Firm Profile > Mayer Brown International LLP > London, England

Mayer Brown International LLP
201 BISHOPSGATE
LONDON
EC2M 3AF
England

Asset based lending Tier 1

With a strong and longstanding presence out of London and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners throughout Europe and the US, Mayer Brown International LLP's sweet-spot continues to lay in its advice to funds, banks, sponsors and corporates on complex, multi-jurisdictional mandates. A growing number of these mandates involve hybrid debt structures, reflective of lenders' increased willingness to utilise the ABL product alongside other financing techniques to maximise flexibility and to enable the writing of larger cheques, for example, on leveraged finance mandates. The ease with which it is able to advise on these complex, often highly structured matters, is in part as a result of the firm's fluid and non-compartmentalised overarching finance offering, as well as its 'solutions-oriented approach' and the 'innovative way with which it is able to cut through issues'. This approach is encapsulated by Dominic Griffiths, whose 'clear guidance and seasoned expertise' is appreciated by many large international banks and alternative credit providers. Alex Dell co-heads the team alongside Griffiths and as well as forming a central part of the firm's ability to advise on multi-jurisdictional mandates, is also well-versed in advising on more conventional UK-originated mandates as a result of his deeply embedded lender-side ties. 'Exceptional' senior associate Ravi Amin  continues to grow his standing in the market among lenders, as a result of his aptitude and confidence at handling complex cross-border mandates and his 'innate ability to explain very complex legal concepts in layman's terms'. 

Practice head(s):

Dominic Griffiths; Alex Dell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Fisher; Charles Thain; Ravi Amin; Lynette Edwin

Testimonials

The team exhibits a highly commercial approach, it feels like they are in your corner backing you.’

The team is market leading for a reason – this was an incredibly complex transaction to execute but the team were in control throughout. They were very solutions-oriented throughout and continually came up with innovative ways to cut through issues.’

The acccessible Dominic Griffiths was always readily available to support and provide clear guidance, seasoned expertise, and a steady hand in uncertain matters.’

The exceptional Ravi Amin is a very practical individual – he has an innate ability to explain very complex legal concepts in layman’s terms which any non-lawyer could understand with very good use of real-life examples as a case in point.’

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP is a global firm with an aptitude for real estate development and investment work 'which requires caution and tough negotiation’. The group is knowledgeable of a wealth of asset classes from office, residential and retail through to student accommodation, co-living and data centres and is particularly active on the inbound investment front with Chris Harvey having overseen over £6bn worth of transactions for Asian investment into London. Caroline Humble fronts the development service, often acting for US and European clients, while Martin Wright commands a prominent position within the market owing to his proficiency in large-scale urban regeneration projects. Iain Roberts provides mixed-use development and corporate occupier prowess and the practice also includes Simon Price, a recent arrival from Linklaters LLP, who has bolstered the team’s hospitality sector expertise and joins with a track record in corporate real estate transactions, high-profile lettings and joint ventures. Joe Conder, former practice head of Goodwin, also joined in April 2021 and hones his focus on the purchases and disposal of high-value and structured investment properties, catering to a client list which includes a wealth of European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern entities. A key distinguisher for the group is its excellent reputation for development and asset management matters at large mixed-use schemes. Managing partner Jeremy Clay is also a real estate specialist.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner; Anita Jones

Other key lawyers:

Iain Roberts; Caroline Humble; Martin Wright

Testimonials

‘They are proactive and rational in their approach. They work with us to reach the best conclusion. A driven team who never let us down. This allows you to trust their opinion and provides a much needed level of comfort in our business decisions.’

‘They are polite, attentive and have an exceptional level of industry knowledge.’

‘Iain Roberts provides an excellent and personal all-round service regardless of the time pressures involved.’

‘This firm delivers high-quality services to its clients. This team focuses on property development as well as investments that require carefulness and tough negotiation. This feature seems to be outstanding compared to other law firms as far as I know.’

‘Anita Jones is very able – always calm and measured with great market knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Jeremy Clay is a class act; he understands complex issues quickly and is a very able negotiator.’

‘Martin Wright is strongly dedicated to his clients and has shrewd views and negotiation skills. He always tries to find the best solution in his clients’ favour, even in difficult circumstances. Also, he keeps in touch with clients at regular intervals to provide them with useful information regarding the real estate sector.’

Key clients

Lifestyle International Holdings

Link REIT

LKK/Infinitus

China Overseas Holdings

The British Land Company plc

Tide Construction

Helical plc

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Derwent London

Tribeca Holdings

Sinarmas Land

Mining and minerals Tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘excellent’ mining practice group is singled out for its vast international offering and expertise across the mining project development and financing space. Under the leadership of Ian Coles (who also heads the Africa practice), the team handles an assortment of high-value mandates, including advising on a $150m credit facility for a consortium of lending banks, including UniCredit Bank, to Dundee Precious Metals. Rachel Speight is recommended for advising banks and sponsors on cross-border project financings, particularly in African markets, as is senior associate Emma Sturt, who advises lender banks on financing and refinancing projects.

Practice head(s):

Ian Coles

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Speight; Emma Sturt

Testimonials

‘The practice is made by the strengths of the team: they have a broad knowledge base with class-leading experience in mining and metals. This has been developed over many years across multiple geographies and lending structures.’

Key standout members of the team are Ian Coles and Emma Sturt. The difference is the pragmatism and experience of working on both the lender and borrower side over many years on transactions in the sector. Experience can be found in several firms, but implementing and negotiating a sensible result is sometimes less of a focus; the MB team is responsive and pragmatic.’

‘A very engaged team with excellent availability and performance.’

‘Rachel Speight is a very likeable personality and combines in-depth knowledge of the mining sector with delivering excellent results to her clients, on time and on budget.’

Key clients

Citibank

HSBC Bank

ING Bank

Investec Bank

Macquarie Bank

Bank of Montreal

Barclays Bank

Société Générale

Meridian Mining

Africa Finance Corporation

UniCredit Bank

EBRD

Women in Mining

BNP Paribas

Export Development Canada

Raiffeisen Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Nedbank Capital

FirstRand Bank

RMB Resources

Almonty Industries

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'extremely strong' litigation and dispute resolution team has 'detailed knowledge of the derivatives market' and counts IBOR transition litigation, FX disputes, as well as fraud and financial and cyber-crime and data privacy issues among its other areas of expertise. Ian McDonald, who has 'exceptional judgment' in high-value disputes, leads the team. Susan Rosser has 'detailed technical knowledge of the banking industry', particularly in the investment banking, wholesale financial products and trading spaces; Chris Chapman is noted for defending financial institutions against mass claims brought by retail customers; Alistair Graham is highlighted for fraud and international asset tracing. Counsels to note include Ruth Malone and Dan Hart (who has 'exceptional and inventive legal acumen').

Practice head(s):

Ian McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Susan Rosser; Chris Chapman; Ruth Malone; Mark Stefanini; Alistair Graham; Dan Hart

Testimonials

The team there is, without doubt, one of the strongest in the London solicitors market. It is able to cover the full range of banking disputes from complex structured transactions to regulatory investigations to mis-selling and general banking complaints; and all this across multiple jurisdictions.

I would pick out three particular individuals I have worked with: First, Ian McDonald, who as head of the department, provides the firm’s clients with clear strategic direction and consistently displays exceptional judgment Second, Susan Rosser, who has detailed technical knowledge of the banking industry and is able to unlock even the knottiest legal problems. Third, Mark Stefanini, who offers a refreshing, down-to-earth and practical approach making him exceptionally user-friendly.

Really good city practice but with the personal touch.’

The team is an extremely strong banking team with detailed knowledge of the derivatives market.

Susan Rosser is a top junior partner with a big future and detailed knowledge of the industry.

The people I have worked with in the team, both partners and associates, are all very impressive indeed. They combine a good sense of strategy and tactics in the resolution of disputes in this area, with a sound knowledge of market practice, as well as being very easy to work with.’

Standout partners I would mention in this area, who exhibit all the above characteristics are Ian McDonald and Susan Rosser. Also notable in this group for his exceptional and inventive legal acumen is counsel Dan Hart.’

Ian McDonald provides excellent and thoughtful advice regarding potential litigation and during actions (where such is required). He demonstrates a thorough approach to risk and commercial attitude.’

Key clients

Société Générale

Royal Bank of Canada

UBS

HSBC

Wells Fargo

BNY Mellon

Principal Global Investors LLC

Temporis Capital

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLPMayer Brown International LLP is a global firm with an aptitude for real estate development and investment work 'which requires caution and tough negotiation’. The group is knowledgeable of a wealth of asset classes from office, residential and retail through to student accommodation, co-living and data centres and is particularly active on the inbound investment front with Chris Harvey having overseen over £6bn worth of transactions for Asian investment into London. Caroline Humble fronts the development service, often acting for US and European clients, while Martin Wright commands a prominent position within the market owing to his proficiency in large-scale urban regeneration projects. Iain Roberts provides mixed-use development and corporate occupier prowess and the practice also includes Simon Price, a recent arrival from Linklaters LLP, who has bolstered the team’s hospitality sector expertise and joins with a track record in corporate real estate transactions, high-profile lettings and joint ventures. Joe Conder, former practice head of Goodwin, also joined in April 2021 and hones his focus on the purchases and disposal of high-value and structured investment properties, catering to a client list which includes a wealth of European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern entities. A key distinguisher for the group is its excellent reputation for development and asset management matters at large mixed-use schemes. Managing partner Jeremy Clay is also a real estate specialist.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner; Caroline Humble

Other key lawyers:

Iain Roberts; Jeremy Clay

Testimonials

‘They are proactive and rational in their approach. They work with us to reach the best conclusion. A driven team who never let us down. This allows you to trust their opinion and provides a much needed level of comfort in our business decisions.’

‘They are polite, attentive and have an exceptional level of industry knowledge.’

‘Iain Roberts provides an excellent and personal all-round service regardless of the time pressures involved.’

‘This firm delivers high-quality services to its clients. This team focuses on property development as well as investments that require carefulness and tough negotiation. This feature seems to be outstanding compared to other law firms as far as I know.’

