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Mayer Brown International LLP
201 BISHOPSGATE
LONDON
EC2M 3AF
England

Asset based lending Tier 1

Leveraging the firm's strong international credentials, particularly from the US, Mayer Brown International LLP's 'incredibly capable and talented' asset based lending (ABL) team has a focus on handling sophisticated cross-border mandates for funds, banks, sponsors and corporates. Able to draw from the expertise of a very well-integrated and fluid general banking and finance practice in London, the firm remains particularly well-suited to advising on bespoke and often heavily structured mandates, where the ABL portion of debt forms a part of an overall financing structure that includes other financing techniques throughout the capital structure. Dominic Griffiths' practice is emblematic of the firm's ability to combine expertise across the structured finance, ABL and acquisition finance segments of the market to provide a very compelling service to many of the most sophisticated stakeholders in the market. Praised for his 'technical insight combined with commercial pragmatism', Alex Dell co-heads the team alongside Griffiths and has 'a depth of knowledge and experience to meet the sophisticated needs of large corporates'Senior associate Ravi Amin  is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The Mayer Brown is an incredibly capable team of resourceful and talented individuals able to cope with sophistication and complexities in today’s current market environment.’

‘Alex Dell is a unique partner of great talent, always willing to go the extra mile to solve challenges. Has a depth of knowledge and experience to meet the sophisticated needs of large corporates. Technical insight combined with commercial pragmatism makes Alex ideal and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Charles Thain has a great ability to foresee legal issues ahead and resolve them effectively.’

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

An ‘exceptionally talented team from top to bottom’, Mayer Brown International LLP represents major private equity funds and UK property companies on complex development projects as well as high-value investment and corporate real estate transactions. A distinguishing feature of the practice is its emphasis on cross-border transactions for overseas investors, particularly in relation to outbound Asian clients purchasing London-based assets. Japan and China are key jurisdictions for Martin Wright, while Jeremy Clay demonstrates a track record of representing major financial institutions. Additional names to note are Iain Roberts, a mixed-use development expert and Caroline Humble, ‘an outstanding individual who is incredibly bright yet fiercely commercial’. On the corporate occupier side, the group represents both landlords and tenants on a range of high-value leasing transactions; examples include headquarter relocations, post property acquisition leasing transactions and the management of portfolios and mixed-use schemes. Asset expertise includes data centres, residential, office, retail, restaurants, industrial parks and hotels. Chris Harvey handles both development and investment transactions with clients describing his service as 'top notch'.

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally talented from top to bottom. It is obvious they communicate well and tasks are divided out appropriately. Most importantly, the team is commercially minded and always focused on my objectives.’

‘Caroline Humble is an outstanding individual, incredibly bright yet fiercely commercial.’

‘Chris Harvey and his team were top-notch from beginning to end. Chris and his team were able to offer us advice literally around-the-clock given that we are based in Hong Kong while him and his team (and the deal) are based in London. Chris and team held everything together – this was our first major commercial deal, and Chris and his team provided valuable advice and guidance in the process. Chris already came highly recommended from previous investment partners and associates we have worked with and this deal just proved exactly why.’

‘The strengths could almost take up a whole page if I were to elaborate. Two of my most treasured capabilities –  their commercial sense and their readiness to assist you whenever you need them.’

Key clients

LKK/Infinitus

Wing Tai

Gaw Capital Partners

The British Land Company plc

Tide Construction

Helical plc

Cheyne Capital

Regal Hotels

Chuang’s China Investments Limited

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

K&K Properties Limited

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Derwent London

Tribeca Holdings

Commercial property: investment Tier 1

An ‘exceptionally talented team from top to bottom’, Mayer Brown International LLP represents major private equity funds and UK property companies on complex development projects as well as high-value investment and corporate real estate transactions. A distinguishing feature of the practice is its emphasis on cross-border transactions for overseas investors, particularly in relation to outbound Asian clients purchasing London-based assets. Japan and China are key jurisdictions for Martin Wright, while Jeremy Clay demonstrates a track record of representing major financial institutions. Additional names to note are Iain Roberts, a mixed-use development expert and Caroline Humble, ‘an outstanding individual who is incredibly bright yet fiercely commercial’. On the corporate occupier side, the group represents both landlords and tenants on a range of high-value leasing transactions; examples include headquarter relocations, post property acquisition leasing transactions and the management of portfolios and mixed-use schemes. Asset expertise includes data centres, residential, office, retail, restaurants, industrial parks and hotels. Chris Harvey handles both development and investment transactions with clients describing his service as 'top notch'.

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally talented from top to bottom. It is obvious they communicate well and tasks are divided out appropriately. Most importantly, the team is commercially minded and always focused on my objectives.’

‘Caroline Humble is an outstanding individual, incredibly bright yet fiercely commercial.’

‘Chris Harvey and his team were top-notch from beginning to end. Chris and his team were able to offer us advice literally around-the-clock given that we are based in Hong Kong while him and his team (and the deal) are based in London. Chris and team held everything together – this was our first major commercial deal, and Chris and his team provided valuable advice and guidance in the process. Chris already came highly recommended from previous investment partners and associates we have worked with and this deal just proved exactly why.’

‘The strengths could almost take up a whole page if I were to elaborate. Two of my most treasured capabilities –  their commercial sense and their readiness to assist you whenever you need them.’

Key clients

LKK/Infinitus

Wing Tai

Gaw Capital Partners

The British Land Company plc

Tide Construction

Helical plc

Cheyne Capital

Regal Hotels

Chuang’s China Investments Limited

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

K&K Properties Limited

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Scape

Mining and minerals Tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP has a well-established global presence in the mining sector and advises on mining-related project developments and advisory work, M&A, construction issues, financing structures and litigation. The firm has a broad client base and acts for leading names in the market including Sumitomo Metals as well as junior mining companies including Toro Gold. A notable recent highlight included providing counsel on mining development to the Government of Oman. Ian Coles heads up the firm's mining and Africa practices, and co-heads the project finance group; clients claim he has 'strong problem-solving skills'. Also recommended is Rachel Speight, who represents banks and sponsors in cross-border structured and project financings.

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Testimonials

‘Strong mining experts, very close to the market, specific expertise in acting on the bank side on highly structured project finance transactions.’

‘Breadth of team and depth of experience. full scale team dedicated to the sector.’

‘Ian Coles and Rachel Speight are stand out members of the team. All down to approachability, commercial acumen and legal experience with a focus on the specifics of the natural resources sector.’

‘Strong leadership from Ian Coles and good strength in depth.’

‘Ian Coles is particularly good. Smart, excellent problem solving skills. Always looking for win-win solutions.’

Key clients

Société Générale

Investec

Ohridska Banka

Standard Bank

Nedbank

Toro Gold

Medea Future Materials Fund

Citibank

Macquarie Bank

Barclays

HSBC

ING

SRK

Sumitomo Metals & Mining

Africa Finance Corp

BNP Paribas

UniCredit Bank

RMB

Women in Mining

FirstRand Bank

Universal Coal

Mizuho

ANS Mining Share Company

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP attracts praise for its 'exceptional depth of knowledge of financial products and banking litigation'. The team has the ability to handle a range of domestic and cross-border issues, with expertise spanning derivatives, securitisation and commodities disputes to fraud, financial crime, cybersecurity and data protection litigation. Practice head Ian McDonald focuses on disputes relating to loan structures, structured finance and derivatives, while Alistair Graham is particularly strong for regulatory and fraud investigations, white-collar work and international asset tracing. The group also benefits from the expertise of Susan Rosser, who 'knows the banking and financial services sector inside out'; Mark Stefanini and Chris Chapman, who have particular experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes and contentious regulatory issues respectively, and counsel Ruth Malone whose experience includes advising financial institutions in fraud, mis-selling and misrepresentation claims.

