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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

CARACAS — Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell opened a new office in Caracas, Venezuela recently. Humberto Briceño and Carlos Aguilar (who has been an international consultant with the firm in Miami since January 1, 2002) are working out of the firm's Caracas and Miami offices. The Caracas office will operate as an independent entity under Venezuelan law known as "Despacho de Abogados Miembros de la Firma Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster & Russell, S.C."

Ruden's Venezuelan office focuses on commercial and corporate law, banking law, administrative law, and governmental relations. Humberto Briceño oversees the office in Caracas and works closely with Armando Lacasa, head of the Firm's International Practice Group.

The Firm's new office is located at Torre Provincial "A", Piso 8, Avenida Francisco de Miranda, Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela, 1060. The new phone number is (58212) 216-5500 and the fax number is (58212) 216-5505.

Humberto Briceño Leon received his law degree from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Venezuela (Lawyer, 1977). In 1978-79 he attended the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France and in 1990 he attended Yale University Law School as a Fulbright Scholar.

Admitted to practice law in Venezuela, Mr. Briceño Leon concentrates his legal practice in administrative law, World Trade Organization rules, and governmental relations. He will be working with Latin American clients doing business in the United States and attorneys and clients statewide to establish business and governmental relationships in Latin America. He has offices in both our Miami and Caracas office.

Mr. Briceño Leon has extensive experience assisting multinational companies expand their business in Latin America. He assists them in developing their business strategies and provides legal advice in acquiring existing businesses, obtaining governmental approvals, establishing representation and agency agreements, conducting commercial transactions and all other legal aspects related to business in the region. He has particular experience with the telecommunications and transportation industries and with the privatization of utility companies.

Fluent in Spanish, French and English, Mr. Briceño Leon authored and co-authored three books and various papers in the area of Constitutional and Administrative Law. In addition, he has served as a Professor at Duke University Law School (1992-93) and as an Invited Professor at Nova Southeastern University Law Center (2000). In 2001, he served as the first acting Justice of the Political-Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice.

Mr. Briceño Leon active in many professional and civic professions including the American Bar Association, the Caracas Bar Association, Jurado Fulbright, and Cámara de Comercio Venezolana Florida. He is a former member of the Colegio de Abogados del Distrito Federal Venezuela.

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