‘Anita Jones is very able – always calm and measured with great market knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Jeremy Clay is a class act; he understands complex issues quickly and is a very able negotiator.’

‘Martin Wright is strongly dedicated to his clients and has shrewd views and negotiation skills. He always tries to find the best solution in his clients’ favour, even in difficult circumstances. Also, he keeps in touch with clients at regular intervals to provide them with useful information regarding the real estate sector.’

Key clients

The British Land Company plc

Tide Construction

Helical plc

Scape

Kennedy Wilson

Great Wolf

Ascott/Capitaland

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLPMayer Brown International LLP is a global firm with an aptitude for real estate development and investment work 'which requires caution and tough negotiation’. The group is knowledgeable of a wealth of asset classes from office, residential and retail through to student accommodation, co-living and data centres and is particularly active on the inbound investment front with Chris Harvey having overseen over £6bn worth of transactions for Asian investment into London. Caroline Humble fronts the development service, often acting for US and European clients, while Martin Wright commands a prominent position within the market owing to his proficiency in large-scale urban regeneration projects. Iain Roberts provides mixed-use development and corporate occupier prowess and the practice also includes Simon Price, a recent arrival from Linklaters LLP, who has bolstered the team’s hospitality sector expertise and joins with a track record in corporate real estate transactions, high-profile lettings and joint ventures. Joe Conder, former practice head of Goodwin, also joined in April 2021 and hones his focus on the purchases and disposal of high-value and structured investment properties, catering to a client list which includes a wealth of European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern entities. A key distinguisher for the group is its excellent reputation for development and asset management matters at large mixed-use schemes. Managing partner Jeremy Clay has long been a key member of the London real estate team, which was also boosted by the arrival of experienced counsel David Gervais from Dechert LLP  in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner; Caroline Humble

Other key lawyers:

Simon Price; Joe Conder; Jeremy Clay

Testimonials

‘They are proactive and rational in their approach. They work with us to reach the best conclusion. A driven team who never let us down. This allows you to trust their opinion and provides a much needed level of comfort in our business decisions.’

‘They are polite, attentive and have an exceptional level of industry knowledge.’

‘Iain Roberts provides an excellent and personal all-round service regardless of the time pressures involved.’

‘This firm delivers high-quality services to its clients. This team focuses on property development as well as investments that require carefulness and tough negotiation. This feature seems to be outstanding compared to other law firms as far as I know.’

‘Anita Jones is very able – always calm and measured with great market knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Jeremy Clay is a class act; he understands complex issues quickly and is a very able negotiator.’

‘Martin Wright is strongly dedicated to his clients and has shrewd views and negotiation skills. He always tries to find the best solution in his clients’ favour, even in difficult circumstances. Also, he keeps in touch with clients at regular intervals to provide them with useful information regarding the real estate sector.’

Key clients

Link REIT

Lifestyle International Holdings

The British Land Company plc

Chuang’s China Investments

Kennedy Wilson Europe

K&K Property Holdings

Tide Construction

Cheyne Capital

Wing Tai

Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP's construction practice acts on a number of matters in the energy, process engineering, transport, mining, waste and property development sectors, benefiting from strong support from the firm's real estate and infrastructure teams, particularly on international matters. Its clients include a number of blue-chip purchasers and suppliers, as well as national governments. Michael Regan and Jonathan Olson-Welsh serve as practice co-heads, with expertise in large-scale infrastructure and complex UK developments, respectively. Jonathan Hosie is also well regarded for his advice on high-risk projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan; Jonathan Olson-Welsh

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hosie

Testimonials

‘The team-wide experience in construction gives them an edge when it comes to advising on construction matters. Their advice is both practical and real, and is drawn from actual experience.’ 

‘Jonathan Hosie is the best in the legal industry for his knowledge and expertise in claims over construction liability and defects, such as cladding.’

‘The Mayer Brown team are extremely experienced and dynamic. They are agile and fleet of foot, and able to respond rapidly and concisely to complex issues and questions. They never fail to hit the tight deadlines we expect.’

‘The Mayer Brown construction team continue to provide excellent advice and service. They are always open and provide good advice on the strengths and weaknesses of any issue. The whole team are always available for advice and provide a good depth of experience in the sector’

‘The help and advice we receive is of a consistently high standard.’

Key clients

British Land

Cheyne Capital

Costain

Galliford Try

Gardiner & Theobald

GS Corporation

Hyundai Corporation

Kier

QBE, Zurich and many other members of the London insurance market

St George

Tide Construction

United Living

Wates Construction Limited (and following its acquisition, Shepherd Engineering Services)

Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP frequently advises some of the largest users of derivatives in the world on transactional and regulatory matters, as well as handling a range of structured products, not least synthetic securitisation. Global practice head and derivatives expert Edmund "Ed" Parker is 'absolutely brilliant - for a senior partner he always responds calls immediately and he is pragmatic'. He recently advised Bank of New York Mellon on LIBOR transition and its effect on the bank's global portfolio of derivatives. Dual-qualified in English and New York law, Chris Arnold is 'exemplary for CDS in particular and provides good market colour with quick, accurate and succinct responses'. Charles Malpass, who joined from Dechert LLP in 2021,  adds weight in structured products, as well as real estate, non-performing loan transactions and securitisation. Counsel Nanak Keswani is 'a very competent lieutenant and also a very safe pair of hands', and senior associate Emma Khoo also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Parker

Other key lawyers:

Chris Arnold; Charles Malpass; Nanak Keswani; Emma Khoo

Testimonials

‘Chris Arnold and his team have a broad range of product coverage and I can confidently instruct them on complex structured deals involving any or all of repos, swaps and notes as well as pizza ordering for long working lunches. Other firms have more niche offerings and struggle to switch as fluidly between different products like this.’

‘Chris Arnold is exemplary for CDS in particular and provides good market colour with quick, accurate and succinct responses on live issues with real execution/trading consequences. Nanak Keswani is a very competent lieutenant and also a very safe pair of hands.’

‘In-depth of knowledge of their areas of expertise and depth of team.’

‘Chris Arnold – experienced, practical and able to explain and deal with complex issues.’

‘Ed Parker is absolutely brilliant – for a senior partner he always responds calls immediately and he is pragmatic.’

‘The team was very swift in picking up what we needed, with a keen eye for striking a balance between theory and how it would play out in practice. Based on the advice we were able to quickly settle a quite contentious matter with a more experienced counterparty on terms very favourable to us. I might not recommend the team to anyone, based on a fear of counterparties snatching them.’

‘Ed Parker seems to always be available to provide great advice. His books on derivatives are a must read!’

Key clients

Bank of New York Mellon

Zurich

Morgan Stanley

Merrill Lynch

ISDA

BNP Paribas

First Rand Bank

Barclays

EMEA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee

Emerging markets Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP 'really goes the extra mile to deliver high-quality work' in emerging markets transactions, particularly in Africa. The firm recently advised Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank on a $285m secured commodity financing made available to Alliance One borrowing entities based in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Ian Coles, who leads the Africa and mining practices; natural resources and infrastructure specialist Rachel Speight, and Ashley McDermott, who has a strong track record in handling financings in Russia and across the CEE and CIS region, are the lead partners. Counsel Danuta De Vries and senior associate Emma Sturt are known for project and export finance work, while arbitration specialist Luiz Aboim, who joined from White & Case LLP in 2020, adds specialist expertise in matters concerning Mozambique. Robert Hamill frequently works with Coles and Speight on mining and metals transactions, and Kirsti Massie plays a key role in power projects. Meredith Campanale frequently handles multi-sourced financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ian Coles; Rachel Speight; Ashley McDermott

Other key lawyers:

Danuta de Vries; Emma Sturt; Luiz Aboim; Robert Hamill; Kirsti Massie; Meredith Campanale

Testimonials

‘A very professional, proactive team that goes the extra mile to deliver.’

‘Really go the extra mile to deliver high quality work.’

Key clients

The Eastern and Southern African Trade Development Bank (TDB)

Citibank

HSBC

ING Bank

Investec Bank

Macquarie Bank

Bank of Montreal

Barclays Bank

Société Générale

BNP Paribas

AFC

Sumitomo Metals & Mining

Sumitomo Corporation

Vakifbank

First Rand Bank

Karoon Energy

Gulf

AfDB

Petronas

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Fund finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP has standout capabilities in lender-side work; it advises a number of major international financial institutions and investment banks on complex fund financing matters, with strong expertise in hybrid and asset-backed facilities. The firm also has a strong profile among fund sponsors, for whom it handles formation mandates and financing for secondary transactions. The team also advises on fund leverage matters, including GP, umbrella and fund of funds facilities, and it offers cross-border expertise across key fund jurisdictions. Paul Tannenbaum regularly works with GPs on a diverse range of financing matters. He co-heads the practice with Aimee Sharman, who maintains a strong profile within the industry, and advises lenders and borrowers on complex financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tannenbaum; Aimee Sharman

Other key lawyers:

Ed Saunders; Matt Lilley

Testimonials

Excellent client service; knowledgeable and approachable.

Mayer Brown’s UK fund finance practice is unique in the coverage and inter-link the practice has on a global basis. Our experience with Mayer Brown has been of the same high quality across different jurisdictions and they go above the minimum requirements to ensure client needs are met.

Paul Tannenbaum has been a great partner in this space, with attention to detail and him being particularly quick to point out various structuring and negotiating points.

Islamic finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP's Islamic finance offering was launched in 2020 with the arrival of a team from K&L Gates LLP. Led by Barry Cosgrave, the group's workload spans debt capital markets, structured finance, project finance, derivatives and investment management. Cosgrave is an expert in the use of shari'ah-compliant structures for a variety of financial products; Christopher Street is a specialist in products connected with the aviation and investment management spaces. Hannah Davies is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Barry Cosgrave

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Street; Hannah Davies

Testimonials

The team is very informed of legislation in the UAE region in particular, commercial practice. We have always received sound advice on Islamic matters.’

Barry Cosgrave is an expert in Islamic law and operating in the UAE.’

