Lawrence Portman Joins Rothschild

Lawrence Portman has joined Rothschild as a managing director and head of consumer products for the Americas. He previously was head of Citigroup’s North American food and beverage practice.

Rothschild, one of the world’s leading specialists in providing corporations independent financial advice globally, announced today that Lawrence D. Portman has joined the firm as a Managing Director in New York and Head of Consumer Products for the Americas.

Most recently, Mr. Portman was at Citigroup where he was Head of its North American Food and Beverage practice. Prior to that, he was Head of European Consumer Products at Morgan Stanley.

Christopher Lawrence, Managing Director and Co-Head of North American Investment Banking for Rothschild, commented, “Rothschild has a superb global consumer products advisory franchise which we plan to continue to advance in North and South America. We expect to capitalize on Larry’s broad experience in advising many of the best and most respected large cap consumer companies in the world. His strong relationships and outstanding judgment will be important additional assets to Rothschild’s advisory efforts here and abroad.”

Mr. Portman, 41, said, “Rothschild is a world-class firm and one of a handful of highly-valued investment banks that provide outstanding independent strategic advice globally. I am very excited about the power of Rothschild’s global network and leading consumer franchise and the extraordinary professional talent the firm brings to bear on behalf of its clients around the world.”

Mr. Portman will be joining Michael Gottschalk, who will continue as Head of North American Consumer Products, as Rothschild continues to expand its global advisory practice. Mr. Portman will also join Mr. Gottschalk on the Executive Committee of the global co-operation established in 2008 between Rothschild and Rabobank to pursue M&A and Equity Capital Markets advisory in the food, drink and agricultural sectors.

About Rothschild

Founded nearly 250 years ago, Rothschild is a world leading corporate financial adviser providing advice globally on mergers and acquisitions, debt, equity and restructurings. Rothschild’s objectivity, its global network, and its commitment to a relationship-driven approach, combine to create value for its clients, building value through stability, integrity and creativity. Rothschild has approximately 950 advisory bankers operating from 47 offices in 34 countries and is the adviser of choice to corporations, individuals and governments worldwide.

Mr. Portman is the latest of several managing directors that Rothschild has hired in the U.S. in the last several months, including:

· Laurence Grafstein who joined from Lazard as co-head U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions.

· Geoff Blythe who joined from Merrill Lynch to cover the Industrials Sector.

· Steven Lipman who joined from Bank of America to cover Financial Sponsors