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Morrison & Foerster Adds Leading Securitization and Covered Bond Expert to New York Office

Morrison & Foerster Adds Leading Securitization and Covered Bond Expert to New York Office

7/8/2009

New York, July 8, 2009 – Morrison & Foerster LLP today announced that Jerry Marlatt has joined the firm’s Capital Markets group.  Mr. Marlatt is a recognized securitization lawyer and one of the leading experts in covered bonds.

Mr. Marlatt, formerly with Clifford Chance LLP, focuses on a broad array of structured capital markets transactions, including covered bonds, surplus notes and structuring specialized investment and operating vehicles, securities repackagings and public and private offerings of asset-backed securities, structured debt securities, commercial paper and other innovative financial products.  Mr. Marlatt advised the dealers in connection with the first covered bond program by a U.S. depository institution (2006 Euromoney deal of the year) and has subsequently advised the issuer and dealers in connection with a number of covered bond programs for Canadian banks.  Mr. Marlatt is an inaugural member of the Steering Committee of the U.S. Covered Bonds Council.

Keith C. Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster, said, “What we do best, and the things for which we are best known as a firm, are of critical importance to our clients at this time.  Our financial institutions work, financial services regulatory advice and capital markets activity focused on innovative products and offering methodologies are top of mind in this regard.  We are pleased to welcome Jerry Marlatt as we continue to add to the firm’s banking and finance focus.”

Mr. Marlatt, recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as a leading securitization lawyer, began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He earned his J.D. from the Southwestern University School of Law and his BA from the University of Southern California.

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