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New Partners KEKER INTRODUCES 3 TO ITS PARTNERSHIP Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco has elevated three lawyers to its partnership ranks, effective this month. Asim Bhansali, 31, who specializes in intellectual property, antitrust, securities and other complex litigation matters, earned his J.D. in 1996 from the University of Texas School of Law. Michael Celio, 32, received his J.D. in 1998 from Harvard Law School. He focuses on intellectual property, securities litigation, criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Ashok Ramani, 32, has tried a number of cases to verdict in numerous areas, including professional liability and car theft. He has litigated a nine-figure international patent and trade secret dispute and internal trade-secret-theft investigations. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1998. Keker & Van Nest also named three partners last year. � Petra Pasternak BAKER & MCKENZIE ELEVATES 3 IN BAY AREA Baker & McKenzie has named three new partners in the Bay Area effective Jan. 1, out of a total 76 announced so far for 2006. Jennifer Kirk, 34, a global equity services lawyer in the firm’s San Francisco office, focuses her practice on international stock plans and employee benefits. She received her J.D. in 1997 from UCLA School of Law. Margreet Nijhof, 37, a tax attorney also in San Francisco, focuses on domestic and international tax planning with an emphasis on corporate reorganizations and restructurings. She received her J.D. in 1997 from Boalt Hall School of Law. Diana Hickey, 34, a tax attorney in Palo Alto, specializes in corporate international tax planning. She received her J.D. in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Law. Baker & McKenzie elevated 102 lawyers to the rank of partner last year. The firm has about 3,300 attorneys firmwide, with 49 lawyers in the firm’s San Francisco office and 43 in the Palo Alto office. � Marie-Anne Hogarth

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