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Daði Bjarnason

Daði is a District Court Attorney with Higher Education in Financial and Company Law from King’s College London. Daði has a portfolio of securities brokerage and has years of professional experience in the financial market.

EDUCATION:
  • King’s College London, LL.M in Financial and Corporate Law, 2006
  • District Court Attorney, 2001
  • Test in securities brokerage, 2000
  • Cand. Jur., University of Iceland, 1999
CAREER:
  • Lagahvoll, owner, 2012 
  • Chief Examiner of Resolution Committee and Winding-up Board of Sparisjódabanki Íslands hf., 2009 – 2011
  • Head of Legal 
    Department of Sparisjódabanki Íslands hf., 2006-2009
  • Lawyer and Compliance Officer of 
    Sparisjóðabanki Íslands hf., 2002-2005
  • Lawyer at the Icelandic 
    Securities Depository, 1999-2002
  • Lecturer at the University of Iceland and 
    Secondary Education at the University of Iceland, 2000-2002

LAGAHVOLL SLF:

Lagahvoll Law Firm was founded in January 2012 by Daða Bjarnason Hdl. and in January 2014 Jóhann Tómas Sigurðsson became CEO. partner. Lagahvoll offers specialized lawyer services with emphasis on business and finance law.

Lagahvol’s owners have a total of over 20 years of experience as heads of law firms in financial companies and have been employed by executive boards, credit committees, finance committees and risk boards of financial institutions.

Lagahvoll operates for large and small companies and individuals, such as financial institutions and institutional investors. Lagahvoll emphasizes independence and independence.

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Carlos Fradique Méndez

Brigard & Urrutia partner since 1996, with more than 20 years of experience. Mr. Fradique- Méndez advises leading local and foreign companies in the areas of Capital Markets, Banking and Finance, Foreign Exchange, Derivatives and Structured Finance, Customs and Foreign Trade and Tax. Among his most prominent transactions is the advice to Carvajal S.A. in connection with the issuance of bonds at a price of COP$400.000.000.000; advice to Pacific Rubiales, first foreign private issuer, in the registration of their stocks at the Colombian Stock Market and at the RNVE; legal assessment to Bank of America, Merrill Lynch y JP Morgan Securities (first buyers) in a bond offering under Rule144A/Reg S of Empresas Públicas de Medellín (USD500M), among others.

Law graduate of Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario from which he graduated with honours and where he was President of the Law Students’ Association. Holds a Master of Law (LL.M) degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Master of Law (LL.M) degree in International Banking and Finance from the University of Boston, United States. Also holds a postgraduate degree in Financial Law from Universidad de los Andes.

Recognized as ‘Highly Recommended Lawyer’ by PLC Which Lawyer? In 2007, Latin Lawyer chose him as one of the 40 best lawyers under the age of 40 in Latin America. This latter publication also mentioned him as being one of the 23 best lawyers in the Capital Markets field. Mr. Fradique- Méndez was recognized in Banking & Finance: Capital Markets by Chambers & Partners Latin America- 2012 and recommended in Project Finance and Real Estate by Who’s Who Legal-2011.

The Capital Markets Law Practice:

The Capital Market and Securities Regulation practice advises all types of foreign investors and international investment advisors who wish to take advantage of the great opportunities offered by the Colombian stock market. We represent local and foreign issuers, institutional investors, stockbrokers, investment banks, financial institutions, governments and supranational organizations conducting transactions involving the issuance of shares, debt bonds, and sovereign bonds, structured and subordinated notes, ADRs and GDRs programs, investment funds abroad, Real Estate Investments Trusts (REITs), among others. Our team offers advice in the forefront of Corporate Governance, accompanying in the development of codes of good governance, administrative restructuring, and advice for directors and managers in the management of stock market issuers.

We lead the development of the Investment Funds Industry in general, and particularly of Private Equity Funds, where we offer advice on their establishment and operation, in the promotion of foreign funds to Colombian investors (fundraising activities) by foreign professional managers; advice for institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies to invest in such vehicles, as well as advice for professional managers in the development of their work, for local and foreign funds.

Brigard & Urrutia:

Founded in 1934 and with 80 years of experience, Brigard & Urrutia is recognized as a leading law firm in Colombia and one of the most prestigious in Latin America.

We are committed to our clients and we provide them with professional and specialized counseling. We have a multidisciplinary team of more than 140 attorneys in different practice areas of the Business Law. Our lawyers work within the most rigorous ethical principles and the highest standards to reach professional excellence. We also have a management team that is constantly innovating in finding solutions, following best practices in order to give our clients a very pleasant customer experience.

