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DALLAS — April 6, 2010 — Hunton & Williams LLP ranked #1 for the third consecutive year in SNL Financial's league tables for bank and thrift legal advisers, by number of deals. SNL Financial is a multisector-focused information and research firm in the financial information marketplace.

The firm's Financial Institutions Corporate and Regulatory lawyers advised on 11 whole bank acquisitions during 2009.

"We have seen an increase in the level of M&A activity from the very low levels of late 2008 and early 2009. Profitable, well capitalized acquirers see the current M&A market as an opportunity to expand their franchises through acquisitions at prices that remain attractive," said Charles "Stormy" Greef, partner.

"We have also been involved in a number of whole bank transactions involving targets that are experiencing significant asset quality and earnings challenges. In these types of deals, we have worked with our clients to structure transactions which protect acquirers from risks they did not create but which allow selling shareholders to realize a fair price for their investment," stated Peter Weinstock, partner.

About Hunton & Williams LLP

Hunton & Williams LLP provides legal services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals, as well as to a broad array of other entities. Since our establishment more than a century ago, Hunton & Williams has grown to more than 900 lawyers serving clients in 100 countries from 18 offices around the world. While our practice has a strong industry focus on energy, financial services and life sciences, the depth and breadth of our experience extends to more than 100 separate practice areas, including bankruptcy and creditors rights, commercial litigation, corporate transactions and securities law, intellectual property, international and government relations, regulatory law, products liability, and privacy and information management.