Mayer Brown is strengthening the Private Equity practice within its Corporate and Securities Practice. Dr. Benedikt Weiser has been a partner in firm's Frankfurt office since the beginning of April. An expert in fund structuring, he work to develop this area at Mayer Brown. Benedikt Weiser is the second new partner the firm this year; in February Ralf Schnaittacher joined the Cologne office as an M&A partner.

Benedikt Weiser, 39, specialises in private equity, real estate and mezzanine funds. He primarily advises fund companies in structuring and launching investment funds. He also a wealth of experience in advising companies with regard to international fiscal and regulatory issues. In addition, he advises investors and is an instructor for private equity law Bucerius Law School. Benedikt Weiser was most recently counsel at Linklaters in Frankfurt.

"Benedikt Weiser is a proven expert in fund advisory", said Dr. Jörg Wulfken, managing partner of Mayer Brown Germany. "The fact that he will henceforth be working for us further element in our strategy to strengthen our global fund business."

"Benedikt Weiser will develop an area complementing our existing private equity transactions practice", said Dr. Rüdiger Herrmann, one of the two heads of the German Corporate "In future, in addition to our transactions practice, we will also be active in fund structuring." "I am excited to be able to contribute to Mayer Brown's global expertise in fund structuring", said Benedikt Weiser. Due not least to the credit crisis, the funds landscape is evolving, at the investor level and at the level of the investment classes selected by a fund as a target investment. "It is therefore particularly appealing to be able to shape this team in a firm such broad expertise as Mayer Brown.".