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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed for the depth of its expertise in securities litigation, most notably with respect to issuer representation and M&A litigation in Delaware courts. Capable of providing expert representation to accounting and audit firms, as well as acting on high-value litigation for financial services institutions. Represents companies in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, retail, technology and media.

Strengths "Cravath is a cut above the rest. Their client service is superior. In a bet-the-company case I would select them as my top pick," says a source.

"They are a quality group of people; they do a credible job and are tenacious in adversity. I always have a good experience with them," notes another interviewee.

Work highlights Defended Dreamworks Animation in a consolidated class action case brought by the company's shareholders alleging that it had misrepresented its financial performance in 2013, leading to its stock being traded at artificially inflated prices.

Represented Juno Therapeutics and certain of its executives in defense of a purported class action alleging that it has failed to disclose certain adverse side effects of JCAR015 product, designed as a potential treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Notable practitioners

A key contact is Richard Clary.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressive securities practice with strength in a wide-ranging set of litigation matters. Represents an enviable roster of major financial institutions and blue-chip public companies in connection with a range of bet-the-company matters, including M&A litigation, accounting cases and securities fraud actions. Continues to play a major role in ongoing RMBS litigation stemming from the 2008 financial crisis.

Strengths "They are a very good quality firm and the people there know their stuff," says a source.

Another source adds: "They are a terrific firm with great lawyers. I always like working with them."

Work highlights Successfully defended Morgan Stanley against claims brought by Royal Park Investments alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation in connection to its purchase of nearly $2 billion worth of RMBS issued by Morgan Stanley.

Represented IBM and its senior officers in a securities class action alleging that the company had misrepresented the value of certain property, plant and equipment assets and that its stock price had fallen due to the divestiture of those assets.

Notable practitioners

A key contact is James Rouhandeh.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Premier securities litigation practice offering undeniable strength to leading public companies across the globe. Unparalleled expertise in handling bet-the-company securities litigation for clients from the financial services industry. Achieves notable success at trial and in settlement negotiations in these areas as a result of the courtroom experience brought to bear by its expert litigators.

Strengths "They are very competent and experienced. I have been very pleased with their service from all perspectives," reports one interviewee.

"The lawyers at Paul Weiss are outstanding and excellent. They have a very strong team of trial lawyers," notes another source.

Work highlights Defended Alere in a putative securities class action alleging that it and three of its executives had improperly recognized revenue, failed to disclose recalls, engaged in billing fraud and violated the FCPA.

Defended Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a putative securities class action brought by shareholders alleging that it made misrepresentations and omissions about its major product and alleged that its securities filings were materially false and misleading.

Notable practitioners

Brad Karp is a key contact.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Sophisticated group of securities litigators expertly handling the representation of major financial institutions and private equity clients. Global capacity when it comes to M&A-related litigation, particularly for foreign clients operating in US markets. Remains a go-to for underwriters on a range of high-value matters, with particular strength in connection with the class actions and derivative suits that follow high-profile public offerings. Also acts for blue-chip corporate issuers, including those in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths "The Simpson Thacher team is a strong team in addressing complex and significant securities and corporate issues. They are very responsive and have excellent judgment in solving those complex issues," says a source.

"They are incredibly practical and tough. They fight hard but they are also business-oriented and focused," notes a client.

Work highlights Represented MDC Partners and some of its officers in defense of a putative class action alleging that it had overstated goodwill, reported misleading earnings, failed to disclose all compensation paid to a former CEO, and falsely reported on internal controls.

Represented Twitter and certain of its officers in a putative class action suit brought by its shareholders alleging fraud through misrepresentation of its user engagement and user growth statements.

Notable practitioners

Paul Curnin is a key contact.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An elite offering in the securities litigation space. Known to represent both corporate clients and financial institutions. Recently active in a number of high-profile litigation matters arising from IPOs, on which it has represented both underwriters and public company issuers. Also fields noteworthy expertise in insider trading and FCPA-related issues.

Strengths "An excellent group of lawyers who know this area very, very well. They have practiced this area extensively and it's rare to find someone at the firm who isn't excellent," notes a source.

Work highlights Represented Vivint Solar, certain of its officers and directors, and the Blackstone Group in a putative securities class action alleging that it had omitted financial information before its 2014 IPO, and failed to disclose the potential impact of changes in regulation on the business.

Acted for UBS Real Estate Securities in defense of claims in federal court relating to breaches of contract relating to its sale of RMBS. Plaintiffs sought $2 billion in damages.

