Mayer Brown International LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Mayer Brown International LLP
201 BISHOPSGATE
LONDON
EC2M 3AF
England

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 1

Appreciated by clients for its ‘commerciality and attention to detail’, as well as its aptitude at ‘establishing the art of the possible’, Mayer Brown International LLP remains best-suited to advising lender clients on complex debt financing solutions where the ABL product is utilised either on its own or alongside other financing techniques to facilitate often highly bespoke solutions. A considerable volume of the work has a cross-border complexion, either in the context of US-originated deals or European deals for US-owned lenders; in this regard the team has been at the vanguard of the migration of US techniques/terms to the European market. Dominic Griffiths has ‘a broad knowledge base and a lot of authority in the market’ acting both on behalf of conventional banks, and alternative credit providers which are increasingly willing to utilise ABL and receivables financing techniques in the context of direct lending mandates. Griffiths co-heads the team alongside Alex Dell, whose ‘unrivalled in-depth knowledge of the ABL market’ enables him to provide ‘excellent commercially focused advice’ to clients across a balanced mix of transatlantic mandates, as well as on more conventional domestic matters. Senior associate Ravi Amin is also a key member of the team and is building up a considerable following among clients as a result of his ‘intimate knowledge of the ABL market’, as well as his ‘ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner’. 

Practice head(s):

Dominic Griffiths; Alex Dell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Fisher; Charles Thain; Ravi Amin; Lynette Edwin

Testimonials

The team’s strength clearly lies in its ability to structure and execute complex cross-border ABL and receivables finance transactions.’

‘They have a vast array of know-how on the laws of other jurisdictions and conflict of law analysis developed over many years, which is very beneficial when it comes to structuring ABL transactions and establishing the art of the possible. They are our go-to firm in this space on multi-jurisdictional transactions and come up with innovative solutions to achieve our desired outcome.’

The team is dedicated, focused and the clear market leader.’

We found that their commerciality, attention to detail and calm approach helped to make a challenging deal more manageable and to ensure the right outcome for all parties.’

Dominic Griffiths is very commercial, exceptional with people and has a very likeable personality. He has a broad knowledge base and a lot of authority in the market, so it is comforting to know he is in your corner.’

Alex Dell has an unrivalled in-depth knowledge of the ABL market, which allows him to provide excellent commercially focused advice to clients.’

Ravi Amin went above and beyond to close out a multi-jurisdictional transaction against challenging counterparties. He was in full command of all the detail and commercial considerations of a complex negotiation and earned the trust of all parties on the transaction.’

‘Ravi Amin’s ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner, combined with his intimate knowledge of the ABL market, means that he has quickly become a trusted advisor for us.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

AnaCap Financial Partners

Airswift

M&G Plc

HSBC Bank

Apollo Management

Midcap Financial (Ireland)

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Praised for its ‘breadth of talent and experience’, Mayer Brown International LLP is no stranger to big-ticket real estate transactions, as demonstrated by its advice to Cabot Properties on the sale of its logistics portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate, led by head of development Caroline Humble. ‘InvaluableChris Harvey spearheads the firm’s UK and European real estate team and is the ‘go-to partner in the London market for Asian investors, who are looking to do substantial, complicated deals’. Simon Price is noted for his expertise in the hospitality sector and advises on corporate real estate transactions, joint ventures, acquisitions and high-profile lettings, while Iain Roberts handles headquarter relocations, post-property acquisition leasing transactions, as well as mixed-use development projects. Other key members of the team include head of corporate real estate Anita Jones, experienced practitioner Joe Conder, who joined from Goodwin in early 2021, and managing partner Jeremy Clay. The practice has demonstrable experience across the office, retail, residential, logistics, student accommodation and co-living sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner; Anita Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Commercially-minded solicitors.’

‘Breadth of talent and experience.’

‘Consistent high quality.’

Key clients

Lifestyle International Holdings

Link REIT

LKK/Infinitus

China Overseas Holdings

The British Land Company plc

Tide Construction

Helical plc

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Derwent London

Tribeca Holdings

Sinarmas Land

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP offers significant experience in international arbitration, with particular focus on the Middle East. It advises clients across a range of sectors, including energy, process engineering, transport, mining, waste, and commercial and residential property. It also holds strong insurance credentials, representing insurers and their insureds in professional negligence related matters. The team is led by Michael Regan, a recognised leader in arbitrations involving large-scale infrastructure projects. Sally Davies leads the professional indemnity team, whilst Raid Abu-Manneh leads the firm's international arbitration group. The team is also supported by Jonathan Hosie, who is experienced in high-value arbitration matters, Kwadwo Sarkodie, who has particular expertise in dispute resolution in Africa, and Jonathan Stone, who is well-regarded for his work in professional indemnity claims. Also notable is James Morris, who is praised for 'identifying risks and opportunities well in advance'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Sally Davies; Raid Abu-Manneh; Jonathan Hosie; Kwadwo Sarkodie; Jonathan Stone; James Morris

Testimonials

‘Very professional and generous in providing client services.’

‘Jonathan Stone was extremely good at strategy. He was very able and deft in managing a four party mediation and ultimately settling a complex dispute.’

‘Jonathan Stone has a good communication style that works well in the construction sector – he is very personable and likeable, has an easy manner, communicates clearly, and comes across as genuine, competent and courteous.’

‘Sally Davies is outstanding in her knowledge and tactical nous. James Morris is cut from the same stone.’

‘James Morris is pro-active – and does not just wait to respond to requests for advice. He and his team keep their eyes on the horizon and identify risks and opportunities well in advance.’

Key clients

Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting LLC

British Land

Cheyne Capital

Costain

Gardiner & Theobald

Kier

Nesma & Partners Contracting Company Limited

QBE Zurich

SSE

St George and The Berkeley Group companies

Tide Construction

United Living

Wates Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on all of Wates Construction Limited’s main contract dispute and risk management work across the portfolio of its business sectors, including Retail, Living Space and Construction.
  • Advising Standard Life Investments Ltd on pursuing a substantial claim against its professional team and development manager following significant delay and cost overruns during the construction of a retail park in Newbury.
  • Advising United Living (South) Limited on decanting 4 of 5 tower blocks forming the Chalcots Estate and on undertaking emergency works relating to the external cladding envelope and internal fire stopping issues.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP acts for a host of new and established clients on sponsor-side private equity deals, advising on acquisitions, exits and joint ventures. The team is notably active in the technology sector, and also handles real estate and infrastructure PE transactions. Perry Yam leads the practice and is a highly experienced dealmaker in the mid-market space; James West is another key figure in the team and stood out in 2021 for his work on carve-out acquisitions. Neil Evans departed the practice in December 2021, while Tarun Patel and Electra Callan joined from Ropes & Gray in August 2021 and were made up to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Perry Yam

Testimonials

‘The team (for us James West and Electra Callan) always perform to the highest standards and deliver to tight timelines. They have a unique ability to connect with their counterparties to ensure a seamless legal process and execution.’

‘James West is very strong at building relationships with opposing counsel.’

‘I worked with Perry Yam’s team at Mayer Brown on a recent UK deal. It was a super experience. They were helpful on deal process and then on a rapid escalation to get the deal nearly closed in the two weeks before Christmas. We had extraordinary access to four partners during the process’

‘I worked with Perry Yam, James West, Electra Callan and Tarun Patel. All were exceptional.’

‘Perry Yam leads the team effectively and is able to cut through complex problems. James West is highly responsive and a pleasure to work with’

Key clients

Vitruvian Partners

Marlin Equity Partners

EMK Capital

Aurelius Group

CBPE Capital

Equistone Partners

Francisco Partners

Instincif Partners

Melrose Industries PLC

Stirling Square Capital Partners

The Halifax Group

Vitruvian Partners

Star Capital

Inspirit Capital

Permira

Europi Capital

L Catterton

Bain Capital

Star Capital

Sovereign Capital

Magnetar Capital

AP Maersk

Work highlights

  • Advised Marlin Equity Partners on a number of deals, including growth investments.  
  • Acted for Vitruvian Partners in its acquisition of AnyVan Group.
  • Advised Magnetar Financial LLP on the sale of KIMS Hospital, the largest independent private hospital in Kent, to LycaHealth.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s ‘exceedingly client-focused’ team has a broad, cross-jurisdictional practice, with experience handling disputes involving structured finance, FX, LIBOR cessation and cyber-crime. The team’s client base includes a number of prominent multinational banks, acting for both claimants and defendants. Group head Ian McDonald is praised as ‘charming, careful, reassuring and experienced’; other key figures in the team include Alistair Graham  , who has ‘masses of experience’ in this space, and Chris Chapman, who possesses a ‘keen eye for the client’s best interests’.

Practice head(s):

Ian McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Graham; Chris Chapman; Ruth Malone; Mark Stefanini; Stephen Moi

Testimonials

‘Exceedingly client focused and (unlike many City firms) has  a keen eye on costs. Very experienced at dealing with complex cross-border disputes.’

‘Ian McDonald – charming, careful, reassuring and experienced. Chris Chapman – recent partner keen to prove himself, pugnacious and with a keen eye for the client’s best interests.’

‘Stephen Moi – excellent new partner, very hard working and commercially minded’

‘Superbly resourced with leading knowledge and experience in the sector. They get the biggest and best cases and know how to deliver the results.’

‘Alistair Graham – one of the best partners there is. Masses of experience and never takes his eye off the ultimate question of what is in the best interests of the client.’

Key clients

Société Générale

UBS

HSBC

Wells Fargo

BNY Mellon

Principal Global Investors LLC

Temporis Capital

eOne

Royal Bank of Canada

Work highlights

  • Acted for Société Générale on an appeal against a judgment which found that it had wrongly maintained freezing orders against a Turkish counterparty between 2008 and 2016 following failed attempts by their former solicitors to effect service of the relevant proceedings in Turkey. The claim arose out of the misappropriation of approximately $500m of gold by the Turkish counterparty.
  • Acted for listed client eOne, the leading Canada-based global mass media and entertainment company, now part of the Hasbro toy conglomerate. Originally instructed to support an internal investigation into allegations of fraud arising out of currency trading, then instructed to act on the subsequent multi-million pound fraud claim in the High Court, which included allegations of bribery, dishonesty, deceit, conspiracy and corruption.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

The team at Mayer Brown International LLP is praised by clients as 'very focused on practical solutions', with a strength in advising trustee and employer clients on high-profile pensions mandates, including GMP equalisation and conversion projects. The group is also well-versed in restructuring and insolvency matters, in coordination with other departments within the firm, and in cross-border pensions matters alongside colleagues across the firm's global office network. The group is co-led by Jay Doraisamy, who has broad experience across benefit redesign, funding arrangements and banking reform ring-fencing requirements; and Ian Wright  whose handles investments, funding and employer covenant issues. Giles Bywater assists with the pensions aspects of corporate transactions, in addition to advising trustees on the purchase of bulk annuity policies. Senior associate Liam Kellett is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jay Doraisamy; Ian Wright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jay Doraisamy is appropriately proactive. It would be easy for a lawyer just to cover everything in excruciating detail but Jay is proportionate and practical while complete.’

‘My key contact in Duncan Watson, who provides very clear communications on what’s required, issues, solutions to enable us to manage a varying workload. He is always available to discuss any concerns and effectively manages difficult issues.’

‘Excellent team – pro-active, pragmatic and personable. The team is very good at presenting the quarterly training sessions for the Trustee Board.’

‘I have a lot of contact with Jay Doraisamy who provides thoughtful and pragmatic pensions advice. Jay is excellent and enjoys the confidence of the Trustee Board.’

‘Bills are transparent showing a full breakdown of costs, what cost has been incurred by Mayer Brown and what has been passed onto the client. Discounts are applied where work has been unnecessarily delayed.’

‘They have an excellent breadth of team and all are very knowledgeable, personable and approachable.’

