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Jones Day strengthens corporate practice with three new lawyers

March 2012

Washington, D.C. - The global law firm Jones Day is pleased to announce that a trio of experienced lawyers have joined the Firm's Private Equity and Tax practices. Kenneth Polin has joined Jones Day as a partner in the Private Equity Practice, resident in the Firm's San Diego Office, and Peter Elias has come to Jones Day as a partner in the Tax Practice, also resident in San Diego. Amie Singer Piccola has joined Jones Day as of counsel in the Private Equity Practice, resident in the Firm's Atlanta Office.

All three lawyers were most recently partners in the Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice at Foley & Lardner in San Diego.

"The deep experience of these fine lawyers further strengthens our Firm's ability to handle a wide variety of private equity transactions for our clients, who increasingly seek to take advantage of strategic business opportunities in markets worldwide," said Chuck Hardin, Practice Leader for Jones Day's global Private Equity Practice.

Mr. Polin has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of securities, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and other financing transactions. He concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on representation of media, finance, technology, and growth companies. He also has extensive experience representing venture capital, private equity, and other investors. Mr. Polin received his undergraduate degree from American University and his law degree from Georgetown University, where he was a member of the Georgetown University Law Review.

Mr. Elias' practice focuses on structuring tax-sensitive transactions for a range of business and investment transactions, including those involving private equity and real estate funds, joint ventures, REITs, and other investment entities. He also has significant experience with devising and structuring complex mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh; his law degree from the University of California, Hastings School of Law; and his LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law.

"Ken and Peter are important additions to our growing team here in San Diego as they provide even greater strength to our expanding corporate practice," said Karen Hewitt, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's San Diego Office. "We know our clients will benefit from their extensive experience providing strategic advice on a wide range of issues."

With the arrival of Messrs. Polin and Elias, Jones Day's San Diego Office now has 41 legal professionals, including 36 attorneys and five patent agents. Last November, Maria Sendra also joined Jones Day San Diego as a partner in the Private Equity Practice.

Ms. Piccola, who requested to move back to Atlanta from San Diego, focuses on a broad range of business and financial matters, including private equity and venture capital financings, debt and equity securities offerings, business formation, corporate governance and compliance, general business counseling, strategic planning, and raising capital for emerging growth companies. She has particularly deep experience with identifying alternative and creative financing options for emerging growth companies and start-ups, including strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and project-based finance. Ms. Piccola’s experience in renewable energy includes representing contractors and landowners in the construction, development, financing, and acquisition of renewable power generation facilities, including geothermal and wind. Ms. Piccola earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Emory University School of Law.

Jones Day is a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world's best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, approximately half of the Fortune 500, the Fortune Global 500, and the FT Global 500. In California, Jones Day has more than 320 lawyers in five offices (San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Diego).

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