Sidley Austin hired Kevin Blauch as a partner in New York in the structured finance and securitization practice.

Blauch will focus on handling CMBS transactions for major investment banks, loan originators and investors, although will also work on all aspects of structured finance.

Recently,  the new hire has done extensive work in the commercial mortgage loan workout area, and has also been working on different real estate-related insolvency matters, which have involved CMBS specifically. He has also recently represented financial institutions or their management or professional advisors in dealing with troubled assets or related investigations.

“Kevin is well-known and highly regarded for his knowledge of CMBS,” said George Petrow, the managing partner of Sidley’s New York office. “He will both bolster and complement Sidley’s practice in capital markets real estate finance, and we expect him to play a vital role as the CMBS market becomes vibrant again.”

“I look forward to joining Sidley, a firm with an already well-recognized global CMBS practice, and working with such talented and respected colleagues,” Blauch said. “I am confident that I can help Sidley resume a lead role as the CMBS market revives.”

Sidley’s structured finance and securitization practice now numbers over 125 worldwide. It has around 1600 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

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