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP's pensions practice pairs deep expertise on the non-contentious side with a broad litigation offering, gifting clients a cross-disciplinary approach. Co-heads Jay Doraisamy and Ian Wright lead the non-contentious offering and are adept in advising large schemes, in de-risking, restructuring, and insolvency issues, with specialist expertise in the energy, retail and financial services industries. The 'incisive' Stuart Pickford, a commercial litigator, leads the contentious side of the business.  The team has particular expertise in investment disputes, pension deficit recovery, indexation and claims/complaints.

Practice head(s):

Jay Doraisamy; Ian Wright

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Watson; Richard Evans; Edward Jewitt

Testimonials

‘The pensions team provides excellent service. They are confident in interpreting and advising on legal aspects of the Trustees’ decision making, rather than merely advising what the law says. This is the standout value maker of Mayer Brown’s pension legal advice that is most appreciated by the Trustees.’

‘Our team at Mayer Brown is professional, approachable, responsive, knowledgeable and provide clearly articulated and pragmatic advice.’

‘Mayer Brown are very much part of the ‘team’ that helps to manage our pension arrangements.’

‘Jay Doraisamy is responsive, pragmatic, proactive and very personable to deal with. Her advice to the trustee is always well delivered and received, thorough in its preparation, and clearly articulated both verbally and in writing. Jay is proactive in bringing new regulatory requirements to my attention to ensure we stay abreast of legislation.’

Key clients

BOC Pension Scheme; BOC Retirement Savings Plan; BOC Senior Executive Pension Scheme and Gist Pension Scheme

BT Pension Scheme

EDF Energy Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Ford Hourly Paid Contributory Pension Fund; Ford Salaried Contributory Pension Fund; and Ford Senior Staff Pension Fund

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund

Prudential Staff Pension Scheme

Reed Elsevier Pension Scheme

Santander (UK) Group Pension Scheme

UK Power Networks Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme and UK Power Networks Pension Scheme

JMEPS Trustees Limited

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP advises private equity houses on complex transactions, including carve-outs, exits, acquisitions of distressed assets, and investments. The practice is capable of offering a comprehensive service to clients through its additional expertise in restructuring, finance, and tax, as well as its offices across a range of jurisdictions. Practice head Perry Yam has decades of experience in this sector and close links to a number of the firm's key buyout house clients, who praise him for 'putting his clients first'. James West is described as 'outstanding' by one client, while Neil Evans receives recognition for his 'impressive ability to deliver commercial solutions to complex problems'.

Practice head(s):

Perry Yam

Other key lawyers:

James West; Neil Evans

Testimonials

‘Understand how to deliver a value driven proposal for clients in this space whilst still maintaining  the standards expected. Have access to the full international network and work it well.’

‘The partners lead from the front not only in negotiation but even in drafting. They are there with us, their client, throughout the negotiation. They are always well informed and right across the deal issues. Like us, they want to get deals done and enable us to be pragmatic with a thorough awareness of what we are giving up to reach agreement. They are good natured, great company, highly sophisticated and client-centric. Excellent knowledge across a broad range of functions and areas. A commercial understanding and approach to all situations and a very strong network to support it.’

‘Excellent knowledge across a broad range of functions and areas. A commercial understanding and approach to all situations and a very strong network to support it.’

‘Neil Evans  – great addition to the team, hit the ground running and delivers high quality work with a great personable approach. Very commercial, committed to delivering the result for clients and providing assistance above and beyond wherever he can.’

‘Neil Evans is an exceptional real estate and M&A partner whose opinion I always seek on legal matters. He has an impressive ability to deliver commercial solutions to complex problems, as well as a deep understanding of both real estate law and corporate M&A law. I seek Neil’s advice on everything from corporate matters to partnership agreements and transactional work. He is supported by a strong team around him.’

‘James West is an outstanding lawyer who has delivered for us time after time. No deal is too large or small.  James has built strong rapport with my European colleagues who have also come to admire his energy, tenacity, flexibility and diligence. He is very comfortable with numbers and financial concepts which means our contracts are very robust time and again.’

‘Perry Yam puts his clients first. By reminding us of how active MB is in its market place it makes it very hard to go anywhere else. Perry’s team are amongst the most active lawyers in the Private Equity market which has the advantage that they have seen it all before. Perry will also roll his sleeves up and get stuck in. He is a very strong advocate for his team and puts them front and centre.’

Key clients

Aurelius Group

CBPE Capital

EMK Capital

Equistone Partners

Francisco Partners

Instincif Partners

L Catterton

Magnetar Capital

Melrose Industries PLC

Sovereign Capital

Stirling Square Capital Partners

The Halifax Group

Vitruvian Partners

Star Capital

Bain Capital

Inspirit Capital

Permira

Europi Capital

Professional negligence Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP advises clients on a range of professional negligence claims against them, including members of the construction sector, major law firms and barristers, accountancy firms and real estate organisations. The team handles both national and international mandates, and has particular expertise in the construction sector. It has conducted litigation in a variety of court settings, including the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Lands Tribunal, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Supreme Court. The team is led by Michael Regan, who strengths lie in construction and engineering, and Jim Oulton, who is well-regarded for his work for insolvency practitioners, accountants and auditors. Former co-head William Glassey left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in mid-2021. London managing partner Sally Davies is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Sally Davies; Jim Oulton; James Morris; Jonathan Stone; Matthew Williams; Tim Shepherd

Testimonials

‘The team are very responsive and innovative with considerable experience in professional negligence matters relating to solicitors but their particular strength is in handling regulatory issues. In this regard, they have obtained favourable outcomes for our firm through their meticulous approach and attention to detail.’

‘Great attention to detail without getting lost in it. They worked together as a team with clear guidance and direction from the lead partner to provide sound strategic advice always with an eye on the end game. Inclusive team working, with the professional client made to feel part of the team, engaged with the issues and the problem solving.’

‘There is a phenomenal team ethos . There are no weak links. Everyone has real enthusiasm and desire to do a great job.’

‘Very thorough grasp and analysis of facts. Great awareness of insurance market and implications for a case. Top quality people at all levels. Strong and effective IT support team.’

‘Jim Oulton has excellent forensic detail on issues and responds very quickly to questions. Alys Jones has great attention to detail in the work she does.’

‘Michael Regan is a senior and seasoned partner, calm and considered with an ability to see through complex matters and simplify them. Excellent insurance awareness which really helps the commercial analysis. James Morris is a very astute and hard working partner. Phenomenal capacity to absorb facts and identify what’s important. Rob Hobson is  a complete brain-box! Seems to have limitless knowledge of case law and an ability spot where it applies. A very clear communicator.’

‘Jim Oulton is one of the leaders in this corner of the market: phenomenally knowledgeable, with a laser-like commercial brain, he consistently delivers the goods for his clients.’

Key clients

BDO

HW Fisher

Property finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP’s 'pragmatic, focused and commercial' real estate finance team acts for both lenders and borrowers nationally and internationally, and in particular for Asian clients investing in London real estate. It is skilled at handling large portfolio financings and title insurance transactions, and it is growing its private equity real estate practice. Andrew Hepner, who is experienced in property finance transactions, debt restructuring, and debt portfolio acquisitions and disposals, and David O’Connor, who is well versed in loan organisations and CMBS, co-lead the team. The addition of Charles Malpass, who joined from Dechert LLP in February 2021, strengthens the team's capabilities with his expertise in advising on transactions in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the US. Senior associate Annabel Ersser focuses on structured real estate finance for lenders and borrowers, whilst Andrew Crotty is adept at handling work in the residential, healthcare, retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hepner; David O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Charles Malpass; Annabel Ersser; Andrew Crotty

Testimonials

‘The team is very well organised and very well managed. The team has a strong knowledge of the law and the real estate market. They always deliver excellent value and provide invaluable answers to difficult commercial or legal questions. They are extremely diligent, very quick, always thinking ahead and very solution driven.’

‘What’s unique about this team is that they understand what matters commercially and flag that to us to pay attention. Very attentive to details and good follow-up on outstanding documents/items.’

‘An extremely competent and well-coordinated deal team across all disciplines, Mayer Brown take a pragmatic, focused and commercial view in their advice and that is why we continue to use them on our most complex transactions.’

‘Fast responses, professional advice given for the protection and best interests of the client, willing to work hard and around the clock to suit the client’s tight time schedule.’

‘Andrew Hepner and Annabel Ersser are excellent lawyers, with strong knowledge of the industry – they are very solution driven, with excellent communication and management skills.’

‘I work mostly with Annabel Ersser and Andrew Hepner. They’re very attentive and commercial. Annabel helps collaborate with various parties, which centralises a lot of discussions, making the process easier. Andrew has many suggestions on commercial points.’

‘Andrew Hepner and Annabel Ersser are an established team in the real estate finance space and their extensive experience allows them to cut through the noise of the deal and focus on the true risks and commercial implications in their advice. We have worked with them for years and will continue to do so as our preferred legal advisers.’

‘Familiar with client needs and views through deals transacted before, and cope with all sorts of new banking compliance and requirements in a very tight timeline set upfront. Can mobilise various parties to cope with complicated transactions.’

Key clients

LKK/Infinitus

China CITIC Bank

Cheyne Capital

Ascott/Capitaland

Citibank

Bank of America Europe

Societe Generale

BNP Paribas

Securitisation Tier 2

'The team is very strong, relying on a deep knowledge of the market and its capacity to manage complex transactions with multi-jurisdictions aspects', says a client of Mayer Brown International LLP. The firm has a track record of market firsts, whether by jurisdiction or asset class, and continues to be involved in high-value mandates. It recently acted for BNP Paribas, Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets in a $3bn cross-border securitisation of trade receivables originated by subsidiaries of Lenovo Group. David O’Connor, who focuses predominantly on CMBS and RMBS transactions, and Dominic Griffiths, who is global co-head of banking and finance, and who frequently advises on cross-border securitisations and asset-based lending, are the lead partners. Dasha Sobornova assists arrangers, investment managers and corporate service providers on CLOs. Charles Malpass is a real estate and structured finance specialist, while emerging talent Merryn Craske handles a diverse range of securitisation transactions and is 'incredibly prepared and a hard worker'.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Griffiths; David O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Dasha Sobornova; Charles Malpass; Merryn Craske

Testimonials

‘Excellent quality of service and advice. Access to the best solution across a wide range of jurisdictions.’

