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Mayer Brown announced today that Elizabeth Hermann Smith has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice. Ms. Smith joins from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

“Continuing to expand our leveraged finance capabilities, particularly with private credit funds, is a primary goal of the firm’s Banking & Finance practice,” said Frederick Fisher, a co-leader of Mayer Brown's global Lending group. “Elizabeth’s addition reflects our commitment to growth and strengthens our global finance offerings.”

Ms. Smith counsels lenders in all areas of leveraged finance. She represents administrative agents, lead arrangers and lenders primarily in syndicated senior secured cash flow transactions, as well as representing mezzanine investors and borrowers in leveraged buyouts, dividend recapitalizations, add-on acquisition financings, workouts and other credit transactions.

“The overall culture and commitment to growth across the private equity and finance practices quickly convinced me that Mayer Brown was the ideal fit,” said Ms. Smith. “I am thrilled to join the firm’s market-leading Banking & Finance practice.”

“Elizabeth’s extensive experience in private credit and bank lending fits squarely within our Chicago and global lending practices,” added Britt Miller, the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. “We are enthusiastic about all Elizabeth brings to our growing team.”