NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - Following is a statement from Cooley Godward Kronish Partner William J. Schwartz regarding today's indictment of his client, Mayer Brown Partner Joseph P. Collins:

"Joe Collins is an innocent victim of the Refco fraud. This indictment should send a chill down the spine of every transactional lawyer who believes he or she is representing an honest client. We intend to fight these charges to acquittal."

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