‘Duncan Watson understands our business, how we operate internally, our risk appetite and the need for pragmatic solutions.’

‘Our lead partner is Jay Doraisamy. She is responsive, pragmatic, proactive and very personable to deal with. Her advice to the trustee is always well delivered and received, thorough in its preparation, and clearly articulated both verbally and in writing.’

Key clients

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

Mothercare Pension Schemes

EDF Energy Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

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

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund

Prudential Staff Pension Scheme

Reed Elsevier Pension Scheme

Santander (UK) Group Pension Scheme

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

JMEPS Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Metal Box on GMP equalisation and conversion, a highly complex exercise, one of the first schemes doing this for both pensioners and deferred members.
  • Advised the trustees of the Prudential Staff Pension Scheme on a complex longevity swap transaction covering £3.7 billion of pension liabilities relating to over 20,000 pensioners.
  • Assisted Electricity Supply Pension Scheme with negotiating and advising the trustee on approximately 50 investment transactions.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Clients of Mayer Brown note that its lawyers ‘understand the commercial side of things and the team is easy to deal with compared to other law firms‘. Practice head and acknowledged derivatives expert Edmund Parker is ‘not only an expert in his field, but also a good listener‘ and clients note that he is ‘practical and prepared to roll up his sleeves and get into the nitty gritty‘. Chris Arnold is a senior member of the practice and is sought after by leading investment banks, trustees, services providers and end users for advice on derivatives. Charles Malpass has a wide-ranging structured finance practice focused on real estate, non-performing loan transactions, securitisations, senior and mezzanine loan origination, and loans backed by consumer, residential mortgage and commercial mortgage debt. Dasha Sobornova advises arrangers, investment managers and corporate service providers on a range of structured finance work, and counsel Nanak Keswani handles OTC derivatives, repos and structured products.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Parker

Testimonials

‘They have been very good at helping establish a loan-on-loan framework which was not based on any market standards.’

‘They understand the commercial side of things.’

‘The team is easy to deal with compared to other law firms’

‘The team is knowledgeable and accessible and you have confidence that they will always deliver.’

‘Ed Parker is a really lovely chap – not only is he an expert in his field, he is a good listener, he is practical and he is prepared to roll up his sleeves and get into the nitty gritty.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Barclays

JP Morgan

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Bank of New York Mellon

Zurich

ISDA

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 2

While Mayer Brown International LLP does handle some fairly commoditised work in the space, including advice on sukuk issuances and murabaha financings, its sweet-spot lies in its structuring of complex and highly bespoke Sharia-compliant structures and products for a range of clients, including asset managers and banks. In this regard, ‘exceptional’ team head Barry Cosgrave, who divides his time between London and Dubai, takes the lead on the most significant mandates (often working alongside practitioners from throughout the firm’s global network), including work for conventional funds to establish mechanisms to raise money from Islamic investors. As part of his broader corporate restructuring credentials, Cosgrave is also well placed to advise stakeholders on the unravelling of debt, including both conventional and Islamic finance structures. Christopher Street is another key member of the team, and has developed particular expertise advising Middle Eastern banks on Islamic financing structures to facilitate transactions within the aviation sector.

Practice head(s):

Barry Cosgrave

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Street; Hannah Davies

Testimonials

Barry Cosgrave – exceptional delivery of Islamic finance understanding into the private equity arena.’

Key clients

Gatehouse Bank

Sidra Capital

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP has ‘a great team with strong sector and legal knowledge, willing to put the resources necessary to deliver the required results‘. One source remarks that ‘the team impresses not only with its capacity to handle various deals at one time but also with its growing role in the market‘. The firm has experienced a sharp rise in corporate securities and receivables work, which includes a large volume of technology deals, and it continues to advise the full spectrum of market participants including investment banks, alternative credit providers, private equity and hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinationals. Global co-head of banking and finance Dominic Griffiths is ‘at the top of the game for securitisation and structured finance transactions‘. He acted for BNP Paribas, Citibank and Citigroup in a $3bn cross-border securitisation of trade receivables originated by subsidiaries of Chinese technology company Lenovo Group. David O’Connor is a go-to lawyer for the largest and most prominent investment banks in the CMBS and RMBS market. Dasha Sobornova is increasingly visible in the CLO market, advising arrangers, investment managers and corporate service providers.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Griffiths; David O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Francois-Regis Gonon; Dasha Sobornova

Testimonials

‘A great team with strong sector and legal knowledge, willing to put the resources necessary to deliver the required results.’

‘Dominic Griffiths and Francois-Regis Gonon have been instrumental in helping deliver the transaction advice and documentation at a high standard and with tight deadlines.’

‘The team advises on the full spectrum of debt capital markets and structured finance transactions always granting high quality performance and partners’ presence in all the transactions.’

‘The team has impressed not only with its capacity to handle various deals at one time but also with its growing role on the market.’

‘The teams is probably the best on the UK market for pan-european securitisation transactions.’

‘Dominic Griffiths is at the top of the game for securitisation and structured finance transactions. He also knows very well the Italian securitisation market and normally puts a mark of excellence also on the transaction whereby an Italian leg is involved.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Citigroup

Finance > Trade finance Tier 2

Their responsiveness and thoroughness in analysing any legal issue and their expertise in accurately drafting complex loan and security documentation, is unparalleled‘, says a client of Mayer Brown International LLP. The firm works for banks, funds, corporates and fintech companies in relation to complex global trade finance transactions spanning product areas such as core trade finance, structured trade & commodity finance, borrowing base finance, inventory monetisation and risk distribution. Alex Dell leads the banking and finance practice, and leads its trade finance work. Key partner Ashley McDermott acted for a syndicate of banks on the debt restructuring of Brazilian energy company Raízen, which involved syndicated pre-export finance facilities provided by the banks. McDermott and senior associate David Fraher ‘display a level of professionalism in their work that makes them stand out by its evident thoroughness and quality‘. Up-and-coming partner Charles Thain handles traditional trade finance transactions, borrowing base finance, receivables finance, supply chain and payables finance and risk distribution structures.

Practice head(s):

Alex Dell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown have been invaluable in providing advice on complex structured commodity financing facilities and are very responsive.’

‘David Fraher and Ashley McDermott have been outstanding. Excellent drafting, very responsive and always on hand to assist.’

‘Overall, the team is outstanding.’

‘The practice has a special ability to make the client feel special, almost as if the entire practice is dedicated to the client’s matter, with their (unstated) but effectively 24-hour availability.’

‘Their responsiveness and thoroughness in analysing any legal issue and their expertise in accurately drafting complex loan and security documentation, is unparalleled in relation to many of their peers in the industry.’

‘Ashley McDermott, David Fraher and James England all display a level of professionalism in their work that makes them stand out by its evident thoroughness and quality. A particularly pleasing hallmark of their work is the timeliness and sense of urgency with which it is unfailingly delivered.’

‘Their awareness of some of the cultural sensitivities around interacting with a rising African institution like TDB, also deserves commendation.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

Barclays Bank

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

CIBC

Citibank

Citizens Bank

City National Bank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

JPMorgan

MUFG

PNC

Raistone Capital

Raiffeisen Bank International

Scotiabank

U.S.Bank

UBS

UniCredit

ING

ABN AMRO Bank

Natixis New York Branch

Cooperative Rabobank

Société Générale

KfW IPEX-Bank

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

FirstRand Bank

TDB

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 2

Mayer Brown provides 'speedy feedback on questions with very profound answers' and one client remarks that 'the projects and corporate teams are all quite familiar with working in emerging markets with a thoughtful and insightful approach'. The firm frequently advises banks and other financial institutions, sponsors, governments and corporates on arbitration, export finance, project finance, mining and metals, oil and gas, structured trade commodity finance and sustainability-linked loans. Head of the Africa and mining practices Ian Coles, natural resources and infrastructure partner Rachel Speight and finance partner Ashley McDermott are the key figures in the emerging markets group. Coles, who is 'world-class, always on top of the file, commercial and client-driven', advised Meridian Mining on its acquisition, exploration, development and mining activities in Brazil. Head of international arbitration Raid Abu-Manneh has substantial expertise in disputes arising from infrastructure power and energy projects in such countries as Jordan, Qatar, Libya, Kuwait and Egypt. Counsel Danuta de Vries and senior associate Emma Sturt are prominent advisers on project and export financings, real estate finance and asset-based lending.

Practice head(s):

Ashley McDermott; Ian Coles; Rachel Speight

Other key lawyers:

Raid Abu-Manneh; Danuta de Vries; Emma Sturt; Angeli Sunmonu; James England

Testimonials

‘Working with the MB team was truly a great pleasure. Beyond the thorough and precise legal advice they provided if I may highlight one attribute which was especially appreciated, then that is their availability.’

‘ Angeli Sunmonu, Ashley McDermott and James England: All of them our real professionals, but what was exceptionally pleasing was their problem-solving mindset. They always managed to come up with a solution that ended up with a result that made each player involved happy and satisfied.’

‘Great industry knowledge and experience.’

‘Speedy feedback on questions with very profound answers.’

‘Exceptionally strong expertise across regions, including LatAm emerging markets. First-rate.’

‘A solid team from senior partners through admin staff. Smooth coordination between various offices to provide unified product.’

‘Ian Coles is world-class. Always on top of the file, fine legal mind, commercial and client driven.

‘Our experience with Mayer Brown’s team on one of our large, complex and important transactions has been excellent. The deal team was well staffed and led by a very strong partner, who ensured that his team worked cohesively and consistently delivered quality product on time.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Africa Finance Corporation

Almonty Industries

BNP Paribas

Coris Bank

Cooperative Rabobank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Gemcorp Capital

Helios Investment Partners

ING Bank

Islamic State of Pakistan

Meridian Mining

Natixis

OTP Bank

Petronas

Société Générale

TC Credit Partners LLC

ABN AMRO Bank

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Africa Finance Corporation

Almonty Industries

BNP Paribas

Coris Bank

Cooperative Rabobank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Gemcorp Capital

Helios Investment Partners

ING Bank

Islamic State of Pakistan

Meridian Mining

Natixis

OTP Bank

Petronas

Société Générale

TC Credit Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented a syndicate of lenders on a US$105 million senior secured loan facility for the Africell Group, the fast-growing pan-African mobile network operator with operations in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. The facility was structured and anchored by Gemcorp Capital with Gramercy Funds Management LLC, TC Credit Partners LLC and funds advised by Helios Investment Partners also joining the syndicate.
  • Represented a syndicate of lenders comprising ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB, ING, Natixis, Rabobank and Société Générale on the consensual restructuring of circa US$1.4 billion of debt previously owed by Biosev, the leading Brazil-based sugar and ethanol producer, formerly owned by Louis Dreyfus.
  • Representing Islamic State of Pakistan on an ICSID annulment proceedings for Tethyan Copper Company v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, as well as advising on resisting enforcement of the ICSID award in Washington DC courts.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP's team 'has the people and expertise to deal with the most complex litigation' handling cases spanning  sectors including construction, legal, accountancy and real estate. The team is led by Jim Oulton and Michael Regan . Oulton, 'one of the grandees of the professional negligence world' is well known for his work for insolvency practitioners, accountants, lawyers and auditors, whereas Regan, who leads the construction and engineering group, is a 'highly experienced and ultra-calm operator; unflappable in a crisis'. Highly regarded former London managing partner Sally Davies has deep experience handling high level construction and insurance claims, while Jonathan Stone is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Jim Oulton; Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown’s chief strength is in the way they analyse a case, leaving nothing to chance. No matter how complex the case, and extensive the documentation, the team will get on top of the issues and the detail and synthesise it so that the client can understand the key elements of the dispute and take the necessary decisions.’

‘Jim Oulton is one of the grandees of the professional negligence world. Jim is relentless in his pursuit of the right answer and clients always know they have a real battler in their corner.’

