Firm Profile > Mayer Brown > Houston, United States

Mayer Brown
700 LOUISIANA STREET
SUITE 3400
HOUSTON, TX 77002-2730
United States

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Jointly led by Andrew Pincus, Nicole Saharsky, and New York-based Lauren Goldman, Mayer Brown's appellate group is praised by clients as ‘the class act of a very classy bunch’. The group stands out for its recent work in the areas of class actions and arbitration-related disputes. Split 5-4 in the case of Lamps Plus Inc. v Varela, the Roberts Court ruled in favor of the team’s client Lamps Plus, adopting a narrow interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act and holding that ambiguous contracts cannot be deemed to include the necessary contractual consent to arbitrate on a class basis. Other key figures include Brian Netter, a contact for ERISA litigation; Evan Tager, whose brief writing clients have labeled ‘a work of art’; and Chicago-based Timothy Bishop, who is routinely involved in environmental and land use claims, with Weyerhaeuser Co. v U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service being one of many recent examples. In May 2019, Michael Kimberly and Paul Hughes left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pincus; Nicole Saharsky; Lauren Goldman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Mayer Brown’s appellate practice is invariably rated at the very top, and I consider it my go-to firm for appellate representation. The written work from drafts to finished briefs is targeted, concise, and persuasive. The attorneys highly value our business and show it.

Mayer Brown has a strong value proposition for US Supreme Court matters. The team’s engagement has been very smooth.

Mayer Brown is as a practice the class act of a very classy bunch. The practice is an incredibly deep bench of sophisticated, experienced appellate lawyers who work collaboratively among themselves, with co-counsel (including trial counsel), and with clients. In my experience as their client and as their co-counsel, I have found Mayer Brown’s lawyers to be the best partners in litigation. They understand clients’ needs, appreciate the expertise and voice that clients have to offer, and unfailingly present the best quality work. They bring ability and insight, not ego. And in addition to being some of the most powerful and persuasive writers, they bring sophisticated strategic sensibilities and immense creativity, always thinking not just about the particular brief or case, but also about the shape and direction of the law. I save the hardest, most important matters for Mayer Brown, because the folks there are simply the best in the business.

Andrew Pincus is a leading Supreme Court advocate. He handles many of our most important appeals and his track record is hard to beat. Andy is creative and scholarly but also practical. He is a pleasure to work with.

Andy Pincus is one of the most creative and powerfully persuasive Supreme Court lawyers.

Nicole Saharsky and her team are especially knowledgeable in Supreme Court matters, and have been very proactive in managing our case.

Evan Tager is skilled and our go-to for arbitration-related appeals. He is also ready and able to act at the district court level, where we have relied on him to litigate issues with a likely path to appeal.

Evan Tager is probably the best legal writer in the country. Any brief by Evan is a work of art.

Key clients

AT&T

Arkema

Bank of New York Mellon

CSX

Facebook

Google

Intel

Nestlé

US Chamber of Commerce

Weyerhaeuser Co.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Mayer Brown's derivatives group is particularly experienced in FINRA and CFTC regulatory matters, but is equally well known by leading investment banks for its broader expertise in structured finance. Key figures in the practice group include Curtis Doty a reputable advisor to a number of central industry bodies, and Anna Pinedo, who has considerable expertise in structured notes, an area where Edward Best and Bradley Berman are also recommended. Matthew Kluchenek in Chicago and Marlon Paz in Washington DC joined the firm in 2019 from Baker McKenzie LLP and Seward & Kissel LLP, respectively. In addition to its strong domestic client base, the firm also has specialist expertise in acting for Canadian and French bank clients.

Testimonials

‘Structured products are unique and not as widely known in the financial space, and even regulators struggle with the nature of them. What makes Mayer Brown unique is that their team has an extensive level of legal and regulatory knowledge of structured products that they know the regulations better than the regulators, which is invaluable when dealing with actions.’

‘There is no doubt they will be able to solve a legal or regulatory matter when it comes to structured products.’

‘Bradley Berman always shows clients outstanding attention to their matters as well as being timely in all responses.’

‘Anna Pinedo in terms of her knowledge and ability to deal directly with regulatory matters is in a class by herself. She combines execution capabilities with quick turnaround and an expertise on the market, regulation updates and market practices. This relationship makes the difference with other firms’

‘Marla Matusic always makes herself available in a holistic client-friendly relationship.’

Key clients

Alaia Capital

Bank of Montreal/BMO Capital Markets

Bitnomial Exchange

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Crédit Agricole CIB

Deutsche Bank

Halo

HSBC USA Inc. and HSBC (USA) Securities Inc.

