Akin Gump Expands New York Real Estate Practice

Akin Gump Expands New York Real Estate Practice

New York, NY,  September 13, 2007 — Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced today that Jordan J. Metzger has joined the firm as a partner in the real estate and finance practice group in New York. Mr. Metzger brings extensive experience in real estate transactions, with an emphasis on acquisitions, development, joint ventures and financing.

“Jordan’s combined experience – in private practice and as general counsel of a real estate investment fund – will be of tremendous benefit to our clients,” said Peter Miller, head of Akin Gump’s real estate and finance practice group in New York. “His experience in representing owners and developers of investment properties complements our existing practice.”

Mr. Metzger’s addition comes on the heels of other recent New York hires, including Geoffrey Secol to lead an interdisciplinary corporate services group for the tax, investment funds and real estate practices, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Asaro in the litigation practice and J.P. Bruynes and William L. Sturman in the investment funds practice.

“Akin Gump provides the perfect platform for me to serve my clients,” said Mr. Metzger. “I am looking forward to working with my new partners – in New York and nationally.”

Mr. Metzger received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1980 and his J.D. in 1983 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He joins Akin Gump from New York law firm Herrick, Feinstein LLP.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 900 lawyers with offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Taipei and Washington. The firm has a diversified practice and represents regional, national and international clients in a wide range of areas, including antitrust; appellate; banking and finance; capital markets; communications and information technology; corporate and securities; corporate governance; employee benefits; energy; entertainment and media; environmental; financial restructuring; global security; government contracts; health; insurance; intellectual property; international trade; investment funds; labor and employment; land use; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; private client services; private equity; privatization; project development and finance; public law and policy; real estate development and finance; Russia/CIS; tax; and technology.

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