‘Tim Shepherd is a rising star. As a relatively new partner, he has already established a heavyweight following of clients. Tim brings thoughtfulness and passion to his work. He is also a real team player.’

‘Technically excellent, tactical, responsive, supportive and proactive. They’re a great, hard-working and very supportive team and a pleasure to work with. I have recommended this team to many.’

‘Mayer Brown has an excellent team- they are responsive and give clear and practical advice and clearly have a deep understanding and connections within the insurance market that brings added value to their advice.’

‘Jon Stone is a real expert in construction professional negligence claims. He always produces an excellent service. He is very good at managing key relationships and keeps everyone informed which helps drive claims forward. He is well respected by brokers, insureds and insurers due to his strong technical knowledge and experience in the insurance sector. Jon is very approachable and is clear on what his clients needs are.’

‘Michael Regan is a highly experienced and ultra-calm operator. Unflappable in a crisis. Always sees through the fog. James Morris – massive capacity for detail, hard work and focusing on what’s important.’

Key clients

Standard Life

Tuffin Ferraby Taylor

BDO

HW Fisher

Andrew Thornhill QC; Bar Mutual

Work highlights

  • Advising Standard Life and assisting to pursue a substantial claim against its professional team and development manager following significant delay and cost overruns during the construction of a retail park in Newbury.
  • Secured a High Court victory for a firm of surveyors and their insurers by successfully defending a £115m claim for breach of duty brought by the National Trust.
  • Obtained a significant High Court victory on behalf of the former administrators of One Blackfriars Limited.

Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP has a strong lender-side practice, regularly acting for major financial institutions on complex cross-border fund finance transactions, most notably hybrid and asset-backed facilities. On the borrower side, the group is retained by general partners and sponsors to handle fund formation mandates and investment transactions. The practice’s leadership is split between Aimee Sharman, whose expertise spans subscription lines, NAV and asset-backed financing and co-investment facilities, and Paul Tannenbaum, who is described as ‘a very capable partner that goes above and beyond for his clients’.

Practice head(s):

Aimee Sharman; Paul Tannenbaum

Testimonials

‘Paul Tannenbaum is a very capable partner that goes above and beyond for his clients. His ability to explain complex issues in a clear and concise manner is unrivalled.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP is well known in the market for financing and M&A work pertaining to the mining sector and utilises its international network to handle cross-border deals; on the contentious side, the practice advises on litigation, arbitration and restructuring. Practice head Ian Coles has considerable experience in mining projects in Africa and counts banks, financial institutions, sponsors and governments among his clientele. Rachel Speight is experienced in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors and is a name to note for cross-border structured and project financings, while Robert Hamill deals with corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Ian Coles

Testimonials

‘The level of experience across the senior partners and associates is most impressive’.

‘Having been active in the sector for over 25 years, there is a sound knowledge of the sector and the needs of financiers and borrowers alike’.

‘Aside from technical knoweldge and experience, there is a pragmatic approach, which sets Mayer Brown apart form several other city firms’.

‘Ian Coles is an exceptional lawyer’.

‘Ian Coles is very knowledge in the mining space and in numerous geographies’. 

‘Great sector knowledge and the experience to find win:win solutions for clients often in complex situations’.

Key clients

Almonty Industries

Africa Finance Corporation

Tungsten West

UniCredit Bank

Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi

EBRD

Afreximbank

ING

Natixis

Societe Generale

Meridian Mining

Citibank

HSBC Bank

Investec Bank

Macquarie Bank

Bank of Montreal

Barclays Bank

BNP Paribas

Coris Bank International

Work highlights

  • Representing Tungsten West, the owner and operator of the historical Hemerdon tungsten and tin mine located near Plymouth in southern Devon, England, on its initial public offering (IPO) and admission to London’s AIM.
  • Representing a syndicate of five lenders including Afreximbank; Africa Finance Corporation; ING; Natixis; and Société Générale, London Branch on a $220m senior secured project financing facility for the underground expansion and on-going operations of the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana, which, owned by Lucara Botswana Proprietary, is one of the highest margin diamond mines in the world, and has yielded five of the 10 largest diamonds in recorded history.
  • Representing Almonty Industries in connection with the financing and development of the Sandgong tungsten mine project in South Korea.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Praised for its ‘breadth of talent and experience’, Mayer Brown International LLP is no stranger to big-ticket real estate transactions, as demonstrated by its advice to Cabot Properties on the sale of its logistics portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate, led by head of development Caroline Humble. ‘InvaluableChris Harvey spearheads the firm’s UK and European real estate team and is the ‘go-to partner in the London market for Asian investors, who are looking to do substantial, complicated deals’. Simon Price is noted for his expertise in the hospitality sector and advises on corporate real estate transactions, joint ventures, acquisitions and high-profile lettings, while Iain Roberts handles headquarter relocations, post-property acquisition leasing transactions, as well as mixed-use development projects. Other key members of the team include head of corporate real estate Anita Jones, experienced practitioner Joe Conder, who joined from Goodwin in early 2021, and managing partner Jeremy Clay. The practice has demonstrable experience across the office, retail, residential, logistics, student accommodation and co-living sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner; Caroline Humble

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the commercial property market and great understanding of client needs.’

‘Christopher Harvey is knowledge, dedicated and always available. He is an excellent negotiator and advisor. He deserves a commendation and medal for the work he does.’

Key clients

Sinar Mas Land

Tide Construction

Gaw Capital

Scape

The British Land Company PLC

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Praised for its ‘breadth of talent and experience’, Mayer Brown International LLP is no stranger to big-ticket real estate transactions, as demonstrated by its advice to Cabot Properties on the sale of its logistics portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate, led by head of development Caroline Humble. ‘InvaluableChris Harvey spearheads the firm’s UK and European real estate team and is the ‘go-to partner in the London market for Asian investors, who are looking to do substantial, complicated deals’. Simon Price is noted for his expertise in the hospitality sector and advises on corporate real estate transactions, joint ventures, acquisitions and high-profile lettings, while Iain Roberts handles headquarter relocations, post-property acquisition leasing transactions, as well as mixed-use development projects. Other key members of the team include head of corporate real estate Anita Jones, experienced practitioner Joe Conder, who joined from Goodwin in early 2021, and managing partner Jeremy Clay. The practice has demonstrable experience across the office, retail, residential, logistics, student accommodation and co-living sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner

Testimonials

‘Chris Harvey is invaluable for us, as he has an incredible knowledge of the UK market and its main players.’

‘Mayer Brown are a practical and responsive practice, who have a strength in commercial property investment.’

‘Simon Price is a knowledgeable leader in issues associated with property investment.’

‘The Mayer Brown team (led by Chris Harvey) are head and shoulders above the other large firms we have worked with. Chris Harvey is the number one and go-to partner in the London market for Asian investors, who are looking to do substantial, complicated deals.’

‘Chris Harvey is exceptional and we think he is the number one partner in London for overseas investors who are doing large and complicated deals. He brings real strength and confidence to our deals, so we know we are in the best, capable hands.’

Key clients

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Round Hill Capital

Generali

Wing Tai Properties

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited

Sinar Mas Land

The British Land Company plc

Tide Construction

Gaw Capital

Giant Mind

K&K

Meyer Bergman/MARK

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

With strong ties to the firm’s wider real estate and infrastructure practice, Mayer Brown International LLP acts on a number of complex real estate and real estate finance transactions, and is particularly well known for cross-border transactions for overseas investors. It also provides advice across a range of sectors, including energy, process engineering, transport, mining, waste, property development, and insurance. The London construction and engineering group is led by Michael Regan, who has extensive expertise in large-scale mining and infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, Jonathan Hosie‘s practice focuses on representing supplier and purchaser clients on high-risk projects, both in the UK and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hosie; Charles Pacey; Sean Hummerstone

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown has unique sector information.’

‘Jonathan Hosie is very responsive and engaged. He understands what we need and delivers it in a timely manner. He has a unique expertise in EPC & FEED & PMC Contracts.’

‘Mayer Brown understand clients’ businesses, bespoke developer contracts, and are able to provide clear advice on any issues which arise.’

‘Charles Pacey and Sean Hummerstone are both really good associates and senior associates.’

Key clients

British Land

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Cheyne Capital

Gaw Capital

Generali

Kennedy Wilson

Kier

Nesma & Partners Contracting Company Limited

Scape

Schlumberger

Sinar Mas Land

St George, The Berkeley Group

Tide Construction

Tüpraş

United Living

Wates Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Generali on all construction aspects relating to their acquisition of 160-162 Queen Victoria Street, “Times Square”.
  • Advising British Land Company Plc on all construction aspects relating to its regeneration of Blossom Street, Shoreditch, the development of Phase 2 of Aldgate Place in London, and the development of its Paddingon Central site.
  • Advising Tüpras, Turkey’s largest oil refinery company, on its suite of EPC, FEED and PMC contracts.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘excellent’ real estate finance practice acts for both lenders and borrowers on bilateral and syndicated facilities across the UK and Europe. Alongside a growing private equity practice, large portfolio financings and loan originations are also within the group’s strong capabilities. The team is led by Andrew Hepner and David O’Connor; Hepner is experienced in structured finance real estate finance transactions, and O’Connor has a strong loan origination and real estate capital markets practice. Charles Malpass continues to bolster the firm’s ability to advise funds and financial institutions, and Andrew Crotty handles debt portfolio acquisition financings in the residential, healthcare, retail and leisure and office sectors. Senior associate Annabel Ersser is also notable and focuses on structured real estate finance for lenders and borrowers.

Testimonials

‘Excellent team covering all aspects of real estate finance.’

‘They are particularly strong in taking loans from Asian banks.’

‘They are supported by various lawyers who are all very responsive and very good.’

‘The partners stay very involved and lead from the front.’

‘Chris Harvey and Andrew Hepner are a very good tag team, very hands on, and have a huge amount of experience in acting on large financings.’

Key clients

Cheyne Capital

Citibank

Generali Real Estate

United Overseas Bank

Kennedy Wilson

Giant Mind

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP represents issuers, investment banks, sponsors, placement agents and selling shareholders across the spectrum of ECM matters. Notable areas of work include public offerings and private placements, stock exchange listings, rights offerings, spin-offs, share buy-backs and demergers. The firm has a strong track record advising on IPO transactions, alongside capital raising and block trades. ‘Stand-out‘ Kate Ball-Dodd leads the team and focuses on corporate finance, M&A, equity fund raisings, joint ventures and corporate governance work.

Practice head(s):

Kate Ball-Dodd

Testimonials

‘Very strong partner led approach with senior involvement throughout. Collegiate approach and very joined up, with team members sharing transaction details seamlessly. Responsive and well diversified, it is the strongest ECM offering in the mid market.’

‘They have a very solutions driven philosophy and use their (and our) time well. They will always strive to ensure that the transaction progresses to plan but are very good at alerting the client if there are emerging issues.’

‘The stand-out is Kate Ball-Dodd.’

Key clients

Investec Bank plc

Liberbank, S.A.

Numis Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Velocys plc

Metrovacesa, S.A.

Vitruvian Partners

Lunglife AI

Promotora de Informaciones, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Delaware-incorporated Lunglife AI, Inc. on its IPO on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Numis Securities Limited as sponsor and sole bookrunner in connection with the IPO of Seraphine Group plc, a digitally-led apparel brand, and on its admission to trading on the premium listing segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Tungsten West on its £40m equity fundraise, its debt project financing and admission to AIM with an initial market capitalisation of £106m.

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

Working in close collaboration with a global network of offices, Mayer Brown International LLP is a key port of call for a number of high-profile corporate clients and financial institutions seeking assistance with a host of international trade matters. London practice chair Jason Hungerford – ‘a great lawyer with great expertise’ – is a triple-qualified (New York, DC, English) specialist in sanctions and export controls with experience handling investigations in a wealth of jurisdictions. Senior associate Paul Whitfield-Jones advises widely across a number of sectors, including the defence, energy, banking, and insurance industries, while fellow senior associate James Ford is noted for his knowledge of regulatory compliance and financial services sanctions programs.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hungerford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Market-leading practice containing real experts. Proven track record, well-positioned to advise on cross-border cases, strong global coverage.’

