Frost Brown Todd and Wahlert Rechtsanwälte Form US-German Alliance

November 8, 2005

October 18, 2005–Frost Brown Todd LLC and Wahlert Rechtsanwälte are proud to announce their strategic US-German alliance, which creates seamless legal service for U.S. companies doing business in Europe, especially Germany, and for European companies doing business in the U.S. FBT has approximately 350 attorneys in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee, and Wahlert has eleven attorneys in Stuttgart, the capital of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, which is centrally located near the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and other German industrial centers, such as Bavaria.

This strategic alliance is a result of the firms’ participation in MULTILAW, a global network of law firms, chaired by Jobst von Wahlert. Stuttgart is the industrial center of Germany with a strong automotive and manufacturing presence, including the headquarters of Daimler-Chrysler, Porsche, Robert Bosch, the European operations of Whirlpool, the German headquarters of IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Reader’s Digest, as well as large branches of Siemens and Agilent. The FBT states are home to many German companies such as AEG, Bayer, BASF, Beiersdorf, Bosch, Continental, Degussa, ThyssenKrupp, Süd-Chemie, Linde, Montaplast, Osram, Balluff, Faber-Castell, Bertelsmann, E.ON, Klockner, Kaltenbach, Mahle, and Siemens.

Managing the alliance is Hamburg native Nicolaus Susta, Attorney-at-Law (New York), who has worked at international law firms in Germany and the U.S. and is fluent in both German and English. "When visiting the various FBT offices, I am struck by the similarities between the Midwest and Baden-Württemberg. Both regions have a lot of high-tech manufacturing, hard-working people, and a high quality of life," said Nic Susta of Wahlert Rechtsanwälte, "and the cost of living and doing business is much lower than in New York."

"Our Alliance with the Wahlert firm means seamless legal services for clients operating in the Midwest U.S. and Germany. Through it, we provide clients bilingual and bicultural legal services to assist them in the first and third largest economies in the world. Frost Brown Todd is pleased to establish its first foreign desk in Stuttgart, an industrial powerhouse of Europe," said Joseph Dehner, head of FBT’s International Practice Group.

"The investor-friendly Midwest is the perfect gate to the U.S., and the alliance with Frost Brown Todd offers a great opportunity for our clients to enter the American market with the region’s leading law-firm at their side. The alliance gives FBT's and Wahlert's clients huge benefits," said Jobst von Wahlert of Wahlert Rechtsanwälte.

"Our alliance with Wahlert is another step in our ongoing effort to provide unparalleled services to our clients throughout our region. We hope this alliance will be of valuable assistance to our clients who do business internationally. The Wahlert firm is an outstanding group of attorneys, and its strategic location in Stuttgart, Germany, opens up tremendous opportunities for our clients here in the U.S. and in Europe," said Ed Glasscock, Co-Managing Member of Frost Brown Todd.

Frost Brown Todd LLC was selected as a "Go To Law Firm" and will be listed in the 2006 Directory of In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies produced by Corporate Counsel and American Lawyer Media. The FBT website, www.frostbrowntodd.com, has been awarded the 2005 Best Legal Website Web Award by the Web Marketing Association. Sixty six of the Firm's lawyers have been named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2006 and 38 have been highly ranked in the 2005 Edition of Chambers USA. Additionally, the Firm has been recognized as a top corporate law firm in Kentucky by Corporate Board Member magazine, as well as one of the Top 10 Patent Litigation Firms in the United States by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Wahlert has been recognized for their innovative [ex??in®] concept, which stands for "external in-house counsel". Wahlert sends its attorneys to [ex??in®] clients at regular intervals, who act like in-house counsel, so the client gets the equivalent of a complete in-house legal department with all its benefits.

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