The 2005 Legal Business Awards Names O'Melveny & Myers "The Best US Law Firm in London"

LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/15/2005 -- Last Thursday evening, O'Melveny & Myers LLP was named "The Best US Law Firm in London" at The 2005 Legal Business Awards.

It was an exciting moment as the Firm's London partners Matthew Hudson, John Daghlian, Andrew Carpenter, and Stuart Hills walked up to the podium to accept the award on behalf of O'Melveny & Myers before over 1,000 UK, US and European lawyers.

Legal Business magazine noted, "O'Melveny dramatically increased its commitment to the UK legal market in 2004… The firm is now capitalising on its acquisition of a corporate boutique in New York to build a strong, full-service transatlantic private equity capability."

Arthur B. Culvahouse, Chair of O'Melveny & Myers, said, "To be recognised by one of Europe's leading legal publications for our accomplishments this past year is exceptionally gratifying. This recognition and, indeed, our tremendous success in London this past year is a testament to the vision, the hard work and the talent of the London team, as well as Steve Stern, John Suydam, Dave Johnson and many others across the Firm who have been instrumental in developing our refocused London practice. Culvahouse continued, "To have come so far in a year, from a handful of lawyers to expanding four-fold, and from having a low profile in the London marketplace to being 'The Best US Law Firm in London' is a great achievement."

Matthew Hudson, Managing Partner of London, and Head of the European Corporate Finance and Private Equity practices, said, "O'Melveny & Myers offers clients global capability and seamless transatlantic service. We would like to thank our clients and friends for their support in securing the Firm's award as 'The Best US Law Firm in London' in 2005."

O'Melveny & Myers' Private Equity Practice

O'Melveny & Myers has one of the largest Private Equity practices worldwide, with over 150 lawyers serving the private equity sector. The Firm's Private Equity practice consists of lawyers with significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, finance, venture capital, capital markets, and fund formation in New York, Northern and Southern California, Washington, D.C., London, and Asia.

O'Melveny & Myers has represented over 200 private equity firms in the full range of activities engaged in by such firms and their portfolio companies, from fund formation and portfolio company investment activities to exit transactions, including initial and follow-on public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Clients of the Firm include banks, financial institutions, private equity funds, venture capital funds, pension funds, hedge funds, foundations, and high net worth individuals.

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