‘Jason Hungerford is a great lawyer with great expertise.’

‘Provides sound timely advice, tailored to our needs.’

‘Jason Hungerford – very knowledgeable on global regulations, breaks it down into digestible executable actions.’

Key clients

International Swaps and Derivatives Association

HSBC

Grant Thornton

Lombard Odier

Deutsche Bank

Vitruvian Partners

EMK Capital

Credit Agricole

BDO

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP hones its focus on cross-border mandates, leveraging its footprint in London, New York and Hong Kong in the process. Chris Chapman caters to a roster of banks, insurers and individuals on a broad array of international and external investigations, including those before the FCA and PRA; he co-heads the team alongside Alistair Graham, a solicitor advocate.

Practice head(s):

Chris Chapman; Alistair Graham

Other key lawyers:

Sam Eastwood; Ian McDonald; Jason Hungerford; Musonda Kapotwe; Susan Rosser

Testimonials

‘A strong group with increasing depth.’

‘Chris Chapman is brilliant – he is always across the detail and has great judgment.’

‘The team at Mayer Brown is excellent, very responsive, diligent and practical. They are very client focused, and able to give very sensible pragmatic advice to clients.’

‘Chris Chapman is very good, he provides excellent mixture of technical legal analysis coupled with real world pragmatism and is very good at thinking through solutions and next steps.’

‘Chris Chapman is an exceptional lawyer – very insightful, pragmatic and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent legal team and fantastic service. From the beginning, all fees and steps were clearly set out to us and we were incredibly well informed throughout the whole process.’

‘We had many phone calls and emails back and forth with the firm’s partner, Chris Chapman and other team members. Every email was answered in a timely and informative manner. Nothing was ever an inconvenience for Chris.’

Key clients

The Financial Conduct Authority

Work highlights

  • Engaged by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in relation to an independent external investigation into the FCA’s handling of the Connaught Income Fund prior to its collapse in controversial circumstances.

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'experienced and engaged' team advises on a wide range of VAT and SDLT issues, including resolving complex tax disputes. London tax head James Hill has a track record of work for clients across the real estate and healthcare sectors, covering a variety of of tax and private equity matters. Simon Rose works largely on real estate matters, supported by associate Emma Noehrbass. Kitty Swanson was promoted to partner at the start of 2022.

Practice head(s):

James Hill

Testimonials

‘Experienced and engaged with excellent availability, and always putting us as the client first. Overall they feel like a very safe pair of hands who I trust.’

‘I have worked on cross-border deals with James Hill and Kitty Swanson and they are knowledgeable, responsive, commercially minded –  James in particular is an extremely calm presence during high-stress times. They also fill me with confidence in their ability to tackle any issue and they have good international reach.’

Key clients

British Land

Round Hill Capital

Entertainment One

Beazley plc

L Catterton

Sotheby’s

Shearwater Group

Unilever

CDK Global, Inc.

Generali Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Round Hill Capital on a new joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) that will invest in excess of €1bn in European student accommodation.
  • Advised Cabot Properties, an international private equity real estate firm, on the sale of its logistics portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate in two separate transactions.
  • Represented Pernod Ricard in its acquisition of The Whisky Exchange, a leading online and physical retailer of whisky and spirits.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

With Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia-related disputes expertise, Mayer Brown International LLP‘s ‘excellent international arbitration practice‘ regularly represents clients in commercial and corporate disputes involving the energy, infrastructure and leisure sectors (among others). Raid Abu-Manneh‘s track record includes ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA arbitrations; Kwadwo Sarkodie is a Sub-Saharan African disputes expert; Mark Stefanini is London energy disputes head; and Miles Robinson is a contractual and commercial claims specialist. Other key members are Rachael O’GradyLuiz Aboim and recently promoted Stephen Moi, along with senior associates Sam PrentkiJawad AhmadSang Joon Park and Ali Auda.

Practice head(s):

Raid Abu-Manneh

Other key lawyers:

Kwadwo Sarkodie; Mark Stefanini; Miles Robinson; Rachael O’Grady; Luiz Aboim; Stephen Moi; Sam Prentki; Jawad Ahmad; Sang Joon Park; Ali Auda; Havin Jagtiani; Rhys Morgan; Line Chataud; Marcelo Richter; Thais Stella

Testimonials

‘Strong work capabilities, proactive, and able to deal with all kinds of issues – legal, technical and strategic.

Good drivers of the arbitration process, with high-level advice and good results from the strategy suggested. High degrees of involvement in the case.’

‘Mayer Brown’s excellent international arbitration practice has broad geographical and subject matter reach’.

‘Its lawyers are equally comfortable in the UK, EU, the Middle East, and Asia, and they have particular experience in construction disputes and investor-state arbitrations.

Mayer Brown’s rates are surprisingly reasonable for a top global firm, and it staffs matters as such that the lawyers do the work efficiently and within budget.

‘Raid Abu-Manneh’s depth of experience is belied by his personable manner and ability to communicate complex issues in a way that is digestible to non-experts.

Senior associate Jawad Ahmad is a go-getter that nurtures relationships in this field. This serves him (and his clients) well, given how important individual personalities and track records can be among arbitrators and international arbitration practitioners.

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Petronas Petróleo Brasil

Visor Engineering

Veolia Propreté

Veolia Environment

Work highlights

  • Representing Veolia Propreté in a dispute against the Italian Republic, brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and the ICSID Convention.
  • Acting for Petronas Petróleo Brasil in an ICC arbitration against the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, in relation to a concession contract.
  • Representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan before the Washington DC courts in resisting enforcement of an ICSID award.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s pensions disputes practice spans member complaints, matters before the pensions ombudsman, High Court litigation and regulatory investigations, and it also handles rectifications and overpayment cases. Another core area for the group is professional negligence claims against pensions professionals, frequently defending pension scheme advisers. Stuart Pickford predominantly acts for trustee clients, in addition to defending pensions-related professional negligence cases. He co-heads the contentious pensions offering with Tim Shepherd, another professional negligence expert. Senior associate Tom Wild brings with him experience on the pensions advisory side to support Pickford and Shepherd.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Pickford; Tim Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Experienced in pensions litigation especially acting for trustees where they have great expertise.’

‘Stuart Pickford is intelligent and has good judgment.’

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Limited

QBE Insurance

Reed Elsevier Pensions Trustees Limited

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

Work highlights

  • Defended pensions professionals and other consultants in relation to a range of professional negligence claims.
  • Advised the trustee on the management and successful resolution of a governance dispute regarding the appointment of trustee directors and related intervention by the Pensions Regulator.
  • Advising trustees on a long-running dispute with a member, including oversight of court proceedings to secure evidence, the involvement of the Information Commissioner and the successful defence of a complaint to the Pensions Ombudsman.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

The ‘very experienced and well balanced’ team at Mayer Brown International LLP provides ‘solutions-oriented and commercial’ advice to a bank-focused client base across a range of syndicated and bilateral new money mandates and refinancings. The firm’s versatility across a range of products (including asset based lending and structured finance) and jurisdictions is a key strength, ensuring that it provides ‘very clear/strong transaction leadership and advice through complex situations’. Appreciated for his ability to ‘balance different stakeholders’ needs‘, Trevor Borthwick is an excellent resource to both creditors and debtors on new money corporate lending transactions, as well as in a restructuring/distressed scenario. Asset-based lending experts Alex Dell and Dominic Griffiths co-head the overarching banking and finance team that also includes the ‘dynamic’ Ash McDermott, who provides ‘brilliant structuring advice’ to lenders on large international syndicated finance transactions, including on transactions within the emerging markets.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Griffiths; Alex Dell

Other key lawyers:

Trevor Borthwick; Stuart Brinkworth; Andy Kolacki; Charles Malpass; Ash McDermott; Aimee Sharman; Paul Tannenbaum; Bernd Bohr

Testimonials

The team is attentive, very experienced, solutions-oriented and commercial.’

The team is very experienced and well balanced.’

They are very competent managers of complex corporate/syndicated facilities.’

‘Very deep bench experts across regions and specialties. They provide very clear/strong transaction leadership and advice through complex situations.’

‘Charles Malpass – very experienced and commercial.’

Trevor Borthwick has always anticipated and dealt with diffucult and complex situations in a commercial way. The ability to balance different stakeholders needs is crucial.’

The outstanding Ashley McDermott is a dynamic lawyer who provides brilliant structuring advice.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

ING Bank

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America

Standard Chartered Bank

Francisco Partners

BN AMRO Bank

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Cooperative Rabobank

Société Générale

Alcon

KBR

Progroup Board

3i Infrastructure

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP has ‘very broad knowledge across multiple sectors, geographies and financing products’, ensuring that it is well-positioned to advise  myriad stakeholders, including lenders, funds, IPs, boards of directors and security trustees and agents, on complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings and insolvencies. A stalwart of the team, Devi Shah ‘provides innovative solutions, which lead to cost-effective results’ and is particularly effective at handling insurance and pensions-related mandates. She co-heads the team alongside ‘highly experienced and effective problem solver’  Michael Fiddy and Amy Jacks, who has ‘detailed UK insolvency expertise’. Barry Cosgrave‘s arrival towards the end of 2020 from K&L Gates LLP further broadens the expertise of the team in light of his ‘experience of difficult jurisdictions and emerging market modus operandi’. 

Practice head(s):

Devi Shah; Amy Jacks; Michael Fiddy

Other key lawyers:

Barry Cosgrave; Sheena Frazer; Ben Ward

Testimonials

Provide extremely high-quality partner-led advice, which is always focused, commercial and definitive. They add value in all our mandates through a highly collaborative approach, particularly suited to the more complex multi-lender matters.’

Very broad knowledge across multiple sectors, geographies and financing products.’

‘Micheal Fiddy has extensive experience and knowledge, an industry leader and very personable. He is a highly experienced and effective problem solver.’

Devi Shah provides innovative solutions which lead to cost-effective results.’

‘Amy Jacks – clear communicator with extensive restructuring and insolvency experience, able to see the bigger picture of a deal. She has detailed UK insolvency expertise.’

Barry Cosgrave is an instantly useful partner to bring into any restructuring/ special situations deal. He has a broad knowledge base of products/ bankruptcy law, broad experience of difficult jurisdictions and emerging market modus operandi and a real understanding of how different creditor entities work/what motivates them.’

Ben Ward is a strong up and coming lawyer- he has an excellent grasp of the technicals and attention to detail.’

Sheena Frazer is diligent and has a strong work ethic. She is agile and adaptable when “last minute” surprises crop up.’

Key clients

HSBC

BDO

Daiwa

FTI

Mothercare Pension Schemes

Daiwa

Alvarez & Marsal Europe

Debenhams Pension Schemes

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Moorfields

Apollo Global Management, Inc

EA Partners

Permira Funds

Green Network Energy

Alix Partners

Mount Street

EDF Man

Work highlights

  • Advising Sancta Capital GP, Sandglass Capital Advisors LLC and VR Advisory Services Ltd, the Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders, on the restructuring of the $1.2bn in aggregate face value of notes issued by EA Partners I B.V. and EA Partners II B.V. securitising loans to Etihad Airways PJSC, Etihad Airport Services LLC, Air Serbia, A.D. Beograd, Air Seychelles Limited, Alitalia – Societa Aerea Italiana SPA, Air Berlin PLC and Jet Airways (India) Limited.
  • Advising insolvency practitioners from Alvarez & Marsal Europe in connection with all aspects of their appointment as the liquidators of Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas), a construction company operating in the Middle East, Europe & North Africa.
  • Advised Green Network Energy on its restructuring, which involved contingency planning, advising the company with regards to the special administration regime applicable to energy supply companies, and assisting the company with the ‘supplier of last resort’ process run by its regulatory body, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), following which the company was placed into administration.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

The practice at Mayer Brown International LLP is 'technically very good, extremely reliable, and truly focuses on their clients' best interests'. The firm continues to broaden the scope of its DCM work, which spans commercial paper and MTN programmes, regulatory and hybrid capital issues, equity-linked securities, high yield bonds, and project bonds. Peter Pears, who joined from Clifford Chance LLP, brings considerable experience advising issuers and underwriters on complex domestic and international debt capital market offerings, including a emerging markets issuance. 'He is always responsive and happy to talk through any query, offering clear and pragmatic solutions to often complex issues', notes one client. He joins experienced partner James Taylor, Bernd BohrRob Flanigan and emerging markets specialist Jim Patti.

