Eversheds Sutherland Opens Chicago Office

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Eversheds Sutherland today announced the opening of a Chicago
office, the first new US office since the combination of Eversheds and
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in February 2017. Chicago marks the first
Midwest presence for Eversheds Sutherland – which has served clients in
the region for decades – and furthers its position as a leading global
law practice. Eversheds Sutherland now has 68 offices in 34
jurisdictions.

The Chicago office, which is set to be housed at 900 North Michigan
Avenue, will be led by Marc A. Benjamin, a veteran real estate
lawyer who will join from White & Case at the beginning of June; Susan
V. Kai
, a real estate lawyer who will join from Kirkland & Ellis
later in June; and litigator Robert D. Owen, a partner with
Eversheds Sutherland who is relocating from New York.

“We plan for Chicago to become a significant focal point for us,” said Mark
D. Wasserman
, Co-CEO of Eversheds Sutherland. “Chicago is the
third-largest legal market and the third-largest city in the US. We have
spent a great deal of time over the past two years listening to our
clients in the US and around the world, and Chicago is one of the places
where they would like us to have a strong presence.”

The Chicago opening comes shortly after Eversheds Sutherland reported
global revenue of $1.175 billion for 2018 – a 10 percent increase over
the previous year that was driven by the continued strength of the
business across all major regions of the world and a focus on innovative
solutions, client service and a strong, collaborative, purpose-driven
culture.

Chicago: Advancing Eversheds Sutherland’s US Growth Strategy

The Chicago office will allow Eversheds Sutherland to more effectively
serve Midwest-based clients and clients from around the United States
and the world that are engaged in activities in Chicago and the Midwest.

Initially, the office will concentrate on Real Estate, M&A and
Litigation work while targeting key sectors including diversified
industrials, technology, media and telecommunications, financial
institutions and energy.

“Growth isn’t the strategy – it is a consequence of our strategy to be a
leading global law practice, underpinned by a clear focus on delivering
outstanding client service. Our investment in this new office is the
first step in establishing a significant Midwest presence, built on the
base of over 100 active clients in Chicago and the Midwest who are
already leveraging our US and global platform,” said Mr. Wasserman.

Combining the founding partners’ local knowledge with the platform and
capabilities of Eversheds Sutherland provides a compelling value
proposition for both clients and prospective talent in the market.

“Eversheds Sutherland’s historical Midwestern ties and strong
relationships in the region combined with its international platform and
collaborative culture really resonated with me on both a personal and a
professional level,” said Mr. Benjamin, who will be the Partner
in Charge of the Chicago office. “I couldn’t be more excited to start
working with my new partners to build something special here in Chicago.”

About the Lawyers

Marc A. Benjamin will join Eversheds Sutherland from White & Case and
will serve as Partner in Charge of the Chicago office. His practice
focuses on complex real estate transactions, frequently representing
institutional investors, developers and owners in acquisitions, and the
development, disposition, leasing and financing of commercial real
estate.

Susan V. Kai will join Eversheds Sutherland as a partner in the Real
Estate Practice Group from Kirkland & Ellis. She represents
entrepreneurial and institutional investors, owners and developers in
dispositions, acquisitions, financings, and the development of
commercial real estate projects. She has extensive experience with a
variety of commercial real estate categories, including hotel, retail,
office, golf course, multifamily developments and mixed-used projects.
Ms. Kai also prepares and negotiates retail lease agreements for both
landlord and tenant clients.

Robert D. Owen is a partner in Eversheds Sutherland Litigation Practice
Group and was most recently Partner in Charge of the New York office. A
widely recognized counselor to financial services, technology and energy
companies, Mr. Owen has more than two decades of commercial litigation
experience, with a particular focus in e-discovery solutions. He also
frequently handles cases before federal and state courts and arbitration
panels throughout the United States.

About Eversheds Sutherland

As a global top 15 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal
services to a client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to
the largest multinationals, acting for 73 of the Fortune 100, 66 of the
FTSE 100, and 119 of the Fortune 200.

With more than 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 68
offices in 34 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East
and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related
law firms, including formalized alliances in Latin America, Asia Pacific
and Africa, provide support around the globe.

Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services,
including corporate and M&A dispute resolution and litigation; energy
and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labor law; intellectual
property; real estate and construction; and tax.

Eversheds Sutherland comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds
Sutherland (International) LLP (headquartered in the UK) and Eversheds
Sutherland (US) LLP (headquartered in the US), and their respective
controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms. The use of the name
Eversheds Sutherland is for description purposes only and does not imply
that the member firms or their controlled, managed or affiliated
entities are in a partnership or are part of a global LLP. For more
information, visit eversheds-sutherland.com.

Contacts

Alexandra Wilson
Director of Communications & Public Relations
Eversheds
Sutherland
(212) 287-7024

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