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Mayer Brown announced that Marc Harrison, an experienced private equity lawyer, has joined the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice as a partner in Chicago. Previously, Mr. Harrison was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig.

“Marc’s arrival is the latest step in our ongoing effort to build out our private equity capabilities,” said Marc F. Sperber, a co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Corporate & Securities practice. “Marc is a talented private equity practitioner with substantial M&A experience and market acceptance. He will enhance our ability to serve our financial sponsor clients at the highest level. Marc’s appointment also reunites him with his former partner Ameer Ahmad, who joined our growing private equity practice in Chicago last year.”

Mr. Harrison represents financial sponsors and strategic buyers and sellers in complex business transactions, including public and private acquisitions and dispositions, LBOs, restructurings and joint ventures. He has extensive experience advising private equity sponsors on portfolio company acquisitions and sales in a broad variety of industries. Mr. Harrison also represents public companies, private companies and venture capital firms in structuring and negotiating growth equity and venture capital investments, equity financings, recapitalizations and restructurings, and executive compensation and incentive equity matters.

“Mayer Brown’s global platform and reputation as a go-to firm for private equity and M&A transactions makes it a great fit to continue to develop and expand my practice,” said Mr. Harrison. “This is a firm that understands client service, and I am honored to be a part of it.”

“Marc is a significant addition to our growing private equity practice here in Chicago and nationally,” added Britt Miller, the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. “The ability to draw on Marc’s talent in structuring and negotiating complex business transactions will add tremendous value for our clients. We are pleased to welcome him to the firm.”

Building on the momentum of consistent growth in the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice, Mr. Harrison is the 17th partner addition in the last 12 months. His arrival follows on the heels of Bob Palmer in London and Tram Nguyen in Washington DC.