Charles Robins, James Westra And Five Additional Partners To Join Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Firm Announces Opening of Boston Office - Continues to Expand its Global Private Equity Practice.

Issue: August 28, 2002

BOSTON and NEW YORK -- Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of the world's leading law firms, announced today that Charles Robins and James Westra will join the Firm's private equity practice and that the Firm will establish a Boston office effective September 1.

Messrs. Robins and Westra are currently partners with Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar in Boston, where they manage the private equity practice. They will be joined by fellow partners Steven M. Peck, Marilyn French, David P. Kreisler, Joseph H. Newberg and James L. Messenger who are also Hutchins Wheeler partners and Andrew Troop who will be Counsel at Weil Gotshal. Weil Gotshal's Boston office will have 17 attorneys, and Mr. Westra will be the Managing Partner.

Mr. Westra said: "Joining Weil, Gotshal & Manges creates tremendous opportunity to leverage the Firm's considerable expertise in private equity, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions as well as international reach for the benefit of our private equity clients. This together with the Firm's entrepreneurial, yet team-oriented approach, is a winning formula for our clients."

Mr. Robins added: "This step affords us a unique chance to better serve our sophisticated private equity clients as well as other major Boston-based businesses which can benefit from Weil, Gotshal & Manges' extraordinary Firm-wide resources."

Tom Lee, Chairman of Thomas H. Lee Partners L.P., said: "I think this is an excellent result. From my perspective, our firm has had a long relationship with Charles Robins and Jim Westra and their lawyers who assisted us, but the addition of the Weil, Gotshal & Manges platform will provide global reach, breadth of specialization and depth of lawyers needed in the current markets. We couldn't be more pleased."

Stephen J. Dannhauser, Weil, Gotshal & Manges' executive partner said, "We are extremely delighted to have Jim Westra, Charles Robins and their team join us. Private equity is one of the core franchises of the Firm and these individuals are world-class private equity lawyers. The addition of individuals of this caliber is one more milestone in our long-term strategy to offer the finest global private equity expertise to our clients."

Barry M. Wolf, co-head of Weil, Gotshal & Manges' private equity group, said, "Jim and Charles bring a wonderful client base including Thomas H. Lee Partners, Berkshire Partners and Summit Partners that builds on our existing strengths serving the complex needs of leading private equity clients. The Firm is already a global leader in the private equity arena and the addition of Jim, Charles and their team continues to solidify Weil Gotshal's position as a preeminent private equity law firm." Wolf continued, "The Boston office will be a focused and integrated part of the Firm's global private equity practice, modeled after Weil Gotshal's highly successful private equity practice in its Dallas office."

Weil, Gotshal & Manges' private equity practice includes over 100 lawyers, including 38 partners located in Boston, Dallas, Frankfurt, Houston, London, New York, Silicon Valley, Singapore and Washington, D.C. The new Boston office is initially located at 101 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110 and the telephone phone number is 617.772.8300.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is an international law firm of over 1,000 attorneys, including approximately 275 partners. Weil Gotshal is headquartered in New York, with offices in Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Dallas, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Miami, Prague, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.


CONTACT: Peter M. Columbus, +1-212-310-8563, for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Robert L. Guenther or Joe M. Grillo of Nicolazzo & Associates, +1-617-951-0000; or Jill Goodkind of Rubenstein Associates, +1-212-843-8017

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