Chicago, June 18, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – Baker …

Chicago, June 18, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – Baker & McKenzie LLP is pleased to announce that corporate real estate private equity fund formation lawyer Addison Braendel and corporate associate Sarah Harris, joined its Corporate & Securities Practice Group in Chicago as Partner and associate, respectively. Mr. Braendel was a partner, and Ms. Harris was an associate, at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP in Chicago. Mr. Braendel will head up Baker & McKenzie’s real estate and alternative asset fund formation team.

“We are very pleased to welcome Addison and Sarah to the Firm,” said David Hackett, North American Managing Partner. “Their established expertise in fund formation fits well with our existing global fund, partnership tax, REIT, corporate and securities, ERISA, finance and real estate practices.”

Mr. Braendel’s practice is primarily corporate transactional, focusing on formation of private equity funds, typically with a real estate, infrastructure or energy focus. He also has significant experience in regulatory matters, the Investment Advisers Act, the Investment Company Act, joint ventures, tender offers, partnerships, shareholder rights plans, corporate governance, and REITs.

Ms. Harris’ practice also focuses on fund formation, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, tender offers, partnerships, shareholder rights plans, corporate governance, and REITs.

“Addison’s practice complements various practice areas, including corporate, tax and private equity, allowing us to continue to provide specialized service to our clients,” said Philip Suse, Managing Partner of the Chicago office. “We are confident that his joining will add depth to our transactional capabilities in Chicago.”

Mr. Braendel received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Temple University in 1987 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992.

Ms. Harris received her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College in 1996, and her J.D. from Northwestern University in 2001.

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