We are known for making a careful selection of the professionals working in our firm because we know that the trust that we get from our clients is very important for us. Therefore, we seek to maintain high standards in all areas of our counseling.

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Raymond Tong

Raymond Tong is a capital markets Partner in our Singapore office and is widely regarded as one of Singapore’s leading capital markets lawyers.

Raymond advises on both domestic and international matters and has worked on some of the most high-profile ECM deals across South East Asia in recent years.

CAREER & QUALIFICATIONS
  • University of Nottingham (Bachelor of Laws with Honours) 1990
  • Admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore 1993
  • WongPartnership LLP 2000
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2009
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner 2010
  • Speaks English and Mandarin

The Capital Markets Practice:

Our global practice provides legal advice on capital markets transactions across Europe, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Our lawyers cover the whole spectrum of capital markets work including debt and equity transactions, structured debt, high yield and trusts. Alongside mainstream capital markets issuances in the major economies we work on benchmark and other innovative transactions including in new frontier markets. We advise major market participants including leading financial institutions, corporates, governments and supranational organisations across the world as well as first time issuers and other new players in the capital markets.

With over 120 partners and a further 400 lawyers dedicated to capital markets, as well as close links with our Finance, Corporate and Tax practices, we can quickly assemble cross-border teams who combine local and industry focus with international perspective to provide practical, integrated legal advice for all our clients’ capital markets activities.

Our lawyers are also actively involved in developments that shape the market – we regularly work with industry bodies alongside regulators, government departments and supranational organisations – as well as providing Thought Leadership through our client briefings and published articles. Our market leading position is consistently confirmed by top-tier rankings in all of the major legal directories.

Clifford Chance:

We are one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegiate and team based way of working.

We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not for profit organisations. We provide them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Many of the world’s leading organisations look to Clifford Chance not just for legal expertise but for advice on business critical issues.

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Kazuhiro Yoshii

Kazuhiro Yoshii has been engaged in an extensive range of corporate legal practice at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. Especially he has been involved in various capital markets and securities transactions, such as IPOs, convertible bonds and other equity finance transactions, as well as samurai bonds, secondary offering (uridashi) bonds and other debt finance transactions.

His experience also includes investment funds, mergers and acquisitions and international commercial transactions. He also acts as vice chairman of the self-regulation committee of The Investment Trusts Association, Japan.

The Capital Markets Law Practice:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has one of the premier capital markets practices in Japan, encompassing all aspects of global and domestic debt and equity offerings by Japanese issuers and offerings into the Japanese market by international issuers. We also provide consultation, advice, and continuous disclosure services in relation to capital markets.

DEBT CAPITAL MARKETS:

AM&T regularly acts as counsel in connection with offerings of debt securities in the Japanese market by supranational and sovereign entities, as well as international corporations. Our projects in this area have included primary offerings of Samurai bonds by numerous prominent international issuers. We also handle secondary offerings (uridashi) in the Japanese market of debt securities issued by sovereign and corporate issuers in the European market. Our experience includes advising on debt securities sold by international issuers through primary and secondary offerings in the Japanese market including not only straight bonds, but also dual currency bonds, index-linked securities and equity-linked securities, such as exchangeable bonds and convertible bonds. Our experience and expertise in this area enables us to assist in offerings in the Japanese market by issuers of any nationality, regardless of the complexity or innovative nature of the planned offering.

Our Firm is also regularly involved in offerings of a wide variety of debt securities by Japanese companies in all major international capital markets, including the EU, US, Swiss and Asian markets. The offerings we have handled range from straight bonds to equity-linked securities, such as convertible bonds and warrants. Through this experience, we have accumulated practical knowledge with respect to securities regulations, listing rules, and market practices in various capital markets that helps us to more effectively advise both our international and Japanese clients. Through our diversified practice we have also accumulated considerable knowledge regarding the broad spectrum of industries encompassed by Japanese issuers.

EQUITY CAPITAL MARKETS:

In the area of equity offerings, AM&T has substantial experience in global and Japanese offerings of equity securities by international and Japanese issuers. For international issuers, we handle both public offerings and private placements of equity securities in Japan. This aspect of our capital markets practice includes regularly advising on the Japan tranches of global offerings by international issuers. We also regularly represent Japanese issuers in connection with issuances of equity securities in international capital markets. In the case of global offerings by such issuers, we are generally involved in both the international and Japanese tranches of such offerings.

