and special situations financing transactions, such as debtor-in-possession financing, chapter 11 exit financing and rescue financing.

Feldman was named by the Investment Dealers' Digest as one of the Top 40 under 40 Dealmakers of 2007. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Feldman practiced with Kramer Levin since 1995. Before that he was a law clerk to Judge William Gindin of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. He is 1993 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude.

About J. Eric Wise

Wise represents financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds and corporate borrowers in complex lending and restructuring transactions. He has significant experience in distressed M&A and complex special situations financing transactions, involving financial institutions and corporate borrowers in second lien and subordinated financings, mezzanine structures, debtor-in-possession financings, chapter 11 exit financings, recapitalizations, restructurings, work-outs and distressed debt purchases and sales. He has extensive experience leading agent bank representations in cross-border and multi-currency transactions, real estate financings, asset based financings, leveraged acquisition financings and bank and bond/bridge financings.

Before joining Gibson Dunn, Wise practiced with Kramer Levin and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He is a 1995 graduate of University of Michigan Law School.

About Matthew Williams

Williams represents financial institutions, official and ad hoc committees of creditors and hedge funds inside and outside of chapter 11 filings in numerous industries, including automotive, energy, manufacturing and retail sectors. He regularly advises clients on complex credit documents and complex capital structures.

Williams joined Kramer Levin in 1999. Before joining the firm, he served as law clerk to Judge Francis G. Conrad of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont. He graduated with high honors from Rutgers University School of Law in 1998.

About the Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice

Gibson Dunn's Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice is a nationally recognized restructuring group with extensive experience in both domestic and multinational insolvencies. Members of the Practice Group are members of the American College of Bankruptcy Lawyers and the National Bankruptcy Conference and have been listed in the bankruptcy law section of Best Lawyers in America and Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency Lawyers.

The Restructuring Practice Group regularly represents and counsels, among others, creditors, chapter 11 debtors, companies seeking to restructure obligations out of court or addressing other balance sheet-related issues, and companies evaluating the benefits in corporate, litigation, finance, intellectual property, labor and employment, environmental, mergers and acquisitions, tax and securities law. The Restructuring Practice Group has restructured billions of dollars of debt in out-of-court restructurings as well as in complex chapter 11 cases.

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