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CHICAGO — Sidley Austin has hired former Equity Office Properties Trust General Counsel Stanley Stevens as a new partner who will join the firm in mid January. Stevens, 58, plans to work with the firm’s real estate team and help the firm strengthen and expand its ties to corporate law departments, given the benefit of his many years as a general counsel, he said. He held the position at Equity Office Properties, owned by Sam Zell in Chicago for about ten years until this April after it was purchased last year by Blackstone Group for $36 billion in the largest ever leveraged buyout at the time. Sidley represented the Equity Office Properties in the transaction. Stevens said that his work for Sidley is going to evolve as it progresses, but he’s not going to be working 2,000 hours per year because that’s not the best way for him to bring value to the company, he said. Sidley’s global reach appealed to Stevens and he expects to do some international traveling for the firm as he helps develop the real estate investment trust practice, he said. Stevens’s first law job was for an Atlanta firm named Schreeder Wheeler & Flint in the 1970s and later he moved to Rudnick & Wolfe, a predecessor to DLA Piper. In the 1980s, Stevens was at Rosenberg & Associates, a firm related to Zell before he became general counsel for the Zell entity First Capital Financial Corp. He went back to Rudnick in the late 1980s before returning to Rosenberg & Liebentritt in 1994. In 1996, he became general counsel of Equity Office Holdings, the privately held predecessor to Equity Office Properties Trust. It was difficult for Stevens to leave Equity Office Properties after the sale so he took some time off to consider his options, he said. “We had built the company over ten years so I had a lot of personal investment in it,” Stevens said.

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