Practice head(s):

James Taylor; Bernd Bohr; Rob Flanigan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team around partner Bernd Bohr is technically very good, extremely reliable, and truly focuses on their clients’ best interests.’

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

‘Peter Pears is new to the partnership and has made a huge effort to build client relationships. He is always responsive and happy to talk through any query, offering clear and pragmatic solutions to often complex issues. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Responsive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Barclays Bank

Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

Islandsbanki

HSBC Bank

CIBC World Markets

Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O.

Bank of Nova Scotia

China International Marine Containers (Hong Kong)

Banco Santander

Wepa Hygieneprodukte

Türkiye İş Bankası (Isbank)

HLD Italy Due

Bank of Montreal, London Branch

Finance > High yield Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘a top-tier firm when it comes to high yield bond offerings in Germany, where they have quite a strong footprint‘. One client remarks that ‘with deep knowledge of the high yield market, and being very much engaged and easy to work with, the team is able to take the client’s perspective and addresses possible issues proactively to optimise the outcome for the client'. The firm is the only one in London to offer high-level advice on high yield bonds in English, US and German law. Practice head and key high yield partner Bernd Bohr is ‘very technical – even innovative – diligent and commercial in terms of providing advice‘.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Bohr

Testimonials

‘We rate Mayer Brown as a Tier 1 legal firm when it comes to High Yield bonds offering in Germany; where they have quite a strong footprint. This is mainly due to Bernd Bohr’s active coverage in the region.’

‘We have a very good relationship with Bernd Bohr. From a knowledge, responsiveness and dedication perspective, he has been very valuable to our team over the years; including on non-deal related matters; which makes him our go-to external lawyer for any high yield bond question. He is also very technical (even innovative), diligent and commercial in terms of providing advice to his clients, when we worked on transactions together.’

‘Great experience with Mayer Brown on the deals we have worked with in the past. Strong collaboration within the team, with the client and the bankers.’

‘Had the pleasure to work with Bernd Bohr on a couple of the recent HY deals. Bernd is a strong partner with a lot of execution experience. He has strong collaboration skills and is involved in the deal both with the client and the banks.’

‘Super committed, attention to detail, brought market intel, focussed on solution for client.’

‘Deep knowledge of the high yield market, very much engaged and easy to work with. The team is able to take the client’s perspective and addresses possible issues proactively to optimise the outcome for the client.’

‘Very committed individuals able to deliver highest quality under significant time pressure.’

‘Great client commitment and dedication, always taking the client’s perspective, very responsive, very experienced.’

Key clients

Klesch Group

Raffinerie Heide GmbH

Progroup AG

Wepa Hygieneprodukte GmbH

Standard Profil Automotive GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Standard Profil Automotive GmbH on its debut high yield bond offering of €275,000,000 6.250% senior secured notes due 2026 and a €30 million super senior revolving credit facility.
  • Advising an English debut high yield issuer in connection with a proposed offering of up to €330,000,000 of senior secured notes, the implementation of a new group structure and the implementation and renegotiation of various hedging, inventory financing and receivables financing arrangements.
  • Advising a Swedish debut high yield issuer in connection with a proposed offering of up to €540,000,000 of senior notes in accordance with its newly establish green finance framework, to refinance an existing term loan.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP is recommended for handling the full gamut of insurance transactional and regulatory work, with particular areas of focus including transatlantic M&A mandates, insurance linked securities and warranty and indemnity issues. The practice operates closely with the firm’s US offices. Practice head Colin Scagell advises on complex M&A within the insurance sector, with expertise in cross-border matters involving Bermuda. Rebecca Bothamley supports the firm’s transactional offering. Devi Shah has extensive experience dealing with insurance-based insolvency and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Colin Scagell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Mayer Brown team give strong advice based on a large database of deals they have worked on – whilst you know the advice is top-notch, it is also commercial.’

‘Colin Scagell goes the extra mile to explain tricky concepts and provide solid commercial advice, which he combines with a good understanding of the market.’

‘The team has been adept at communicating to us by drawing on other teams expertise within their larger organisation as and where relevant to respond to ever changing environment, regulatory or otherwise, to achieve stated goals.’

‘Rebecca Bothamley is a standout partner in the corporate department.’

Key clients

Argenta Private Capital Limited

Aspen

Athora

Beazley plc

Brit Limited

Enstar Group

EU Lotto

GC Securities

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

R&Q Investment Holdings plc

The Hartford

Tokio Marine

Work highlights

  • Represented Beazley plc in the sale of its US-based “Beazley Benefits” business to Globe Life Inc.
  • Represented The Hartford Financial in the sale of the Navigators European insurance business, to Premia Holdings Ltd, in a highly complex carve out involving four separate transactions, including divesting businesses based in Belgium and the Netherlands to other buyers.
  • Acted for Beazley on its inaugural Rule 144A Cat Bond, which is proposed to be issued by Fuchsia Re Ltd., Beazley’s Bermuda-registered special purpose insurer.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 3

The ‘highly responsive and knowledgeable’ product liability team at Mayer Brown International LLP have deep experience in covering high stakes crisis management and product liability issues within the construction sector. The team also has a strong international offering due to the firm’s global presence. As well as being practice head, Miles Robinson also co-heads the firm’s global product liability and mass torts practice and is well known for his expertise in defending large scale group actions, product recall and regulatory issues. He is supported by Mark Stefanini and James Morris.

Practice head(s):

Miles Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team around Miles Robinson provides very fast, accurate and practical advice.’

‘Miles Robinson is one of the best lawyers I know, very pragmatic, solution oriented and always with actionable advice’

‘The team are highly responsive and knowledgeable and very fair with their pricing.’

‘Miles Robinson – High level of experience and knowledge, very calm and collected and takes the stress away from what can be a very stressful situation.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 3

The projects and infrastructure team at Mayer Brown International LLP has experience in work ranging from cross-border energy projects and electric vehicle charging infrastructure to mining. The team is led by financing practitioner Ian Coles, who has a strong track record in Africa; Rachel Speight, who acts for banks and sponsors on cross-border structured and project financings; energy and regulatory expert Kirsti Massie; and Meredith Campanale, who acts for both lenders and sponsors on a range of projects across the globe. Peter Pears joined from Clifford Chance LLP in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ian Coles; Rachel Speight; Kirsti Massie; Meredith Campanale

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kirsti Massie has managed the team well’.

‘Responses were quick’.

‘The quality of the advice was good’.

‘Kirsti Massie offered a swift response, with commercially and legally balanced advice’.

‘It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with the brilliant Mayer Brown team, and benefit from their expertise and hard work’.

‘The assistance Mayer Brown provided was monumental’.

‘The associate who handled our project for Mayer Brown was extremely impressive’.

Key clients

JERA

Investec Bank

AIB Group (UK)

Banco de Sabadell

Kommunalkredit Austria

Migdal Insurance Company

Schroders UK Infrastructure Debt I Fund

Klesch Group

Almonty Industries

Tungsten West

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Africa Finance Corporation

ING

Natixis

Société Générale

Coris Bank International

Wates Construction

United Living

Work highlights

  • Representing the finance parties led by Investec in their role as arrangers and lenders, in relation to a £192m refinancing of the Saltend, Indian Queens and Deeside power plants, owned by Triton Power.
  • Representing a syndicate of five lenders including Afreximbank; Africa Finance Corporation; ING; Natixis; and Société Générale, London Branch on a $220m senior secured project financing facility for the underground expansion and on-going operations of the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana.
  • Representing British Land, the leading UK-based property development and investment company in respect of the Phase 2 Aldgate East Development, and in particular the ESCO (energy centre) arrangements with EoN a net zero carbon, 136,000-square-foot residential-led development.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘capable of handling every issue facing private and public companies’ and services clients on a range of transactional and contentious matters. On the non-contentious side, the team advises clients on commercial, regulatory, tax, environmental and corporate issues and on the disputes side, it is recommended for international litigation and arbitration. Bob Palmer co-heads the team and is a name to note for M&A in the upstream and midstream sectors, while Rob Hamill, who jointly leads the team, handles corporate finance, M&A, and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Bob Palmer; Rob Hamill

Testimonials

‘A team at the top of their game, capable of handling every issue facing private and public companies, a real sector strength’.

‘Bob Palmer and Rob Hamill are class acts’.

‘Market-leading practice, containing real experts’.

‘Proven track record, well positioned to advise on all kind of oil and gas projects’.

‘Provides very timely and excellent advice and willing to go the extra mile’.

‘Bob Palmer is an excellent lawyer and a wonderful board room advisor’.

‘They are exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable’.

Key clients

Karoon Energy Ltd

Velocys plc

QatarEnergy

Capricorn Energy PLC

ONE-Dyas BV

HSBC

Petronas

Vaalco Energy, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented leading UK-based oil and gas exploration and development company Cairn Energy (now Capricorn Energy), in the $460m sale by its subsidiary Nautical Petroleum Limited of its interests in the offshore oilfields Catcher and Kraken (in the UK North Sea) to Waldorf Production Limited.
  • Represented Summit Exploration & Production, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, in the sale of its 50 percent stake in the Avalon oil field in the UK North Sea to Malaysia’s Ping Petroleum Limited.
  • Advising Petronas, the Malaysian national oil company, in a landmark unification dispute against ANP, the Brazilian oil and gas regulator, concerning oil and gas assets in Brazil.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP offers full coverage across the power sector from conventional thermal generation and nuclear to solar, wind and waste to energy matters. In addition the practice has a good track record in cross-border mandates concerning pipelines, interconnectors and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Kirsti Massie has particular focus on new energy technologies and co-heads the team with Meredith Campanale who has acted for lenders and sponsors on projects across different jurisdictions. David Fraher focuses on multilateral and syndicated financings.

Practice head(s):

Kirsti Massie; Meredith Campanale

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown’s understanding of highly complex financing structures in a very technical sector is a key differentiator. However, what really makes the Mayer Brown team stand out is their collaborative nature. They are, by some way, the most collaborative legal adviser that I have worked with, always focused on working together with the clients’ financial (and other) advisers in order to get the best possible outcome for their clients.’

‘Meredith and Katie were both an absolute pleasure to work with. They were always friendly and extremely personable in all our dealings. Unlike other firms I’ve dealt with they were very focused on supporting each other and working together to get the best outcome for the client.’

Key clients

Green Network Energy

Green Network UK

British Land

Investec Bank

AIB Group (UK)

Banco de Sabadell

Kommunalkredit Austria

Migdal Insurance Company

Schroders UK Infrastructure Debt I Fund

JERA

Work highlights

  • Advised Green Network Energy on its Supplier of Last Resort (SoLR) process.
  • Represented the finance parties led by Investec in their role as arrangers and lenders, in relation to a £192 million refinancing of the Saltend, Indian Queens and Deeside power plants.
  • Represented JERA with respect to its joint venture arrangements and other development contracts and French registration requirements for a floating offshore wind platform.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP deals with issues in the fintech space relating to banking, IP, M&A, consumer finance, outsourcing, cryptocurrency and blockchain mandates, cloud transactions, and payment, cybersecurity and financial services regulation work. The practice advises global financial institutions as well as newer fintech entrants. Mark Prinsley, who is head of the intellectual property and IT group, supports technology-based businesses at all stages of outsourcing transactions. Co-head Chris Chapman focuses on contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues under UK and EU law, and Oliver Yaros is recommended for handling fintech and digital transformation projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prinsley; Chris Chapman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The multidisciplinary practice works across the full technology stack – with team members having a deep understanding of the web/cloud computing/AI and Cyber Risk.’