‘Dominic Griffiths and Merryn Craske are outstanding partners in the firm. They are very engaged on their transactions.’

‘The team is very strong, relying on a deep knowledge of the market and relying on an impressive network of local offices. The main added value of the team is its capacity to manage complex transactions with multi-jurisdictions aspects.’

‘Dominic Griffiths in the UK is outstanding. He supports clients completely, having a good understanding of the financial and commercial aspects. He is very efficient and will make it clear what is needed and when to achieve the objective. Delivering a transaction in due time is their priority.’

‘Probably the best foreign team I worked with. Despite the fact that they practise UK law, they are well aware and trained also on the peculiarity of Italian law, in particular Dominic Griffiths is able to focus on the relevant issues of Italian law and he has always a commercial and smart approach.’

‘The team is always available, very fast in the execution and with a commercial approach which is always very appreciated by the clients. Smart in finding solutions, they are technically above other foreign firms. In my opinion stand-out partners are Dominic Griffiths and David O’Connor. Merryn Craske is also incredibly prepared and a hard worker.’

‘The team has a diverse partner set, which excels at providing the technical knowledge required when it comes to EU Sec Regs and/or complex legal issues, yet they are equally capable of fostering strong client relationships and seeing the bigger picture.’

‘A great team, very responsive and knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Citigroup Global Markets

Santander

Lloyds Banking Group

BAML

NORD/LB

Pepper

Davidson Kempner

SMBC

Societe Generale

Trade finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP has 'expertise in trade finance, particularly in emerging market issues, and the team are very friendly, professional and approachable'. Over the last two years, the firm has built up its presence in trade finance and asset-based lending, including complex global receivables financing structures. The firm recently acted for Burundi-based multilateral financial institution Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) in the amendment and restatement of a $285m secured pre-export finance facility for Alliance One subsidiaries. Alex Dell, who leads the banking and finance practice, and Ashley McDermott, who specialises in cross-border finance transactions, particularly syndicated loans, are the key practitioners. Meredith Campanale also has a major role in multi-sourced financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors, as does Charles Thain in ABL, receivables finance and trade finance.

Practice head(s):

Alex Dell

Other key lawyers:

Ashley McDermott; Meredith Campanale

Testimonials

‘Expertise in trade finance, particularly in emerging market issues.’

‘The team are very friendly, professional and approachable.’

‘Knowledge of various trade finance structures as well as the ability to understand new structures. Global expertise which is important given global nature of trade finance transactions.’

‘Charles Thain was excellent. He seems to be driven by enjoyment of collective problem-solving rather than just making money.’

‘Very nice and helpful individuals.’

‘Quick response times and the ability to be flexible.’

Key clients

ING

TDB

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Co-headed by Dominic Griffiths and Alex Dell, who are both noted for their structured finance and ABL expertise in particular, Mayer Brown International LLP provides 'creative, innovative and novel solutions' to a lender-focused client base across a range of syndicated and bilateral new money mandates and refinancings. Trevor Borthwick has galvanised the firm's capabilities on the corporate lending front following his arrival from Allen & Overy LLP in April 2020 and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'knowledgeable' Ash McDermott, who is particularly adept at advising on emerging markets ECA-backed syndicated cross-border financings.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Griffiths; Alex Dell

Other key lawyers:

Trevor Borthwick; Bernd Bohr; Ash McDermott; Charles Malpass

Testimonials

The team is responsive, creative and pro-active.’

We have always benefited from their deep market knowledge as well as their experienced and dedicated team.’

The team at Mayer Brown is highly skilled, creative, innovative and quick to find novel solutions.’

Mayer Brown has a dedicated team of specialists that are familiar with ECA-backed financing and the industry.’

The very client-focused Bernd Bohr is a highly skilled, extremely precise lawyer with great attention to detail.’

Ash McDermott is a very reputable and knowledgeable lawyer with extensive experience.’

Alex Dell has a good level of pragmatism as to what is valuable to explore and what is not.’

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's restructuring team has continued to grow market share and gain recognition among a varied array of creditor/investor and debtor stakeholders for its ability to provide 'very good technical legal advice on complex insolvency matters'. Barry Cosgrave 's arrival in September 2020 from K&L Gates LLP was the latest partner level hire at the time of going to press and strengthened the firm's ability to advise on complex cross-border distressed investment work, as a result of his 'detailed understanding of acutely distressed situations and  of complex, structured credit'. 'Hugely experienced and impressive in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters' (including as it relates to pensions and insurance mandates), Devi Shah is also recommended and co-heads the team alongside the 'exceptional' Amy Jacks and 'experienced, approachable and commercial' Michael Fiddy, who both have  a more traditional restructuring/insolvency offering for IPs, banks and funds.  

Practice head(s):

Devi Shah; Amy Jacks; Michael Fiddy

Other key lawyers:

Barry Cosgrave; Sheena Frazer; Trevor Borthwick

Testimonials

‘It is a strong team that provides very good technical legal advice on complex insolvency matters.’

A diverse and smart team with a reliable and dynamic approach to complex legal issues. The team are not afraid to go out on a limb for their clients.’

Michael Fiddy is extremely experienced, approachable and always provides sage commercial advice.’

‘The exceptional Amy Jacks has extensive legal knowledge, cross-sector capability and a collaborative and engaging approach to projects.’

Devi Shah is hugely experienced and impressive in both contentious and non- contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.’

Barry Cosgrave has a detailed understanding of acutely distressed situations and alongside an understanding of complex, structured credit.’

Trevor Borthwick is an absolute rock in any contested restructuring situation – he is totally dependable, dedicated, deeply knowledgeable and you know he will protect your position.’

Sheena Frazer – a dynamic and talented lawyer with a commercial and amiable approach to projects.’

Key clients

HSBC

BDO

Ernst & Young

LBO France

Santander (UK) Group Pension Scheme

Alvarez & Marsal Europe

Pension Protection Fund

Debenhams Pension Schemes

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Moorfields

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

EA Partners

Permira Funds

Green Network Energy

Alix Partners

Mount Street

EDF Man

Debt capital markets Tier 3

'The team is highly skilled, creative, innovative and quick to find novel solutions', says a client of Mayer Brown International LLP. The firm acts for issuers and underwriters on a wide range of debt capital markets transactions from commercial paper programmes and MTN programmes, regulatory and hybrid capital issues, equity-linked securities, high-yield bonds and project bonds. Its US law capability capability is key to cross-border transactions, as well as the firm's growing caseload of emerging markets transactions. James Taylor's broad practice includes a growing amount of sustainability-linked bonds alongside European debt and equity-linked transactions. The 'highly skilled, extremely precise' Bernd Bohr handles predominantly high-yield issuance, but also investment-grade and SEC-registered bonds. 'I rely on his experience to resolve complicated cross-border issues', says a client of Robert Flanigan, who mainly handles European transactions.

Practice head(s):

James Taylor; Bernd Bohr; Robert Flanigan

Testimonials

‘In our experience, the Mayer Brown capital markets practice for Spanish matters in Europe is exclusively associated with and handled by Robert Flanigan. He has a deep understanding of the Spanish market and a real appreciation of Spanish law issues. I rely on his experience to resolve complicated cross-border issues. He is my first choice for US and English advice on capital markets deals. In addition, he is fluent in Spanish unlike some other US peers, which Spanish clients really appreciate.’

‘They know the business very well, not only the legal part, but also the financial product, the market rules and the way the system works, therefore the service they provided is an important factor of our programme’s success.’

‘They truly care about our business, put themselves in the position of the programme owner to think and to act.’

‘We have most recently worked with Mayer Brown as issuer’s counsel for the first-ever Social-linked Sustainability KPI-linked Bond. The team at Mayer Brown is highly skilled, creative, innovative and quick to find novel solutions. The team’s work is very integrated with our in-house team’s, sharing the same passion for quality, challenging the status quo and for diversity.’

‘We have recently worked with partners Bernd Bohr and James Taylor. Bernd is a highly skilled, extremely precise lawyer with great attention to detail. He is very client focused and always reachable, as is the whole team.’

Key clients

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Barclays Bank

Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

Novartis AG

Novartis Capital Corporation

Novartis Finance S.A.

Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O.

Fincantieri S.p.A.

China International Marine Containers (Hong Kong) Limited

Westbourne Credit Management Limited

Wepa Hygieneprodukte GmbH

Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. (Isbank)

Employers Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP leverages ‘a good network of offices’ globally  to ‘provide quality support on cross-border projects’, with notable strengths in the employment considerations arising from M&A, restructurings and outsourcing. Headed up by the ‘shrewd, experiencedChristopher Fisher, the department - which is instructed by international and domestic clients alike - also has a track record in litigation, data protection mandates and regulatory issues. All-round employment law specialist Miriam Bruce (‘unflappable under pressure and generally very personable and easy to deal with’),  handles a mixture of transactional support deals, strategic advisory work and senior executives exits.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Miriam Bruce

Testimonials

Particularly strong on banking and insurance.’

Miriam Bruce is clever, good judgement, dedicated, warm. Christopher Fisher is shrewd, experienced.’

Particularly good on regional and global project work. They have a good network of offices and provide quality support on cross-border projects, delivering reports that are focused, easy to read and follow, and which provide succinct and clear answers.’

Miriam Bruce is a lovely person to work with, personable and client-focused. She generates trust quickly. She delivers technical advice in a comprehensible, accessible way.’

Know our organisation and the pace the business, so what will work and what won’t. Plus know the history and this impacts when and how we make organisation/employment decisions.’

Full-service employment team. They know our businesses very well and have been a highly valued partner for a number of years. Very responsive and a great team to work with.’

Miriam Bruce has been excellent on a significant team move matter she handled for us – unflappable under pressure and generally very personable and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Inspirit Capital

The Hartford Financial Services Group

PWC

CDK Global Inc.

