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Domenic Romano

Business Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   42 reviews
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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Domenic

Learn Domenic’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Business
    25%
    Providing Business and Corporate legal counsel and advice to companies and business owners. Work with both large corporate clients and individuals in industries including: technology, media, finance, entertainment, design, fashion, construction, medical, food, cosmetics, advertising, education, and marketing, among others.

    31 years

  2. Employment and labor
    25%
    Representing companies and employees in employment contracts and disputes.

    21 years

  3. Entertainment
    25%
    Providing legal counsel to the entertainment industry. Represent large companies and individuals, in both creative and business legal matters. Represent producers, production companies, directors, performing artists, actors, child entertainers, writers, designers, photographers, visual artists and other commercial artists.

    31 years

  4. Litigation
    25%
    Dispute Resolution - Negotiation and Mediation. If a dispute cannot be resolved through negotiation, our team has experience litigating before state and federal courts, the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), FINRA, IFTA, JAMS and ICC

    21 years

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Domenic Romano is the Founder and Managing Partner of Romano Law PLLC, a transactional and litigation Business, Employment, Sports and Entertainment Law firm located in the Financial District of New York City. The firm also has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and San Diego. Domenic provides outside legal counsel to businesses and creative professionals, athletes and stake-holders in entities.  The firm’s emphasis is on the long term and its approach is international.

A graduate of McGill University, Domenic Romano received a law degree from Oxford University, a LL.M. in International Business from Columbia University School of Law and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University.  He is admitted to practice in New York State (1993) and in Ontario, Canada (1996). 

Before starting Romano Law in 2003, he was a Corporate Attorney at Jones Day, Hahn & Hessen LLP and Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP and served as in-house legal counsel at a biotech firm, Pasteur Merieux Connaught in Toronto (now Sanofi Pasteur). 

Domenic is has been on the board of the New York chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and served as president in 2022-2023. 

He is an Adjuct Professor at Columbia University Film School (Entertainment Law for Filmmakers) and has been a guest speaker at New York University, the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO), and the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE).  In addition, he has served on the board of directors of both the American National Theatre (ANT) and STREETS International, a non-profit organization serving disadvantaged youth in underdeveloped nations. 

Domenic Romano is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Brooklyn Bar Association. He is also in the Business Law and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law sections of the New York State Bar Association. Domenic is the Founding Member of the Business Lawyers Group, the Managing Partners Group and the Entertainment Lawyers Group in New York City. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (TV Academy) and an Emmy voter. 

(c) 2009-2023 Romano Law PLLC

 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012,2010
Client's Choice
2012 2010

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Location

Romano Law PLLC
55 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York, NY, 10004