Incapital

International Swaps and Derivatives Association

KBR, Inc.

National Bank of Canada

Natixis

Raymond James & Associates

Société Générale

Structured Products Association

The Government of Sweden

Toronto Dominion/TD Bank

UBS

Walleye Trading Advisors

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

'One of the best securitization practices in the US' according to some, Mayer Brown covers a broad range of transactions across its several US offices, and  is also noted for its cross-border work, placing Canadian and Latin American debt in the US capital markets. Jointly headed by Julie Gillespie and Stuart Litwin, both based in Chicago, the team handles asset classes including conventional RMBS/CMBS deals, as well as CLOs and exotic assets. Gillespie has recently been involved in credit card and auto deals, while Litwin (the 'Yoda of securitization') was involved in issuances of securitized solar assets, among other deals. In the CLO space, Ryan Suda - who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in April 2018 - is particularly active for Citigroup. CRE CLOs are a focus of Eric Reilly in Charlotte, alongside more conventional mortgage securitization work. Also recommended are Bradley Keck, who has experience of whole-business securitization; auto and ABS expert Angela Ulum in Chicago; and Jon Van Gorp's work of late has included non-QM RMBS deals.

Practice head(s):

Julie Gillespie; Stuart Litwin

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Goodstein; Jon Van Gorp; Carol Hitselberger; Paul Jorrissen; Angela Ulum

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown’s securitization practice is among the best in the U.S., along with only a few other firms that stand out.’

‘It has the overall ability to resolve even the thorniest problems. Its lawyers are calm even while all others are falling apart around them.’

‘Stuart Litwin leads the securitization practice and serves as the Yoda of this area.’

‘Paul Jorissen knows as much as anyone, always has an alternative and remains calm in even the tensest situation.’

‘Keith Oberkfell  is one of the best in the business.  He has tremendous knowledge of the industries, asset classes, and markets that he serves.  He reacts and operates quickly and efficiently, and represents clients with a pragmatism that is respected by our counterparties and drives effective negotiated outcomes.’

Key clients

Citigroup Global Markets

Deephaven Mortgage

Carrington Capital Management

Nuveen Investments

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation

Synchrony Financial

Deutsche Bank Securities

Morgan Stanley

Nomura

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 1

The team at Mayer Brown brings together financial regulatory and transactional expertise to advise enviable clients, including PayPal, American Express and Square, on a huge variety of matters in the fintech sector. Practice co-head David Beam has a breadth of experience in areas such as payments and credit products regulation, emerging technology and federal preemption of state financial laws, while Steven Kaplan is particularly active in the consumer loan space. Beam and Kaplan (both in Washington DC) jointly lead the practice alongside Chicago-based partners Brad Peterson and Elizabeth Raymond, who focus on technology transactions and financial institutions M&A, respectively. Rebecca Eisner, who is also in Chicago, and Palo Alto-based Rohith George are other names to note for technology sector transactions. Matt Kluchenek joined in Chicago from Baker McKenzie LLP and focuses on cryptocurrency regulation.

Practice head(s):

David Beam; Steven Kaplan; Brad Peterson; Elizabeth Raymond

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Express Company

PayPal

Goldman Sachs Bank

LendingClub

Square

Shopify

Accenture

HSBC Bank USA

The Hartford Financial Services Group

Ally Financial

Wells Fargo & Company

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

Headed by Chicago-based fintech expert Brad Petersen, the team at Mayer Brown handles transactions in a broad range of sectors, including healthcare, retail, fintech, and chemicals. It advises on multi-sourcing, next generation strategic sourcing, renegotiations, and disputes. Cutting-edge issues surrounding AI, big data, and cloud computing, are among the firm’s key areas of strength. Washington DC-based Daniel Masur regularly represents domestic and international digital-based companies on cloud, big data, internet of things, AI and blockchain matters, while Rebecca Eisner in Chicago has some 20 years of experience in these areas. Another notable practitioner in Washington DC is Linda Rhodes, while other key contacts in Chicago include Joe Pennell and senior counsel Paul Roy.

Practice head(s):

Brad Peterson

Key clients

HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

Albemarle

Huntsman Corporation

Wells Fargo & Company

PwC International

Wolters Kluwer, NV

Meridian Asset Services, Inc

DRW Holdings, Inc.

Auto-ISAC, Inc.

Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc.

Tax > Financial products Tier 1

Mayer Brown has 'unusual and exceptional experience relating to tax planning, structured financial transactions and derivatives'. Michael Marion and Russell Nance are particularly strong in CLO taxation, and Steven Garden in Chicago has recently been active in the area of mortgage insurance-linked notes. Remmelt Reigersman in San Francisco is a key contact for securitization work; he frequently works alongside the 'unusually valuableThomas Humphreys, who is also a leading academic in the field of taxation. Another name to note is Mark Leeds, who has expertise in the taxation of funds.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Mayer Brown has unusual and exceptional experience relating to tax planning, structured financial transactions and derivatives‘.