The global offerings referred to above are often initial public offerings (IPOs), and as such are subject to stringent disclosure and corporate governance requirements. AM&T has significant experience in advising on IPOs and has been involved in many IPOs by prominent international and Japanese companies. Offerings of shares in connection with the privatization of government-held entities represent another component of our global offering practice. We frequently act as legal advisors in connection with major privatization issues encountered by international and Japanese entities in the Japanese markets.

LISTING, CAPITAL MARKET COMPLIANCE AND SUPPORT:

Concomitant with our capital markets practice, we have advised on the listing of shares of numerous prominent international companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

AM&T regularly assists clients with continuous disclosure requirements and other compliance obligations imposed on international issuers of debt and equity securities under Japanese securities regulations and Tokyo Stock Exchange rules.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the merger and consolidation of the practices of three leading Japanese law firms: Anderson Mori, which established its reputation as one of the largest and most established international law firms in Japan since its inception in the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an exceptionally powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing the scale of our resources, we are well-positioned to: (1) better serve a wide client base; (2) provide even more prompt and accurate advice across a broader spectrum of legal issues; and (3) handle the largest transactions in Japan, including those which are cross-sectoral and extremely complex.

Our combined expertise enables us to deliver advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including M&A, finance, capital markets, restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are multi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders around the globe.

With a long tradition of serving the international business and legal communities, our superior expertise, coupled with our standing as one of the largest law firms in Japan, translates to not only high quality services but also time and cost efficiencies, which we share with our clients.

Our main office is in Tokyo. We also maintain offices in Nagoya, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok, and operate a Jakarta Desk.

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Alex Schmitt

Alex Schmitt is a partner of Bonn & Schmitt. He was born in Luxembourg and admitted to the Bar in 1979 in Brussels, Belgium and Luxembourg in 1983.

He was educated at the University of Brussels, Belgium (Lic Jur, 1978); the Institute of European Studies, Brussels (Lic Droit Européen, 1980); and Harvard Law School, US (LLM, 1981).

Alex Schmitt is a member of the Luxembourg Financial Sector Supervisory Commission’s committee of experts on undertakings for collective investment, and its committee of experts on securitisation . He also is on the panel of conciliators and arbitrators of the International Centre for the settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and on the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

He is a lecturer at both the University of Brussels Law School and at the University of Luxembourg.

Alex Schmitt’s principal practice areas are financial and banking law, investment funds, private equity, securities law and regulation, and mergers and acquisitions.

He speaks English, French, German and Italian.

The Capital Markets, Securities Law and Regulation Practice:

We provide tailored and innovative advice to clients on the structuring of equity, equity-linked and debt offerings in Luxembourg and regularly advice issuers, underwriters and arrangers on all aspects of international capital markets transactions.

Our capital market team provides advice to domestic and international issuers or arrangers in respect of transactions and regulatory capital market work as well as international securities regulation including the issue of debt and equity securities, convertible instruments and high yield bonds. Our top tier capital market team advises frequently on international securities listings, cross border public offerings and IPO’s and has established strong ties with the Luxembourg stock exchange in this respect.

Bonn & Schmitt:

Bonn & Schmitt is a leading Luxembourg law firm with an extensive international practice.

Our attorneys are experienced practitioners in the Luxembourg legal environment and present a unique combination of expertise allowing us to deliver unrivalled legal solutions in one of Europe’s leading financial centres.

Bonn & Schmitt has established strong working relationships with leading law firms throughout Europe and in the international community with whom we interact closely and collaboratively to provide our clients with innovative and integrated solutions to multi-jurisdictional matters.

Our truly global client base stretches through Europe, the U.S., Asia, South America, South Africa, and Russia.

We are the trusted legal partner of leading international financial institutions, industrial corporations, national governments as well as media companies, pharmaceutical groups and food and beverage groups listed on the Forbes Global 2000 list.

The firm regularly advises Luxembourg state/local and regulatory authorities on a wide range of legal matters.

Bonn & Schmitt’s lawyers are registered with the Luxembourg Bar and many are members of several international legal organizations, including the International Bar Association, the International Association of Lawyers (UIA).

Bonn & Schmitt is the editor of the Luxembourg Law Digest for the Martindale Hubbell Directory.

Bonn & Schmitt was awarded two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014 “Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year” by the International Financial Review (IFLR).

