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J. Eugene Marans is Senior Counsel of the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. He is now based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office after having served as resident partner of the firm's Hong Kong office. Mr. Marans's practice focuses on capital markets regulatory issues and representation of international financial institutions, with an increasing allocation of his time to pro bono activities. Mr. Marans began work in the firm's New York office in 1966 and became a partner in the Washington office in 1975. He has also served in the Paris office of the firm. He served as a law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1965-66. Mr. Marans received an LL.B. degree with honors from Harvard Law School in 1965 and an undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard College in 1962. He is a member of the bar in New York and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Second Circuits. He is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; the New York State, Federal, American and International bar associations; and the Washington Foreign Law Society (past president); Union Internationale des Avocats; American Society of International Law; and American Law Institute. Mr. Marans is past chair of The District of Columbia Bar's International Law Section and of its International Investment and Finance Committee, and he currently serves as an editor of its Manual of Foreign Investment in the United States (West). He also served as Co-Chair of the Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, Mr. Marans serves as a Trustee of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, a not-for-profit education and research organization devoted to improving the conditions of the rural poor and their communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.