International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that E. Eric Rytter has joined the Corporate group in the Firm’s New York office as a Partner and Head of the Office’s Private Equity practice group.

Mr. Rytter’s practice focuses on advising private equity funds, other financial sponsors, their portfolio companies, and international corporate entities on a broad range of legal issues and transactional scenarios, including domestic and cross-border acquisitions, leveraged acquisitions, growth equity investments, financing arrangements and other corporate advisory matters. Mr. Rytter routinely counsels clients on the strategic legal needs of their businesses, including matters related to commercial contracts, corporate governance, director and officer fiduciary duties, equity compensation, employee and consultant engagements, non-disclosure agreements, and business structuring and growth strategies. He has extensive experience advising on corporate and M&A issues relating to financial restructuring and reorganization, as well as investments in distressed situations and transactions. He also has experience with private equity and venture capital investments in China and the broader Asian market, as well as the United Kingdom and continental Europe.

Mr. Rytter was previously with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in their London and New York offices, and joins Dorsey from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP. At Cadwalader, he was a member of the Private Equity Practice Group and played a significant role in the firm's expansion of its presence in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Commenting on the announcement, Steven Khadavi, Partner and Head of Dorsey’s New York office said, “We are excited that Eric has joined Dorsey. His vast experience representing private equity funds and portfolio companies complements our existing corporate practice and will be of great benefit to both current and future Dorsey clients.”

Mr. Rytter commented “I am very enthusiastic at the prospect of joining Dorsey & Whitney. Dorsey's established strength in middle market M&A, as well as the Firm’s broad array of practice areas of importance to financial sponsors and their portfolio companies, make for a compelling proposition. I am confident that the strong and diverse capabilities, global presence and focus on client service that is central to the Dorsey model will be meaningful and valuable to financial sponsors and the companies in which they invest."

Mr. Rytter holds law degrees from Columbia Law School, where he was Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review, and Cambridge University, where he was a member of the Board of the Faculty of Law.