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Testimonials

‘Mark Stefanini and Matthew Williams are shrewd litigators who traversed delicate issues concerning confidentiality with skill’

‘Mayer Brown shows strength in depth and adept management of client priorities’

‘Ian McDonald shows subtle and effective leadership. He is a highly intelligent partner, who is extremely proficient at managing large litigation. He is also a pleasure to work with’

‘Ruth Malone displays determined focus’

‘A top quality team with exceptional depth of knowledge of financial products and banking litigation’

‘Very user friendly, and giving high quality advice and representation

‘Susan Rosser knows the banking and financial services sector inside out, and has excellent judgement’

Ruth Malone is attentive, knowledgeable and always thorough. She tirelessly works to execute to our needs whilst continuously improving regular business processes. She strives to foster close relationships with her business colleagues. Ruth’s range and depth of financial crime risk knowledge are second to none’

 

Key clients

Société Générale

UBS

HSBC

Wells Fargo

BNY Mellon

Principal Global Investors LLC

Temporis Capital

Commercial property: development Tier 2

An ‘exceptionally talented team from top to bottom’, Mayer Brown International LLP represents major private equity funds and UK property companies on complex development projects as well as high-value investment and corporate real estate transactions. A distinguishing feature of the practice is its emphasis on cross-border transactions for overseas investors, particularly in relation to outbound Asian clients purchasing London-based assets. Japan and China are key jurisdictions for Martin Wright, while Jeremy Clay demonstrates a track record of representing major financial institutions. Additional names to note are Iain Roberts, a mixed-use development expert and Caroline Humble, ‘an outstanding individual who is incredibly bright yet fiercely commercial’. On the corporate occupier side, the group represents both landlords and tenants on a range of high-value leasing transactions; examples include headquarter relocations, post property acquisition leasing transactions and the management of portfolios and mixed-use schemes. Asset expertise includes data centres, residential, office, retail, restaurants, industrial parks and hotels. Chris Harvey handles both development and investment transactions with clients describing his service as 'top notch'.

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Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally talented from top to bottom. It is obvious they communicate well and tasks are divided out appropriately. Most importantly, the team is commercially minded and always focused on my objectives.’

‘Caroline Humble is an outstanding individual, incredibly bright yet fiercely commercial.’

‘Chris Harvey and his team were top-notch from beginning to end. Chris and his team were able to offer us advice literally around-the-clock given that we are based in Hong Kong while him and his team (and the deal) are based in London. Chris and team held everything together – this was our first major commercial deal, and Chris and his team provided valuable advice and guidance in the process. Chris already came highly recommended from previous investment partners and associates we have worked with and this deal just proved exactly why.’

‘The strengths could almost take up a whole page if I were to elaborate. Two of my most treasured capabilities –  their commercial sense and their readiness to assist you whenever you need them.’

Key clients

LKK/Infinitus

Wing Tai

Gaw Capital Partners

The British Land Company plc

Tide Construction

Helical plc

Cheyne Capital

Regal Hotels

Chuang’s China Investments Limited

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

K&K Properties Limited

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Scape

Construction: contentious Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP's team is 'strong, has an attractive culture and is commercially effective', and is headed up by the highly experienced Michael Regan. The practice represents contractors, construction professionals and governments, with sector expertise which extends to process engineering, transport, mining and retail. Regan has advised on claims relating to defects and poor workmanship alongside his deep experience in international arbitration. London managing partner Sally Davies has two prime areas of focus; construction-related insurance matters and all forms of construction disputes, with a notable emphasis on Korean clients. James Morris is noted as being 'very knowledgeable', acting for consultants, insurers and employers. Kwadwo Sarkodie has acted on disputes concerning loss and expense and defective works while Jonathan Stone advises on professional indemnity claims.

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Testimonials

‘The team is strong, has an attractive culture and is commercially effective.’

‘I like the combination of very strong legal advice with a practical approach to resolving an issue.’

‘Jonathan Stone is knowledgeable and very commercial in his outlook. In particular, he has an ability to understand the imperatives and relative strengths of all parties involved in an issue and to articulate quite complex issues and ideas. This can be very helpful in resolving contentious issues. Jonathan also appears to be liked and respected by all with whom he comes into contact.’

‘Sally Davies is, in my opinion, amazing. Because of her great personality, knowledge and fantastic advice, she commands huge respect from everyone.’

‘James Morris very good and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

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

Galliford Try

Kier

Costain

Gardiner & Theobald

Hyundai Corporation

GS Corporation

Nesma & Partners Contracting Company Limited

Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting LLC

Alstom Transport

Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP has a large global derivatives practice in which London serves as a key hub. It handles large and complex mandates in the European and global market for some of the the largest users of derivatives in the world. A significant amount of its recent work has focused on regulatory change, with the firm assisting more than 90% of Phase 1 to 3 Dealers with compliance matters. Alongside its busy sell-side practice, the firm also has an impressive buy-side client base comprising hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinationals. The London group also advises a growing number of custody banks including Bank of New York Mellon and Citigroup. It is also active in structured products, notably in synthetic securitisations using credit default swaps. Derivatives specialist Edmund "Ed" Parker (who 'makes difficult concepts easy to understand and is leading in his field') leads the practice, with Chris Arnold taking the lead on structured products. 'Bright and hardworking' senior associate Emma Khoo, who joined from Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP in late 2019, assists banks, asset managers, funds, proprietary trading firms, broker-dealers and insurance firms with compliance and cross-border issues.

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Testimonials

‘Chris Arnold continues to be excellent on derivatives, including ancillary areas such as financial sanctions and emerging market issues.’

‘The team work closely with one another, so they know how we, as their client, like to work. They are approachable and always available.’

‘The team is personable and friendly as well as being knowledgeable. They work hard to understand what support we want and how and when to provide it so that the work is really tailored to us.’

‘It is a leading firm in the market. They are knowledgable and fill you with confidence that you are on the right side of the law.’

‘Ed Parker is a brilliant lawyer, he makes difficult concepts easy to understand and he is leading in his field.’

‘Emma Khoo is bright and very hardworking.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Mexico

Citigroup

Bank of New York Mellon

LBBW

Emerging markets Tier 2

The sizeable London-based emerging markets group at Mayer Brown International LLP has an emphasis on project finance, though it acts for banks and other financial institutions, sponsors, governments and corporates in a broad range of finance transactions in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia. Key areas of expertise include mining and metals, trade and export finance, commodities finance, the oil and gas sector and infrastructure projects, but the group is also active in cross-border arbitration and has a strong sanctions and regulatory team. Rachel Speight acts for global banks and sponsors in cross-border structured and project financings; Ian Coles leads the mining and Africa practices; and Ashley McDermott focuses almost exclusively on emerging markets finance. Project finance partner Kirsti Massie and banking partner Meredith Campanale joined from White & Case LLP, adding further expertise in multi-sourced financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Counsel Danuta De Vries and export finance associate Emma Sturt also play key roles in the practice.

Testimonials

‘The firm has a team of experts who are are available and reliable, and have first-class expertise in West Africa and Turkey.’

‘The firm is client-focused and deal-oriented. Senior partners Ian Coles and Rachel Speight are readily available to find solutions.’

‘Chris Arnold continues to be excellent on derivatives, including ancillary areas such as financial sanctions and emerging market issues.’

‘The firm is dedicated and hands on. Ian Coles is perhaps the most experienced mining finance lawyer in the City. Ian is always available when required and his broad experience is crucial in closing deals.’

‘Rachel Speight’s experience and hands-on approach have been instrumental in structuring and closing deals.’

‘They provide quick turnaround times, as well as availability of partners whenever required.’

‘The team is pragmatic, available and business-oriented.’

Key clients

UniCredit

Ohridska Banka

Standard Bank

Nedbank

Africa Finance Corporation

Medea Future Materials Fund

Citibank

Macquarie

HSBC

Women in Mining

BNP Paribas

ING

Société Générale

KfW IPEX

Barclays Bank

Investec

Scotiabank Europe

SRK Exploration Services

Credit Suisse

US EXIM

JP Morgan

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co.

Export Development Canada

Klesch

Mizuho

MET

Toro Gold

Employers Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP advises high-profile clients, including major multinational corporates, on a wide range of employment law matters, including significant and reputation-critical tribunal claims and related disputes. It also has the expertise and resources to advise on strategic cross-border matters, such as international outsourcing mandates and restructurings. The experienced Christopher Fisher has a practice that encompasses both contentious and non-contentious work; he has recently trained clients in the insurance sector on workplace culture. In a significant development to the team, the 'excellentMiriam Bruce was promoted to partner in January 2020. Her recent work includes transactional support on high-value deals, strategic advisory work and handling sensitive exits of senior executives.

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Testimonials

‘Exceptional knowledge of the finance and insurance businesses.’

‘Miriam Bruce is excellent: intelligent, client-focused and super-savvy.’

‘The team is high quality, consistent, professional and they always go above and beyond for their clients.’

‘Truly exceptional and much valued when there is an urgent problem. Their team collaboration is excellent  and they propose the right level of seniority for the right situation, to ensure work is cost effective and appropriate. They can also distil the message into “plain English”, which is much appreciated.’