Nestlé Health Science

Link REIT

The Jordan Company, L.P.

CBPE Capital LLP

Permira Debt Managers Limited

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's team in London is well-versed in the English and US securities law aspects of IPOs and secondary offerings, as well as public company transactions that trigger regulatory notifications and other corporate work. The group includes Robert Flanigan, who has 20 years of experience undertaking equity capital markets transactions in the UK and across the EMEA region. In 2020, he acted for Banco Santander and CaixaBank as the joint global coordinators on the IPO of Soltec Power Holdings on the Spanish stock exchanges through a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering. Other notable individuals include Robert Hamill, Rebecca Bothamley and senior associate Harriet Hainsworth, who advised Velocys Plc on a £20m equity fundraise. Beyond the energy sector, Hamill is also active in equity offerings involving the mining, TMT, industrials and petrochemicals sectors, while Colin Scagell specialises in listings, secondary offerings and takeovers in the insurance sector. Kate Ball-Dodd is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kate Ball-Dodd; Robert Flanigan

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hamill; Colin Scagell; Richard Smith; Rebecca Bothamley; Harriet Hainsworth

Testimonials

‘Rob Flanigan has a deep understanding of the Spanish market and a real appreciation of Spanish law issues. I rely on his experience to resolve complicated cross-border issues. He is my first choice for US and English advice on capital markets deals.’

‘This team provide a first-rate client service. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Kate Ball-Dodd is an outstanding ECM lawyer. She provides clear technical advice with extremely helpful commercial insight.’

Key clients

Investec Bank plc

Liberbank, S.A.

Numis Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Velocys plc

Metrovacesa, S.A.

St Modwen Properties plc

Helical plc

Promotora de Informaciones, S.A.

GW Pharmaceuticals

EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

As part of the firm's global trade group, Mayer Brown International LLP's London office is able to offer expertise on a range of issues including economic sanctions, export controls, and customs, as well as trade remedy investigations and WTO disputes. The team, which has developed a niche specialism in dual-use and military export controls, is led in London by the 'knowledgeable and thoughtful' Jason Hungerford; a dual-qualified US and English lawyer, he frequently represents clients before public bodies including the OFAC, the UK Export Control Joint Unit and the US State Department.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hungerford

Other key lawyers:

Paul Whitfield-Jones

Testimonials

‘Very strong experience with trade sanctions, work well with clients to understand their business to be able to advise on very specific situations.’

‘Their depth of insightful knowledge and expertise in this complex area is extremely high.’

‘Jason Hungerford has in-depth and diverse knowledge about corporate investigations, including as it relates to sanctions, export controls, and anticorruption.’

‘Jason Hungerford is a delight to work with. He is knowledgeable and thoughtful, providing excellent and well-considered advice.’

Key clients

International Swaps and Derivatives Association

Unilever

Grant Thornton

Lombard Odier

Vitruvian Partners

EMK Capital

Credit Agricole

BDO

Societe Generale

Civil Aviation Authority

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP is most known for its cross-border work for financial institutions, with a focus on representing banks, asset managers, insurance and investment firms in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations. The group recently acted for the FCA in an independent external investigation into its handling of the Connaught Income fund prior to its collapse. Jointly taking the lead are Chris Chapman (energetic, bright and the type of lawyer you want by your side on a complex contentious matter') and Alistair Graham, who is able to draw on substantial experience in white-collar criminal defence work and international asset tracing. Senior associate Stephen Moi is praised by clients for being 'very good at client handling and coordinated really tricky issues regarding communication with the FCA and stakeholders.'

Practice head(s):

Chris Chapman; Alistair Graham

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Moi

Testimonials

Mayer Brown put together a bespoke package to support an 18 month FCA review. They were able to assist in terms of staffing and also technology management. It was a complex review involving thousands of documents and numerous witnesses. Mayer Brown were excellent and always one step ahead in thinking through issues and solutions to problems that might arise.’

Stephen Moi is very good at detail, is very thorough and easy to work with. He is very good at client handling and coordinated really tricky issues regarding communication with the FCA and stakeholders and was key to keeping the matter on track.’

Chris Chapman is very good at thinking through “big picture” issues and strategy and is a very good person to have in any discussion to provide an alternative point of view.’

Chris Chapman is energetic, bright and the type of lawyer you want by your side on a complex contentious matter.’

Highly competent and quick to identify key issues. Resolved an issue that had been ongoing for several months, within a matter of weeks.’

Chris Chapman stands out for his encyclopaedic knowledge of contentious financial services work, his astonishing work ethic and his calm and good humour under pressure.’

Key clients

FCA

Africa Development Bank

Fintech Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP advises a range of clients, including start-ups, global financial institutions and tech companies. Its broad expertise includes fintech-related IP matters, cloud-related outsourcing agreements, cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. On the emerging technology side, the practice handles transactional work, disputes and regulatory matters. Mark Prinsley leads the IP and IT group and also the outsourcing practice; he has considerable experience of conducting outsourcing projects for large financial institutions. Oliver Yaros is recommended for digital transformation projects and IP transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prinsley

Other key lawyers:

Chris Chapman; Oliver Yaros; Charles Thain

Key clients

Previse

High yield Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP has 'a very focused team dedicated to the deals' and clients note that it has 'a very deep understanding of the high yield bond market and acts as a true business partner for clients'. The firm predominantly acts for German corporate issuers and one client remarks that ''for German issuers, the practice is at par with the best law firms around'. Lead partner Bernd Bohr is qualified in English, German and New York law, and can advise on both loans and high yield bonds. He recently assisted Wepa Hygieneprodukte on its €550m dual-tranche offering, and advised Westbourne Credit Management on an offering of €140m of notes by Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure PLC.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Bohr

Testimonials

‘In December 2019 and February 2020, we completed another two high yield bond offerings with the Mayer Brown team. Since we started working with Mayer Brown in 2013, we have always benefited from their deep market knowledge as well as their experienced and dedicated team. Mayer Brown has always given us great client service, has always been transparent and commercial with regard to legal fees and is generally offering us very good value for money.’

‘A very focused team dedicated to the deals. Great collaboration and use of technology especially through Covid.’

‘The team has a very deep understanding of the high yield bond market and acted as a true business partner for us as clients.’

‘A relatively small HY practice when compared to some of the larger firms, but for some clients who want to reduce complexity this is a good one-stop shop option – with his triple qualification, Bernd Bohr can cover English and New York law, which means that he can cover a loan (or RCF) process as well as the bond issuance process. Given a bond is typically combined with at least an RCF, this is attractive for clients.’

‘MB’s high yield bond practice, especially for German issuers, is at par with the best law firms around.’

‘Our key contacts at Mayer Brown are Jan Streer in Düsseldorf office and Bernd Bohr in London. We have been working with both of them as our advisors for our high yield bond offerings for the last seven years. Both form a great team, are reliable and well experienced. Each of them is very hands-on, hardworking and dedicated, and they know the market extremely well. At the same time, they always listen to our specific needs and come up with tailor-made solutions.’

‘Bernd Bohr is a great partner to work with. He gets involved in the detail and day to day management of projects as well. He takes full responsibility and is generally on top of all the various work streams. Whether he represents the client or the financial institution always a pleasure to work with him.’

‘Compared to other competitors, Bernd Bohr demonstrates a very proactive attitude in advising us as clients.’

Key clients

Klesch Group

Raffinerie Heide

Progroup

Deutsche Bank

Westbourne Credit Management Limited

Wepa Hygieneprodukte GmbH

Infrastructure Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP’s infrastructure practice specialises in energy matters, notably offshore wind and renewables, as well as drawing on the firm’s strength in contentious work and the finance arena. On top of this it provides a global platform, with growing experience in emerging markets, particularly Africa. Key names in the area are Ian Coles, who is known for his strength in mining and Africa related work; and Rachel Speight, who focuses on the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. They co-lead the team alongside new arrivals from White & Case LLP in 2020 Kirsti Massie and Meredith Campanale; who enhanced the firm’s expertise in energy and renewables.

Practice head(s):

Ian Coles; Rachel Speight; Kirsti Massie; Meredith Campanale

Key clients

Investec Bank

MET Group

US Exim

SACE

DFC

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP attracted a strong flow of transatlantic M&A deals in 2020, notwithstanding market challenges. Elsewhere, the practice particularly distinguishes itself in insurance-linked securities work and cat bonds, having acted on five out of the only six PCC vehicles to date under the new UK regime, as well as every cat bond issuance. In addition, other areas of strength include transactional liability, restructurings and insurtech matters. Colin Scagell co-heads the practice with Devi Shah, who focuses on restructuring and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Colin Scagell; Devi Shah

Other key lawyers:

Chris Chapman; Neil Macleod; Rebecca Bothamley; Christian Higham; Harriet Hainsworth

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable team – good advice that isn’t sugar coated.’

Colin Scagell is our go-to lawyer for insurance matters – especially when they cross over with capital markets work.’

There has virtually been no disruption in terms of the team’s availability/engagement in the past year during the pandemic, which has been fantastic and made us feel comfortable in pursuing the goal that had been set pre-Covid.’

Approachable, well-managed, responsive, keen to help, value for money.’

Colin Scagell – accessible, always keen to help out and take charge, responsive.’

Key clients

Beazley plc

Aspen

EU Lotto

The Hartford

Tokio Marine

Enstar Group

Convex

Argenta Private Capital Limited

GC Securities

Brit Limited

International arbitration Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's London office has both commercial and investment arbitration capabilities, and, in addition to the 'excellent' practice's construction and energy arbitration expertise, it has niche space industry credentials. The group also fields specialists in Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Europe matters. Raid Abu-Manneh leads the London international arbitration group, which includes experienced partners Mark Stefanini, Kwadwo Sarkodie and Miles Robinson, along with experienced senior associates Jawad Ahmad and Sam Prentki. Lusophone jurisdiction specialist Luiz Aboim was hired as partner in October 2020 from White & Case LLP, while Rachael O’Grady was made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Raid Abu-Manneh

Other key lawyers:

Mark Stefanini; Kwadwo Sarkodie; Miles Robinson; Jawad Ahmad; Sam Prentki, Luiz Aboim; Rachael O’Grady

Testimonials

Excellent arbitration team that has top-level knowledge, intelligence and flexibility.

