Cadwalader Launches Financial Regulatory Group in London

Thu Aug 7, 2008 9:00am EDT

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Tom O'Riordan Brings Regulatory, Funds and Additional Structured
                Products Expertise to the London Office
NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world's leading law
firms, announced today that Thomas O'Riordan will join the firm as a
partner in the Financial Regulatory Practice, resident in the London
office. Mr. O'Riordan was a practicing barrister with Quadrant
Chambers and will collaborate with his new colleagues on structured
finance and financial services, regulation and related areas.

   "Tom brings a unique and wide ranging skill set to our European
clients and to our U.S. clients with interests in Europe. With diverse
experience in market regulation, structured finance, banking, funds,
insolvency and litigation arising out of these areas, he is an ideal
complement to our London team," said Christopher White, Cadwalader's
Chairman. "We are pleased to welcome him back to the firm."

   "Tom is an established expert on the regulatory issues that arise
in developing and marketing complex financial structures. His return
to the firm gives us a unique ability to provide regulatory advice at
a very high level in both the United Kingdom and the United States, to
integrate the results of that advice, and to bring it to bear on the
execution of transactions," said Steven D. Lofchie, Head of the firm's
Financial Regulatory Practice.

   Mr. O'Riordan's practice encompasses all areas of international
finance and banking, including repo and secured lending, derivatives,
insurance and reinsurance, capital adequacy, insolvency, and funds and
fund-linked products. In addition, he has litigated a number of
derivative and complex financial products cases. He also acts in
regulatory disputes, as well as for U.K. regulators and industry and
trade organizations such as ISDA and the CMSA.

   "I have worked closely with Cadwalader lawyers since 1997, and I
admire and respect their skills and dedication to serving clients,"
said Mr. O'Riordan. "With such an impressive reputation among
financial industry participants, I will be able to help clients
structure complex products and transactions and also to negotiate and
document such matters on their behalf, a role not typically assumed by
a barrister. I look forward to the opportunities that the Cadwalader
platform provides and to collaborating not only with Department Chair
Steven Lofchie, a highly regarded counselor on U.S. financial
regulatory matters, but with Alix Prentice, a very talented and highly
regarded Special Counsel in the London office, who advises banks,
broker-dealers and investment managers on the structural and
day-to-day issues that arise out of doing business in a regulated
environment, with particular emphasis on business conducted between
the U.S. and U.K."

   Mr. O'Riordan rejoins Cadwalader from Quadrant Chambers, a
barristers' chambers specializing in commercial litigation. He was
previously Retained Counsel to Cadwalader, a position he assumed
following serving as Head of the European Transactional Legal
Department in London with the Nomura Group. Prior to Nomura, he was
European General Counsel and Head of the Legal and Tax Department at
the London branch of Republic National Bank of New York and General
Counsel at Sumitomo Finance International plc.

   About Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

   Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, established in 1792, is one of
the world's leading international law firms, with offices in New York,
London, Charlotte, Washington and Beijing. Cadwalader serves a diverse
client base, including many of the world's top financial institutions,
undertaking business in more than 50 countries in six continents. The
firm offers legal expertise in antitrust, banking, business fraud,
corporate finance, corporate governance, environmental, healthcare,
insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property,
litigation, mergers and acquisitions, private client, private equity,
real estate, regulation, securitization, structured finance, and tax.
More information about Cadwalader can be found at www.cadwalader.com.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Claudia Freeman, +1-212-504-6470
claudia.freeman@cwt.com
or
Louise Kingham, +44 (0) 20 7170 8756
louise.kingham@cwt.com

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