‘Miriam Bruce  and Paris partner Julien Haure are incredibly responsive; always on hand to help and able to judge urgency very well. Practical and effective advice  and they take the time to discuss and understand the matter fully’

Key clients

AXA

Brookfield

Coller Capital

HSBC

Lombard Odier

Mercer/Marsh

TP ICAP

Tradition Financial Services

Unilever

Union Bank

Energy and infrastructure Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP has a full service offering across mining and natural resources project development, cross border M&A and fundraising work and is able to offer clients a broad geographic reach. Ian Coles represents banks, sponsors, governments and other participants in mining transactions, and has acted alongside Robert Hamill, Rachel Speight and Jonathan Hosie in advising Sumitomo on its $1.2bn acquisition of a 30% interest in the Teck-owned Quebrada Blanca Copper Project in Chile. Bob Palmer is the lead partner for oil and gas work.

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Key clients

Wates Construction

Panama Canal Authority

Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (CHC) Limited

Karoon Energy Ltd

Velocys plc

Genel Energy plc

OMV AG

Soliton Resources Limited

Fairfax Financial Holdings

Green Arrow

HSBC

Toro Gold

Nedbank

Mizuho

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 2

Led by Kate Ball-DoddMayer Brown International LLP's team acts for corporate issuers and underwriters on their most sophisticated UK and multijurisdictional transactions. The group advises clients from a multitude of industries, including the banking, construction, energy, technology, metals and mining and technology sectors. In 2019, highlights included Colin ScagellRebecca Bothamley and senior associate Harriet Hainsworth acting for Peel Hunt and Panmure Gordon as joint bookrunners on a £10m cash box placing by Blancco Technologies; the firm also advised Promotora de Informaciones SA (Prisa) on a $200m rights offering. Although most of the practitioners in the London team primarily advise on English law matters, a number of individuals have US securities law expertise, including Robert Flanigan.

Testimonials

Partner led with great attention to detail. Willing to go the extra mile.

Kate Ball-Dodd – faultless attention to detail. Innovative in materials produced.

Very approachable and easy going yet you have complete confidence that they are on the ball.

Strong team with plenty of experience in our field.

Kate Ball-Dodd — easy to work with, commercial and gives practical advice.

Good blend of commercial and technical knowledge – get to the key issues fast and give strong advice.

Key clients

Entertainment One Limited

GW Pharmaceuticals

Helical plc

Investec Bank plc

Liberbank, S.A.

Metrovacesa, S.A.

Numis Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Promotora de Informaciones, S.A.

Silence Therapeutics plc

St Modwen Properties

Fintech Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'practical and knowledgeable' team advises banks, asset managers, start-ups and other clients in the fintech sector on product launch issues, corporate and commercial arrangements, cloud outsourcing, financial services regulation and various other aspects of their business operations. Mark Prinsley has expertise in IT law, IP, data privacy and outsourcing, among other areas. Oliver Yaros predominantly advises clients on technology and outsourcing transactions, including digital transformation projects. Chris Chapman, who joined the firm in 2019 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, specialises in financial services regulation, litigation and enforcement matters.

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BNY Mellon

HSBC

Previse

The Bank of New York Mellon

Grant Thornton

T Rowe Price

PayPal

Fund finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP advises clients on a variety of fund structures and financing arrangements, including asset-backed financings and subscription and hybrid facilities. The team works with a number of major international fund sponsors, managers, lead agents and institutional investors, with integrated regulatory support contributing to its advisory capabilities. The team is jointly led by Paul Tannenbaum, who works with a number of fund classes, secondary parties and lenders on acquisition and leveraged finance matters and subscription facilities; and Aimee Sharman, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in late 2019 and has an excellent track record in acting for lenders and borrowers in complex fund financing matters, including mandates involving cross-border arrangements and alternative funding structures.

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Testimonials

‘Aimee Sharman is always a pleasure to deal with, and her level of experience and expertise makes her a trusted adviser.’

‘Mayer Brown’s Fund Finance practice is a leading practice on the market, with a global knowledge, a long track record and a depth of fund finance partners.’

‘Paul Tannenbaum in particular was very helpful, being available all along the process, leading the negotiation with other parties ensuring efficiency.’

‘Excellent breadth of knowledge about all forms of fund finance. Deep understanding of the market and its constituents.’

‘Paul Tannenbaum and Aimee Sharman are excellent lawyers, with a well-founded knowledge of fund finance. Their network enables them to cut through to the heart of the matter and help deliver a great mutual result for all parties. Not only this but both are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Great connection and team-work between different Mayer Brown practice locations, whether that is in the US, UK, or Asia. As a client, we value interconnectivity between geographies and Mayer Brown aligns to that efficiently.’

‘Paul Tannenbaum as Partner in the UK practice has been exceptional in helping us build out our UK business under English Law. We’ve worked with Paul for a while and the attention to detail and advice from a legal standpoint are highly valued within the organisation and we look forward to continue building our business further with Paul and the team.’

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Pensions disputes head Stuart Pickford and insurance chief Will Glassey are the key names for contentious pensions matters in Mayer Brown International LLP's London office. Areas covered include: ombudsman complaints, High Court litigation, regulatory investigations, document rectification and overpayments. The firm's 'excellent' team also handles professional negligence claims, judicial review proceedings, investor group actions and applications for injunctions. Non-contentious work is led by Jay Doraisamy and Ian Wright, who offer expertise in benefit redesign and integrated investment. Clients can also draw on the firm's expertise in ring-fencing requirements and the UK implications of US Chapter 11 proceedings. The team has a strong record of work for clients drawn from the electricity, energy and financial services industries, while the team also recently advised the trustees of the Mothercare Staff Pension Scheme on the transfer of scheme liabilities following the company's administration. Other recommended personnel include Duncan Watson, Richard Evans, Edward Jewitt and Andrew Block.

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Testimonials

A wide and diversified client base. Covers all aspects of the pensions market‘.

The service feels very personal. Very good understanding of client and softer aspects required to get things done‘.

The team works well together to cover peaks and troughs of workload as well as cover key person risk. All team members are professional, with a willingness to help and resolve any issues in a balanced way‘.

Jay Doraisamy has provided brilliant and thoughtful pensions advice, exactly meeting our requirements and constantly goes beyond the request providing a wise and commercial overview‘.

Ian Wright has an outstanding ability to distil and convey complexity in a succinct manner. He understands the dynamics of our Trustee Board very well, and is a trusted adviser‘.

The pensions investment team lead by Edward Jewitt and supported by Duncan Watson deliver a high service level of detailed advice over a wide spectrum of asset classes and investment vehicles‘.

Duncan Watson has been key in dealing with more challenging issues on mandates as they arise. He has established good working relationships across the supplier/client base we have, which I believe are improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the work undertaken‘.

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

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

Mayer Brown International LLP has increased its share of mid-market mandates, after securing new clients like Equistone and CPBE and building on existing relationships with prominent players such as Vitruvian, Halifax, and EMK Capital. The team is able to advise across the UK, Europe and the US and is further supported by its City leveraged finance practice, led by Stuart Brinkworth. Practice head Perry Yam is highly active in the market, advising clients such as Vitruvian and Halifax on notable acquisitions in a variety of industries. James West is also recommended. He has particular experience of deals in the tech, travel and financial services sectors.

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Testimonials

‘An extremely competent, well-rounded team. I love working with these guys.’

‘Perry Yam and James West are guys that I trust and very much enjoy working with.’

Key clients

Aurelius Group

CBPE Capital

EMK Capital

Equistone Partners

Francisco Partners

Instincif Partners

L Catterton

Magnetar Capital

Melrose Industries

Sovereign Capital

Stirling Square Capital Partners

The Halifax Group

Vitruvian Partners

Professional negligence Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP exhibits ‘excellence throughout the whole team’ in advising on claims against firms in the legal, construction, accountancy and property sectors. The practice is particularly strong in advising the legal profession and handles claims for magic circle firms, barristers, and their insurers. Practice head William Glassey has a focus on defending claims against professionals including solicitors, barristers, pensions actuaries and property professionals. Michael Regan leads the construction and engineering group in London and advises on claims involving defects in design and workmanship, programming, delays and quantum. Sally Davies, the firm's London managing partner, has a long history of defending chartered surveyors and valuers against claims of negligent valuation. Jim Oulton is recommended for his work for insolvency practitioners, accountants and auditors.

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Testimonials

Incredibly meticulous attention to detail and a highly effective team service, combined with sound judgement.’

‘Jim Oulton is exceptionally skilled in ensuring that the last drop of excellence is squeezed out of a case. With excellent judgement and great client skills, he is the go-to lawyer for difficult professional negligence cases and commands deep respect from insurers placing difficult cases.’

‘Excellence throughout the whole team.’

‘A hugely experienced team which really knows what it is doing.’

‘Jim Oulton has huge experience in defending claims against accountants, auditors and insolvency professionals. His understated manner conceals a steely determination to achieve the best possible result for his client, and a brilliant strategic mind.’

