Press Release

Senior Corporate Lawyer Joins Morrison & Foerster London

11/2/2004

London (November 2, 2004) --- Morrison & Foerster announced today that Ed Lukins will join Morrison & Foerster as a partner in its London-based corporate practice.

Ed Lukins has experience within all areas of corporate and corporate finance law, advising public and private companies. He has a focus on private equity, including the establishment and marketing of funds, advising on the making of investments and the structuring of deals on a domestic and cross-border basis. He also frequently advises management teams and investors on management buy-ins, buy-outs, equity packages and incentivisation arrangements. Ed has particular experience of advising companies in the technology sector. He previously co-ordinated the activities of the private equity group at U.K. firm Simmons & Simmons.

His recent deals include:

  • Advising Shell on the disposal of Kalido to Atlas and Benchmark, the U.S./U.K. private equity houses
  • Advising Three C Publishing on the leveraged management buy-in/buy-out of Columbia Marketing
  • Advising ABN AMRO Hoare Govett and Star Energy Group plc on the IPO of Star Energy
  • Advising ION Trading on an equity investment by TA Associates
  • Advising management on the LBO of New Look Group plc backed by Apax and Permira

Kristian Wiggert, Managing Partner said: "We are delighted that Ed is joining Morrison & Foerster's London operation. His strengths in international private equity and his in-depth knowledge of the technology sector make his appointment a perfect fit. Ed's arrival is another significant move in the development of our London-based transactional practice."

Nick Spiliotes, Chair of Morrison & Foerster's Business Department, said: "We are committed to making the London office a major part of our global transactional practice. Ed's election to the partnership is an important step in that direction."

Ed Lukins said: "Morrison & Foerster has established itself as one of the leading players in technology transactions and I now have an unparalleled opportunity to develop my private equity technology practice in the U.S. and internationally."

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