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March 5, 2013
Sidley Austin LLP Expands M&A and Private Equity Practices With Addition of Mark Thompson

New York and London – Sidley Austin LLP announced today that it has added Mark E. Thompson as a partner in its New York and London offices. Mr. Thompson will be a member of the Firm’s M&A and Private Equity practices.

His practice focuses on international and cross-border transactions, and on the representation of private equity funds and fund sponsors. In particular, he is experienced in issues relating to the acquisition and sale of companies in the mobile payments and commerce industry, as well as in advising private equity funds investing in this sector. However, Mr. Thompson also regularly represents clients in an array of other industries, including energy, telecommunications, banking and finance, transportation/logistics, finance and retail.

“Mark’s extensive experience representing clients in domestic and cross-border transactions, coupled with his deep knowledge of M&A and joint ventures involving companies in the mobile payments and commerce sector, will make him a valuable addition to our practice,” said George Petrow, managing partner of the Firm’s European region. “Notably, Mark’s arrival closely follows that of Mike O’Brien, who joined our M&A and Private Equity groups in January and also represents clients in the mobile payments and commerce industry.”

“In addition to his work with mobile payments and commerce companies, Mark brings vast experience in counseling clients making investments in Europe, Russia and the Middle East,” said Scott M. Freeman, member of Sidley’s Executive Committee and co-head of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity group. “That experience, navigating the complex issues that arise when dealing with international transactions, will make him a strong addition to our team of talented M&A and private equity lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

“I’m delighted to be joining the M&A and Private Equity group at Sidley, as it offers me a terrific platform from which to grow my practice,” said Thompson. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to provide clients with the highest level of service possible.”

With approximately 1,700 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide, Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal advisor for global businesses and financial institutions. For the third consecutive year, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey, making it the only law firm to receive this recognition since the survey’s inception. Sidley was also named the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in both Commercial Litigation and Securities/Capital Markets Law in the 2013 survey. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top 10 law firms with the greatest global reach and expertise. To stay up-to-date with the latest Sidley news, please follow us on Twitter at @SidleyNewsroom.

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