Mayer Brown distinguish themselves by their partner-led approach which we demanded and they responded to on some of our major cases. They have an extremely deep pool of associate resources for managing larger cases and small. In the face of hostile litigation, Mayer Brown have stood out with their cool and measured advice, which has placed us in good stead for the cases we are fighting.’

‘Jim Oulton and Tim Shepherd really stood out for us in a large recent case. We have also been blessed by excellent secondees.’

Key clients

BDO

Blick Rothenberg

Adler shine

Knight Frank

Property finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP is a prominent name for advising Asian investors in the London market, most recently acting for Hong Kong-based LKK on the £600m refinancing of the iconic Walkie Talkie building. Andrew Hepner, who jointly heads up the team, is an expert in acquisition finance and the refinancing of important properties in Central London and Canary Wharf. Also heading the practice is former investment banker David O’Connor, who has a strong focus on loan origination and the CMBS market, particularly in a pan-European context. Andrew Crotty, who focuses on hospitality, healthcare and office properties, is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Very attentive to and understanding of complex financial issues and how this is reflected in drafting.’

‘Andrew Hepner is very quick to understand the commercial and financial moving parts of construction debt facilities.’

‘It is a very well-structured team with roles clearly defined. Information is passed on swiftly and every question is answered. The team is very professional, pragmatic, business-minded, diligent, responsive, always on top of things, very commercial and solution-driven.’

‘Andrew Hepner is a great leader, negotiator and communicator; understands the client’s business very well; has excellent judgement; finds real solutions and is pragmatic; and has great people skills.’

‘Very commercial lawyers who understand what the client wants. Very clear and comprehensive instructions when there’s action needed, and very organised: all executions are delivered with clear instructions and delivered in one go (provided the deal timeline is not too tight), avoiding confusion.’

‘The MB property finance team provides a one-stop-shop experience. It not only handles the debt financing-related documents but can utilise MB’s in-house resources to take care of corporate due diligence, structure and tax-related legal matters, helping the client to focus and streamline the professional cost as much as possible.’

‘Andrew Hepner and his team provided speedy and professional responses to iron out the difficulties of the process effectively and efficiently.’

Key clients

Citigroup Global Markets Ltd

Morgan Stanley

HSBC Bank plc

Gaw Capital Partners

H.I.G Capital

Canary Wharf Group

Finsbury Tower Estates Limited/CIT

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Cheyne Capital

JP Morgan

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

Securitisation Tier 2

'The team is always available and extremely capable, with strong technical ability combined with commercial sense', says a client of Mayer Brown International LLP. The firm has a role in some of the leading mandates in the European and global markets, with the London practice working closely with colleagues in the US, Paris and Frankfurt. It acts for a diverse client base of leading investment banks, alternative credit providers, private equity and hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinationals. Alongside major asset classes such as RMBS and CMBS, the firm is also involved in deals involving trade receivables, auto fleet leases, handset receivables and many other underlying assets. It has also been involved in a number of market firsts, including the first ever STS securitisation transaction issued out of Finland and the first ever student housing-backed CMBS in Europe. Global head of banking and finance Dominic Griffiths and key partner David O’Connor, who has 'great market and technical knowledge' and is busy with CMBS and auto loan deals, lead the practice. Merryn Craske 'has a pragmatic approach resulting in effective and efficient solutions for the client'. Partner Dasha Sobornova joined from Paul Hastings LLP and leads the CLO practice.

Testimonials

‘I focus on transactions encompassing multiple jurisdictions and Mayer Brown’s global footprint provides the type of broad knowledge and experience needed to execute such transactions efficiently.’

‘The firm has a broad knowledge base, deep experience in executing transactions, showing creativity and responsiveness.’

‘Most matters we have worked on with Mayer Brown involved multiple jurisdictions. Mayer Brown is effective in aligning and incorporating the different foreign law requirements in the transaction. Additionally, given the fact that they are dealing with a lot of multi-jurisdiction transactions. The firm has a solid knowledge of such transactions and is able to align interests in an effective manner. Mayer Brown positively compares to other firms as to knowledge, pragmatic approach and team spirit.’

‘It is great working with Merryn Craske who has a lot of experience and is very knowledgeable. She is approachable and has a pragmatic approach resulting in effective and efficient solutions for the client.’

‘David O’Connor is a very knowledgeable partner, he has great market and technical knowledge, he is able to come up with practical solutions and he is very responsive. It was very pleasant working with David and his team.’

‘The team is very smart and very commercial, they always find out a good solution for the client.’

‘I work very well with both Dominic Griffiths and David O’Connor. They are outstanding lawyers, in particular Dominic Griffiths is very prepared also on Italian law and he speaks a very good Italian, so he immediately understands problem and knows very well the mentality of Italian client.’

‘The firm has great expertise in the securitsation space. It is one of our “go to” firms if we need advice and help on complex securitisation transactions.’

‘David O’Connor is a great asset to the firm – a real expert in his field.’

‘The firm has a very good team with a lot of experience.’

‘Merryn Craske is very hardworking and knowledgeable.’

‘The team is friendly and personable, not only with us but also with opposite side.’

‘The firm shows resilience and patience, and it is solution-driven.’

‘The firm is commercial and client-focused with great breadth and depth of market and technical knowledge.’

‘The team is always available and extremely capable, with strong technical ability combined with commercial sense.’

Key clients

Citigroup

Banca IMI

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Cheyne Capital Management

HSBC

Lloyds Bank

Pepper

Société Générale

XPO Logistics

BNP Paribas

Natwest Markets

Santander

Blackstone

Trade finance Tier 2

'We appreciate the team's availability and professionalism and its knowledge of the market,' remarks a client of Mayer Brown International LLP, which climbs the ranking this year. Working predominantly for banks, though increasingly for funds, corporates and fintech companies, the practice frequently advises on complex global receivables finance structures including borrowing base facilities. Its recent work includes documenting off-balance sheet receivables purchase facilities in relation to receivables originated in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Romania, South Korea and the UAE. Its involvement in export and agency finance, as well as structured trade and commodity finance, has continued to grow thanks to the in-depth experience of practice head Alex Dell, who is also co-head of the firm's asset-based lending group, and Ashley McDermott, who has a strong track record in trade finance and emerging markets transactions. Up-and-coming partner Charles Thain is also noted for receivables and supply chain finance transactions.

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‘We appreciate the team’s availability and professionalism and its knowledge of the market.’

Key clients

Royal Caribbean

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'pragmatic, responsive and business-oriented' commercial litigation team handles a range of complex cross-border disputes for its impressive roster of clients. Its experience spans several sectors including finance, manufacturing, telecoms, consumer products, energy and media and the team 'can draw resources from various fields of practice, working seamlessly'. The group is led by Ian McDonald , who focuses on financial services sector litigation, and includes 'top-notch' litigator Miles Robinson who attracts praise for his 'astute judgement' and Stuart Pickford, who specialises in commercial trusts and pensions litigation. Other names to note include Alistair Graham for white collar crime and fraud disputes, Mark Stefanini for financing disputes, warranty claims and other post-acquisition litigation, and counsel Dan Hart , who focuses on disputes with cross-border elements, including foreign parallel proceedings and international enforcement.

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A very pragmatic, responsive and business-oriented team. Easy and efficient to work with.

Mayer Brown has a very strong litigation practice which is attractive to large institutional litigators.

The team is very much committed and hands-on. They also understand the business priorities’

Very diverse team that can draw resources from various fields of practice, working seamlessly.

Responsive, cost-conscious, and thorough. The advice they provide is succinct and to the point. In addition, their written work is prepared in a way that can be shared easily with senior legal and business leaders without the need for edits or redrafting. They know their audience and how to communicate their message effectively.

Incredibly thorough, thoughtful, and take a holistic view of the matter. Their advice isn’t limited to the dispute or the litigation at hand; it accounts for and incorporates our business goals so that we have a full understanding of the risks and benefits of a potential course of action’

 I would recommend Miles Robinson and his team to any client looking for top-notch commercial litigators. He is a stand out individual with astute judgement – a good team player with an excellent work ethic.’

Key clients

Entertainment One

Civil Aviation Authority

P&O Ferries

Principal Global Investors

HSBC

UBS AG

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

Unilever

Sunseeker

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP advises clients in the energy, engineering, transport, mining and waste sectors on a broad array of transactional construction matters. The team is headed up by Michael Regan and Jonathan Olson-Welsh. They act both domestically and internationally on large development and project transactions. The 'attentive and knowledgeable' Olson-Welsh has also been involved in mining projects around the world. Jonathan Hosie provides advice on procurement and project documentation.

