Baker McKenzie announced today that it has advised Willamette Management Associates, a valuation consulting and forensic analysis firm, in its acquisition by Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG).

Founded in 1969 and based in Chicago, Atlanta and Portland, Oregon, Willamette Management Associates provides a range of financial advising services to corporate clients and the legal profession. The transaction adds the business valuation thought leadership and talent of Willamette to Citizens, one of the nation's oldest and largest financial institutions.

"Partnering with Dieter Schmitz and the M&A team at Baker McKenzie provided the seasoned expertise needed for this strategically important transaction," said Willamette Managing Director Robert Schweihs. "Seamless support across many deal issues was a key hallmark of the Baker McKenzie team," added Willamette Managing Director Robert Reilly.

"We are grateful to have been tapped to guide this transformational deal for the entire Willamette organization," noted Dieter Schmitz, Baker McKenzie lead partner.

The Baker McKenzie deal team was led by M&A Partner Dieter Schmitz with support from team members Airi Hammalov and Asama Itseumah (Corporate), Andrew Boling (Employment), and Kai Kramer and Patrick Renckly (Tax).

For additional information regarding the parties and the transaction, see Citizens press release.
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