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Mayer Brown announced today that Aubry Smith has joined the firm in its New York office as a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice. Mr. Smith joins from Paul Weiss.

“Aubry’s experience and technical knowledge on complex private equity, credit and other engagements are particularly attractive to our clients, and we are thrilled to add him to our growing team,” said John W. Noell, Jr., the head of Mayer Brown’s global Investment Management and Fund Formation group.

Mr. Smith represents both sponsors and investors in all aspects of the establishment and operation of private investment funds and managed accounts (closed-ended, open-ended and hybrid). He also advises on investment transactions such as co-investments, joint ventures, seed capital arrangements and secondary market sales of fund interests, as well as the establishment and acquisition of investment advisory businesses and management teams.

“The strength of Mayer Brown’s investment management platform and complementary practice areas enables me to provide an exceptional level of service to a broad range of clients, and I am delighted to be joining such a talented team,” said Mr. Smith. “In particular, I look forward to combining my years of credit fund experience with Mayer Brown’s premier fund finance, structured finance and alternative lending practices.”

“Aubry is an outstanding attorney with impressive experience advising on the formation of credit funds,” said Richard Spehr, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office. “He brings a depth of knowledge that bolsters the firm’s ability to provide strategic counsel to clients in New York and across the world who have growing needs in this increasingly complex market.”

Mr. Smith will focus on private fund formation with Iliana Kirova and Kristine Koren in New York and Gordon Palmquist in Tokyo, all of whom joined Mayer Brown in 2018. The New York, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and São Paulo teams collaborate across Mayer Brown’s offices to provide private fund sponsors with a comprehensive, cross-border service offering.

Within the past year, the firm has invested substantially in its private credit, infrastructure and private equity capabilities. Most recently, Matt O’Meara joined the firm as head of its global Private Credit group along with finance partners Jaime Gatenio and Beth Vogel. The arrival of Mr. Smith continues this strategic growth, particularly as it relates to enhancing services for credit fund clients.