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‘Mayer Brown have provided us with sound commercial contractual advice for many years. Their understanding of our business model, and how this has evolved over the period, has been superb. They have an in-depth knowledge of construction law and how it applies to our specific business.’

‘Jonathon Olson-Welsh is attentive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

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

St George (part of the Berkeley Group)

British Land

Gardiner & Theobald LLP

Schlumberger

Tüpras (Türkiye Petrol Rafinerileri)

Gaw Capital

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd

Debt capital markets Tier 3

A major portion of Mayer Brown International LLP's mandates have a US dimension and the firm is also highly active in matters involving emerging markets. Its recent work included handling the establishment and update of the first ever Global MTN programmes and global mortgage-covered bond programmes for Turkish financial institutions. The team has a diverse practice across the full spectrum of debt instruments, which range from investment grade debt to emerging markets bond issuances. It also frequently acts for Canadian entities in sterling or dollar-denominated bond issues. One of the lead partners is James Taylor, who is prominent in debt deals in Turkey. Another key figure is Robert Flanigan, who is triple-qualified in England, New York and France. Also recommended is Bernd Bohr, who handles a wide variety of capital markets, leveraged finance and corporate matters in Europe.

Testimonials

Mayer Brown has acted as arranger and dealer’s counsel as to US, UK/European law on our bank’s covered bond programme, where we also act as a dealer and arranger on the programme. This work is co-ordinated by Mayer Brown in London, led by James Taylor. It is well versed in the covered bond market and delivers a professional, quality service and has a diverse range of expertise available to it, which enables it to deliver focused specialist advice to dealers and arrangers.’

Mayer Brown consistently performs well in the covered bond market and offers constructive, practical and timely advice on a comparative level to other leading firms offering equivalent debt capital markets services in the covered bond space.’

James Taylor is our main contact in London. James is a very experienced, knowledgeable and diligent capital markets lawyer and is well versed in advising underwriters on pertinent debt capital markets issues, including covered bond offerings and related matters. James is personable, enthusiastic and responsive. James consistently delivers timely, high-quality advice and is a persuasive negotiator. I would highly recommend him.’

James tends to be very “hands-on” and leads deals for Mayer Brown, so most of our engagements would be with him at partner level and he would be the voice of Mayer Brown on these deals, coordinating with other specialists as required.’

Key clients

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

HSBC Bank plc and HSBC Bank USA, National Association

Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O

Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş.

Barclays

Türkiye Garanti Bankassı A.Ş.

CIBC World Markets

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Beazley PLC / Beazley Insurance Designated Activity Company

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Ziraat Bankası A.Ş.

Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

QNB Finansbank A.Ş.

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank (VPBank)

Wepa Hygieneprodukte GmbH

Progroup AG

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

The London-based team at Mayer Brown International LLP comprises of US and UK-qualified practitioners with specialist expertise in export controls and sanctions. The department, which is a part of the firm’s government and global trade group, also handles complex trade remedy investigations, and EU and international customs. Practice head Jason Hungerford has experience of the defence, oil and gas, mining, heavy machinery and engineering sectors. Senior associate Paul Whitfield-Jones is also recommended.

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Testimonials

We work very closely with Mayer Brown, and have held a number of joint events together. Clearly, the depth of knowledge of its staff is very high, and they seemingly have an effortlessly engaging way in seeking to get across complex subjects to people. I would unhesitatingly recommend their services to anyone in need of such legal assistance.

Engaging, very knowledgeable and hugely supportive and helpful. Whilst I realise that I only know a handful of people there, Paul Whitfield-Jones and Jason Hungerford give me nothing but total confidence in the capabilities of the rest of their staff

Key clients

International Swaps and Derivatives Association

HSBC

Grant Thornton

Lombard Odier

Deutsche Bank

Vitruvian Partners

EMK Capital

Credit Agricole

BDO

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Described by one client as a  ‘powerhouse in commercial and financial services litigationMayer Brown International LLP has experience in cross-border and domestic contentious regulatory matters, including sanctions, anti-bribery, money laundering and contentious regulatory insurance coverage issues. Susan Rosser focuses on disputes involving financial institutions, asset managers and investment advisers, particularly regulatory investigations, enforcement, anti-money laundering and corporate investigations. She co-leads the practice with Alistair Graham, who is known for advising on regulatory investigations, fraud and global asset tracing. The team was boosted in 2019 by the arrival of Chris Chapman from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, who brings expertise in internal and external investigations, as well as domestic and cross-border transactions.

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‘A well-resourced and professional team which is very well organised and extremely reliable’

‘Alistair Graham is one of the best partners I have worked with, a big beast of the commercial/FS litigation world who has huge experience. Excellent judgement, and very good at driving the case forward’

‘Very strong client and team management skills’

‘Very charming and a pleasure to work with’

‘Chris Chapman is exceptionally user-friendly and knowledgeable.  An agile thinker who integrates seamlessly with the in-house team and pro-actively thinks about managing costs to deliver the most effective value-add’

High yield Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP advises on English, US and German law aspects of high yield bonds, focusing particularly on issuance in the German market. In Germany, the firm has a track record for innovative, market-first high yield financings, and it has a large number of repeat issuers among its clients, including Progroup and Wepa. Practice head Bernd Bohr 'has a deep knowledge of the legal and technical aspects of the high yield bond market and is one of the key lawyers in the German high yield market'. Robert (Rob) Flanigan, who frequently acts for issuers and underwriters in Rule 144A/Regulation S private placements and SEC-registered offerings, also handles high yield bond issues.

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‘Bernd Bohr and his team have done a great job for us throughout the years and we work well together.’

‘We have a very good relationship with Bernd Bohr who leads their German capital markets practice and he has helped us on many situations.’

‘The quality of service offering is very strong. We especially value the responsiveness and availability of their senior team.’

‘We have a very strong relationship with Bernd Bohr developed over the years. From a knowledge and dedication perspective, he has been very valuable to us. He is also very diligent in terms of providing advice and following up with calls and other partners if necessary.’

‘We rate Mayer Brown as a Tier 1 legal firm when it comes to high yield bond offerings in Germany.’

‘The firm has a very successful German corporate and capital market business, which is particularly relevant for us as a German bank. We deal mainly with Bernd Bohr who is our go-to lawyer for all German and international related high yield bond matters.’

‘Bernd Bohr is a very dedicated partner; always available and eager to help us on capital markets topics. He has a deep knowledge of the legal and technical aspects of the high yield bond market and is one of the key lawyers in the German high yield market.’

‘Just recently, 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 its deep market knowledge as well as its 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 good value for money.’

‘Bernd Bohr is reliable and well experienced. He is very “hands on” and hardworking, and he knows the market extremely well. At the same time, he always listens to our specific needs and comes up with tailor-made solutions.’

‘The firm has a leading leveraged finance, sub-investment grade team across Europe with exceptional breadth and unique market insight.’

‘Bernd Bohr is a star and a seasoned player in the European financing space, in particular for high yield bonds.’

‘The firm is outstanding, showing individual professional competence and responsiveness at all times.’

‘It shows broad knowledge and excellent recognition of relationships.’

‘It has extremely detailed knowledge of the process and the subject matter.’

Key clients

Klesch Group

Raffinerie Heide

Progroup

JH Holding

Wepa Hygieneprodukte

Westbourne Credit Management Limited

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP has a strong track record acting for domestic and European hotel investors on the full gamut of matters, including acquisitions, development projects, construction and financing mandates. With a clutch of well-known clients in the sector, the team is led by Andrew Hepner, who has strength in real estate transactions. Chris Harvey acts for Asian investors on large inbound investments into the UK.

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‘The team knows what aspects of agreements require input from the client, and they have a commercial mindset; hence they eliminate a lot of time required from our side. Whenever there’s an action required, their instructions are clear and comprehensive.’

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's insurance practice handles international insurance disputes for insurers and reinsurers. The practice is led by William Glassey, who is experienced in the full range of insurance matters, and also includes D&O specialist Jim Oulton. Since his promotion to the partnership in 2019, James Whittaker has also been active in D&O disputes, in addition to handling professional liability and political risk claims.

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‘I work with Will Glassey and Tom Ataii – both excellent at dealing with complex legal and policy issues.’

Key clients

Chubb Insurance Company of Europe

Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK)

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

Novae

QBE

Chaucer

Zurich

Resolute Management Services

XL Catlin

HCC

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP is active across the spectrum of non-contentious insurance mandates including transactions, risk transfers and the establishment of new reinsurers. The team is also involved in work pertaining to insolvencies involving insurers and brokers. The practice is led by Devi Shah and Colin Scagell; Shah leads on insolvencies and restructurings, while Scagell handles transactional work. Rebecca Bothamley is valued by clients for her knowledge of transactional liability issues.

