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Leading Corporate Attorney Diane Frankle Joins Kaye Scholer's Palo Alto Office

February 18, 2011

Firm Further Solidifies National M&A and Corporate Governance Capabilities

PALO ALTO – Kaye Scholer LLP announced today that Diane Holt Frankle is joining the firm’s Palo Alto office as a Partner in the firm’s Corporate & Finance Department. Frankle joins from the Silicon Valley office of DLA Piper where she served as Chair of the firm’s Public Company and Corporate Governance Practice.

“We are thrilled that Diane will join us to launch our Silicon Valley M&A and corporate governance practice. Her nationally-recognized experience in M&A transactions and corporate governance matters is complemented by a keen understanding of the unique Silicon Valley deal environment,” said Kaye Scholer Co-Managing Partner Michael Solow. “Diane will be a dynamic addition to our Palo Alto office.”

Frankle focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, public company reporting obligations, and antitakeover counseling. She advises clients in a wide variety of mergers, acquisitions and change of control transactions. She also advises boards of directors and board committees on various corporate governance matters, disclosure issues, and in internal investigations and related party transactions.

“Diane’s reputation for advising boards of directors and special committees is unparalleled,” said Kaye Scholer Co-Managing Partner Barry Willner. “She brings an impressive background in technology and cross border M&A transactions, as well as in governance matters. While many public companies are struggling with the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, Diane is guiding her clients in the process; ensuring board and committee processes are utilizing best practices – she will be an invaluable asset to our firm and clients.”

“Kaye Scholer’s renowned full service representation of the technology and life sciences industries, plus the firm’s deep experience representing private equity investors and their portfolio companies, provides a perfect platform for my practice,” Frankle said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues throughout the world.”

Frankle chairs the ABA M&A Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Company Acquisitions and is an active member of the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws. She is a regular speaker at conferences covering trends in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, the fiduciary duties of directors, and federal and state securities laws.

Frankle earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude and her B.A. from College of Wooster where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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