Bright professionals who put things in perspective and think inclusively.

The firm was proactive, well organised and responsive.

They have high-quality people with great commercial sense.

The international arbitration team is highly skilled, and was able to digest the complexity of my bilateral investment treaty case to inform both tactical and strategic decision making.

From the outset, the firm was accommodating in terms of the billing structure, which helped the entire process considerably, so that we could focus on the substance of the case.

Raid Abu-Manneh and newly promoted Rachael O’Grady were both easy to work with and clear in their communications.

Raid Abu-Manneh and Rachael O’Grady both demonstrated ease at getting to grips with complex issues as they evolved.

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Lion Mexico Consolidated

Petronas Petróleo Brasil

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP is particularly well-known for advising clients in the financial services industry on the application of cutting-edge technology, cloud arrangements and data issues. It is also highly regarded for its fintech and insurtech work, with an emphasis on AI-based projects. Mark Prinsley leads the firm's IP and IT group; Andrew Stewart focuses on commercial arrangements in the technology sector; Richard Page advises TMT companies on corporate transactions, including M&A and private equity investments. Oliver Yaros is also a core member of the team, with a wealth of experience assisting clients in the financial services industry with utility projects, technology outsourcing and IT systems procurement.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prinsley; Andrew Stewart; Richard Page

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Yaros

Testimonials

‘We appreciate the depth of knowledge displayed by this firm, and its ability to marshal a mixed team which incorporates expertise in the various disciplines required by a specific client situation. Whilst this is not a strength unique to this practice, this firm is impressively adaptable to meet clients’ needs. It is also able to seamlessly call upon the expertise of its international bases when territory-specific insight is required.’

‘In this ICT/IT area we would mention Oliver Yaros, who we consider to be an outstanding individual.’

‘Aside from being savvy about tech matters, they are extremely responsive and deliver a product that is of actual use to the client. They become like an extension of the in-house team. Their fees are extremely reasonable and they are willing to adjust to whatever the client requires.’

Key clients

HSBC

Bank of New York Mellon

Unilever

Previse

T Rowe Price

Pymetrics

Overmore

Grant Thornton

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Corney & Barrow

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's media and entertainment practice comprises of lawyers whose expertise lies in corporate and securities work, as well as dispute resolution. Led by Miles Robinson, the team advises clients operating in the advertising and marketing, film and television, gaming and information services sectors. It particularly stands out acting for content owners across the media landscape. Robert HamillRebecca Bothamley and James Whitaker are key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Miles Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hamill; Rebecca Bothamley; James Whitaker

Key clients

Overmore Group

Entertainment One Limited

Adopt Me!

Oil and gas Tier 3

The ‘market leading’ oil and gas practice at Mayer Brown International LLP is active across the upstream space and has strengthened its team of experts with project partners Kirsti MassieMeredith Campanale and arbitration lawyer Luiz Aboim joining from White & Case LLP. Jointly led by Bob Palmer and Robert Hamill, the group handles cross-border corporate matters, LNG sales and environmental law issues for large energy companies and global banks. The group's energy finance offering has been bolstered with the arrival of Trevor Borthwick from Allen & Overy LLP. Recently-promoted partner Rachael O’Grady, who focuses on international arbitration, is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Bob Palmer; Rob Hamill

Other key lawyers:

Trevor Borthwick; Rachael O’Grady; Kirsti Massie; Luiz Aboim; Meredith Campanale

Testimonials

‘Market-leading practice, containing real experts. Proven track record, well-positioned to advise on cross-border projects. Strong presence in a number of countries. Provides very timely and excellent advice and is willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Bob Palmer – he really stands out. He is responsive, extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. Very capable and experienced. He also offers high quality strategic advice to boardrooms.’

They have been very responsive and effective with their work. Sometimes, when we refer them to our clients who need English law assistance, their rates are end up being too high but that is not a service issue. We find them to be very reliable and cooperative.’

My primary contact was Rob Hamill. He is brilliant; shrewd, direct, experienced. I would feel comfortable going to him with any new projects.’

Key clients

Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (CHC) Limited

Karoon Energy Ltd

Velocys plc

Genel Energy plc

Cairn Energy PLC

ONE-Dyas

Volga Gas

RockRose

HSBC

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s pensions practice pairs deep expertise on the non-contentious side with a broad litigation offering, gifting clients a cross-disciplinary approach. Co-heads Jay Doraisamy and Ian Wright lead the non-contentious offering and are adept in advising large schemes, in de-risking, restructuring, and insolvency issues, with specialist expertise in the energy, retail and financial services industries. The ‘incisive’ Stuart Pickford, a commercial litigator, leads the contentious side of the business.  The team has particular expertise in investment disputes, pension deficit recovery, indexation and claims/complaints

Practice head(s):

Stuart Pickford

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Block; Tim Shepherd

Testimonials

‘Excellent litigators. They quickly get to grips with the details and provide considered, tactical advice on cases. They are well respected and trusted advisers. Great to work with.’

‘The litigation and pensions teams work closely together to deliver clearly joined-up project management.’

‘The firm as a whole has a low-key approach and this is exemplified in the pensions and dispute resolution teams. Their results speak for themselves.’

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Limited

QBE Insurance

Bar Mutual (primary lawyer insurer for barristers)

Massey Ferguson Works Pension Trust Limited

Kingfisher Pension Trustee Limited

Santander (UK) Group Pension Scheme Trustees Limited

JMEPS Trustees Limited

Prudential Staff Pensions Limited

BOC Pension Scheme Trustees Limited

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP’s renewable power and infrastructure practice group was significantly bolstered by the 2020 arrivals of ex-White & Case LLP duo Meredith Campanale and Kirsti Massie, who was global head of the power industry group at her former firm. The team has vast expertise across the project financing space and advises on multi-sourced financings across Europe. Specialisms include battery storage, cross-border gas pipelines work, and traditional thermal power projects. David Fraher focuses on international energy transactions in emerging markets, and acts for sovereign states and state-owned entities.

Practice head(s):

Meredith Campanale; Kirsti Massie

Other key lawyers:

David Fraher 

Testimonials

‘Meredith Campanale is extremely cool under pressure. She is extremely organised and on top of all the issues. She gives extremely practical commercial advice. She is also, most importantly, a pleasure to work with. Her team are very efficient and turn documents as needed to get complicated transactions completed on time.’

‘Kirsti Massie is extremely knowledgeable on the regulatory side of things.  She produces easy to read, but comprehensive diligence reports.’

Key clients

MET Group

Investec Bank plc

Green Network Energy

Product liability: defendant Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP is regularly instructed by manufacturers and insurers alike in crisis management; defending and bringing claims; and product liability issues linked to transactional due diligence processes and in the context of transaction risk assessments. The team often handles claims linked to construction and professional negligence. Practice head Miles Robinson has experience in group actions, product recall, and labelling and regulatory issues. James Morris specialises in the construction sector.

Practice head(s):

Miles Robinson

Other key lawyers:

James Morris

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced and knowledgeable team who are there when you need them and are quick to react and give advice.’

‘Miles Robinson is the standout partner in this area. He has always provided expert advice and been able to solve any issues we have had.’

VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's indirect tax team showcases expertise in handling VAT and SDLT issues in high-value real estate transactions. Other areas of focus include advising on cross-border VAT issues for financial services clients and insurance premium tax matters. In addition, the practice offers a specialised tax dispute resolution and transfer pricing service. James Hill heads the team, which includes Simon Rose and Matthew Mortimer.

Practice head(s):

James Hill

Other key lawyers:

Simon Rose; Matthew Mortimer

Key clients

British Land

Chuang’s China Investments

Link REIT

Tide Construction

Wing Tai

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

The dispute resolution team at Mayer Brown International LLP provides 'a good balance of technical and practical advice' in cross-border corporate and commercial disputes. Practice head Ian McDonald has particular experience in the energy, renewables, automotive and real estate sectors, while the 'excellent' Miles Robinson acts for a range of clients ,with experience in significant shareholder and post M&A disputes; Stuart Pickford 'inspires confidence' particularly in commercial trusts and pensions litigation, and Mark Stefanini counts supply chain, shareholder and M&A disputes among his areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ian McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Miles Robinson; Stuart Pickford; Mark Stefanini; Jonathan Cohen; Chris Roberts 

Testimonials

The team is hands on, flexible and proactive with a good balance of technical and practical advice. They listen to suggestions for improvements to the relationship, take them on board and provide proposals for ways forward.

Stuart Pickford has been supporting us for years, providing valuable support in complex matters and proving to be a trusted advisor. He is able to quickly understand issues at stake and provide practical solutions with a clear reasoning.

Miles Robinson is an excellent partner, with great client skills and a thorough understanding of how to litigate to his client’s best advantage. Chris Roberts is an extremely energetic, intelligent and dynamic lawyer who works very fast and efficiently. They made a great team.

Jonny Cohen is a star in the making: always on top of things and ready to go the extra mile to get things just right.

A Rolls Royce service.

Stuart Pickford is a standout adviser who is both meticulous as to details and highly insightful on strategy. He is, additionally, wholly reliable, indeed unflappable, when crisis looms and is ready willing and able to devote all his energies to achieve the necessary. He truly inspires confidence.

The team is not only covers all the bases, but always thinks tactically, making sure every step is thought through.

Key clients

Entertainment One

Civil Aviation Authority

P&O Ferries

Unilever

Sunseeker

Ugland Nordic Shipping AS / Teekay Shipping Norway AS (a subsidiary of Altera Infrastructure L.P.)

HSBC

UBS AG

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Limited (as sole trustee of industry-wide occupational pension scheme)

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

The team at Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘exceptional at providing astute, intelligent legal advice’. The group has particular experience in the financial services and private equity sectors and handles international data protection compliance matters, as well as high-profile cybersecurity incidents and breaches for large multinationals. Mark Prinsley heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prinsley

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Yaros

Testimonials

‘Quick and efficient and well explained’.