Notable practitioners

A key contact is Colleen Mahoney.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Considered a go-to for major financial institutions involved in bet-the-company securities law disputes, and achieves particular success in matters with cross-border elements. Recognized for its work on major cases coming out of the financial crisis, as well as on precedent-setting matters for both issuers and banks. Noted for the global reach of its practice, often representing non-US clients in multijurisdictional matters.

Strengths "I had a very positive experience with the firm. We certainly got practical advice with the company's ultimate goal in mind, resolving the matter in a short amount of time," notes one impressed client.

Other sources note: "They have a highly professional and uniformly good approach to defense."

Work highlights Obtained a dismissal of a putative securities class action case against UBS alleging that it had violated section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by omitting to disclose non-public information about Enron's financial condition before its collapse.

Represented Volkswagen in defense of securities litigation brought by investors who purchased the company's sponsored American Depository Receipts and bonds.

Notable practitioners

Robert Guiffra is a key contact.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Exhibits far-reaching capabilities for domestic and international clients, housing expert securities litigators and advisors across its US offices and global network. Areas of strength include securities class action defense, M&A litigation and shareholder derivative suits. Sought after by clients from a range of industries, including technology and manufacturing, in addition to major financial institutions.

Strengths Market sources describe Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as "a formidable firm" and opine that it has a "terrific" offering in the securities litigation space.

Work highlights Represented Lynn Tilton and her investment firm Patriarch Partners in defense of allegations that it had violated antifraud provisions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

Acted for the special litigation committee of PG&E Corporation in defense of a shareholder derivative suit relating to a massive gas pipe explosion in San Bruno, California, in 2010.

Notable practitioners

Practice cochairs Brian Lutz, Robert Serio and Meryl Young are key contacts.

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Utilizes its position as one of the most highly acclaimed corporate M&A firms in the USA in order to offer effective counsel to clients facing securities litigation arising out of these transactions. Also well-versed in handling shareholder derivative litigation and securities class actions.

Notable practitioners

A key contact is Theodore Mirvis.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected securities litigation offering fielding experts in securities fraud defense and M&A-related litigation. Acts for both issuers and underwriters, as well as corporate officers and directors. Continuing activity in major securities litigation relating to the 2008 mortgage crisis.

Work highlights Defended Petrobas and certain of its current and former officers in securities fraud litigation relating to the Brazilian corruption scandal of 2014, in which Brazilian prosecutors had unearthed the collusion of some of the company's former employees.

Defended Goldman Sachs in connection with securities litigation relating to its role as financial advisor to the board of directors Volcano Corporation during the latter's acquisition by Phillips.

Notable practitioners

Lewis Liman is a key contact.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Continuing strength in the securities litigation space, and particularly noted for its representation of accounting firms. Also acts for globally recognizable financial institutions in connection with their role as the underwriters of securities. Has been notably active in some of the most high profile securities disputes of recent years, including cases relating to the demise of Lehman Brothers and the alleged manipulation of LIBOR.

Strengths One client attests: "We have a very high regard for Latham. When we have difficult litigation problems they are at the top of our list. They have deep experience, solid advocacy skills, and are creative and disciplined in getting work done effectively and efficiently."

"I was incredibly satisfied with the work they did. I have no hesitancy in retaining them for bet-the-company type projects," says one pleased source.

Work highlights Represented Advanced Micro Devices and certain of its current and former officers in defense of a securities class action and related derivative suit alleging that it had made materially false and misleading statements regarding the demand for certain key products.

Represented the British Bankers' Association in all US litigation relating to the LIBOR manipulation scandal.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Hammel is a key contact.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Destination firm for financial institutions involved in securities litigation as underwriters, as well as corporate issuer clients. Often advises on matters involving multiple jurisdictions for domestic and international companies, with significant activity for Asian clients entering US markets. Noted recent activity in connection with benchmarking matters relating to the financial services industry.

Strengths "I think they are terrific; they are responsive, they work well together and produce a very good work product. Their attention to detail is very good," notes a client.

Work highlights Represented the underwriters of the Alibaba IPO in connection with a securities class action alleging that the offering documents were misleading and omitted material information by failing to disclose that the company had received warnings from regulators regarding its business practices.

Represented Countrywide Financial in defense of multiple cases brought by institutional purchasers of private label RMBS.

Notable practitioners

Adam Hakki is a key contact.