‘Very strong in understanding the deep technology and legislative aspects of the tech – including banking regulation and international standards.’

‘Excellence in subject knowledge is a hallmark of Mayer Brown – the style is engaging, attentive, and very open.’

‘Mark Prinsley is exceptional.’

Key clients

Bank of New York Mellon

HSBC

Nomura

Previse

Pymetrics

The Financial Conduct Authority

Thomson Reuters

Zurich Insurance Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Previse Limited, an innovative global fintech services provider, on the negotiation of its strategic alliance agreement with MasterCard under which Previse’s InstantPay platform will be integrated as part of Mastercard’s cross-border services platform.
  • Represented Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited, a Hong Kong-listed alternative investment financial services institution, in its Series B investment in Sygnum Bank AG, the world’s first regulated digital asset bank.
  • Advised a client on entering into an outsourcing agreement with a payment services provider under which the supplier will manage the payments and notifications on behalf of the financial institution client associated with a financing programme it was providing to one of its customers.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s technology transaction practice assists clients with IT supply matters, service contracts and outsourcings, as well as M&A, capital raisings and other transformative business transactions for technology-based companies, and, in particular, clients in the financial services sector. The team is jointly led by Mark Prinsley, who predominantly advises technology-based businesses on outsourcing transactions; Andrew Stewart, who acts for on finance and accounting, human resources, facilities management, IT and telecoms matters; and Richard Page, who has a strong TMT practice focusing on M&A mandates. Oliver Yaros is also a key team member, handling financial industry utility projects, technology outsourcing projects and IT systems procurement transactions.

Testimonials

‘The team are all incredibly bright and informed with international working embedded with a lead partner facilitating and managing but focusing on orchestrating the best team – there are no barriers to disciplines or geographies.’

‘The practice is at the forefront of upcoming legislation. The big innovation is multidisciplinary working across the full technology stack, with team members having a deep understanding of the web, cloud computing, AI and cyber risk.’

‘Huge knowledge of the IT market and the telecoms market together with the full gamut of technologies both existing and upcoming – 5G and 6G etc. Very strong risk and threat management.’

‘Excellence in subject knowledge is a hallmark of Mayer Brown – the style is engaging, attentive, and very open. All members of the firm are very culturally and socially aware with most being multilingual – this hugely helps international dealings.’

‘Mark Prinsley and Oliver Yaros are exceptional.’

The team meets deadlines, provides a good quality of communication and superb quality of work.’

Key clients

Bank of New York Mellon

Corney & Barrow

Gardiner and Theobald

Grant Thornton

HSBC

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mitie

Nomura

Overmore

Previse

Pymetrics

T Rowe Price

Thomson Reuters

Unilever

Zurich Insurance Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Adopt Me! on the establishment of the video games company, Uplift Games.
  • Represented MITIE Group in its acquisition of DAEL Ventures Limited.
  • Advising Overmore on the GDPR-compliant self-service platform it has developed for its customers, including on technology issues, data protection and intellectual property rights.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP has a track record of expertly handling large corporate transactions, as well as the the IP involved in such deals. The firm also handles disputes in the media space and advises film/TV studios on legal issues arising out of production. Miles Robinson heads up the department and focuses his practice on disputes arising out of contracts and commercial matters which regularly involve multiple jurisdictions. Highly active on the contentious side, James Whitaker regularly represents players in the film and television industries and is one of the firm's key contacts for charities in the space.

Practice head(s):

Miles Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Overmore Group

eOne (Entertainment One) Limited

United Games

Mediawan

Francisco Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Hasbro Inc. and its subsidiary Entertainment One Ltd. as UK deal counsel in the sale of Entertainment One Music to private equity firm The Blackstone Group Inc.
  • Represented Mediawan in the acquisition of a 51% stake in leading movie production house Drama Republic Limited.
  • Advised Uplift on the establishment of its new video games company Uplift Games.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP represents issuers, investment banks, sponsors, placement agents and selling shareholders across the spectrum of ECM transactions including public offerings and private placements, stock exchange listings, rights offerings, capital reorganisations, share buy-backs and demergers. In terms of IPO transactions, the firm’s activity covers a number of cash shell company/SPAC transactions, as well as capital raising and block trades. Practice head Kate Ball-Dodd handles corporate finance work, M&A, equity fund raisings, joint ventures and corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Kate Ball-Dodd

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown have provided clear and commercial advice on both US and UK ECM matters.’

‘Kate Ball-Dodd is fantastic to work with. She provides clear and practical advice and helps resolve issues in a commercial manner.’

Key clients

Investec Bank plc

Liberbank, S.A.

Numis Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Velocys plc

Metrovacesa, S.A.

Vitruvian Partners

Lunglife AI

Promotora de Informaciones, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Investec as sponsor and Investec and Peel Hunt as joint broker in connection with a £465m placing by Main Market listed issuer JD Sports Fashion plc, conducted through an accelerated bookbuild process.
  • Advised Vitruvian Partners on its sell down of shares as part of the high-profile £1.1bn IPO of Trustpilot on the premium segment of the Official List and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for Vitruvian in respect the sale of a block of its shares in Trustpilot Group plc, following its IPO. The sale was conducted by way of an accelerated book build

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP leverages the firm's presence in London, New York and Hong Kong to cater to an array of domestic and multinational banks, asset managers, insurance companies and investment businesses. Chris Chapman serves as practice head and is an expert in both UK and EU law matters including cross-border deals and matters involving regulatory and law enforcement agencies, the FCA and PRA included. Musonda Kapotwe joined from an in-house role at Barclays in October 2021 and arrives with regulatory project implementation, recovery and resolution, regulatory capital and outsourcing know-how.

Practice head(s):

Chris Chapman

Other key lawyers:

Neil Macleod; Musonda Kapotwe

Testimonials

‘Chris Chapman and his team have a good understanding of regulatory developments including in relation to remuneration and nomination topics.’

‘Chris Chapman is excellent. He understands very quickly what we need and then delivers it. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘A strong team with increasing depth.’

‘Chris Chapman is brilliant – he is always across the detail and has great judgment.’

‘The team at Mayer Brown is excellent, very responsive, diligent and practical. They are very client focused, and able to give very sensible pragmatic advice to clients.’

‘Chris Chapman is very good, he is provides excellent mixture of technical legal analysis coupled with real world pragmatism and is very good at thinking through solutions and next steps.’

‘Chris Chapman is brilliant – he immediately hones in on the key issues and then provides thoughtful solutions to financial regulatory issues. His calmness under pressure also makes him fantastic to work with. I can unreservedly recommend him.’

‘I have been working closely with Chris Chapman, Musonda Kapotwe on a challenging international regulatory matter, involving complex legal issues, and difficult strategic questions. The team is outstanding – focused, innovative, very well organised, and dedicated to obtaining the best outcome possible for the client. Couldn’t really ask for more!’

Key clients

FCA

Work highlights

  • Engaged by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in relation to an independent external investigation into the FCA’s handling of the Connaught Income Fund prior to its collapse in controversial circumstances.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s commitment to growing its commercial litigation capabilities was illustrated by the firm’s hire of, in the eyes of one client,  ‘one of the best lawyers‘ in the market, Airlie Goodman, from Linklaters LLP in February 2022. This hire further strengthens the team’s proficiency in the financial and professional services sectors. Significant contractual, post-M&A and shareholder disputes are the firm’s mainstays. Ian McDonald, Miles Robinson and Mark Stefanini are some of the recommended senior practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Ian McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Airlie Goodman; Miles Robinson; Stuart Pickford; Mark Stefanini; Jonathan Cohen; Jeremy Holden

Testimonials

‘If they have Airlie Goodman, they have to be an excellent firm!’

‘I have worked with Airlie Goodman, and she is one of the best lawyers I have worked with in commercial litigation. She is attentive to details, comprehensive in her service, smart in her remarks and hard working. She is humble and makes you feel at ease. She helped address sensitive matters with a pragmatic mindset.’

‘Mayer Brown is a team of consummate professionals in the area of commercial disputes. I would highly recommend them for their thoroughness, thoughtfulness and ability to go into battle on the right issues at the right time. They are suitably robust, but yet also know when to throw in the towel when the fight is no longer worth the candle.’

‘Miles Robinson is a true hero of this team, fighting and working hard for his clients.’

‘The Mayer Brown litigation team is a first rate offering, with exceptional lawyers at both associate and partner level. The level of diligence shown by the team in all aspects of their work really is exceptional.’

‘Jeremy Holden: a very astute litigator, and terrifically bright. Overall, he demonstrates a quality that is well above what I would expect from someone of his seniority.’

‘The team is particularly good at dissecting a situation and narrowing it down to a few key issues. Strategy is developed in careful collaboration with the client, who remains deeply involved in the process.’

Key clients

Entertainment One

Civil Aviation Authority

P&O Ferries

Sunseeker

Unilever

HSBC

UBS AG

Salic (UK) Limited

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

Work highlights

  • Defending Salic (UK) in a group litigation claim in the High Court of England & Wales, brought by approximately 18,000 claimants who allege that the client has an exposure through its investment in the Brazilian company that owned the assets that are the subject-matter of the case.
  • Representing eOne (a Canada-based global mass media and entertainment company) in a high value claim against Monex Europe (a Foreign Exchange trading company), Prince Marwaha (eOne’s former treasurer), Inderjit Bhatti (eOne’s former assistant treasurer), and companies that Mr Bhatti incorporated.
  • Representing three leading international casinos, based in Las Vegas and Singapore, in multi-jurisdictional litigation against Chinese high-net-worth-individual Yu Songbo.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP  is noted for its expertise handling incentive schemes for private companies, especially sweet equity arrangements in private equity structures. Additionally, the group often assists listed companies with share plan matters arising from M&A and rights issuances. London-based practice head Andrew Stanger excels in all types of share schemes, in particular tax-advantageous and tax-efficient arrangements, and is experienced in implementing employee option plans in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stanger

Testimonials

‘Easy to deal with and keen to try and make a technical area well understood.’

Not “hiding behind” the law. Eager to make it fit for our purpose.’

‘Andrew Stanger is simply brilliant at his role. He has an ability to breakdown seemingly complex incentive-related problems into very easily understood and navigable solutions.’

Key clients

Adaptimmune Therapeutics

Crux Product Design

St Modwen Properties

Velocys

Tungsten West

Sotheby’s

Shearwater Group

Lunglife AI

Cambridge Mechatronics

Star Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Tungsten West on complex issues relating to the restructuring of existing equity incentives, and the implementation of a new share option scheme, in the run up to an AIM IPO.
  • Acted for Star Capital on the implementation of a new management incentive plan following its acquisition of the Hawksford Group.
  • Advised Bizspace on the implementation of a new management incentive plan using a new class of “growth share” in advance of the company’s sale to Sirius.

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Drawing on its global footprint, Mayer Brown International LLP is able to assist international clients, largely from the financial services, insurance and consumer goods sectors, on employment aspects of commercial transactions, restructuring projects, investigations, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. Practice head Christopher Fisher and Miriam Bruce are both highly experienced handling disputes in the financial services.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The clients of this outstanding team obviously value its commercial advice.’

‘Chris Fisher is head of the department. A great commercial employment litigator he has vast experience of acting for employers in heavy employment disputes.’

‘Miriam Bruce – her approach to litigation is grounded in sound commercial common sense. Clients – and her team – rightly trust her judgment.’