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Samer Eido

Samer is the Managing Partner of Allen & Overy’s office in Doha. He specialises in banking, finance and capital markets and has a broad experience in both conventional and Islamic finance with a focus on general corporate lending, leveraged and acquisition finance, real estate finance and debt restructuring. He regularly acts for both lenders and borrowers on domestic and cross-border transactions. His expertise in capital markets includes advising arrangers, underwriters and issuers on debt and on equity issuances. He also regularly advises local and international financial institutions and regulatory bodies on financial markets regulatory matters. Samer has been based in Doha for over nine years. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

Before joining Allen & Overy Samer was a partner at a leading international law firm where he headed up their financial markets practice in the Middle East.

Samer’s practice is recognised in various recommendations and write-ups in the legal directories:

In IFLR2013, Samer is ranked as a Leading Lawyer and is described as “one of the leading banking and finance lawyers in Qatar” and that “He is very capable both in terms of local and international law.”

In Chambers Global 2012, Samer is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer. He is singled out for his significant finance practice and is described as “an excellent lawyer” and peers “have only good things to say about him.”

Capital Markets Law Practice:

With over 450 lawyers worldwide, we have one of the largest and most international teams of capital markets lawyers of any global law firm.

Our capital markets practice covers the full range of capital markets products and incorporates specialists in debt and equity capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, securitisation, corporate trust and agency and high yield.

Few practices can match our award-winning, top tier position across the full range of capital market products. With such a deep bench of specialists and global reach, international and industry-leading ‘first-of-a-kind’ transactions are our hallmark. We have been instrumental in nearly all the major developments in the capital markets, starting with the first ever eurobond issue in the 1960s.

Integrated into our capital markets practice is a group of U.S. corporate finance lawyers who specialise in U.S. securities law advice, enabling us to advise on U.S. law aspects of transactions anywhere in the world. In addition, a number of our lawyers play leading roles in our cross-practice Islamic Finance group.

The past few years have been the most challenging in the history of international financial markets and have required fresh thinking as the markets adjust to the continually changing economic, political and regulatory conditions. Renowned for our intellectual rigour, our capital markets lawyers draw on deep product expertise and regularly work alongside our regulatory, banking and finance, litigation, restructuring and other specialist teams to develop innovative solutions for our clients, often incorporating precedent-setting financing techniques that lead the industry.

That is why over 800 corporate and financial institution participants in the financial markets entrust us with the full range of their domestic and cross-border transactions.

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Ricardo M. Arango

Ricardo M. Arango joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1995.

Mr. Arango is Head of the firm’s Capital Markets and Banking Practice Group; and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group.

Mr. Arango’s practice focuses on securities regulations; banking and finance; mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; and taxation.

In the area of capital markets and banking, Mr. Arango regularly advises clients in connection with medium term note programs, commercial paper programs, syndicated term and revolving loan agreements, project and structured financing,144-A Reg-S notes, securitizations, and initial public offerings.

In the area of merger and acquisitions, he has acted as lead counsel in the largest transactions in the country and regularly advises clients in connection with stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, and merger agreements.

Mr. Arango has been instrumental in the creation of many financial structures that are common place in Panama today and has participated in such landmark transactions as the Republic of Panama’s Brady Bonds offer; the first securitizations of credit cards receivables, toll road payments, DPRs and residential mortgages in Panama; the IPOs of Bladex, Copa and Panamerican Beverages on the NYSE; Telefónica’s acquisition of BellSouth; the public tender offer by Bancolombia of Banagrícola; and the merger between Banco General and Banco Continental, resulting in Panama’s largest bank.

Mr. Arango headed the Presidential Commission that drafted Panama’s current securities act. He also drafted the rules of operation of LatinClear, Panama’s clearing and settlement agency.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Arango worked in New York.

Capital Markets Law Practice:

ARIAS, FABREGA & FABREGA has built one of the preeminent practices in capital markets and banking in Panama, serving leading financial institutions around the world and in Panama.

The firm has unique expertise both in international and domestic financial transactions and regularly advises clients in connection with 144-A Reg. S offers, initial public offers, commercial paper programs, medium-term note programs, project and structured finance transactions, securitizations, private equity funds, mutual funds, sovereign bonds, syndicated term loans and revolving credit facilities, among others.

ARIFA is widely recognized for its innovation in this field, having pioneered and developed many financial structures and instruments that are in common use today. The firm is also acclaimed for its expertise in structuring complex cross-border transactions.

In the regulatory area, ARIFA regularly advises banks, securities firms and other financial institutions in their dealings with local banking and securities regulators.

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Ömer Çollak

Ömer Çollak has been with the firm since 2003.