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  42 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Andrew | September 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An exceptional lawyer leading a first-rate firm
My company has been working with Domenic and his team for over five years and the service has been excellent each and every time we've called on them. Dom is extremely genuine and down to earth, very knowledgable in the minutiae of business law, and always makes sure to work at my pace when outlining the best way forward. I highly recommend him - you'll be glad that you have Domenic and Romano Law in your corner.
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Response from Domenic Romano June 5, 2021
Andrew, thank you for your kind words. It's been a pleasure working with you over the years. I appreciate it.
Posted by Joe | March 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic law firm!
Domenic and his staff did a fantastic job with my company operating agreement. They were quick, thorough, and very responsive with questions and comments. I will be utilizing Domenic and his firm moving forward with all of my business needs.
Response from Domenic Romano June 5, 2021
Joe, thank you for your review. I appreciate your noticing that we put a premium on responsiveness and attention to detail. We're here, when you need us.
Posted by Gustavo Woltmann | October 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Incredible legal team! Domenic and his staff were exceptional in handling my company's operating agreement. Their efficiency, attention to detail, and responsiveness to my questions and concerns were outstanding. I plan to continue working with Domenic and his firm for all my future business requirements.
Posted by Robert | May 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wise, reasonable and relevant counsel
Domenic and his team have been supporting both of our businesses and personal affairs for nearly five years. We've worked with a lot of lawyers but none that take the time to really consider what we're trying to accomplish. Most find reasons not to, Domenic finds the way.
Posted by Aaron | December 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experiences with fantastic attorney and team
I've been a Romano Law client for several years and I can't say enough great things about my experiences with Domenic and the entire Romano Law team. I'm a retail brand owner and I've had the pleasure of working with Domenic, Shaliz, and Sid on a number of important contracts for my business including a celebrity endorsement deal, a merchandising licensing agreement, a media services agreement, and a stock purchase agreement and I was extremely pleased with the work quality, attentiveness, and outcome in every case. I've always been struck by the level of commitment and care that the entire team had in making sure that my interests were being protected as well as always taking the extra time to walk me through complex legal processes when needed and providing valuable guidance to me. I wholeheartedly recommend Domenic and his team!
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Posted by Laura | November 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney and firm
Domenic and the entire team at Romano Law are excellent, hardworking, meticulous, and bright attorneys. I had a very positive experience working with Domenic and his team. I highly recommend Domenic and Romano Law.
Posted by Ian | October 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity, passion and care. What more could I ask for?
My experience with Domenic and his team has been exceptional from the start. Everyone has shown compassion for my needs and legal rights throughout all stages of the process, a thorough understanding of the law from every angle, and made me feel both respected and well-represented. The best experience I’ve ever had with a law firm.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding, Experienced and Thoughtful Legal Advice
I recently engaged Romano Law to assist in an important, sizeable contract matter where they happen to have particular expertise. As a retired lawyer myself I have high standards for legal services, and Romano Law's attorneys exceeded all my expectations. Not simply with regard to the quality and creativity of their advice, but also for the small but important things that make working with them a pleasure-- fast turnaround, good listening, willingness to work outside of "normal" hours when required by the deal tempo. And if the definition of value is outcome divided by price, Romano Law added significant value to my negotiation and documentation of the transaction. I really recommend them without hesitation or reservations whatsoever.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thanks for the piece of mind
I worked with Aaron at Romano Law for a consultation regarding a noncompete and he was absolutely fantastic, walking me through the steps and giving me as much time as I needed, even after our hour was up. He even helped me craft several letters. Would definitely use him again—Hopefully I won't have to!
Response from Domenic Romano June 5, 2021
Thank you for your feedback. Our Associate Attorney, Aaron Deitsch, is excellent. Very glad to hear you had a good experience with our firm.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend for Employment Contract Law
I have very high respect for Domenic and his staff. Domenic took the time to understand the situation, probed to get additional information and provided excellent advise to help me make an educated decision. You rarely find lawyers who care about their client and provide good consultation prior to you hiring them. I would highly recommend Domenic for any employment, contract law advise.
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Response from Domenic Romano June 5, 2021
Joe, thank you for your thoughtful comments. I appreciate it.
Posted by Alec Malaspina | September 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply an Excellent Law Firm
Romano and his Firm are solid and professional lawyers. They have been with my business since the formation and everything goes quite smooth thanks to their work. They are professional, reliable and the kind lawyers you would only expect from the old times. They will make you feel like you are the number one client. I am glad for the opportunity to let you know that if you have any doubts about hiring these guys, don't. You will not be disappointed.
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Response from Domenic Romano June 5, 2021
Alec, thank you for your kinds words. We appreciate you and have enjoyed working with your companies, over the last several years. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Posted by Adam | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, solid, diligent.
I wanted to quickly post about how Romano Law enabled me to sell my business. The combination of having a business broker to get potential buyers to the table, and then having a competent, reasonable, but strong firm representing my interests - allowed me to do what I thought impossible. They weren’t the first firm I chose, but they certainly were the last. When you have intelligent people working on your behalf, it gives you the peace of mind that you are not climbing an uphill battle. Like most people, I have never sold a business before. Every step of the way my head was spinning, trying to learn as Ia go, wondering if I had made some critical mistake that would end up shooting myself in the foot. All that changed once I retained the services of Romano Law. I could sleep easy knowing that whatever the outcome was, I did not leave anything on the table. The sale eventually went through, and I could not be happier with the results. This has been nothing short of life changing. Don’t leave things up to chance – choose Romano Law.
