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Pepper Hamilton and The Abraham Group Form Strategic Alliance

03/28/06

Washington, D.C. – March 28, 2006 Pepper Hamilton LLP and The Abraham Group LLC, an international strategic consulting firm, announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance to provide a comprehensive range of legal and business consulting services, focusing primarily on the energy sector.

The announcement was made by Spencer Abraham, chairman and CEO of The Abraham Group and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, and Robert E. Heideck, Pepper Hamilton’s executive partner.

“Our clients turn to us for solutions to complex legal issues,” said Mr. Heideck. “Increasingly, they also seek strategic advice concerning opportunities in the energy field, energy-related industries and international expansion, areas in which The Abraham Group has deep knowledge and experience. We believe that Spence Abraham and his team will offer clients terrific value with their strategic counsel, and we are excited to work with them.”

Secretary Abraham said, “Pepper Hamilton is an outstanding and highly respected law firm. We look forward to helping the firm grow its energy practice, and to consulting with its clients on government regulatory and international matters. Our strategic alliance provides The Abraham Group with a great platform and offers our clients looking to act on our strategic advice access to an array of top-flight legal services.”

Areas in which The Abraham Group and Pepper Hamilton have mutual interests and experience include energy and natural resources, energy corporate transactions (including venture and private equity), government and regulatory affairs, and international affairs. By forming a strategic alliance, The Abraham Group and Pepper Hamilton can offer their respective clients a variety of services to assist with many business challenges and opportunities in these areas.

About Pepper Hamilton Pepper Hamilton LLP (www.pepperlaw.com) is a multi-practice law firm with 400 lawyers in six states and the District of Columbia. 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.

About The Abraham Group The Abraham Group LLC (www.abrahamgroupllc.com) is an international strategic consulting firm that assists clients seeking opportunities or solutions in the United States and global market. The firm’s major focus and specialization is the international energy sector. Spencer Abraham, the firm’s chairman and CEO, served as U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2001-05, and as a U.S. Senator representing Michigan from 1995 - 2001.

Other partners in the firm include Joseph McMonigle, president, who is a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Energy and former vice chairman of the International Energy Agency Board of Governors; and Majida Mourad, vice president, who served as a senior advisor to Secretary Abraham and a lead Energy Department representative on international energy matters. Each of the firm’s principals has extensive experience working at senior levels in Congress, the Executive Branch and international affairs. The firm was founded in October 2005.