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M&A LAWYER THOMAS S. HEATHER JOINS WHITE & CASE AS PARTNER IN MEXICO CITY

April 2005

M&A LAWYER THOMAS S. HEATHER JOINS WHITE & CASE AS PARTNER IN MEXICO CITY

April 15, 2005

White & Case today announced that one of Mexico's leading lawyers, Thomas S. Heather, has joined as a partner in the Firm. Heather will be based in the Firm's Mexico City office.

Heather has ample experience in the areas of restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, banking, securities and corporate governance, in which he has actively participated for more than 20 years. In addition, Heather has been at the forefront of significant alternative dispute resolution and trade-related initiatives.

The addition of Heather will further strengthen the Firm's position in the increasingly important Mexican market and his experience and perspectives will contribute to the excellence for which the Firm is recognized.

White & Case opened its office in Mexico City in 1991, becoming the first international law firm to practice under its own name in the country. Since then, the Firm has continued to grow, and now has a satellite office in Monterrey, the country's prosperous northern industrial center.

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