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Sidley Austin LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A highly regarded securities litigation offering with impressive coverage of all key US markets. Particularly noted for its representation of issuers and their officers and directors, while also offering recognized experience of underwriter representation. Additional strength in connection with the representation of accounting firms.

Strengths Sources say: "Their ability to be strategic, think around the corners, expect what will come next and get everyone on the same page is impressive. Their ability to keep co-counsel on track and up to speed is also impressive."

"They are very strategic, always available and very responsive," says another source.

Work highlights Represented Duke Energy, its directors and CEO in more than 15 shareholder derivative suits alleging breaches of fiduciary duty, corporate waste and unjust enrichment due to corporate governance decisions and practices.

Represented Las Vegas Sands and its chairman in a securities fraud class action arising out of a sharp decline in the company's stock price after the 2008 financial crisis.

Notable practitioners

Gary Bendinger is a key contact.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dedicated group of securities litigators coupled with firmwide M&A and private equity expertise. Represents financial institutions and public companies in the full range of securities disputes, retaining a particularly strong reputation for the representation of boards of directors and independent committees. Also active in insider trading cases and matters emanating from the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.

Strengths One hugely impressed client reports: "Their success has been astounding and they have been really strong. They are also just responsive and accommodating."

Work highlights Defended Archstone Smith in connection with nationwide securities litigation stemming from its $22 billion acquisition by affiliates of Lehman Brothers.

Defended VOXX international and its CEO and CFO in a securities fraud class action.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Allerhand and John Neuwirth are key contacts.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An experienced and respected group that works closely alongside the firm's market-leading securities regulation and white-collar criminal defense practices. Areas of expertise include securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative suits and M&A litigation. Clients include major corporations and their officers and directors, with particular expertise in handling matters on behalf of insurance industry giants.

Work highlights Represented MetLife and certain of its current and former officers in connection to a putative shareholder class action case challenging its business practices regarding the payment of death benefits.

Represented HRG Group and Fidelity & Guaranty Life in defense of a putative class action an alleged series of fraudulent reinsurance transactions.

Notable practitioners

Paul Berger is a key contact.

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Dechert LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Possesses a noteworthy securities litigation capacity, representing a blue-chip corporate clientele alongside their officers and directors, in high-profile cases across the country. Handles a wide range of matters, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, mutual fund litigation and M&A disputes.

Strengths A client attests: "I have been favorably impressed by the group at Dechert; their work product has been professional and they have stayed true to their word on billing arrangements."

Work highlights Defended Asanko Gold against allegations that it had made false and misleading statements regarding its mineral resource estimates.

Represented Anavex Life Sciences and certain of its current and former officers in defense of allegations that the company had made false and misleading statements regarding the effectiveness of an experimental Alzheimer's drug.

Notable practitioners

A key contact is Andrew Levander.

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Goodwin - Securities: Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Demonstrates complementary litigation and M&A expertise to great effect when advising on securities disputes relating to major corporate transactions. Draws an impressive set of clients from the technology and life sciences sectors, as well as representing major financial institutions acting as underwriters. Offers an impressive geographical coverage, with securities litigators present in the firm's Boston, New York, DC and California offices.

Strengths Sources say: "The team is very cordial and professional in terms of their role as counsel. They are very experienced in the type of allegations brought against the company. They knew exactly the process and how to navigate the system, and they kept us informed with valuable information."

"They have a very strong practice and are in cases all around the country. We think very highly of them," notes one market observer.

Work highlights Defended JP Morgan Investment Management in two consolidated lawsuits in federal court in the Southern District of Ohio.

Represented Cognizant Technology Solutions in multiple securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits relating to announcements that it had identified potentially improper payments made to government officials in India in order to obtain licences and permits for its facilities.

Notable practitioners

Key contacts include Brian Pastuszenski and Mark Holland.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for A well-regarded firm with significant nationwide securities litigation capabilities. Handles the full range of securities disputes including M&A litigation, securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits. Acts for an impressive range of issuer-side clients, as well as their officers and directors, and possesses noteworthy experience of accounting firm representation.

Strengths Sources say: "They are a powerhouse litigation firm and they are very strong in the securities area."

Work highlights Defended General Motors and a number of current and former officers in eight shareholder derivative actions alleging breaches of fiduciary duty regarding the company's highly publicized ignition switch recall.

Represented The Dow Chemical Company in a shareholder derivative action which alleged that it had breached its fiduciary duties through engaging in price fixing and permitting the CEO to misuse corporate assets.

Notable practitioners

Mark Filip is a key contact.