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‘Commercial, responsive, on the ball.’

‘Colin Scagell – likeable, keen, upbeat, efficient.’

‘Devi Shah has many years of experience in restructuring insurance businesses. She has an impressive knowledge of the sector and is really great to work with.’

‘Their advice has been very concise and allowed us to focus on key important elements and avoid dwelling unnecessarily on matters that could make things unproductive. Its worldwide resources have been especially helpful in dealing cross border issues involving multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Colin Scagell, the partner who heads up the team appears to have an abundance of experience in dealing with regulator(s), and has kept giving us clear guidance whenever we need it along the way in the long process of securing any required regulatory approval.’

Key clients

Beazley plc

Aspen

EU Lotto

The Hartford

Tokio Millennium Re

The Hanover

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

Argenta Private Capital Limited

Chubb

Brit Limited

Premia Holdings Ltd

Liberty Syndicates

Zurich

Pension Protection Fund

Ernst & Young

PwC

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP specialises in outsourcing and technology transactions, and cybersecurity and data privacy matters. The firm has strong financial services sector experience, particularly advising clients on cloud arrangements. Fintech and insurtech are also key areas of expertise for the practice. The team is jointly led by Mark Prinsley, who advises technology-based businesses on a range of matters, and assists customers with all stages of outsourcing transactions; Andrew Stewart, who focuses on complex commercial transactions; and Richard Page, who handles TMT sector M&A work.

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BNY Mellon

CNA Hardy

Corney & Barrow

Grant Thornton

HSBC

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mitie plc

Omega Pharma/Perrigo

Overmore Group

Previse

The Bank of New York Mellon

Thomson Reuters

Zurich Insurance Company Limited

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP has been particularly active in advising on media and entertainment sector M&A, where it is instructed on high-profile transactions. Robert Hamill, who advises on corporate transactions and finance matters, is a key contact, as is corporate and securities partner Rebecca Bothamley. The team is particularly adept at handling cross-border matters, particularly with elements in the US, and benefits from the ability to leverage its strong IP and regulatory teams in the UK and abroad, including in Brussels. For contentious work, practice head Miles Robinson is a name to note.

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Hachette

Village Roadshow Limited

Entertainment One

Overmore Group

Wolters Kluwer

HSBC

Modern Times Group

Perrigo

Oil and gas Tier 3

Bob Palmer and Robert Hamill jointly lead the team at Mayer Brown International LLP, which focuses on cross-border M&A. fundraising issues, projects and commercial contracts in the oil and gas space, particularly in the upstream sector. Key clients include household oil, gas and energy companies, mid-caps and start-ups, as well as service companies, banks and government organisations. Palmer and senior associate Tom Mallalieu advise on significant development projects in the upstream and midstream sectors in emerging economies.

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‘They are very responsive and experienced. Among other large firms I have worked with they stand out in their transparency and competence.’

‘Mayer Brown genuinely provide competitive advantage through their advice. They have a real understanding of the business, also on a strategic and operational level and the markets within which the business operates. On the ball and pro-active. Mayer Brown seems really keen to make the difference for their clients and is offering excellent service.’

‘Bob Palmer; trusted adviser, leading practitioner and highly regarded lawyer in the international energy industry, knows all the players and has worked on many project across the globe. Great to have him on our side as he is really making a huge difference in our projects. Clearly a market leader, excellent expert with deep knowledge of the energy market in general and oil and gas specifically. Next to that Bob makes himself always available, is very client focused, efficient, no-nonsense and provides great advice.’

‘Robert Hamill is a great lawyer, experienced, knowledgeable, supportive and responsive.’

Key clients

Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (CHC) Limited

Karoon Energy Ltd

Velocys plc

Genel Energy plc

OMV AG

Soliton Resources Limited

Fairfax Financial Holdings

Green Arrow

HSBC

Santander (UK) Group Pension Scheme

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Pensions disputes head Stuart Pickford and insurance chief Will Glassey are the key names for contentious pensions matters in Mayer Brown International LLP's London office. Areas covered include: ombudsman complaints, High Court litigation, regulatory investigations, document rectification and overpayments. The firm's 'excellent' team also handles professional negligence claims, judicial review proceedings, investor group actions and applications for injunctions. Non-contentious work is led by Jay Doraisamy and Ian Wright, who offer expertise in benefit redesign and integrated investment. Clients can also draw on the firm's expertise in ring-fencing requirements and the UK implications of US Chapter 11 proceedings. The team has a strong record of work for clients drawn from the electricity, energy and financial services industries, while the team also recently advised the trustees of the Mothercare Staff Pension Scheme on the transfer of scheme liabilities following the company's administration. Other recommended personnel include Duncan Watson, Richard Evans, Edward Jewitt and Andrew Block.

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The team is an excellent pensions disputes team which draws appropriately from other areas of expertise across the firm‘.

The team seamlessly integrates its inherent dispute resolution skills with the business side of pensions and employment law. Familiarity with market conditions and governance practice is a given‘.

Stuart Pickford has exceptional attention to detail and expertise in technical pensions issues‘.

Stuart Pickford is a calm and considered adviser who offers unexpected and novel solutions to seemingly intractable problems. A flawless command of detail even after significant periods of inactivity, swift, concise advice and a dry sense of humour make him a pleasure to work with‘.

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

Product liability: defendant Tier 3

The team at Mayer Brown International LLP covers a wide range of mandates, from crisis management and risk advisory work to handling claims on behalf of manufacturers and insurers. It is also noted for its close collaboration with other practice groups, including the corporate team on transactional due diligence, as well as with its international offices. The group has notable expertise in product liability matters in connection with construction claims, including in relation to designs involving pipework, valves, pumps and cladding. Team head Miles Robinson is also well versed in group actions. Other prominent practitioners include Mark Stefanini and James Morris.

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‘Calm, experienced team who always deliver.’

‘Miles Robinson is an extremely reliable and responsive individual, in times of crisis he is always available and fully supportive with very clear guidance and support.’

VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's team focuses on tax planning and structuring advice. It assists clients with VAT and SDLT issues arising from real estate transactions, cross-border VAT issues connected with financial services transactions and insurance premium tax issues. James Hill leads the group, which includes funds expert Simon Rose.

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The British Land Company Plc

Chelsfield Properties Limited

First Base Limited

Macquarie Capital

Manhattan Garments Group

Wing Tai

Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Co-headed by Dominic Griffiths and Alex Dell, who are both known for their ABL and structured finance expertise, in particular, Mayer Brown International LLP's banking and finance team provides flexible debt solutions to lenders and borrowers across a range of syndicated and bilateral new money mandates and refinancings. Aided by a comprehensive international network, which includes practitioners based in other key global financial centres including Hong Kong and New York, much of the team's work is of a multi-jurisdictional nature and often includes UK and US-governed debt products. The arrival in April 2020 of Allen & Overy LLP's former global head of corporate lending Trevor Borthwick is a real statement of intent from the firm and adds significant gravitas to the team in light of his superb credentials in the market.

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‘The capital markets team at Mayer Brown is very client focused, accessible and combines the right skills to deliver exactly what a client needs. The team members are very skilled lawyers, going the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Bernd Bohr – Extremely precise and technically very good capital markets lawyer; very accessible and quick to answer; very customer focused.’

‘James Taylor – Technically very skilled lawyer with a very high client focus.’

Key clients

BayernLB

IKB

Alcon

Progroup

Wepa Hygieneprodukte

Novartis

RCCL

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

Praised for its ability to 'navigate complex legal situations in a commercial manner', the six-partner team at Mayer Brown International LLP is increasingly well-placed to handle complex, multi-stakeholder restructurings/insolvencies, as a result of a number of recent astute hires in London and its ability to leverage particularly strong US and Asian international resources. The 'unflappable, approachable and determinedDevi Shah has niche expertise handing pensions-related restructuring matters and co-heads the team alongside the 'hugely experiencedMichael Fiddy and Amy Jacks, who have more of a conventional restructuring/insolvency offering on behalf of IPs, banks and funds. The team was strengthened in 2020 with the hire of corporate lending & restructuring partner Trevor Borthwick from Allen & Overy LLP , as well as the arrival of Barry Cosgrave from K&L Gates LLP, where he was EMEA practice coordinator for the restructuring and insolvency group. Partner Jessica Walker left for Latham & Watkins . 

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A truly amazing restructuring and insolvency team that is very knowledgeable with the capabilities to manage complex situations.