‘Oliver Yaros is an excellent lawyer with excellent in depth legal knowledge of this sector’.

‘Aside from being savvy about tech matters, they are extremely responsive and deliver a product that is of actual use for the client’.

‘They become like an extension of the in-house team’.

‘We appreciate the depth of knowledge displayed by this firm, and its ability to marshal a mixed team which incorporates expertise in the various disciplines required by a specific client situation’.

‘All communicate very well, and Mark Prinsley in particular is able to breathe an air of calm authority which the client found both impressive and reassuring’. 

‘The firm is impressively adaptable to meet client needs’.

Key clients

HSBC

Lear Corporation

Unilever

Previse

Caterpillar

Wolters Kluwer

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Andersen Tax

CDK Global

Overmore

Employee share schemes Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP is well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional issues due to its international network and is also adept in tax, securities and stock exchange regulations. The team’s international work has mostly involved the US and Asia, and counting global companies such as Sotheby's and GW Pharmaceuticals among its client roster. More specifically, the team is highly skilled in cross-border issues involving dual -listed companies in both the UK and US.  Andrew Stanger leads the team and is particularly skilled in handling tax efficient arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stanger

Testimonials

‘Happy to coordinate complex cross boarder advice.’

‘Andrew Stanger – hugely knowledgeable, thoughtful about the implications for his recommendations across the board and relevant subcommittees and very aware of the shareholder relationship issues.’

 

Key clients

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc

Crux Product Design Limited

St Modwen Properties PLC

Velocys plc

GW Pharmaceuticals

Sotheby’s

Shearwater Group plc

Lunglife AI

Almac Group Limited

Star Capital

Environment Tier 4

Experienced environmental lawyer Michael Hutchinson leads the practice at Mayer Brown International LLP; he draws on a broad range of expertise, covering transactional, advisory and litigious matters. The team's client portfolio includes inward investors as well as blue-chip companies in the process industries and wider manufacturing sector. The team assists on the environmental aspects of transactions, as well as advising on issues surrounding chemical regulations, contaminated land or liability in pollution incidents. Counsel Tim Baines supports clients in real estate and corporate transactions and is a key member of the firm's ESG practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hutchinson

Other key lawyers:

Tim Baines

Key clients

Dow, Inc.

Solvay SA

H.I.G. Capital

Ascott International

Brookfield

Klesch & Company

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Oxford Biodynamics Plc

Chuang’s China Investments Limited

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP's team in London is well-versed in the English and US securities law aspects of IPOs and secondary offerings, as well as public company transactions that trigger regulatory notifications and other corporate work. The group includes Robert Flanigan, who has 20 years of experience undertaking equity capital markets transactions in the UK and further afield across the EMEA region. In 2020, he acted for Banco Santander and CaixaBank as the joint global coordinators on the IPO of Soltec Power Holdings on the Spanish stock exchanges through a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering. Other notable individuals include Robert Hamill, Rebecca Bothamley and senior associate Harriet Hainsworth, who advised sustainable fuels technology company Velocys Plc on a £20m equity fundraise. Beyond the energy sector, Hamill is active in equity offerings involving the mining, TMT, industrials and petrochemicals sectors, while Colin Scagell specialises in listings, secondary offerings and takeovers in the insurance sector. Kate Ball-Dodd is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kate Ball-Dodd; Robert Flanigan

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hamill; Colin Scagell; Richard Smith; Rebecca Bothamley; Harriet Hainsworth

Testimonials

‘Rob Flanigan has a deep understanding of the Spanish market and a real appreciation of Spanish law issues. I rely on his experience to resolve complicated cross-border issues. He is my first choice for US and English advice on capital markets deals.’

‘This team provide a first-rate client service. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Kate Ball-Dodd is an outstanding ECM lawyer. She provides clear technical advice with extremely helpful commercial insight.’

Key clients

Investec Bank plc

Liberbank, S.A.

Numis Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Velocys plc

Metrovacesa, S.A.

St Modwen Properties plc

Helical plc

Promotora de Informaciones, S.A.

GW Pharmaceuticals

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP’s insurance group benefits from the firm’s global footprint when it comes to handling international insurance disputes for insurers and reinsurers. James Whitaker handles D&O disputes, as well as professional liability claims. Other key contacts in the team include D&O specialist Jim Oulton, Tim Shepherd and counsel Mike Newham. Former London insurance head William Glassey  left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Jim Oulton

Other key lawyers:

James Whittaker; Tim Shepherd; Mike Newham 

Testimonials

‘What makes Mayer Brown unique is that I know I could work with anyone in the Insurance team with the full knowledge that I’d be in good hands. The quality of work from the team is always exceptional.’

‘Working with Mike Newham is incredibly easy. He is thorough and detailed with his work but also explains complicated issues in ways that are easy to understand. Mike is also great with thinking strategically, which is essential on the insurer side when handling difficult matters. I particularly value that Mike is genuinely happy to discuss claims whenever necessary and it is always a pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

Zurich

Resolute Management Services

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

Novae

QBE

Chaucer

Chubb Insurance Company of Europe

Axa XL

Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK)

HCC

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

The team at Mayer Brown International LLP has a breadth of experience in corporate criminal matters and is recognised by clients for its lawyers’ ‘strategic and technical knowledge’ and ‘proactive approach’. Regular work for the group includes advising on cross-border internal investigations involving financial crime and supply chain issues. It also provides routine assistance with commercial due diligence and risk assessments. Noteworthy contacts in the team include practice head Alistair Graham; Sam Eastwood, ‘a guru in the field’; and Jason Hungerford, who is admitted to practice in both the US and the UK.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Graham

Other key lawyers:

Sam Eastwood; Jason Hungerford; James Ford

Testimonials

A proactive approach. Practical advice based on a good sense of commercial challenges.

Sam Eastwood is friendly, to the point and great to work with.

High degree of strategic and technical knowledge, excellent approach to thought leadership.

Sam Eastwood is a guru in the field and James Ford is a rapidly rising star, superb analyst and networker.

Key clients

African Development Bank

eOne

Ugland Nordic Shipping AS

TMT Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'extremely responsive and tech savvy' team has a particularly strong track record in the media and entertainment industry, where it advises clients in relation to major acquisitions, complex disputes and various other matters. In a recent case, the team successfully defended eOne in fraud proceedings, resulting in a favourable settlement. The 'outstanding' Miles Robinson specialises in commercial litigation, Robert Hamill leads the firm's work in the media sector, and Mark Prinsley specialises in cybersecurity and data privacy law. Senior associate Harriet Hainsworth handles numerous corporate transactions in the technology sector, including M&A.

Practice head(s):

Miles Robinson; Robert Hamill; Mark Prinsley

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Bothamley; Oliver Yaros; Harriet Hainsworth

Testimonials

‘Aside from being savvy about tech matters, they are extremely responsive and deliver a product that is of actual use for the client. They become like an extension of the in-house team. Their fees are extremely reasonable and they are willing to adjust to whatever the client requires.’

‘This is a very individualistic team and there was no sense of a corporate gloss; we heard differing opinions or nuances and the team didn’t hesitate to keep revising its advice as the situation changed. They were in other words, free to give their full firepower in intellectual terms and this was very helpful.’

‘We appreciate the depth of knowledge displayed by this firm, and its ability to marshal a mixed team which incorporates expertise in the various disciplines required.’

‘Expertise, authoritative opinion, and the ability to put together a team which works extremely well with both our teams and client teams. In this TMT area we would highlight Miles Robinson as an outstanding individual.’

Key clients

Overmore Group

Entertainment One

Adopt Me!

Pymetrics

Helios Towers, Ltd

Acquisition finance Tier 5

Able to draw on significant resources throughout the firm's European and US offices, Mayer Brown International LLP's London-based banking team has a strong and growing reputation among private equity sponsors and credit funds in the mid-market acquisition finance space. Team head Stuart Brinkworth  has been the principal architect of the firm's growing involvement in the direct lending space, in light of his well-established credentials in the market. Although the firm is less active for traditional bank clients, it does pick up some work for international investment banks, particularly on acquisition finance deals where the ABL product forms a part of the overall debt package.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Brinkworth

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Crotty; Danister de Silva

Testimonials

‘The firm provides an excellent client service which is responsive, comprehensive and commercial.’

‘Stuart Brinkworth and Danister de Silva have a great sense of humour and work ethic as well as working extremely collaboratively.’

 

Key clients

Francisco Partners

TA Associates

Sixth Street Speciality Lending

Permira

CBPE Capital

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Known for multijurisdictional fraud and asset recovery cases, Mayer Brown International LLP acts for claimant and defendant from a range of sectors, including financial services, retail, energy, natural resources, life sciences and healthcare. The firm’s experience ranges from fraudulent misrepresentation, investigations, breach of trust and ponzi scheme busting, to asset tracing, recovery and seeking remedies. Practice head Alistair Graham has particular strength in white-collar work, advising corporate entities and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Graham

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fiddy; Susan Rosser; Miles Robinson; Mark Stefanini; Ian McDonald

Testimonials

‘Very well resourced and professional outfit, doing top quality work. Well organised and efficient and hard working’.  

‘Alistair Graham – top of the tree in terms of civil fraud/commercial partners. So experienced, with the ability to cut straight to the issue and focus on what really matters. Absolutely focused on the client’s interests at all times – never loses sight of those. Also great fun to work with’.

‘Mayer Brown’s litigation team is able to handle all aspects of civil fraud bringing their knowledge of specialist areas – whether insolvency, financial services, banking or more general commercial transactions – and global reach to bear in pursuing fraudsters around the world’.

‘I would pick out: (i) Mark Stefanini who is a down to earth but fierce litigator. (ii) Miles Robinson who brings vast knowledge across specialist areas combined with years of experience. (iii) Ian McDonald who is not afraid to get into the detail of a case but also provides excellent strategic overview’.

‘The MB team has the the breadth and quality of service needed to handle big ticket international work but still manages to blend this with a personalised touch. The level of partner engagement is first rate’.

‘The MB team has also impressed in showing innovation and flexibility in its approach to securing funding on complex litigation in an insolvent estate. The have first rate market knowledge in this area and added significant value to securing funding for a major piece of litigation’.  

