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Alyssa A. Grikscheit Joins Sidley Austin LLP as a Partner in New York

New York – Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Alyssa A. Grikscheit has joined Sidley as a partner in the Latin America and investment funds, advisers and derivatives practices. She will be based in the New York office and will focus on cross-border transactions and alternative investment funds.

Ms. Grikscheit has significant experience representing clients in Latin American, emerging market and other cross-border transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and fund formation. She has represented companies and private equity funds in the negotiation and execution of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and has represented sponsors in the formation of investment funds, particularly those involving cross-border investment or alternative assets.

“Alyssa brings considerable experience in cross-border transactions in emerging and developed markets and fund formation, particularly for funds involving international investments and alternative asset classes,” said Carlos A. Rodriguez, a partner in the firm’s Latin America practice and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “She will further expand our capabilities in Latin America in hedge and private equity fund formation. We are thrilled to welcome her to the firm.”

“Sidley offers a premier, global practice in structuring and advising investment funds and advisers,” said Ms. Grikscheit. “I look forward to practicing in a firm with an active commitment to growing its cross-border practice and strategic interest in expanding its Latin American capabilities.”

Ms. Grikscheit received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College and her Diploma of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe. She is the Co-Chair of the Inter-American Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s International Section. She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law, Negotiated Acquisitions Committee and a member of the International Bar Association. Ms. Grikscheit is fluent in Spanish and French. She is also active in numerous pro bono activities. Ms Grikscheit was ranked in Chambers USA in 2009 and 2010 in the New York category of Latin American Investment.

Sidley’s Latin America practice group represents major national and multinational corporations and financial institutions, sovereign governments and state-owned enterprises in Latin America. Many of the lawyers in the practice are able to conduct business in Spanish or Portuguese.

Sidley’s investment funds, advisers and derivatives practice consists of more than 120 lawyers in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo. Institutional Investor’s Alpha Magazine ranked Sidley as the number one onshore U.S. hedge fund law firm in 2006 and 2007 and second overall in 2008 and 2009 in the Alpha Awards™ for hedge fund legal service providers. Additionally, Sidley has been named as the 2009 Best Onshore Law Firm in Hedge Fund Manager (HFM) Week’s inaugural U.S. Service Provider Awards, and the firm was shortlisted and “highly commended” in the category of Best Onshore Law Firm at HFM Week’s European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2010.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with approximately 1700 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Sidley is recognized for service and responsiveness—BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only two firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and as number one in three of those years.

For more information:

Janet Zagorin, Director of Practice Development, 212.839.8797 
Peter Pochna, Rubenstein Associates, 212.843.8007 

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