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CHICAGO � Mayer Brown is setting up an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has hired attorney Stephen Hood from the British firm Clifford Chance as a new partner to run the office. Mayer Brown, which has an international practice and roots in Chicago, expects to add 12 lawyers to the office over the next 18 months, focusing on foreign investment, debt and equity capital markets, structured finance, corporate transactions, and other finance matters, the firm said in a press release. The lawyers will practice in U.S. and English law only and keep its established links to Brazilian firms, the firm said. Hood, who has run Clifford Chance’s Sao Paulo office since 1999, will join Mayer Brown as a partner. He has been an equity partner at Clifford Chance since 1978 and served on that firm’s management committee. At various points he was also the managing partner in the Hong Kong and New York offices before moving to Sao Paulo. Mayer Brown has about 1,500 lawyers worldwide in seven U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York and Houston, and in six European cities, including Berlin, London and Brussels.

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