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Godfrey & Kahn Adds New Attorney To Its China Office

March 29, 2006

The law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. has announced the addition of Robert W. Irish to its Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s Shanghai, China office. His practice is focused on business law, secured lending and commercial transactions, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, customs and international trade. From the firm’s Shanghai office, Irish will advise Godfrey & Kahn clients concerning their business strategies and operations in China and service their global needs. In addition, he will establish and maintain important contacts within the Chinese business, legal and governmental communities.

Before joining the firm, Irish was a member of the International Trade and Regulatory Group at Alston & Bird, LLP in Washington, DC. He represented both foreign and domestic clients in matters involving trade regulation, customs, export controls, foreign direct investment and embargoes.

Prior to that time, Irish was a member of the Securitization Group at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP in Chicago. He represented multi-national banks, finance companies, issuers, borrowers and underwriters. His practice included structuring domestic and cross-border commercial paper funded securitization conduits, asset securitization (assets classes included trade receivables, credit card receivables, mortgages, and aircraft leases), and the acquisition of financial assets.

Irish has lived and worked in Asia for a number of years and speaks Mandarin Chinese. In addition to practicing law, Irish has taught at the undergraduate level both in Shanghai and the United States, and maintains an ongoing association with the East Asian Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Irish received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his master’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He received his bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics from Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Founded in 1957, Godfrey & Kahn maintains offices in Milwaukee, Madison (La Follette Godfrey & Kahn), Appleton, Green Bay, and Waukesha, WI and Shanghai, PRC. With more than 190 attorneys, Godfrey & Kahn provides legal and business advice to clients ranging from small businesses and governmental entities to large privately and publicly held national and international companies.

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