Mayer Brown recruits Woll to beef up PE practice

International law firm Mayer Brown has hired Robert Woll as a partner in the corporate & securities practice and the fund formation & investment management group. In his new role, Woll, who will be based in Hong Kong, will work with private equity funds and institutional investors across the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Woll worked at Deacons where he served as a partner in that firm’s financial services practice group.

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Hong Kong, 4 January 2017 – Mayer Brown announced today that Robert Woll has joined the firm as a partner in the global Corporate & Securities practice and the Fund Formation & Investment Management group. A leader in the field of fund formation, Mr. Woll will further expand his work with private equity funds and institutional investors across the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Woll focuses his practice on private equity fund formation and investment management matters. He advises both institutional and emerging independent managers on the formation of alternative asset management businesses and platforms, including buyout funds, growth equity funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds, special situations funds, fund-of-funds and co-investment vehicles. He also represents financial institutions, investors and entrepreneurs in fintech ventures.

“With his extensive background in both private equity investment and fund formation, Bob brings a valuable dynamic to our growing private equity practice in Asia,” said Mark Uhrynuk, a Corporate & Securities partner in Hong Kong. “Our clients in Asia and throughout the world will benefit immediately from Bob’s significant experience and ability to solve their complex legal and business challenges. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

Mr. Woll has nearly three decades of experience in private practice in Hong Kong, Beijing and the United States. In addition to his background in private equity, Mr. Woll has experience in M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, project finance, capital markets and representing emerging growth companies.

“I am excited to join Mayer Brown’s highly regarded and expanding global Fund Formation & Investment Management group,” said Mr. Woll. “With its global platform and strong commitment to Asia, Mayer Brown is an ideal fit for my practice.”

Mr. Woll joins Mayer Brown JSM from Deacons, where he was a partner in that firm’s financial services practice group. Early in his career, he worked in the investment banking division of a major global bank. Mr. Woll has received numerous professional honors, including recognition in the private equity and investment funds fields by Chambers Asia-Pacific and as a leading lawyer in investment funds by The Legal 500. Before joining Deacons, Mr. Woll was with WilmerHale, where he chaired that firm’s China corporate practice and was a key partner in its fund formation practice. Mr. Woll is fluent in Mandarin and proficient in Russian and French. He earned his JD from Stanford University Law School and his AB from Princeton University.

“Bob’s arrival is the latest milestone in the expansion of our corporate and private equity capabilities in Asia,” said Terence Tung, the senior partner of Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong. “We anticipate continued growth in this vitally important service capability.”
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