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Mayer Brown

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Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with 26 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm is known for its client-focused approach to providing creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, CAC 40, DAX, Hang Seng and Nikkei index companies, together with global leaders in major industries. Mayer Brown provides a global service to its clients through eight offices in Asia, five offices in Europe, twelve offices in the Americas and one office in the Middle East. In Asia, the firm operates as Mayer Brown JSM. In Brazil, the firm has an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados and, in Hong Kong, with Jingtian & Gongcheng.

Main areas of practice: Banking and finance: this practice is one of Mayer Brown’s signature strengths. Many of the firm’s largest clients are bank holding companies, commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, asset-based lenders, leasing companies or institutional real estate companies. The banking and finance practice also represents numerous finance companies, funds and investors, as well as borrowers operating in many different industries.

Corporate and securities: the firm’s lawyers provide a full range of legal services to leading global companies and financial institutions, including complex cross-border deals and industry-specific issues. Key groups within the practice include capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and technology transactions.

Employment and benefits: Mayer Brown provides sophisticated solutions and in-depth local knowledge on the most complex issues in employment, employee benefits, executive compensation, ERISA litigation and pensions.

Intellectual property: innovators at multinational corporations, emerging growth companies and established mid-size businesses all rely on Mayer Brown to protect, preserve and enforce their intellectual property assets. The lawyers assess IP portfolios; perform due diligence for acquisitions; prosecute trademarks, copyrights and domain names; and litigate business disputes over intellectual property infringement or misappropriation.

Litigation and dispute resolution: services include antitrust and competition, banking and finance litigation, commercial litigation, consumer litigation and class actions, cybersecurity and data privacy, electronic discovery and information governance, employment and ERISA, environmental, government contracts, insurance, international arbitration, product liability and mass torts, professional liability, regulatory and investigations, securities enforcement and litigation, US Supreme Court and appellate, and white-collar defense and compliance.

Real estate: the firm is experienced in every stage of the real estate cycle, including acquisition, disposition, construction, leasing, financing, zoning and environmental matters. Clients include commercial banks, real estate investment trusts, institutional investors, pension funds and pension fund advisers, private equity, opportunity funds, governments, statutory bodies, investment banks, industrial banks, insurance companies, real estate holding companies, developers and corporations.

Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency: the firm has extensive experience in cross-border restructuring and formal insolvencies, working closely with colleagues in regional offices on multijurisdictional matters. It represents liquidators, receivers, administrators, bondholders, lenders, liquidity providers, trustees, debtor-in-possession providers, company directors, insurers, pension fund trustees, and corporate debtors and creditors.

Tax (tax controversy, tax transactions and consulting): Mayer Brown’s tax practice covers every aspect of corporate, partnership and individual taxation, including taxation of cross-border transactions, litigation and state and local issues. The full-service practice includes sub-practices in transactions, consulting and planning, audits, administrative appeals, litigation and international transfer pricing.

Other key practices are: financial services regulatory and enforcement, international trade, government relations and wealth management.

  • Chairman
  • Paul W Theiss (Chicago)
  • Managing Partner
  • Jeremy Clay (London)
  • Other Offices
  • Americas: Brasília*
  • Mexico City
  • Rio de Janeiro*
  • São Paolo*
  • Asia: Bangkok
  • Beijing
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Europe: Brussels
  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • London
  • Paris
  • Middle East: Dubai
  • *in association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados
  • Number of Partners: 600
  • Number of Lawyers: 1,500

Latin America

Mayer Brown is one of the most active international law firms in Latin America and the Caribbean today. In December 2009, Mayer Brown formed an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, with offices in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. In 2015, the firm opened an office in Mexico City, which has since grown to over 20 legal professionals. Mayer Brown offers a range of international law services across the region - principally cross-border M&A and finance (including project finance), debt and equity global capital markets offerings and dollar debt restructuring. The firm also represents clients in cross-border legal disputes and advises major Latin American companies on their US securities law reporting requirements and obligations under Sarbanes-Oxley.

Through Tauil & Chequer Advogados, clients also have access to a full-service Brazilian law practice, with special emphasis on infrastructure, the oil and gas sector, securitization, debt and equity capital markets, tax and litigation. See also the profile for Tauil & Chequer Advogados in the Brazil section of this directory.

Main areas of practice: Banking and finance: Mayer Brown represents banks around the world in the full range of their financing activities, including secured and unsecured financing, acquisition financing, project financing and structured finance transactions.

Capital markets: the firm represents issuers, underwriters and placement agents in offerings by Latin American and Caribbean companies of securities in the international capital markets, including high-yield and investment-grade bonds, medium - and short-term notes, and bonds collateralized by a diverse range of receivables and equity securities. Mayer Brown also counsels Latin American companies and their creditors on restructuring transactions, tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations and negotiated restructurings.

Corporate/private equity: the firm represents a broad spectrum of public and private companies, private equity and leveraged buyout firms, special committees, closely held companies, management groups and individuals across the region. The firm also advises regional, national and global investment banks in their roles as financiers or financial advisors in M&A transactions.

Debt restructuring and liability management: the firm is active in representing companies, creditors and financial advisors in debt restructuring and liability management transactions.

Energy: Mayer Brown has particular experience in the energy and natural resources sectors, with extensive experience in oil and gas, LNG, power and mining-related transactions across the region. The firm is advising a range of clients on the opening of the Mexican energy sector and last year opened an office in Mexico City focused on power, oil and gas-related transactions.

International dispute resolution: the firm has extensive experience in cross-border legal disputes and litigation involving multinational parties and has represented companies throughout Latin America in arbitration and litigation matters in the US.

Investment funds: Mayer Brown assists fund sponsors, advisors and investors in evaluating opportunities and in structuring and executing private equity transactions in Latin America. The firm represents private funds and their sponsors in fund formations, portfolio investments and transactions, fund administration and regulatory matters.

Projects and infrastructure: the firm represents sponsors, investors, developers and financial institutions in project and lease financings throughout Latin America, advising on projects in the power, renewables (including ethanol), oil, gas and pipeline, mining, toll road, port and infrastructure sectors.

Real estate: the firm's Latin America real estate practice draws together lawyers from its real estate, tax, ERISA, corporate and finance groups who have extensive experience in real estate transactions originating in Latin America. Mayer Brown's experience includes the formation of real estate investment funds, investments in real estate portfolio companies, public offerings by real estate companies and joint ventures with local developers and operators.

Tax planning and controversy: Mayer Brown acts as the lead tax advisor on multinational transactions, coordinating tax advice in the countries involved to structure transactions in the most advantageous way.

  • Other international offices
  • Charlotte
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Palo Alto
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC
  • Mexico City
  • ASIA
  • Bangkok
  • Beijing
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Brussels
  • D?sseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Paris
  • Dubai

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