‘The team are experts in their field, responsive, professional and friendly.’

‘They know how to apply their professional knowledge to support the client’s commercial needs.’

‘I would single out the following qualities: responsiveness; availability at the last minute – including evenings and weekends; technical legal knowledge and business acumen.’

‘Very good understanding of the issues and drivers for change.’

‘Great focus on detail where appropriate while keeping advice levels propoortionate.’

Key clients

Pernod Ricard SA

Refinitiv Limited

Lear Corporation (UK) Limited

AT&T Services Inc.

Beazley

Geopost

Vitruvian Partners

Aurelius

Reliance Industries

Marlin Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Refinitiv on the employment aspects in connection with the sale of its governance, risk and compliance software business.
  • Advised CDK Global, Inc. on various employment aspects in connection with the sale of its international business to Francisco Partners for $1.45 billion.
  • Advised AURELIUS on employment law aspects in connection with its acquisition of McKesson UK in a corporate carve-out from the US healthcare company McKesson Corporation.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 4

Strengthened by some strategic hires, including that of ‘outstanding’ direct lending expert Andy Kolacki from DLA Piper in October 2021, Mayer Brown International LLP continues to gain traction in the mid-market private capital leveraged finance arena, both for those seeking financing and entities providing it. Team head Stuart Brinkworth has vast experience across the gamut of debt finance products, which he implements to good effect for both direct lenders and financial sponsors. Although the firm is less active for traditional bank clients, it does pick up some work for international investment banks, particularly on acquisition finance deals where the ABL product forms a part of the overall debt package.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Brinkworth

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Crotty; Andy Kolacki

Testimonials

Andy Kolacki is an outstanding leader within their debt practice and someone whom we trust on our regular mid-market financings. He has very good availability as a partner and great knowledge.’

Key clients

Francisco Partners

Permira

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP has a strong hospitality and leisure offering primarily due to its impressive capabilities in the real estate and real estate finance spheres. The key names are Andrew Hepner, who co-heads the London real estate finance team alongside Simon Price, who joined from Linklaters in 2020. The practice routinely handles major transactions and finance matters involving hotels in prime locations around the world.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hepner; Simon Price

Other key lawyers:

Chris Harvey; Charles Malpass

Key clients

Reliance Industries

Cheyne Capital

Tide Construction

United Overseas Bank

Industry focus > TMT Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s TMT offering includes significant strength in media and technology mandates. Robert Hamill is a key figure for clients in the media sector, where Miles Robinson is especially well regarded for his dispute resolution experience. Mark Prinsley heads up the technology-focused London offering, while the firm also provides corporate support on technology matters, with Richard Page and senior associate Harriet Hainsworth key figures for transactions and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prinsley; Miles Robinson; Richard Page

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hamill; Rebecca Bothamley; Oliver Yaros; Harriet Hainsworth

Key clients

Entertainment One

Francisco Partners

Mediawan

Mitie

Overmore Group

Pymetrics

United Games

Work highlights

  • Represented Hasbro Inc. and its subsidiary Entertainment One Ltd. as UK deal counsel in the sale of Entertainment One Music to private equity firm The Blackstone Group Inc.
  • Represented Mediawan in the acquisition (by its joint venture with LEONINE Holding GmbH) of a 51% stake in leading movie production house Drama Republic Limited.
  • Advised Uplift on the establishment of its new video games company Uplift Games.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP has a long-established track record of work on cross-border disputes and in claims in offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, and Jersey. Its varied practice spans professional indemnity, through to cyber, construction, energy and financial lines. Known for his work in the professional liability field, Jim Oulton acts in the English courts on claims concerning accountants, insolvency practitioners, lawyers and tax professionals. James Whitaker is recommended for mandates in the financial services, and Tim Shepherd defends claims relating to transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jim Oulton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown’s construction insurance team are very experienced in this area with a strong understanding of the issues, a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution and good judgment.’

‘The team at Mayor Brown delivered bespoke technical expertise and guidance. At all stages of the process we felt confident in the advice provided and the support given. Communication was detailed, timely and consistent with our service requirements.’

‘Very thorough case preparation and analysis coupled with sound judgement.’

Key clients

QBE

Axa XL

Beazley

Chaucer

Zurich

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

HCC

Real estate > Environment Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP ‘s environment team is led by ‘extremely good‘ counsel Tim Baines, who has a particular interest in advising clients in the real estate, energy and sustainability sectors. The team also counts on the expertise of Michael Hutchinson, a highly experienced consultant whose has expertise handling the environmental aspects of transactions, providing non-contentious advice, and representing clients in litigation. The team has increasingly been helping clients respond to regulatory burdens. It also publishes articles on new developments in the EHS sector and ESG area.

Practice head(s):

Tim Baines

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown’s knowledge and level of detail in REACH and PSRA issues are very impressive. The team is very responsive and makes sure to understand the commercial background of issues too.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with Tim Baines. His availability is extremely good and his guidance is very clear and to the point – where needed – so it can be distributed to the business easily. He is very proactive and makes sure to simplify legal issues to the business if needed. Very genuine and likeable as a person too.’

 

 

Key clients

Dow, Inc.

Aurelius

Klesch Group

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Cabot Properties Inc.

Kennedy Wilson

JLL

Work highlights

  • Representing Klesch Group in the acquisition of the Kalundborg refinery in Denmark from Equinor, together with its subsequent inventory financing and factoring arrangements.
  • Working with leading property consultancy JLL on SECR (Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting) requirements.
  • Represented private equity firm AURELIUS in the acquisition of McKesson UK, a leading provider of healthcare businesses and services including Lloyds Pharmacy and AAH Pharmaceuticals, in a corporate carve-out from US healthcare company McKesson Corporation.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP is recognised for its ‘cross-border coverage and expert knowledge and background in cybersecurity and data protection law’. ‘Stand-out partner’ Mark Prinsley leads the practice and has extensive experience in advising pensions and clients in financial services sector on privacy and compliance matters. Prinsley works alongside cybersecurity expert Oliver Yaros.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prinsley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Mayer Brown provides quick and excellent advice and solutions as we respond to ever-changing privacy laws and regulations. They work hard to understand our unique challenges and limitations to provide solutions that assist us with our compliance matters.’

‘Oliver Yaros is exceptionally talented at asking the right questions in order to create a programme that meets our needs as privacy laws and regulations change rapidly. He works very well and coordinates with the Mayer Brown team in the US to ensure that the EU and UK solutions work with our US compliance programme. He is energetic and responsive and provides great value for the work.’

‘There is a broad depth of legal knowledge and commercial understanding. A clear ability to translate legal context and intention into commercial and practical application. Subscription to Mayer Brown news, blogs and podcasts is useful and easily accessible at the clients convenience.’

‘Mayer Browns Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice has depth and breadth in its knowledge, is meticulous in its analysis of a particular company set-up and has the practical application to work with that set-up.’

‘They are particularly knowledgeable and humorous, and can predict their billing accurately. Mark Prinsley is the stand-out partner.’

‘Mayer Brown clearly has extensive knowledge and experience in this area. For those clients with a non-legal background, unlike a lot of other firms, the Mayer Brown team communicates legal issues to the client in layman’s terms the client can understand and then make decisions with confidence and assistance of the back up Mayer Brown provides.’

‘Mayer Brown has key capabilities in data protection and cybersecurity risk, steps to mitigate risks and in event of a breach, guidance on response and remediation. Oliver Yaros is a key partners.’

‘Cross-border coverage and expert knowledge and background in cyber security and data protection law.’

Key clients

Previse

Andersen Tax

Ingevity Corporation

Plantage Rio

Cummings

Overmore Group

Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM)

TC Energy Corporation

Corney & Barrow Group

Caravel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Fintech client Previse on the innovative legal framework which supports its unique financing model, the construction, ownership and licensing of Previse’s IP rights in the platform and data, and the terms on which parties may access and use it.
  • Assisted Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, with the data protection aspects of its majority investment in Silobreaker, a leading provider of risk and threat intelligence solutions.
  • Advised ad technology company Overmore on the GDPR-compliant self-service platform it has developed for its customers, including on technology issues, data protection and intellectual property rights.

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

With a strong global platform, particularly within the US, Africa, and Asia-Pacific, Mayer Brown International LLP is well-placed to handle cross-border internal and regulatory investigations, compliance reviews, and criminal defence cases, regularly representing clients throughout SFO and US DOJ proceedings, as well as before regulators globally. The London-based team was strengthened in October 2021 with the transfer of counsel Liang Pu, who brings significant Chinese law expertise and experience in global bribery proceedings, from the firm’s Hong Kong office, and the recruitment of financial services ESG and risk specialist Musonda Kapotwe from an in-house position. They join a practice overseen by Alistair Graham, who has a strong record in defending global businesses in significant criminal proceedings, and also features Sam Eastwood, who focuses on compliance advice and has acted as an independent monitor to the SFO, World Bank, and African Development, and US-qualified Jason Hungerford, who advises clients facing sanctions-related investigations by global enforcement agencies.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Graham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Under Alistair Graham’s dignified leadership, this is a very well run team, all very comfortable in their positions and excelling in their tasks.’

‘Alistair Graham is extremely impressive. He is highly intelligent, has boundless energy and is determined to win. Of particular note is his ability to think through future scenarios and prepare thoroughly for them. As a result, he is unflappable and able to pour all of his enormous energy and talent into the job in hand. He is also excellent at dealing with people, whoever they are, and for that reason gets far further with the opposition and concessions they might make than almost any other practitioner.’

‘I have worked with Alistair Graham who is excellent. He has wide knowledge of regulatory matters, having worked many years ago at the FCA and run many important cases in this area’

‘One of the leading players in this market. Superbly resourced with real strength in depth and unrivalled knowledge of this area of law.’

‘Alistair Graham – one of the best partners there is. Masses of experience and never takes his eye off the ultimate question of what is in the best interests of the client.

Chris Roberts – a very solid number two who will surely be a partner in the future.’

Key clients

eOne

Ugland Nordic Shipping AS/Teekay Shipping Norway A.S

Work highlights

  • Advised eOne on an internal investigation into allegations of fraud arising out of currency trading, and the subsequent multi-million pound fraud claim in the High Court.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s team ‘operates in a way that is forthright and effective and provides a first-class service to clients’. The practitioners are instructed by banks, investment managers and advisers, hedge funds, insolvency practitioners, accountants, law firms, and insurers, acting on the claimant as well as the defendant side. Areas of expertise span investment and trading frauds, insolvency and insurance-related work, and bribery and corruption-related civil claims. Alistair Graham leads the practice, in which Susan Rosser, Jim Oulton and Michael Fiddy are noted.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Graham

Other key lawyers:

Susan Rosser; Jim Oulton; Michael Fiddy; Devi Shah; Stephen Moi

Testimonials

‘The ability of this team to handle the complexity of this work has stood out. Their knowledge and experience of the funding market has also been invaluable.’

‘This is very much a team of experienced personnel. They function effectively and efficiently as a team rather than as disparate individuals and both individually and collectively have the knowledge and experience necessary to deal with complex commercial fraud cases.’

‘Superb lawyers from top to bottom, who have the resources and commitment necessary to get the results in complex fraud claims.’

‘Alistair Graham – one of the best partners there is. Masses of experience and never takes his eye off the ultimate question of what is in the best interests of the client.’

‘Mayer Brown’s Civil Fraud team is very experienced with great strength and depth with a first rate reputation, which is completely deserved. The team operates in a way that is forthright and effective (without being overly aggressive); and provide a first-class service to clients. The team stands out against their competitors for the quality of the lawyers and their knowledge of the field.’

‘Michael Fiddy is an innovative thinker always seeing the bigger picture and developing strategies around the commercialities of the case. He is a reassuring presence for the clients and also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Susan Rosser is simply brilliant. Susan is very sharp both technically and tactically and has command of all of the details of a very complex case. She is very easy to work with and has great ability to manage the multiple stakeholders in this case.’

