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Troutman Sanders will take on a British accent this summer. On July 1, the Atlanta-based firm will open an office in London. Troutman Sanders managing partner Robert W. Webb Jr. says the firm’s partnership voted unanimously for the move on April 18. Atlanta partners James H. Keaten and John R. Varholy will transfer to the London office. Keaten will serve as the office’s managing partner. Webb says one or two other Atlanta attorneys will move to London with the firm. One will probably be a senior associate, Webb adds. On Monday, Webb was in London looking for office space in the city’s financial district. The firm’s move to Europe is dictated by client demands there, Webb says. “We always like to have real business before we open offices,” he says. “The timing was dictated by that.” Two practice areas — the airline industry and energy trading — made the move to Europe necessary, Webb says. Atlanta-based Airis Corp., an aviation facility development company, is a Troutman client that finances airport development deals in Europe. “The timing couldn’t be better,” says David C. Garrett III, CEO of Airis. The company recently agreed to develop a $65 million air cargo facility at London’s Heathrow Airport. Also, Airis is opening its own office in London contemporaneously with Troutman, Garrett says. Airis also is involved in a joint venture with Sweden’s Civil Aviation Authority to develop that country’s airports. Webb says the firm will work on arrangements for financing the Airis transactions. Varholy will specialize in energy trading, which Webb says is an expanding legal area in Europe. Webb declined to comment on which specific energy clients will be involved in London. The London office also will round out the firm’s maritime practice. Webb says the firm has maritime attorneys in Hong Kong. The firm’s Washington office added three maritime attorneys in January. In addition to its aviation development, energy trading and maritime work, Webb says the London office will focus on e-commerce, telecommunication and Internet legal services. Within the next year to 18 months, Webb adds, the firm will add British solicitors to the London outfit. Kilpatrick Stockton is the only other law firm in the Daily Report Dozen with a London office. In January, Troutman merged with Richmond, Va.-based Mays & Valentine. The firm now has about 500 attorneys in offices in Washington; Richmond, Tysons Corner, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, Va.; Hong Kong; and Atlanta. Troutman’s 2000 gross revenues were $90 million. In October, Webb estimated that the merged firm’s revenue would be $186 million for 2001.

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