3 March 2010 – Mayer Brown today announced that it has been recognized by Private Equity Real Estate (PERE) News, a leading publication reporting on private equity real estate matters, as the PERE Asia law firm of the year for fund formation.  This award comes after a very busy year in the fund formation practice, highlighted by the final closing of the Singapore-based Banyan Tree's Indochina to Hospitality Fund.

According to the publication, “Mayer Brown is growing a reputation for its fund formation services... through the formation of interesting and unusual funds such as Singapore-based-Banyan Tree’s Indochina to Hospitality Fund, the firm is beginning take stage centre stage.”

Banyan Tree's Indochina to Hospitality Fund was one of the few Asia funds to hold a final closing last year.  The fund attracted interest from top-tier investors including HSIL Investments, a subsidiary of HSBC, and conglomerate investor Nan Fung Group.

“We are honoured to be recognized by the leading private equity real estate magazine,” said Mayer Brown partner Phill Smith, the partner in charge of the deal. “This is a testament to the hard work of our attorneys and ingenuity of our clients.”

Additional funds handled by the Asian fund team in 2009 include Dragon Capital’s formation of a Vietnamese debt fund.

Mayer Brown  were also listed by PERE News as one of the three top firms in Asia for private equity real estate transactions.  David Ellis who leads the private equity real estate transactions practice within the firm said, “It is very satisfying to win one category and be placed in the top three for the other. This is a reflection of our bench strength in private equity real estate across our various offices within the region.”

Mayer Brown has an extensive global private investment funds practice involving more than 100 lawyers from across the firm’s worldwide practice areas. Our lawyers’ broad market experience enables fund sponsor, adviser and investor clients to structure funds and investments creatively and efficiently to maximize fund-raising flexibility and opportunities.