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Mayer Brown announced today that it added market-leading leveraged and syndicated finance lawyer Andrew Vouziers to its Banking & Finance practice as a partner in Chicago, where he will co-lead the firm’s Americas Lending group. Mr. Vouziers is the latest in a series of high-profile partners to join this practice in recent years. He joins from Sidley Austin LLP.

“We have been actively growing our leveraged finance offerings across the firm and are delighted to welcome Andrew,” said Frederick Fisher, a practice leader in the Chicago office. “His extensive knowledge of both US and global leveraged finance markets, exceptional reputation representing some of the largest financial institutions, and deep relationships in the finance community, will be valued by Mayer Brown and our clients.”

Mr. Vouziers represents investment banks, direct lenders, private equity, hedge funds, commercial banks, insurance companies, and private and public companies in structuring, negotiating, documenting and administering all phases of complex financial transactions. He specifically focuses his practice on leveraged and syndicated finance, debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, workouts, restructurings and special situations.

Mr. Vouziers’ deal work actively spans the globe, including cross-border transactions throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. He has experience transacting across a number of industries, including technology, media and telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and insurance and reinsurance.

“Mayer Brown’s long history in leveraged finance and deep bench in many other transactional practice areas make it the ideal platform to further build and grow my practice,” said Mr. Vouziers. “I look forward to expanding the firm’s global leveraged financing and banking capabilities.”

“Andrew is a fantastic addition to our Chicago office,” added Britt Miller, managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. “Andrew’s arrival and the recent addition of Kristin Rice-Gonzalez as a partner to its Private Funds Group further demonstrates the firm’s ongoing commitment to and investment in hiring top talent in Chicago.”