The team has a reputation as leaders in the field of restructuring across a number of sectors. Their talent lies in being able to navigate complex legal situations in a commercial manner and to translate law into a user-friendly business context.

Michael Fiddy is hugely experienced, both inside and outside the law.

Amy Jacks has an incredibly strong work ethic and an ability to never lose sight of the big picture and required direction of travel due to distraction over the details.

Devi Shah has deep restructuring and financial services sector knowledge. She is very good to work with, showing excellent client relationship skills.

Devi Shah is unflappable, approachable and determined.

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HSBC

BDO

Ernst & Young

LBO France

Santander (UK) Group Pension Scheme

Alvarez & Marsal Europe

Pension Protection Fund

Debenhams Pension Schemes

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Moorfields

Begbies Traynor

Mothercare Pension Schemes

Employee share schemes Tier 4

The 'incredibly knowledgableAndrew Stanger heads the equity and incentives plans practice in the UK for Mayer Brown International LLP. The practice is globally coordinated, providing advice on the various laws and regulations affecting incentive plans in different jurisdictions around the world, covering, amongst others, tax, stock exchange rules, exchange control regulations, corporate governance and compliance rules, investor guidelines, trust law and pensions finance. The team has particular expertise in relation to share plans for dual listed companies and UK companies listed on US exchanges.

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‘A committed team, also very commercial.’

‘I worked with Andrew Stanger and was very satisfied with the work done. We found a good solution to a complex situation.’

‘The team was very accommodating and friendly and really helped us understand the process involved with the engagement.’

‘Andrew Stanger was incredibly knowledgeable and was able to explain very complex issues in a simplified and straightforward way.’

‘Andrew Stanger has exceptional experience and understanding of all employment related securities work and the pitfalls to avoid. Would highly recommend.’

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Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc

Crux Product Design Limited

Entertainment One Ltd

Europcar

Helios Towers Limited

Innis & Gunn

IP Group plc

Silence Therapeutics plc

St Modwen Properties PLC

Velocys plc

Environment Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP assists clients from the oil and gas, energy, health and safety, biotechnology, chemicals, and finance sectors with a diverse range of matters. The team is headed up by Michael Hutchinson, who is an experienced environmental lawyer whose practice covers both non-contentious and contentious matters, including handling the environmental elements of infrastructure transactions and projects, environmental regulations, renewables incentives regimes and emissions trading matters. Another name to note is counsel Tim Baines, who primarily advises companies and financial institutions on ESG and climate change issues.

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Dow Chemicals Group

Solvay SA

H.I.G. Capital

Ascott International

Brookfield

Klesch & Company

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Oxford Biodynamics Plc

Chelsfield

Chuang’s China Investments Limited

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 4

Led by Kate Ball-DoddMayer Brown International LLP's team acts for corporate issuers and underwriters on sophisticated UK and multijurisdictional transactions. It advises clients from a multitude of industries, including the banking, construction, energy, technology, metals and mining and technology sectors. In 2019, highlights included Colin ScagellRebecca Bothamley and senior associate Harriet Hainsworth acting for Peel Hunt and Panmure Gordon as joint bookrunners on a £10m cash box placing by Blancco Technologies. While most of the practitioners in the London team primarily advise on English law matters, a number of individuals have US securities law expertise, including Robert Flanigan.

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Partner led with great attention to detail. Willing to go the extra mile.

Kate Ball-Dodd – faultless attention to detail. Innovative in materials produced.

Very approachable and easy going yet you have complete confidence that they are on the ball.

Strong team with plenty of experience in our field.

Kate Ball-Dodd – easy to work with, commercial and gives practical advice.

Good blend of commercial and technical knowledge – get to the key issues fast and give strong advice.

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Entertainment One Limited

GW Pharmaceuticals

Helical plc

Investec Bank plc

Liberbank, S.A.

Metrovacesa, S.A.

Numis Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Promotora de Informaciones, S.A.

Silence Therapeutics plc

St Modwen Properties

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP has a strong international offering for clients in infrastructure, demonstrating a broad range of capabilities in areas including power stations, bridges, dams, roads and more. Practice head Michael Regan displays a high-level of expertise in construction and international arbitration. Jonathan Hosie has a strong background in procurement, while managing partner Sally Davies is an experienced construction litigator.

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International arbitration Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP's London office fields sector specialists in the construction and engineering, energy, mining, telecoms, retail, commodities, shipping and finance industries, among others, and frequently undertakes post-M&A arbitrations. The bulk of the practice's work stems from the Middle East and Africa, but it has also ramped up instructions in Europe. Co-head of the global group Raid Abu-Manneh also leads the London international arbitration group, which fields experienced partners Mark Stefanini, Miles Robinson and Kwadwo SarkodieRachael O’Grady and Sam Prentki are experienced senior associates.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP handles criminal defence and compliance matters. With strong links to the US, the multidisciplinary, cross-border team is well-placed to handle government enforcement matters, criminal investigations and related civil enforcement proceedings. Alistair Graham heads the team. Sam Eastwood is recommended for anti-bribery and regulatory compliance work.

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Sunseeker London

eOne

TMT Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP provides a range of services to technology, telecoms, internet, media, satellite and broadcasting clients in the UK and internationally. The firm’s advice includes IP, data, transactions and contentious matters. The team is co-led by disputes specialist Miles Robinson, who acts in contractual and commercial claims; Robert Hamill, who focuses on corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures in the media and entertainment industries; and Mark Prinsley, who has experience advising technology-based businesses and assisting customers at all stages of outsourcing transactions. Also notable is senior associate Harriet Hainsworth, who has expertise in corporate matters in the area.

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Hachette

Village Roadshow Limited

Entertainment One

Overmore Group

Wolters Kluwer

HSBC

Modern Times Group

Perrigo

Thomson Reuters

Acquisition finance Tier 5

Under the leadership of Stuart BrinkworthMayer Brown International LLP has recalibrated its lender-side acquisition finance offering to focus much more squarely on the credit funds that are dominating the mid-market. While it is less visible on the commercial/investment bank lending front, it is well-equipped to advise traditional lenders on complex and bespoke structured finance mandates by virtue of its ability to draw on the expertise of lawyers based in the firm's market-leading ABL group. On the borrower front, Andrew Crotty regularly handles work for mid-market sponsors.

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Permira Debt Managers

Francisco Partners Management

Apollo Mid-Cap

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Vitruvian Partners

OAG

Novartis

EU and competition Tier 5

Benefiting from the firm’s foothold across four continents, Mayer Brown International LLP’s competition lawyers act closely with their colleagues in Brussels and Paris on both transactional and behavioural matters. The team excels in merger control matters and investigations, but also counts contentious competition work as another key strength, for which it collaborates with the wider litigation and dispute resolution department. David Harrison leads the practice.

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Unilever

Moody’s Corporation

Cummins

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP's team handles a wide range of domestic and cross-border fraud claims, with a particular specialism in disputes emerging from insolvency and restructuring issues. Alistair Graham predominantly represents financial institutions and corporates in fraud investigations and asset tracing matters.  Jason Hungerford specialises in investigations involving economic sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.

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UBS

Principal Global Investors

BDO

eOne

Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP focuses on alternative and complex fund structures and products, with a notable focus on the pension industry, alongside regular fundraising for private equity houses, start-ups and more established investors and asset managers. The practice collaborates with the firm's regulatory and tax teams to provide integrated support on bespoke fund structuring and operational matters. Tim Nosworthy advises clients on formation, structuring, and transactional matters across, while counsel Duncan Watson has significant experience of pension fund investments.

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Testimonials

The team compares favourably with its peers in the market, providing excellent legal expertise combined with extensive knowledge of the private funds market at a reasonable cost level.

Tim Nosworthy is very client-centred and commercially pragmatic.’

Good funds lawyers – very responsive and technically astute.

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British Telecom Pension Scheme

Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Heitman

Pension Protection Fund

Principal Financial Group

Värde Partners

Corporate tax Tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP's team often provides a support role on transactions spanning areas such as M&A, capital markets, real estate and finance. In addition, it also advises on specific projects involving tax planning and structuring. The department is led by transactional tax expert James Hill. Chartered tax adviser Simon Rose specialises in advising UK, offshore and international funds in the real estate and private equity arenas. In 2019, Ben Fryer left for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, although the tax practice was bolstered by the arrival of structured finance and M&A focused practitioner Matthew Mortimer from Milbank. Kitty Swanson, who was promoted to counsel in 2020, is also recommended.

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The corporate tax team are excellent at giving a commercial view and do so in a speedy manner. They respond quickly and work around the clock to meet our deadlines.’

