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Sutherland and Watson & Band Announce Strategic Alliance

March 3, 2009

ATLANTA and WASHINGTON (March 3, 2009) – The law firms of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and Watson & Band today announced the formation of a strategic alliance to best serve those clients of either firm having business matters between the United States and China.

“We are pleased to work collaboratively with the attorneys at Watson & Band to serve the global business needs of our respective clients," said Mark D. Wasserman, Managing Partner of Sutherland. “In recent years, China’s growth as an economic and manufacturing power has meant that many of Sutherland’s clients have expanded (or will be expanding) their businesses into China. Likewise, an increasing number of Chinese businesses are moving their operations into the United States. This working alliance between Sutherland and Watson & Band gives both law firms ready access to a range of services as our respective clients’ global needs grow."

“We appreciate the opportunity of collaboration with Sutherland.  It would further enable Watson & Band to deliver the best of both firms to our respective clients who are doing business internationally," said George Q. Fu, Managing Partner of Watson & Band.  “China is a market for multinational companies, while the international market is becoming more and more attractive to the Chinese businesses.  Collaboration between the two firms would leverage our experience to provide our respective clients with innovative, responsive and cost-effective legal solutions."

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, financial services, energy and environmental, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

About Watson & Band
Watson & Band is a Shanghai-based firm with its offices in Beijing, Harbin, Wuxi, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. The firm focuses its practice in the areas of intellectual property, corporate and commercial, litigation and arbitration, representing a mix of both domestic and international clients.

About This Alliance
Sutherland and Watson & Band remain separate law firms but will work together whenever our respective clients choose to tap the other firm’s resources.

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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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