June 19, 2008
Sidley Austin LLP’s Investment Funds Group Named Team of the Year: The Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2008
New York – At an awards ceremony on June 12th, Sidley Austin LLP was named Investment Funds Team of the Year for the U.S. by Chambers and Partners. Sidley’s Investment Funds practice has also been recognized by Chambers in Asia.
Sidley has a premier, global practice in structuring and advising investment funds and related products. Our lawyers serve virtually every type of investment fund and investment manager as well as many other market participants. The group has more than 100 lawyers dedicated to investment fund, investment management and derivatives work worldwide, with lawyers practicing in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo.
“We are honored to be selected for this prestigious award,” said Michael Schmidtberger, co-head of the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “We have been privileged to work with some of the world’s most respected fund managers and we are very proud of the performance of our team, which this award acknowledges.”
“In addition to their superior legal skills, this team has an unwavering commitment to client service. It is gratifying that Chambers has recognized them for their leadership in the industry in the U.S. and Asia,” added Thomas A. Cole, chair of the firm’s Executive Committee.
In 2006 and 2007, the Alpha Awards™ for hedge fund service providers ranked Sidley as the number one “onshore” (U.S.) hedge fund law firm. The Alpha Award rankings are based on a polling of nearly 1,000 hedge fund firms, which manage an estimated $1.4 trillion. Sidley was not only the top overall onshore hedge fund law firm but also placed first in the categories of Business Planning & Corporate Finance, Client Service, Hedge Fund Expertise, and Regulatory & Compliance. In 2007 Sidley also was named Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business.
“While it is thrilling to win these awards, we are keenly aware that performance and client focus are what matter. Every member of our global team is committed to serving our roster of clients across all aspects of the investment management arena,” said Bill Kerr, co-head of the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives practice.
In addition to Michael Schmidtberger and Bill Kerr, Jock MacKinnon also serves as a co-head of Sidley’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives practice. All three lawyers were recognized for their individual talent by Chambers USA 2008.
Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's largest full-service law firms, with more than 1800 lawyers practicing in 16 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Every year since 2003, Sidley has been named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, their designation for "the 15 finest law firms in the world." BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, has named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for seven years in a row.
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