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Vice President and General Counsel of InterContinental Hotels, James L. Kacena, Joins Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

May 21, 2003

ATLANTA (May 21, 2003) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP today announced that James L. Kacena has joined the firm's Real Estate Group as Of Counsel.  He will practice specifically within both the Hospitality and Leisure Group and Caribbean Development Group.  Mr. Kacena most recently served as the Vice President and General Counsel for Development and Acquisitions of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in Atlanta, Georgia.

"We are quite pleased that Jim has joined us," said James L. Henderson, III, Sutherland's firm wide Managing Partner.  "He brings to us a wealth of experience in a broad range of real estate development transactions from his years at IHG."

Mr. Kacena has 26 years of experience in all aspects of real estate acquisitions and development, mergers and acquisitions of companies and businesses, and counseling in all aspects of corporate business.  He was with IHG or its predecessor companies for 18 years and was a Division General Counsel for the past 13 years.  While General Counsel, he managed the section of the IHG Law Department that provides all legal support for IHG company managed hotel development and operations in the Americas, including the Caribbean and Latin America.

At IHG, Mr. Kacena and his Development and Acquisitions Group were integrally involved in every hotel acquisition, joint venture and management agreement in which the company was involved in the Americas during the past decade.  He personally negotiated numerous hotel management and joint venture documents and managed the legal team on every merger and acquisition transaction in which IHG was involved in the past seven years.  Mr. Kacena is a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 350 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit sutherland.com.

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