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Governor Perry Appoints Derrick M. Mitchell To Texas State Securities Board

July 18, 2008

HOUSTON, July 18, 2008 -- Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Partner Derrick M. Mitchell has been appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the State Securities Board, the agency responsible for administering and enforcing the Texas Securities Act.  The Board is composed of five members appointed by the Governor, with advice and consent of the Senate, for six year overlapping terms.

The primary mission of the Texas State Securities Board, as set forth in the Texas Securities Act, is to protect Texas investors. Consistent with that mission, the Texas State Securities Board works to ensure a free and competitive securities market in Texas, increase investor confidence, and encourage the formation of capital and the creation of new jobs in throughout the commonwealth.

Mr. Mitchell is head of the firm’s public finance practice group in the Houston office. He has served as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for tax exempt financings for cities, counties, and state agencies.  He also represents various national and regional investment banking firms as underwriter's counsel in bond and interest rate swap transactions.  His practice emphasis includes general obligation and revenue bonds, including transportation revenue, industrial revenue, higher education, mortgage revenue, pollution control, and non-profit hospital bonds.

In addition to his primary focus of serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriter's counsel, his background includes corporate and business transactions with concentration on financings, business acquisitions, and dispositions.