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Sonnenschein adds two industry leaders to Global Energy practice

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New York, USA - June 18, 2010, New York, USA - Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP announces the addition of Stuart A. Caplan as partner and Sydney McNiff Ferguson as principal.

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Widely recognized as a leader in the energy bar, Mr. Caplan comes to Sonnenschein from White & Case LLP, where his practice focused on electric and natural gas industry restructuring; renewable, fossil fuel and transmission project development; and the regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions. The transactional side of his practice includes M&A work, as well as project finance, securities and banking. In addition, he handles a variety of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) electric and natural gas cases for clients outside of the deal context, including extensive work for financial traders and merchant generators.

Mr. Caplan advises financial players, utilities and merchant power producers that are active in the energy markets across the United States. He has worked with clients on new market structures along the East Coast and throughout the Southwest, and he was instrumental in developing the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) energy market. Some of his other representative transactions have included serving as lead FERC counsel for the underwriter in a $450 million bond financing, lead energy regulatory counsel for the underwriter in the initial public offering of a major energy technology company and underwriter counsel in a major wind project in the Southwest United States.

Mr. Caplan is a frequent speaker on energy topics. He received a J.D. degree from American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. degree from Columbia University. Prior to White & Case, he served as chair of the regulatory department of a leading public utility boutique law firm. Mr. Caplan will be resident in Sonnenschein’s New York office.

Ms. Ferguson advises energy companies on navigating legislative and regulatory frameworks in order to bring new technologies to the marketplace. Having directed many high-profile energy projects, Ms. Ferguson helps companies identify business solutions including how to gain access to new energy dollars. Global energy and infrastructure companies turn to her for advice on environmental, energy, political and public relations issues. Her track record in helping CEOs and government officials spear-head multi-billion dollar energy development projects is unique in the energy marketplace.

Ms. Ferguson was previously a senior vice president of government relations and corporate communications at USEC Inc.(NYSE: USU), one of the world’s leading uranium enrichment companies. She worked as liaison between USEC and the U.S. Department of Energy, negotiating new lease terms to build the next generation uranium enrichment facility in Piketon, Ohio. She also managed the company’s external communications.

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