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Provides counsel to a variety of financial institutions, including several global investment banks, facing securities litigation across the USA. Draws on comprehensive experience in RMBS litigation, as well as significant bankruptcy expertise. Also represents numerous corporate clients in breach of fiduciary duty and stock drop shareholder litigation. Clients include banks, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths Observers attest: "They are one of the firms that can put together a team almost seamlessly. What I like about them is that on big strategic decisions they will have thought through all the options and are willing to make recommendations."

Work highlights Represented Mattel and certain of its senior executives in a private securities class action brought by its shareholders alleging that it made false and misleading statements through failing to disclose adverse information regarding its business prospects.

Represented Bank of America in a private lawsuit which alleged that it failed to fulfil the duties required of its role as trustee of dozens of RMBS transactions.

Notable practitioners

A key contact is John Spiegel.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Strong team of securities litigators with an impressive client base that includes leading lights of the technology and banking sectors. Works on a broad range of matters, defending clients acting as issuers and underwriters, as well as those involved in M&A litigation.

Strengths Sources aver: "They are a very strong firm. Their securities litigation practice has always been one of their major areas."

Work highlights Represented Ocwen Financial in two whistleblower lawsuits seeking more than $8 billion in damages.

Represented Apollo Global Management in a shareholder class action alleging that it breached its fiduciary duty in connection to its proposed sale of Apollo Residential Management to Apollo Real Estate.

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Key contacts include Brad Butwin and Jonathan Rosenberg.

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Williams & Connolly LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Robust litigation practice offering counsel to accounting and private equity firms, as well as public companies and their senior executives in a variety of securities and M&A disputes. Recognized for litigating a variety of securities-based cases. Notably active in financial services litigation, having worked on a number of RMBS-related matters. Draws on the firm's exceptional reputation for trial advocacy to provide clients with highly effective representation.

Strengths One interviewee attests that Williams & Connolly is a firm "that you would turn to for the most important and difficult matters." The source continues: "I can say that they provide the highest level of client service."

"They are accessible and available all the time, no matter where in the world they are. They are wonderful people; patient, kind and respectful," notes another source.

Work highlights Acted for The NASDAQ Stock Market in defense of claims brought by parties who had transacted in Facebook stock on the day of its IPO.

Represented the former CEO of Salix Pharmaceuticals in connection with a number of securities class actions.

Notable practitioners

John Villa is a key contact.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected group of securities litigators handling a range of cases including class actions and other complex litigation catering to asset management and financial services clients. Offers specialist expertise in M&A litigation, accounting and disclosure issues as well as financial fraud. Continues to be engaged in high-profile work emanating from the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.

Strengths A client reports: "Our Willkie team is brilliant, effective and instills in us a peace of mind that we have it covered with the best and brightest minds."

Work highlights Represented Lehman Brothers Holding in litigation in the US Bankruptcy Court stemming from the now-defunct bank's sponsorship of approximately 405 RMBS trusts.

Represented Clovis Oncology in defense of a securities class action following its announcement of adverse developments in the clinical trials for its developmental drug Rociletnib. Plaintiffs alleged that Clovis misled investors regarding the commercial prospects, safety profile and efficacy of the drug.

Notable practitioners

Tariq Mundiya is a key contact.

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WilmerHale - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Solid securities litigation practice covering all aspects of the practice area, including securities class action, derivative suits and M&A litigation. Impressive track record in cases involving issues such as allegations of insider trading, breaches of fiduciary duty and corporate misconduct.

Work highlights Represented the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in connection to all of its US litigation concerning allegations that it manipulated LIBOR with respect to numerous different currencies.

Represented HeartWare International and its CEO in defense of a securities fraud class action alleging that it has made false or misleading statements concerning its efforts to remedy issues raised by the FDA about the safety and commercial viability of its new heart pump technology.

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Key contacts include William McLucas and Fraser Hunter.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - Securities: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Enjoys a solid reputation for its litigation expertise as it pertains to securities class actions and derivative suits, including cases of accounting and securities fraud. Possesses a large client base of corporate issuers, acting for clients from the technology and life sciences industries and additional experience pertaining to a broad range of other sectors including aerospace, energy and financial services. Also active in Delaware M&A litigation.

Work highlights Successfully acted for Cyan in defense of a securities class action regarding its merger with Ciena.

Represented Globus Medical and its officers in a shareholder class action alleging that it knowingly issued false annual financial projections that included revenue from a distributor with whom the company was no longer doing business.

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Boris Feldman is a key contact.

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