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July 16, 2009
Corporate Partner Ian Tully Joins Curtis Milan Office


Milan, Italy, July 16, 2009 – Continuing a steady stream of lateral hires over the first seven months of 2009, the international law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP announced today the arrival of its newest partner, Ian Tully. Tully, who will join the firm's Milan office on September 1, 2009, brings with him significant experience in cross-border transactions as well as energy matters.

Curtis has added 12 senior lawyers since January 2009, including significant expansion in its European offices. Tully is the fourth partner to join the firm's practice in Europe since the beginning of the year, following the arrivals of Christian Fingerhut (International Tax), Jörn Hirschmann (International Corporate) and Markus Söhnchen (International Corporate) in Frankfurt.

"Ian has considerable experience in both cross-border matters and energy transactions – two areas that are central to the firm's practice," said Curtis Managing Partner Matias Vega.  "He is a highly regarded corporate lawyer whose arrival both expands the capabilities of the Milan office and strengthens our existing European practice."

Tully specializes in mergers and acquisitions work, with a particular expertise in global cross-border transactions involving investment into or out of Italy. He has also advised on a number of corporate finance and debt transactions and has extensive experience working within the equity capital markets. In addition to heavy involvement in the energy sector, Tully has significant experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He received his LL.B from Trinity College in Dublin and is dual-qualified as a lawyer in England and Wales and in Italy. He is fluent in English, Italian, French and German.

Prior to joining Curtis, Tully was a partner at Clifford Chance LLP. 

"With Ian on board, our Milan office is better equipped to provide businesses in the region with the international corporate advice they require," remarked Michele Tamburini, the Milan office's Managing Partner. "We are very pleased to have him join us."

Added Milan's Deputy Managing Partner Galileo Pozzoli, "Ian is highly-regarded as an M&A lawyer and has played a role in some of the year's largest energy transactions. His arrival marks an important step in the continuing expansion and development of the firm's practice in Italy."

Members of the Milan office of Curtis advises clients in a variety of general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, labor law, real estate, intellectual property, tax, administrative and finance matters. The office also specializes and works closely with the other Curtis offices worldwide on energy matters in the oil and gas sector, representing clients before the Italian and EU energy regulatory authorities and structuring and negotiating cross-border energy transactions, including contracts for the transportation and distribution of natural gas. Curtis Milan attorneys regularly represent clients before EU courts and commissions, national courts throughout Italy, and national and international arbitral bodies. In addition, they frequently act on behalf of clients in some of the most significant international arbitrations worldwide, handling disputes under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

"The opportunity to join Curtis was a uniquely appealing one for me," Tully noted. "The firm's strength and depth in core practice areas, collegial culture and willingness to expand globally represent an ideal platform from which to grow my practice. I am very happy to be a part of the Curtis team, and look forward to playing a role in its continued development."

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