21 March 2007 - Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jerome Roche to its Financial Services Regulatory practice. Mr. Roche joins the firm's Washington, D.C. office as a partner from TIAA-CREF where he served as Chief Legal Officer of Teachers Personal Investing Services, Inc. "We're very pleased to have Jerome as the newest member of our growing team," said Charles Horn, a leader of the firm's Financial Services Regulatory practice. "His expansive knowledge of the SEC and NASD, and his hands-on experience with broker-dealer matters, is an important addition to our financial services practice and will further enable us to provide our clients with a full-range of top quality legal services in all aspects of financial services regulation." At TIAA-CREF, Mr. Roche served as the Chief Legal Officer of one of the organization's two broker-dealers and counseled other regulated entities within the company. Prior to his work at TIAA-CREF, Mr. Roche was counsel at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Before that he was a member of the staff of the SEC's Division of Market Regulation, where he drafted exemptive, interpretive and no-action positions concerning broker-dealer status/registration issues and the anti-fraud/anti-manipulation provisions of the federal securities laws. "Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's global capabilities and diverse client base provide an excellent platform to grow and support the practice," said Mr. Roche. "I'm very enthusiastic about joining this talented group of attorneys and welcome the opportunity to work with a large base of multinational clients." The addition of Mr. Roche comes in the wake of a number of new partners joining Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's Financial Services Regulatory practice. In January 2006, the firm added six partners and several other lawyers and professionals from Pillsbury Winthrop. Previously, in June 2005 the firm's Washington, DC office added nine leading securities enforcement and investment management partners from Crowell & Moring. "Jerome's experience and knowledge will further strengthen and diversify the firm's already broad-based financial services practice," said Peter Scher, the newly elected Partner-in-Charge of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's Washington, D.C. office. "He's a talented attorney whose insight will generate additional opportunities not only for our clients, but for other practice groups within the firm." Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's Financial Services Regulatory practice provides practical, sophisticated and comprehensive advice to a broad spectrum of domestic and international regulated financial institutions and financial services firms, including banks, securities firms, asset managers, insurers and other types of financial services providers. Leveraging off the firm's marquee practice groups and client bases, including its banking and finance and securitization practice groups, the Financial Services Regulatory practice advises financial services institutions on all aspects of their organization and governance; transactions and operations; product development, marketing and distribution; and compliance activities.