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Greenberg Traurig to Increase its Presence in Atlanta

MIAMI, FL -- December 10, 1999 -- The international law firm Greenberg Traurig today announced it has reached an agreement in principle to merge with the Atlanta-based business law firm of Minkin & Snyder. The merger will enable Greenberg Traurig to offer the complete spectrum of legal services to the business community in the region and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 1999.

The Atlanta office of Greenberg Traurig will expand to more than 40 attorneys and will serve the corporate and securities; trust, tax and estate planning; litigation; media and technology; commercial real estate; and entertainment law needs of its clients. Greenberg Traurig entered the Atlanta market in July 1998 when it merged with the entertainment boutique firm of Katz, Smith & Cohen.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Greenberg Traurig," said Cesar Alvarez, president and CEO of the firm. "We’re fortunate to have found a group of extremely talented attorneys that closely matches our culture and shares our entrepreneurial spirit. By creating synergies with the practice areas at Minkin & Snyder, we can expand the scope of services we offer to our regional clients and continue to develop our national and international practices."

Joel Katz, managing shareholder of the Atlanta office, added, "I’ve been impressed with the reputation and culture of Minkin & Snyder for many years and look forward to working closely with its attorneys. This merger will allow us to offer local representation for the burgeoning needs of our entertainment practice clients while enhancing the core competencies of Greenberg Traurig firm-wide."

"We have been approached by several law firms to discuss mergers in the last year," said David Minkin, managing partner of Minkin & Snyder. "The entrepreneurial spirit shared by the attorneys at Greenberg Traurig, as well as the firm’s national platform, makes this an ideal fit. In addition, the ability to work directly with Joel Katz and his outstanding team makes this a truly unique opportunity. The synergies are tremendous."