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Response from Domenic Romano August 14, 2021
Adam, thank you for your thoughtful feedback. I'm happy we've had the opportunity to work together.
Posted by Parker | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant Attorney and Trusted Advisor
I have known Domenic for years and have always been impressed with his work ethic and his incredible character. Recently, I worked with him on a severance package from an employer and he and his team got me the best possible outcome from a scenario that was giving me so much anxiety! Domenic made sure to keep me updated on every step of the process and always made sure to find out if I had questions and whether I was comfortable with next steps. He is the perfect gentleman who has the sharpest negotiating skills around. I'm thrilled to call him a trusted advisor-- and will always have his team handle my talent negotiations moving forward!
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Response from Domenic Romano June 26, 2021
Parker, thanks for your kind words. I enjoy working with you.
Posted by Ray | January 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgable and Trustworthy Attorney
I recently worked with Domenic Romano of Romano Law because our business we had a new opportunity unlike anything we had ever dealt with in the past. Domenic was amazing. He helped us to look into this business agreement and relationship from perspectives that I had never even considered. We spent much time discussing our business so that he could consult not just on this agreement but on the strategy of the business relationship. Working with Domenic made me feel safe because I knew he had our best interests at heart and helped us to protect our business way beyond anything we thought was possible. I would highly recommend Domenic to help you with your business and legal needs.
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Response from Domenic Romano June 26, 2021
Ray, thanks for your feedback. We enjoy providing strategic legal advice to protect our clients.
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The kindest, most considerate (and least intimidating) attorney in NYC
Domenic and his assistant are together THE kindest legal firm in the NYC area. After countless phone calls to attorneys of all different levels and statuses, I was unable to find someone who really empathized with my case and actually sounded like they cared. Most of the successful firms seem to just be interested in whether they can win your case and the resulting monetary incentive, but Domenic was kind enough to schedule a consultation with me despite my case being out of his legal field and despite the fact that he probably knew I would ultimately not be able to retain him. The time and effort he put into helping me even after our consultation was over was second to none and I truly appreciate that he went above and beyond. He was extremely considerate and treated me with the same level of attention and respect I would expect only the wealthiest of clients would get.
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Response from Domenic Romano June 5, 2021
Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. I really do appreciate it.
Posted by Haley | March 7, 2015
Trust worthy and Ethical!
Domenic got on the phone with my employers who were wrongfully terminating me for not participating in unethical/illegal activities. He clearly warned them that what they were doing was retaliation and urged me to walk away and that I had rights to pursue a lawsuit. Had I not spoken to Domenic, I would have probably accepted the little money they were offering me as a severance and had signed my rights off to sue them. Later on I found out, had I sighed the paperwork, there would be nothing I could do or go after them. I really really appreciate Domenic's advise at the time and glad I trusted him. He's one of the "good guys" and I so respect him as an attorney. Trust this guy and work with him, you'll be glad you did! Also, I know that his reputation is very important to him which says a lot.
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Response from Domenic Romano June 5, 2021
Haley, thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to help.
Posted by Karen | January 29, 2015
Success!
Domenic Romano and his team are magicians. He successfully secured a large sum of money owed to my client. Two other firms refused to take on the case. Romano Law jumped right in with innovative use of social media and tactical legal maneuvers. This firm knows their stuff. Domenic or a member of his team was readily available to guide me through the process. Success!
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Response from Domenic Romano June 26, 2021
Karen, we have nothing up our sleeves, but we do enjoy getting legal results. Thanks for your kind words.
Posted by James | November 7, 2014
Simply excellent law firm.
We have a unique digital marketing agency with unusual contracts and conditions. We met Romano Law at a Producers Guild of America event. After a short trial period, we put them on retainer. They have helped us tremendously with a number of challenging contractual matters. Their advice has been spot on and profitable. In addition, they have been extremely accessible, nice to work with, and honorable. We would recommend Roman Law without hesitation.
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Response from Domenic Romano June 26, 2021
James, thanks for your feedback. We really enjoyed working with you.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2014
Contract settlement
I hired Domenic for legal representation in a professional contract negotiation. I found Romano Law to be very informative, patient and readily available to discuss important issues and provide very clear guidance. I was completely satisfied with their professional approach and would not hesitate to recommend their services.
Response from Domenic Romano June 5, 2021
Thank you for your kind review. I appreciate your noticing our approach.
Posted by Edward | July 12, 2013
Highly recommended entertainment law firm
Romano Law has been my law firm of choice for the last 10 years. The firm’s lawyers’ meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of matters of law and business are first rate. Mr. Romano has assisted me in negotiating a six-figure investment deal, obtaining terms for me that I could not have done on my own (and I'm a former attorney), as well as providing legal and business support in negotiating a television syndication deal. I highly recommend Romano Law.
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Response from Domenic Romano June 26, 2021
Edward, thanks for your kind words. We've appreciated working with you over the years.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 700-900 per hour
  • Contingency 5%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • ROMANO LAW PLLC (New York)
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • HAHN & HESSEN LLP (New York)
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Associate Attorney
  • BROWN RAYSMAN MILLSTEIN FELDER & STEINER LLP (New York)
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate Attorney
  • JONES, DAY, REAVIS & POGUE (New York)
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Associate Attorney
  • HAHN & HESSEN LLP (New York)
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Legal Counsel
  • CONNAUGHT LABORATORIES LTD. (RHONE POULENC - currently Aventis Pasteur) (Toronto)
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Articling Associate
  • OSLER, HOSKIN & HARCOURT LLP (Toronto)
  • 1994 - 1995
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Education

