Pepper Hamilton and Freeh Group International Executives discuss strategic collaboration at Villanova University Event

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Philadelphia, PA, May 2, 2013 – Pepper Hamilton LLP partners Joseph V. Del Raso ’74 VSB and John P. Duke, and Freeh Group International Solutions (FGIS) Chief Executive Officer James R. Bucknam spoke at an April 16 event at Villanova University.

The event, which is part of the Law and Business Leaders Lecture, was titled “New Paradigms in Law and Business: Managing Disruptive Change and Preparing for the Future,” and was sponsored by the Villanova Law Review and the Villanova School of Business Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research (CMPPR). The discussion focused on navigating the new demands required by clients for professional legal and consultancy services.  Specifically, Messrs. Del Raso, Bucknam and Duke discussed how Pepper Hamilton’s acquisition of the Freeh Group served as a value-added, differentiated reaction to cost and pricing pressures in a competitive marketplace.

CMPPR Director John Kozup commented on the impact of the program: “We are committed to preparing our business and law students for the disruptive business environment that has clients placing increasing pressure on the value of professional services. Villanova JD/MBA students will have a unique perspective and skillset that will give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

Del Raso, who serves as the Executive Chairman of the CMPPR, is a partner in Pepper’s Commercial Department, where he heads the Investment Management Practice Group, and is co-chair of the Italian Desk. He concentrates his practice in securities, with a special emphasis on matters arising under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the related Investment Advisers Act of 1940. His work encompasses the representation of investment advisers, mutual funds, closed-end investment companies, unit investment trusts, hedge funds, offshore funds and publicly owned venture capital funds.

Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #15 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922.  Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (Center for Business analytics, Center for Global Leadership, Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, Center for the Study of Church Management, the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, and the Center for innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty.  VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the

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