‘Stephen Moi – Stephen’s promotion to partner is well deserved. He is very hard working and extremely bright. The quality of the work produced by him is always of an exceptional standard.’

Key clients

UBS

Principal Global Investors

BDO

eOne

Work highlights

  • Acted for eOne in an internal investigation into allegations of fraud arising out of currency trading, and subsequently in a multi-million pound fraud claim in the High Court, which included allegations of bribery, dishonesty, deceit, conspiracy and corruption.
  • Representing partners in BDO in their role as liquidators of Robin Symes Limited in a mandate including allegations of fraud, theft, and illegal trafficking in antiquities.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s team are experienced in M&A, securitisations, and the full range of private equity, real estate, and joint venture transactions. Team leader James Hill advises on a wide range of tax matters, including employment tax. Simon Rose and Matthew Mortimer are also key. Kitty Swanson made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

James Hill

Testimonials

‘Experienced and engaged with excellent availability and always putting us as the client first. Overall they feel like a very safe pair of hands who I trust.’

‘I have worked on cross-border deals with James Hill and Kitty Swanson and they are knowledgeable, responsive, commercially minded and James in particular is an extremely calm presence during high-stress times. They also fill me with confidence in their ability to tackle any issue and they have good international reach.’

‘Deep understanding of what we are trying to achieve with our mandates. They are reactive, their advice is extremely technical but also delivered in a way that a lay person can interpret and act upon efficient.’

‘Kitty Swanson – exceptional technical knowledge.’

Key clients

British Land

Round Hill Capital

Entertainment One

Beazley plc

L Catterton

Sotheby’s

Shearwater Group

Unilever

CDK Global, Inc.

Generali Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Represented Hasbro Inc. and its subsidiary Entertainment One Ltd. as UK counsel in the sale of Entertainment One Music to private equity firm The Blackstone Group Inc.
  • Represented Pernod Ricard in its acquisition of The Whisky Exchange, a leading online and physical retailer of whisky and spirits.
  • Represented private equity firm AURELIUS in the acquisition of McKesson UK in a corporate carve-out from US healthcare company McKesson Corporation.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

Leveraging its sizeable global network and close ties with the wider disputes practice, Mayer Brown International LLP‘s competition team handles numerous cross-border matters for a varied roster of corporate clients. Practice head David M. Harrison is a highly active adviser who variously advises on transnational mergers and investigations instigated by both domestic and foreign regulators. The ‘excellentJulian Ellison – based between Brussels and London – is noted for the breadth of his capabilities, ranging from state aid to cartel inquiries.  Counsel Sarwenaz Kiani – who joined the team from Baker McKenzie in October 2021 – divides her time between the firm’s London and Düsseldorf offices.

Practice head(s):

David Harrison; Julian Ellison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘There is real strength in depth in the EU and competition field, with several partners having been involved in important market investigations and high-value competition disputes.’

‘Julian Ellison is excellent – a go-to authority on EU and competition law.’

Key clients

GeoPost

Extra MSA Limited

Aurelius

CDK Global Inc.

Marlin Equity Partners

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Represented CDK Global, Inc. in the sale of its CDK international segment to Francisco Partners for $1.45 billion.
  • Advised AURELIUS on its acquisition of McKesson UK in a corporate carve-out from the US healthcare company McKesson Corporation.
  • Advised Marlin Equity on various M&A transactions including separate investments in Rydoo and Learning Pool, and ongoing confidential transactions

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

Mayer Brown International LLP’s corporate and securities practice is noted for its proficiency in cross-border transactions, working with a litany of renowned entities from the worlds of manufacturing, tech, financial services, and media and entertainment. The ‘impressive’ Kate Ball-Dodd is regularly engaged on the full scope of corporate finance and M&A deals, including public takeovers and joint ventures. Richard Page ‘s expertise is concentrated in the real estate, private equity, and TMT sectors, while Tim Nosworthy ‘s deep knowledge of the funds space makes him a key contact for various asset managers and institutional investors. Rebecca Bothamley – who also heads up the transactional liability practice – frequently helms transatlantic deals for all manner of clients.

Practice head(s):

Kate Ball-Dodd

Other key lawyers:

Richard Page; Tim Nosworthy; Rebecca Bothamley

Testimonials

‘Very client and results focused. Kate Ball-Dodd and the team have a clear focus on the results you are trying to achieve and take responsibility for driving transactions forward in a pragmatic and efficient manner.’

‘Kate Ball-Dodd is a very impressive lawyer, who really takes charge of matters. She is pragmatic and solutions-focused in her advice and manages her team effectively.’

Key clients

ARM Holdings

CDK Global

Entertainment One Limited

British Land

Generac Power Systems, Inc.

Klesch Group

Unilever

Refinitiv/London Stock Exchange Group

Mitie

Shearwater Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Lear Corporation in its acquisition of the Interior Comfort Systems (ICS) business unit of Kongsberg Automotive ASA.
  • Represented Klesch Group in the acquisition of the Kalundborg refinery in Denmark from Equinor, together with its subsequent inventory financing and factoring arrangements.
  • Represented Refinitiv in the sale of the businesses known as eGRC, Connected Risk, ERM and Auto-Audit, leading providers of governance, risk and compliance tools.

India > Foreign firms

Yu-Jin Tay heads the Mayer Brown International LLP team, based largely in Hong Kong and Singapore, which has an acknowledged reputation for its extensive work in the energy sectors; LNG, traditional oil and gas, renewable power and energy-related commodities. Infrastructure/construction and natural resources are other areas of strength. Renewable energy-related disputes is a growing source of disputes and arbitrations with an India, (Indonesia and Vietnam) aspect. Yu-Jin Tay is a prominent arbitration specialist, well known for his extensive Asian practice, and the group’s international arbitration capabilities have been increased with the arrival of partner Paul Teo in Singapore, who joined from Baker McKenzie FenXun in October 2020, bringing a specialism in construction and infrastructure disputes. Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin in Hong Kong are other noted international arbitration and disputes specialists.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly motivated and knowledgeable. Their advice is to the point and in line with business requirements.’

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).

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Raid Abu-Manneh photoMr Raid Abu-MannehRaid Abu-Manneh is global co-head of the International Arbitration group and a…
Chris Arnold photoMr Chris ArnoldChris Arnold is a partner in the Derivatives & Structured Products practice…
Kate Ball-Dodd photoMs Kate Ball-DoddKate Ball-Dodd has a wide-ranging corporate practice that encompasses corporate finance, mergers…
Bernd Bohr photoMr Bernd BohrBernd Bohr advises his clients on a broad range of corporate and…
Chris Chapman photoMr Chris ChapmanChris Chapman is a partner in Mayer Brown’s global Financial Services Regulatory…
Jeremy Clay photoMr Jeremy ClayJeremy Clay is a partner in Mayer Brown’s London office. He currently…
Ian Coles photoMr Ian ColesIan Coles serves on Mayer Brown’s Partnership Board. He concentrates his practice…
Sally Davies photoMs Sally DaviesSally Davies is the Senior Partner in Mayer Brown’s London office. She…
Alex Dell photoMr Alex DellAlex Dell is a senior asset-based lending (ABL) partner in the Banking…
Sam Eastwood photoMr Sam EastwoodSam is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Litigation practice in London and…
Michael Fiddy photoMr Michael FiddyMichael Fiddy is a partner in the Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice…
Simon Fisher photoMr Simon FisherSimon is a partner in the London office. He has a wide…
Christopher Fisher photoMr Christopher FisherChris advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. His…
Robert (Rob) Flanigan photoMr Robert (Rob) FlaniganRobert Flanigan is a Banking & Finance partner who regularly represents issuers…
Will Glassey photoMr Will GlasseyWill Glassey is head of Insurance in London. He is a litigator, whose…
Alistair Graham photoMr Alistair GrahamAlistair Graham is a Solicitor Advocate and has represented clients in litigation…
Dominic Griffiths photoMr Dominic GriffithsDominic Griffiths heads Mayer Brown’s banking and finance group in London, representing…
Robert Hamill photoMr Robert HamillRobert Hamill is a partner in Mayer Brown’s London office focusing on…
David M. Harrison photoMr David M. HarrisonDavid Harrison is a partner in the London office. He co-leads the…
Chris Harvey photoMr Chris HarveyChris Harvey is a partner in Mayer Brown’s London office and head…
Kevin Hawken photoMr Kevin HawkenKevin Hawken is a securitisation and structured finance partner in Mayer Brown’s…
Jonathan Hosie photoMr Jonathan HosieJonathan Hosie is a partner in the Construction & Engineering group, who focuses…
Caroline Humble photo Caroline HumbleCaroline Humble is a partner in the Real Estate practice of the…
Jason Hungerford photoMr Jason HungerfordJason Hungerford is a US and UK-qualified investigations and regulatory partner based…
Amy Jacks photo Amy JacksAmy Jacks is a partner and co-head of the Restructuring, Bankruptcy &…
Ian McDonald photoMr Ian McDonaldIan McDonald is co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution…
James Morris photoMr James MorrisJames Morris is a partner in the Construction & Engineering and International Arbitration…
Tim Nosworthy photoMr Tim NosworthyTim Nosworthy is a partner in Mayer Brown’s private investment funds group…
Rachael O'Grady photo Rachael O'GradyPartner
David O'connor photoMr David O'connorDavid O’Connor is a structured finance and securitisation partner in Mayer Brown’s…
Jim Oulton photoMr Jim OultonJim Oulton is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice…
Richard Page photoMr Richard PageRichard Page is a partner in the Corporate group with a broad…
Edmund Mr Edmund "Ed" ParkerEdmund Parker is global co-head of the Derivatives & Structured Products practice,…
Stuart Pickford photoMr Stuart PickfordStuart is a partner in the London office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation…
Mark Prinsley photoMr Mark PrinsleyMark Prinsley concentrates on non contentious intellectual property including, in particular, IT…
Michael Regan photoMr Michael ReganMichael Regan is recognised as one of the world’s leading construction and…
Iain Roberts photo Iain RobertsIain is a partner in the Real Estate practice of the London…
Miles Robinson photoMr Miles RobinsonMiles Robinson is a partner in the London office of Mayer Brown’s…
Susan Rosser photo Susan RosserSusan Rosser is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice…
Kwadwo Sarkodie photoMr Kwadwo SarkodieKwadwo Sarkodie is a partner in the Construction & Engineering group of the London…
Devi Shah photoMs Devi ShahDevi Shah is co-head of Mayer Brown’s Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency group in…
Gary Silverman photoMr Gary SilvermanGary Silverman practices as Of Counsel in the Banking & Finance practice…
Rachel Speight photoMs Rachel SpeightRachel Speight represents banks and sponsors in international structured and project financings.…
Mark Stefanini photoMr Mark StefaniniMark Stefanini is a partner in Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute…
Andrew Stewart photoMr Andrew StewartAndrew Stewart focuses on complex commercial transactions, frequently in the sourcing arena,…
Jonathan Stone photoMr Jonathan StoneJonathan Stone is a partner in the Construction & Engineering practice of the…
James Taylor photoMr James TaylorJames Taylor is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice of…
Jessica Walker photo Jessica WalkerJessica Walker is a partner in the Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice of the London…
James Whitaker photoMr James WhitakerJames Whitaker is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice…
Nigel White photoMr Nigel WhiteNigel White is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Finance group. He acts…
Martin Wright photoMr Martin WrightMartin Wright is a partner in the Real Estate practice of the…
Nigel Wright photoMr Nigel WrightNigel Wright’s law practice is focused on banking and finance law and…
Ian Wright photoMr Ian WrightIan Wright is a partner in London office of Mayer Brown’s Employment…
Number of UK partners : 86
Number of other UK fee-earners : 160

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

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


Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

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