Gerald F. Roach One of Two North Carolina Corporate Governance Lawyers Listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

June 15, 2006

The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers has included Smith Anderson partner, Gerald F. Roach, in its annual listing of outstanding international business lawyers. The listing honors Mr. Roach as one of only two North Carolina lawyers recognized in the Corporate Governance legal area.

Published by Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers identifies the best international legal practitioners in 27 distinct fields of business law. The multi-step research process used to identify the annual list includes conversations with general and in-house counsel as well as private practice lawyers and the publication's editorial board.

National and international law firms represented in this publication include Cravath Swaine & Moore; Foley & Lardner; Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Holland & Knight ; Sidley Austin; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey; Sullivan & Cromwell; Venable; Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz; Weil Gotshal & Manges; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr; and Winston & Strawn.

Mr. Roach heads Smith Anderson's Corporate Practice Group recently honored by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as "blessed with having one of the largest and most respected [corporate/mergers & acquisitions] teams in the market." Recognizing the strength of Smith Anderson's Corporate Practice, three of the top seven corporate/mergers & acquisitions partners ranked by Chambers in North Carolina are partners at Smith Anderson. Additionally, Smith Anderson is the only law firm in the state to have four corporate/mergers & acquisitions lawyers ranked.

Mr. Roach's practice involves public offerings, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; general corporate matters; private financings; technology law; and advising boards of directors and special committees. Over the past five years, he has represented parties in numerous transactions valued at over $10 billion.

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