New York, March 21, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Real Estate Law – Sidley Aust…

New York, March 21, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Real Estate Law – Sidley Austin LLP today announced that Farid Maluf, 47, has joined the firm as a real estate partner in its New York office.

Mr. Maluf has significant experience in capital markets real estate lending and finance, as well as acquisitions and sales. Mr. Maluf advises investment banks, private equity funds, pension fund advisors, and other domestic and foreign financial institutions in complex real estate and real estate finance transactions, such as fixed and floating rate financings, construction and renovation financings for large office buildings, residential facilities, luxury hotels, condominiums, shopping center developments and mixed-use projects, leasehold and sale-leaseback financing, and mezzanine loans. Many of these loans are intended for securitization.

“Our real estate practice continues to grow at a rapid pace to meet the expanding needs of our clients,” said Virginia Aronson, global co-head of Sidley’s real estate practice. “We are excited about adding Farid’s talents to our practice.”

“We are pleased that Farid has joined us,” stated Alan Weil, chair of Sidley’s New York real estate group. “His financing knowledge and skill in multiple areas of real estate law will be an asset to our firmwide practice. “

Mr. Maluf holds a B.A. from Haverford College and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the New York University Law Review.

Sidley’s real estate lawyers have extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions, with more than 100 lawyers worldwide representing owners, developers, lenders, investors, utility companies, non-profit institutions and governmental entities in the development, financing, acquisition, disposition and leasing of real estate. Sidley has significant experience in the areas of REITs and real estate M&A, and recently represented EOP in the largest leveraged buyout in history.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with more than 1,700 lawyers practicing in 15 U.S. and international cities including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. In 2006, Sidley was named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, their designation for “the 15 finest law firms in the world.” Sidley was again named the number one law firm for overall client service by BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, in 2007. BTI has also named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for six years in a row.

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