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Baker Botts Names 11 New Partners Effective January 1, 2015

Highlights Firm’s Commitment to Client Service

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HOUSTON, November 24, 2014 -- Baker Botts, a leading international business law firm, today promoted 11 lawyers to partnership status effective January 1, 2015, as the firm begins its 175th year of operations.

“The admission into the partnership of these talented lawyers speaks to the importance we place on maintaining the highest levels of client service,” said Andrew Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “The size and composition of our class of new partners -- eleven in all and comprised of lawyers from so many of the regions in which we practice -- also speak volumes about the global breadth and strength of the firm, and our confidence in its future,” added Mr. Baker.

The 2015 class of partners includes lawyers from offices in Austin, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, New York and Washington. Brief backgrounds on each lawyer follows the list.

2015 new partners for Baker Botts
Jon Nelsen -- Tax, Austin
Nick Schuneman -- Intellectual Property, Austin
Preston Bernhisel -- Corporate, Dallas
Matt Hunsaker -- Tax, Dallas
Sofia Sattarova -- Global Projects, Dubai
Amy Hefley -- Litigation, Houston
David Jetter -- Global Projects, Houston
Jim Marshall -- Corporate, Houston
Andrew Behrman -- Litigation, New York
Kyle Clark -- Litigation, Washington
William Lavery -- Litigation, Washington

Brief biographical information
Jon Nelsen -- Tax, Austin
Mr. Nelsen focuses on federal income tax matters. His practice includes representing clients in tax controversy matters and planning domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, master limited partnerships and other joint ventures. He also counsels clients hoping to take advantage of alternative energy tax incentives, including production and incentive tax credits.

Nick Schuneman -- Intellectual Property, Austin
Mr. Schuneman works on a range of intellectual property issues, with a primary focus on patent infringement litigation. He works together with clients to develop a strategic approach to litigation and has experience in all aspects of patent litigation, from the initial stages through trial, appeal and settlement.

Preston Bernhisel -- Corporate, Dallas
Mr. Bernhisel represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, strategic alliances, joint ventures and general corporate matters. In addition, he represents issuers and investment banking firms in equity and debt securities offerings, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and Rule 144A transactions.

Matt Hunsaker -- Tax, Dallas
Mr. Hunsaker advises clients on a variety of state and local tax issues involving virtually all types of taxes imposed by state and local jurisdictions, including income tax, franchise tax, sales and use tax and property tax.

Sofia Sattarova -- Global Projects, Dubai
Ms. Sattarova advises clients in the energy sector on issues such as negotiating, drafting and advising on commercial arrangements, including corporate and asset acquisitions and disposals, joint venture agreements, production sharing contracts, farm-out agreements and service contracts in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the CIS.

Amy Hefley -- Litigation, Houston
Ms. Hefley represents clients in both state and federal court in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including intellectual property, securities and antitrust matters. She also handles appeals in state and federal courts.

David Jetter -- Global Projects, Houston
Mr. Jetter represents clients in a wide range of project development and international business transactions. His practice focuses on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other energy infrastructure projects, and he advises clients in the development of energy projects in the United States and internationally, including Latin America.

Jim Marshall -- Corporate, Houston
Mr. Marshall represents public and private companies in a broad range of corporate and securities matters. He advises issuers and investment banking firms in both equity and debt offerings. In addition, he advises companies in connection with takeovers, private sales and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Andrew Behrman -- Litigation, New York
Mr. Behrman’s practice focuses on international dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on international arbitration. He has worked on a wide range of matters from day-to-day counseling on contracts, to the conduct of major international arbitrations.

Kyle Clark -- Litigation, Washington
Mr. Clark’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation both in the United States and before international arbitral tribunals. He has represented companies and individuals in Justice Department and SEC investigations, as well as a variety of clients involving antitrust, breach of contract, fraud, false statements, money laundering and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) allegations. Mr. Clark has also represented clients in arbitrations conducted pursuant to ICDR and ICC rules.

William Lavery -- Litigation, Washington
Mr. Lavery advises clients in antitrust and other complex commercial litigation matters, criminal antitrust investigations and mergers. He has represented clients in a wide range of industries including computer hardware, foundry, energy, transportation and agriculture, in cases involving alleged claims of price-fixing, monopolization, Robinson-Patman violations, sham litigation and other business torts.

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About Baker Botts L.L.P.
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