  • Columbia University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1992
  • University of Oxford
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • McGill University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1989
  • McGill University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988
  • Dalhousie University School of Law
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Business Attorney & Entertainment Lawyer - No Legal Cases

Associations

  • Entrepreneurs' Organization - New York City (EONY)
  • Forum Chair
  • 2020 - Present
  • Entertainment Lawyers Group (NY)
  • Founder
  • 2010 - Present
  • Business Lawyers Group
  • Founder
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Entrepreneurs' Organization - New York City (EONY)
  • Accelerator Chair
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Entrepreneurs' Organization - New York City (EONY)
  • Membership Chair
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Accelerator NY
  • Membership Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Workshop in Business Opportunities
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Corporate Counsel's International Adviser
  • Redefining Corporate Liability
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Producers Guild of America (PGA) - February
  • WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? - A Legal Q&A
  • 2015
  • Columbia University MFA Film Program April
  • Exit Strategies: Lawyers & Legal
  • 2015
  • Producers Guild of America (PGA)
  • Contracts for Producers
  • 2014
  • CLE Seminer - Hudson Valley Bank - May
  • Lawyer's Guide to Filmmaking
  • 2014
  • WIBO - Workshop in Business Opportunities
  • Law & Ethics: How to Build a Growing Profitable Business
  • 2011
  • IIFF Financing Townhall in Manhattan (October 2011)
  • Film Financing
  • 2011
  • Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) Speaker Series
  • Legal Seminar for Business Owners
  • 2010
  • Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) Speaker Series
  • Legal Seminar for Business Owners
  • 2009
  • ICE Culinary Management Program
  • Legal Considerations for Business Owners
  • 2009
  • ICE Culinary Management Program
  • Legal Considerations for Business Owners
  • 2008
  • ICE Culinary Management Program
  • Legal Considerations for Business Owners
  • 2007
  • ICE Culinary Management Program
  • Legal Considerations for Business Owners
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (14)
Endorse Domenic
Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer for his strong work ethic, integrity, creativity and insight. Domenic is a transaction guru, universally respected by his peers in the business and entertainment worlds."
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Domenic is as sharp as they come. He is highly competent and would recommend him for any matter relating to business or entertainment matters. Domenic operates from a basis of integrity and that is an invaluable commodity."
Entertainment Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Romano is one of the most professional and reasonable lawyers in the industry. I highly recommend him for anyone needing counsel on a business or entertainment law matter."
Entertainment Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Domenic has a level head and steady hand -- exactly the kind of representation that new ventures in the corporate and entertainment spaces need. I highly recommend him."
Entertainment Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Mr. Romano on several matters involving entertainment and business law, two his focused practice areas. He has demonstrated a deep understanding of complicated issues and industry practices, as well as a keen attention to detail. Moreover, Mr. Romano is diligent and good to his word. I endorse him without reservation.."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently worked with Domenic on a project for a mutual client and was impressed with his ability and insight. I would highly recommend Domenic to anyone searching for corporate and entertainment counsel."
Entertainment Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Domenic is very responsive and his attention to detail exceeds his client's expectations."
Entertainment Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Domenic is a knowledgeable attorney who I would gladly turn to with any corporate or entertainment law matter. I am glad to have him as a resource!"
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Domenic is a phenomenal attorney whose experience, expertise, and attention to detail is unsurpassed. He cares deeply about providing the highest possible quality of services and ensures that his clients receive a degree of time, attention, and care that separates his firm from his competitors. I highly recommend Domenic as an attorney for any client seeking his services."
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Domenic to any artists, musicians, actors or writers in need of counsel. I have collaborated with him and was very impressed with his work and attention to detail."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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New York Business Lawyer Domenic Romano
Domenic Romano
Business Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 30 years
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