CHICAGO– LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs –Sept. 14, 2006–The interna…

CHICAGO– LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs –Sept. 14, 2006–The international law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partners Gary Jungels and Olga Loy. Mr. Jungels and Ms. Loy join the firm as partners in the Private Equity Practice from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where they were partners specializing in the formation of buyout, venture and other private equity funds. Mr. Jungels and Ms. Loy have represented over 30 fund sponsors that have raised billions of dollars of capital, including from some of the largest institutional investors in the world.

Mr. Jungels and Ms. Loy will lead Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw’s efforts to expand its private equity fund formation practice in Chicago, taking advantage of the firm’s long-standing strengths in the areas of capital markets, taxation, ERISA and mergers and acquisitions. Their combined experience complements the firm’s significant private equity fund practice in its New York office, as well as its leading real estate fund practice based in Chicago.

“Gary and Olga bring an exciting dimension to our private equity practice, and their addition significantly expands the range of expertise we can provide to our private equity clients,” said Fritz Thomas, co-practice leader for the firm’s Corporate and Securities Group. “We are committed to aggressively expanding our presence in the private equity area, and we are thrilled that Gary and Olga share our vision.”

“Mayer Brown is a world-class law firm that has all of the expertise we need to serve private equity fund managers,” Mr. Jungels said. “The firm’s expertise in tax, ERISA and securities regulation was a key factor in our decision to join. Our ready access to those resources, as well as the firm’s experience in representing some of the largest and most active fund sponsors and investors, will enable us to provide the sophisticated legal and business solutions that our clients need.”

“We are very excited about the future of Mayer Brown’s private equity practice,” added Ms. Loy. “The firm offers everything our private equity clients expect and deserve, most notably an array of top-quality talent in all areas related to work for private equity firms.”

“Gary and Olga are a perfect complement to the in-depth expertise we already offer in virtually all aspects of national and international business transactions,” said Debora de Hoyos, the firm’s managing partner. “We’re delighted that they have decided to join our team.”

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is one of the world’s most active law firms practicing in the private equity arena. The firm represents private funds and their sponsors in their fund formations, portfolio acquisitions, portfolio sales and fund administration and regulatory matters. Clients include financial institutions, investment banking firms, investment advisors, insurance companies, commodity pools and broker-dealers, as well as pension funds, universities and other institutional investors. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw attorneys are experienced with all types of private equity investment vehicles, including leveraged buyout funds, venture capital funds, special situations funds and real estate funds. The private equity practice includes more than 70 lawyers from across practice areas and offices worldwide, drawing upon extensive corporate, securities, M&A and ERISA expertise to guide its clients.

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is among the largest law firms in the world with more than 1,400 lawyers practicing in seven U.S. cities (Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, and Washington) and six European cities (Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London, and Paris).

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