Omer Collak practices banking and finance with a specific focus on capital markets transactions, acting for issuers and investments banks in equity, debt and equity-linked instruments in international public offerings, Eurobond offerings, Islamic finance transactions, and private placements. Omer Collak also has significant experience in listed company mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining to Paksoy, Mr Collak worked as a foreign associate in a California-based law firm and handled multinational client correspondence and managed clients in connection with corporate and business issues on behalf of high-tech and bio-tech companies.

Mr Collak is a member of the American Bar Association and a board member of Darussafaka Cemiyeti.

Capital Markets Law Practice:

Paksoy advises financial institutions, investment banks, underwriters, managers and issuers in domestic and international markets on equity, debt and equity-linked transactions, including initial and secondary public offerings, debt offerings, Islamic finance, sukuk issuance, securities transactions and regulatory matters.

Paksoy:

Paksoy is a leading law firm in Istanbul, Turkey, focused on helping clients in a wide range of legal areas, cross-border investments, international business transactions, investigations, compliance and disputes.

Established in 1997, Paksoy stands today, as one of the strongest local legal brands in Turkey with a senior team of over 50 lawyers and aggregate of 80 people.

We define ourselves as a one-stop, full service law firm with a culture and passion to provide practical top-quality services to our clients with an aim to create value to their businesses or investments.

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Cormac Kissane

Cormac is a partner, and the head of the firm’s Capital Markets Group. He advises on a full range of capital markets, structured finance, cross-border financing and related issues. Cormac has advised on the securitisation of a wide variety of asset classes, acting for both domestic and international clients, as well as on the establishment of covered bond programmes.

He also advises on a broad range of debt capital markets transactions including corporate and high-yield bonds, medium term note and commercial paper programmes, tier 1 and other hybrid-type securities. He also advises international lenders and Irish borrowers on cross border financing transactions in particular as regards asset backed lending. Recently he has advised sellers and buyers of portfolios of loans backed by residential and commercial properties and financial institutions providing funding backed by portfolios of loans.

Cormac previously worked for leading international law firms in London, New York and Hong Kong. He has lectured in Trinity College, Dublin on Finance Law.

Capital Markets Law Practice:

Arthur Cox has one of Ireland’s leading Capital Markets practices with an extremely impressive domestic and international client base. The Capital Markets Group advises originators, lead managers, dealers, rating agencies, trustees and issuers on a wide range of debt capital markets transactions, including bond issues and debt issuance programmes, repackagings, LPNs, securitisations, covered bonds, CDO/CLO transactions and derivatives.

The firm’s strong Irish client base generates a significant volume of domestic debt capital markets transactions. We continue to have a leading position in the Irish covered bond market, acting as dealers counsel on all public mortgage covered bond programmes. We have been at the forefront of Ireland’s securitisation market, advising on the first ever RMBS and the first ever, and only, public CMBS. We have advised issuers and managers on a variety of Tier 1 and Tier 2 issues by Irish credit institutions. We have also seen the trend continue of having Irish originated capital markets transactions documented under Irish law. Apart from Arthur Cox, very few Irish firms have the expertise and capacity to do this.

Recently we have been advising clients (both credit institutions and other corporations) on a variety of liability management projects involving the buy-back of securities and loans.

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Martin Aschenbrenner

“Top capital markets practitioner and a leader in bond issues” (Chambers Europe)

“King of capital markets, be it equity or debt” (Chambers Europe)

Martin Aschenbrenner is a partner at PRK Partners, and is widely recognised as one of the leading securities lawyers in the Czech Republic. He focuses primarily on securities offerings and debt issuance programs, both domestic and international.

Martin holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in law from the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague as well as an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).

Before joining PRK Partners in February 1998, Martin worked at White & Case in Prague, where he specialised in securities, structured finance and other forms of financing, as well as capital markets regulation.

Martin speaks Czech and English and has a good working knowledge of German. He is an attorney at law registered with both the Czech Bar Association and the New York State Bar.

Martin is a member of the Appellate Committee of the Czech National Bank and the Listing Committee of the Prague Stock Exchange. He is also on the List of Arbitrators for the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and the Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic and an arbitrator of the Exchange Court of Arbitration at the Prague Stock Exchange.

Martin is consistently ranked among leading practitioners in the area of banking, finance and capital markets by the prestigious directories Chambers Europe and IFLR1000. In addition, he has been named Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year 2012 by Best Lawyers. Martin is, furthermore, listed and recommended in the areas of banking and finance, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions in numerous other directories and publications, including The European Legal 500, Expert Guides, Who’s Who Legal, Legal Experts and PLC Which Lawyer?.

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