FT. LAUDERDALE, FL and NASSAU, BAHAMAS--(Marketwire - August 5, 2009) - Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified commercial law firm with more than 130 attorneys in 13 offices throughout Florida, New York City, New Jersey, and international offices in Nassau, Bahamas and Prague, Czech Republic, today announced that firm Shareholder L. Ryan Pinder was admitted, sworn and enrolled as Counsel and Attorney of the Supreme Court of the Bahamas on July 29, 2009.

Mr. Pinder, a Board Certified Tax attorney in the Firm's Corporate, Securities & Tax Law Group, is licensed in both the Bahamas and in Florida to practice law.

A Bahamian native admitted to the Florida Bar in 2000, Mr. Pinder holds Juris Doctor and Master of Tax Law degrees from the University of Miami, where he also earned BBA and MBA degrees in Business and Finance. Board Certified as an expert in Tax Law by the Florida Bar, Mr. Pinder also serves as the editor of "The Tax Advisory," the firm's newsletter on tax issues and "The Bahamas Forum," the firm's newsletter on business and legal issues in the Bahamas.

Pinder provides counsel to companies and individuals doing business in the Bahamas as well as to Bahamians seeking U.S. legal advice. Specifically, he advises international companies who want to invest in the Bahamas, both on Bahamian legal matters, as well as international and United States tax planning opportunities.

Last year, Mr. Pinder opened the Nassau, Bahamas office of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. and has been advising clients on U.S. legal matters in the Bahamas since that time. Mr. Pinder also is the Firm's international tax expert, which provides significant synergies with his practice in the Bahamas. Mr. Pinder focuses much of his tax practice on international tax and transactional matters.

"Becker & Poliakoff is very pleased that our leading international tax expert and firm shareholder, L. Ryan Pinder, has been admitted and enrolled as a member of the Bahamian Bar," said Alan Becker, Managing Partner, Becker & Poliakoff. "Since opening our firm's office in Nassau last year, Ryan has quickly developed our presence in the Bahamas into a thriving legal practice, successfully advising a growing number of international and Bahamian companies on international tax and transactional law."

"I'm honored to be a member of the Bahamas Bar, a noble institution with many talented and qualified legal practitioners," said Mr. Pinder. "I am committed to represent the Bahamas Bar and to practice law before Bahamian legal institutions to the very best of my abilities."

About Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. is a diversified commercial law firm based in Ft. Lauderdale with more than 130 attorneys in 13 Florida offices and U.S. and global offices in New York City, New Jersey, Nassau, The Bahamas, Prague, Czech Republic, and affiliated offices in France and Israel. The firm's core areas of practice include Real Estate, Condominium and Homeowners Association Law, Construction, Customs and International Trade, Government Law & Lobbying, Commercial Litigation, and Corporate, Securities & Tax Law. For more information, visit: www.becker-poliakoff.com.

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