‘Susan Rosser is an excellent operator. I have been very impressed with her technical skill but also her ability to manage the multiple threads of a very complex piece of litigation. She has led from the front on funding, client management and instruction of counsel. She is very easy to work with even in the most demanding circumstances and hugely popular amongst all of our team including the more junior members. It always feels like she is striking the right balance between pushing hard when necessary whilst balancing the dynamics of multiple stakeholders’.

‘Michael Fiddy is clearly at the top of his game in the insolvency space. He is superbly connected. Clients listen when he talks. He also has an impressive ability to resolve conflict in difficult situations by finding solutions that work for everybody with his strategic thinking’.

Key clients

UBS

Principal Global Investors

BDO

eOne

Corporate tax Tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP frequently assists clients with the tax aspects of cross-border deals in a variety of sectors. spanning the technology and consumer goods, real estate and financial services industries. James Hill leads the tax team, which includes Simon Rose, who focuses on offshore and international funds in the real estate and private equity sectors. Matthew Mortimer and Kitty Swanson are also noted.

Practice head(s):

James Hill

Other key lawyers:

Simon Rose; Matthew Mortimer; Kitty Swanson

Key clients

British Land

CPPIB

Entertainment One Limited

Beazley plc

L Catterton

Sotheby’s

Shearwater Group Plc

Unilever

CDK Global, Inc.

Link REIT

EU and competition Tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP is instructed on a range of competition issues, including cartel investigations, distribution agreements and behavioural issues. The team also is able to call upon the expertise of its multiple European offices, including the newly-recruited Düsseldorf group, as well as its practices in the US and Asia. David M. Harrison heads the European team and advises private equity firms on merger control matters.  

Practice head(s):

David Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Julian Ellison; Warsha Kalé

Key clients

Unilever

Mitsubishi Corporation

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

Moody’s Corporation

Cummins, Inc.

P&O Ferries

Entertainment One

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP works with a diverse sweep of high-profile companies on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. The practice is jointly led by Kate Ball-Dodd and Perry Yam, who lead the London and global corporate teams respectively. Robert Hamill's eclectic sector experience encompasses energy, mining, media and entertainment, while Tim Nosworthy is a key port of call for the firm's fund manager client base. Richard Page concentrates on real estate, private equity, and TMT, regularly leading on a number of the firm's biggest instructions. Rebecca Bothamley is praised by clients for her  equal fluency in public and private transactions.

Practice head(s):

Kate Ball-Dodd (London Corporate Practice Leader; Perry Yam (London-based Global Corporate Practice Leader)

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hamill; Tim Nosworthy; Richard Page; Rebecca Bothamley

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, commercial advice good reach internationally as well as across practices.’

‘Rob Hamill has seen it all: very commercial and client focused, and a calm presence in the turbulence of a deal.’

‘We see them as an extension of the in-house team – able to pick up and run with a brief.’

‘Richard Page possesses great technical skills, hugely hard working and a pleasure to spend time with.’

‘Rebecca Bothamley is a true all-rounder, comfortable with public and private deals.’

Key clients

ARM Holdings

CDK Global

Entertainment One Limited

British Land

Volga Gas Plc

Shearwater Group Plc

Sumitomo Metal Mining Limited

Unilever

Mitie

Emasan AG

Construction: contentious

'Second to none in UK construction law', Mayer Brown International LLP offers its range of global clients, which includes purchasers, governments and a number of key contractors and suppliers, significant expertise with international arbitration. It also is known for acting in professional negligence-related matters on behalf of both insurers and the insured. Michael Regan leads the London construction group and is known for his work in arbitrations involving large energy and infrastructure projects. Sally Davies is also well regarded, leading the firm's professional indemnity team and acting on many insurance-related cases. Jonathan Stone, Jonathan Hosie and Kwadwo Sarkodie are experienced in professional indemnity matters, high-value arbitration and matters based in Africa, respectively. James Morris is also a key contact at partner level.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Sally Davies; Jonathan Stone; Jonathan Hosie; Kwadwo Sarkodie; James Morris

Testimonials

‘The team’s communication has been timely and upfront. The team has stayed objective in giving its opinion and is not afraid to give an opinion that may not align with what the client wishes to hear. Such objectivity is precisely what I need as a client in seeking legal opinion from a law firm.’

‘The breadth of knowledge, experience and quality is second to none in UK construction law.’

‘Sally Davies is an amazing leader of her team, and her experience and strategic thinking shine out.’

‘They are very good at dealing with multi-party disputes.’

‘I really valued Jonathan Stone’s clear and strategic thinking on complex issues; overall I felt that we were being guided and helped by a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Jonathan Hosie has a wealth of experience and is able to give strategic and helpfully practical advice.’

‘Kwadwo Sarkodie has been an invaluable support and has great clarity of thought and legal precision.’

Key clients

Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting LLC

Alstom Transport

British Land

Costain

Gardiner & Theobald

GS Corporation

Kier

Nesma & Partners Contracting Company Limited

QBE, Zurich and many other members of the London insurance market

Ridge & Partners

SSE and joint venture partners

St George

Shepherd Construction

United Living

Wates Construction Limited (and following its acquisition, Shepherd Engineering Services)

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Mayer Brown International LLP’s non-contentious financial services regulatory practice has been on the rise in London since hiring in Chris Chapman from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in 2019. The team works closely with lawyers in the firm’s New York, London and Hong Kong offices to provide global advice to clients including banks, insurance firms, investment firms and asset managers. The team advises across the full range of UK and international mandates, offering regulatory and enforcement advice as well as disputes and transactional capabilities. Counsel Neil Macleod is the other key name to note in London.

Practice head(s):

Chris Chapman

Other key lawyers:

Neil Macleod

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown are very good at putting together bespoke teams to deal with investigations. They were excellent, hard working and efficient.’

‘Chris Chapman stands out for his encyclopaedic knowledge of regulatory engagement with the financial services sector. He seems to have been involved at the heart of every major issue the sector has faced over the last 15 years. He has an astonishing work ethic, amazing attention to detail and remains calm and good-humoured under pressure. He is one of the stars of his generation.’

‘Highly competent and identify key issues. We are able to resolve an issue that had been disputed for several months, in the matter of weeks.’

‘Chris Chapman is very good at thinking through “big picture” issues and strategy and is a very good person to have in any discussion to provide an alternative point of view.’

‘Chris Chapman – very competent and key figure in resolving a complex regulatory issue, with pressing cross-border issues. Highly recommended.’

Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in major cities across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

The firm: The firm is known for its client-focused approach and ability to provide creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. The firm’s London office has looked after the needs of clients in the City and beyond since 1895. In Brazil, the firm has an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados. This presence in the world’s leading markets for legal services enables Mayer Brown to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach. Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies, together with global leaders in major industries and more than half of the world’s largest banks.

Types of work undertaken:Banking and finance: this is a founding practice of Mayer Brown and one of the firm’s signature strengths. The firm has significant experience in structured finance and has been at the forefront of the markets for securitisation and other structured products since their inception. The firm is also highly distinguished in all aspects of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including leveraged finance, asset-based lending, fund finance, debt capital markets (including emerging markets and high yield), project finance, real estate finance, derivatives and tax-based lending. The practice also provides a complete financial restructuring service.

Corporate and securities: corporate and securities law is a core global practice at Mayer Brown. In the UK, the firm is known for its strong public and private M&A practice and well-regarded corporate finance team, with its extensive experience in the international capital markets. The domestic and international experience of the practice includes private equity, corporate governance, investment funds, financial services regulation, joint ventures and outsourcing.

Litigation and dispute resolution: litigation is the firm’s largest practice, with more than 450 lawyers globally handling complex, cross-border litigation for a wide variety of clients. The firm has extensive experience in dealing with financial and banking disputes, insolvency and restructuring issues, disputes affecting the global construction industry, and all aspects of insurance and reinsurance. The practice has dedicated teams advising on commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration and all types of dispute resolution.

Other specialist groups: other practices and industry groups also well-respected in the UK legal market and internationally, and with several recognised leading lawyers, include: competition, construction and engineering, employment, energy, environment, financial institutions, financial services regulatory and enforcement, insurance and reinsurance, IP/IT, mining, pensions, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, and tax.

Graduate recruitment: please see www.mayerbrown.com/careers or mayerbrownfutures.com.

Mayer Brown International LLP operates in combination with its associated Illinois limited liability partnerships, a SELAS established in France, a Hong Kong partnership, and its associated entities in Asia, and is associated with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership.

Other offices: Americas: Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Palo Alto, Washington DC.

Asia: Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore.

Europe: Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris.

Middle East: Dubai

Associated law firms: Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São  Paulo (Tauil & Chequer Advogados).

Department Name Email Telephone
London senior partner Sally Davies
Antitrust and competition David Harrison
Banking and finance Edmund Parker
Construction and engineering Michael Regan
Corporate Kate Ball-Dodd
Environment Michael Hutchinson
Financial services, regulatory and enforcement Chris Chapman
Insurance/reinsurance William Glassey
Intellectual property Mark Prinsley
Litigation and dispute resolution Ian McDonald
Pensions Ian Wright
Real estate Martin Wright
Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency Devi Shah
Tax James Hill
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Mr James Taylor  photo Mr James Taylor James Taylor is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice of…
 Jessica Walker  photo Jessica Walker Jessica Walker is a partner in the Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice of the London…
Mr James Whitaker photo Mr James Whitaker James Whitaker is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice…
Mr Nigel White  photo Mr Nigel White Nigel White is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Finance group. He acts…
Mr Martin Wright  photo Mr Martin Wright Martin Wright is a partner in the Real Estate practice of the…
Mr Nigel Wright  photo Mr Nigel Wright Nigel Wright’s law practice is focused on banking and finance law and…
Mr Ian Wright  photo Mr Ian Wright Ian Wright is a partner in London office of Mayer Brown’s Employment…
Number of UK partners : 86
Number of other UK fee-earners : 160

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 – Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of seven lawyers in Asia to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.


Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 —Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of five lawyers in Asia to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.