Kitty Swanson is great from a tax perspective and happy to explain points or jump on calls with the client which is very helpful on complex deals.

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British Land

CPPIB

Entertainment One Limited

AURELIUS

L Catterton

BidFair USA, Inc.

Shearwater Group Plc

Unilever

Vitruvian Partners

Instinctif Partners

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

Mayer Brown International LLP's M&A team is known for its work across a broad range of sectors including media and entertainment, consumer goods, mining, insurance, private equity, real estate and energy. Cross-border mandates are common, with the practice having undertaken transactions in Canada, the US, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe. Kate Ball-Dodd leads the London corporate practice and has a broad practice covering both public and private M&A, while Perry Yam heads up the global corporate practice. Robert Hamill is a name to note in the energy and mining sectors.

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A very capable team – pragmatic and solution driven’

A can-do approach combined with solid partners and depth and quality in associates.

Robert Hamill is very calm and steady under pressure. He has a unique ability to manage tricky points in a very pleasant manner. Always commercially minded and has the big picture in mind.

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ARM Holdings

British Land

Eland Oil and Gas

Emasan AG

Entertainment One Limited

Mitie

Shearwater Group Plc

Sumitomo Metal Mining Limited

Unilever

Universal Coal plc

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 Raid Abu-Manneh  photo Mr Raid Abu-Manneh Raid Abu-Manneh is global co-head of the International Arbitration group and a…
Mr Chris Arnold  photo Mr Chris Arnold Chris Arnold is a partner in the Derivatives & Structured Products practice…
Ms Kate Ball-Dodd  photo Ms Kate Ball-Dodd Kate Ball-Dodd has a wide-ranging corporate practice that encompasses corporate finance, mergers…
Mr Bernd Bohr  photo Mr Bernd Bohr Bernd Bohr advises his clients on a broad range of corporate and…
Mr Chris Chapman  photo Mr Chris Chapman Chris Chapman is a partner in Mayer Brown’s global Financial Services Regulatory…
Mr Jeremy Clay  photo Mr Jeremy Clay Jeremy Clay is a partner in Mayer Brown’s London office. He currently…
Mr Ian Coles  photo Mr Ian Coles Ian Coles serves on Mayer Brown’s Partnership Board. He concentrates his practice…
Ms Sally Davies  photo Ms Sally Davies Sally Davies is the Senior Partner in Mayer Brown’s London office. She…
Mr Alex Dell  photo Mr Alex Dell Alex Dell is a senior asset-based lending (ABL) partner in the Banking…
 Sam Eastwood photo Sam Eastwood Sam is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Litigation practice in London and…
 Michael Fiddy photo Michael Fiddy Michael Fiddy is a partner in the Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice…
Mr Christopher Fisher  photo Mr Christopher Fisher Chris advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. His…
Mr Simon Fisher  photo Mr Simon Fisher Simon is a partner in the London office. He has a wide…
Mr Robert (Rob) Flanigan  photo Mr Robert (Rob) Flanigan Robert Flanigan is a Banking & Finance partner who regularly represents issuers…
Mr Will Glassey  photo Mr Will Glassey Will Glassey is head of Insurance in London. He is a litigator, whose…
Mr Alistair Graham  photo Mr Alistair Graham Alistair Graham is a Solicitor Advocate and has represented clients in litigation…
Mr Dominic Griffiths  photo Mr Dominic Griffiths Dominic Griffiths heads Mayer Brown’s banking and finance group in London, representing…
Mr Robert Hamill  photo Mr Robert Hamill Robert Hamill is a partner in Mayer Brown’s London office focusing on…
Mr David M. Harrison  photo Mr David M. Harrison David Harrison is a partner in the London office. He co-leads the…
Mr Chris Harvey  photo Mr Chris Harvey Chris Harvey is a partner in Mayer Brown’s London office and head…
Mr Kevin Hawken  photo Mr Kevin Hawken Kevin Hawken is a securitisation and structured finance partner in Mayer Brown’s…
Mr Jonathan Hosie  photo Mr Jonathan Hosie Jonathan Hosie is a partner in the Construction & Engineering group, who focuses…
 Caroline Humble photo Caroline Humble Caroline Humble is a partner in the Real Estate practice of the…
 Jason Hungerford photo Jason Hungerford Jason Hungerford is a US and UK-qualified investigations and regulatory partner based…
 Amy Jacks photo Amy Jacks Amy Jacks is a partner and co-head of the Restructuring, Bankruptcy &…
Mr Ian McDonald  photo Mr Ian McDonald Ian McDonald is co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution…
 James Morris photo James Morris James Morris is a partner in the Construction & Engineering and International Arbitration…
Mr Tim Nosworthy  photo Mr Tim Nosworthy Tim Nosworthy is a partner in Mayer Brown’s private investment funds group…
 Jonathan Olson-Welsh photo Jonathan Olson-Welsh Jonathan Olson-Welsh is a partner in the Construction & Engineering group, with…
Mr Jim Oulton  photo Mr Jim Oulton Jim Oulton is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice…
Mr David O’connor  photo Mr David O’connor David O’Connor is a structured finance and securitisation partner in Mayer Brown’s…
Mr Richard Page  photo Mr Richard Page Richard Page is a partner in the Corporate group with a broad…
Mr Edmund Mr Edmund "Ed" Parker Edmund Parker is global co-head of the Derivatives & Structured Products practice,…
 Stuart Pickford photo Stuart Pickford Stuart is a partner in the London office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation…
Mr Mark Prinsley  photo Mr Mark Prinsley Mark Prinsley concentrates on non contentious intellectual property including, in particular, IT…
Mr Michael Regan  photo Mr Michael Regan Michael Regan is recognised as one of the world’s leading construction and…
 Iain Roberts photo Iain Roberts Iain is a partner in the Real Estate practice of the London…
 Miles Robinson photo Miles Robinson Miles Robinson is a partner in the London office of Mayer Brown’s…
 Susan Rosser photo Susan Rosser Susan Rosser is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice…
 Kwadwo Sarkodie photo Kwadwo Sarkodie Kwadwo Sarkodie is a partner in the Construction & Engineering group of the London…
Ms Devi Shah  photo Ms Devi Shah Devi Shah is co-head of Mayer Brown’s Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency group in…
Mr Gary Silverman  photo Mr Gary Silverman Gary Silverman practices as Of Counsel in the Banking & Finance practice…
Ms Rachel Speight  photo Ms Rachel Speight Rachel Speight represents banks and sponsors in international structured and project financings.…
 Mark Stefanini photo Mark Stefanini Mark Stefanini is a partner in Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute…
Mr Andrew Stewart  photo Mr Andrew Stewart Andrew Stewart focuses on complex commercial transactions, frequently in the sourcing arena,…
 Jonathan Stone photo Jonathan Stone Jonathan Stone is a partner in the Construction & Engineering practice of the…
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…
 James Whitaker photo 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 Ian Wright  photo Mr Ian Wright Ian Wright is a partner in London office of Mayer Brown’s Employment…
Mr Nigel Wright  photo Mr Nigel Wright Nigel Wright’s law practice is focused on banking and finance law and…
Mr Martin Wright  photo Mr Martin Wright Martin Wright is a partner in the Real Estate practice of the…
Number of UK partners : 86
Number of other UK fee-earners : 160

The Lex 100 Verdict

Mayer Brown's stellar vacation scheme impressed the current cohort, who were 'taken aback by the quality of the work and the approachability of the fee-earners'. The London office is 'small but with a big international presence' and affords trainees plenty of responsibility on varied and interesting matters. 'Being given associate-level work with minimal supervision' can be daunting but, thankfully, there is comprehensive training which includes 'frequent talks and updates from barristers, along with significant front-loaded teaching at the start of each seat'. The best thing about Mayer Brown are the people: 'everyone is very open to answering your questions and there is a genuine open-door policy where you are encouraged to contribute, regardless of your level'. It really is no wonder that the firm has scooped an impressive six Lex 100 Winner awards in categories including job satisfaction, quality of work and inclusiveness. On a less positive note, the canteen food leaves a lot to be desired, as does the technology, which is 'changing now but we still have a lot to catch up with'. Moreover, some recruits expressed concern that certain departments seem 'under-resourced, which means that trainees can be stretched', especially given the smaller intake size. Among the best moments were 'being told that it would be a waste if I did not become an employment lawyer' and 'being trusted to draft a letter of claim from scratch'. Such exciting work highlights surely make up for occasional mundane tasks such as 'rolling out repetitive notices to other parties'. For a firm which is global in size but where the atmosphere on the ground is 'incredibly welcoming, friendly and helpful', take a closer look at Mayer Brown.

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.