‘Tom Humphreys’ range and depth of knowledge, both relating to tax and commercial issues, is amazing. He has worked for a wide range of financial institutions, involving an exceptional range of transactions.’

Mark Leeds and Remmelt Reigersman also have outstanding experience and knowledge relating to structured finance, derivatives, and financial transactions.

Key clients

HPS Investment Partners

MJX Venture Management

Citigroup Global Markets

Wells Fargo Securities

First State Investments

JP Morgan Securities

Credit Suisse Securities

Natixis Securities Americas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Morgan Stanley

Alaia Capital

National Bank of Canada

Goldman Sachs

Great Ajax

Bank of Montreal

Lending Club

Royal Bank of Canada

Tax > International tax Tier 1

Mayer Brown's tax team is spread across the firm's LA, Chicago, New York and DC offices and is recognized throughout the market as a leader, not only in international taxation, but also in domestic US taxation, tax disputes, and the tax treatment of complex financial products. Key figures in the tax team include James Barry in Chicago, who recently acted for Nestlé in its sale of a life insurance company to a US-based financial services group, and, in New York, Jason Bazar and Brian Kittle, the latter of whom co-heads the firm's tax controversy and transfer pricing group. has extensive experience in international transfer pricing. Chicago-based Joel Williamson is another key contact for international taxation, and tax litigation in particular. Kenneth Klein and Jason Osborn are names to note in Washington DC, and Michael Lebovitz is a key figure in Los Angeles. New York-based Geoff Collins and Marjorie Margolies in Chicago were promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

James Barry; Jason Bazar; Brian Kittle; Joel Williamson

Testimonials

Mayer Brown consistently anticipates the client’s needs and responds on a very timely basis to inquiries and requests for specific services.  I have found them to be well-respected within the industry and also with the tax authorities.  Mayer Brown often thinks creatively in helping to solve complex tax planning scenarios.

Jason Osborn has been an exceptional advisor with the U.S. Competent Authority and on general Controversy matters.  John Hildy has provided exceptional service on international tax planning projects.  The way Mayer Brown anticipates our needs and responds in a very timely manner is quite extraordinary compared to other international tax lawyers we have experienced.

Key clients

Altice Europe

lcon

Altera Corporation

Eaton Corporation

Macquarie

Société Générale

Nestlé

TransCanada Corporation

Jordan Company

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

Mayer Brown has a strong reputation for litigating domestic tax cases, but stands out in particular for its transfer pricing capabilities and its ability to assess tax hazards overseas, acting for companies and investors looking to expand abroad. New York-based global co-leader of the tax controversy practice Brian Kittle represents high-profile clients in every facet of tax controversy. Key contacts in Chicago include Joel WilliamsonJohn Hildy, and Thomas Kittle-Kamp, who has considerable trial experience in major transfer pricing, leasing, and corporate reorganization cases. Also recommended is Larry Langdon in California, who routinely represent multinational corporations dealing with federal tax disputes. Geoffrey Collins in New York and Marjorie Margolies in Chicago were promoted to partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kittle; Thomas Kittle-Kamp; Joel Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Joel Williamson and his team are as good or better than anyone in this area. They’ve managed a huge case against the IRS with incredible acuity and skill. Great client communicators too. Joel communicates clearly and effectively, presenting a well-articulated point of view but always giving the client the information he/she needs to make ultimate decisions on the major strategic questions.’

The firm has technical proficiency in complex tax matters and sound advice based on broad experience and creative solutions in tax controversy.’

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Mayer Brown provides a wide range of transactional tax advice to a varied client base including investment funds, financial institutions, trade associations and multinational companies. The primary contacts in the team are joint practice heads James Barry in Chicago, and New York-based Jason Bazar. Barry specializes in tax planning for foreign corporates and individuals, while Bazar has particular expertise advising investment funds and banking sector-clients on the tax aspects of business combination transactions. Also in New York, Mark Leeds advises on the tax aspects of insurance transactions, structured finance deals and other financial products. A key contact on the West Coast is San Francisco-based Remmelt Reigersman, who has wide-ranging experience advising on the tax aspects of M&A, capital markets transactions and large joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

James Barry; Jason Bazar

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Altice and Altice USA

Adapt Pharma

Hartford Financial Services Group

Macquarie Group

Nestlé

Prologis

Société Générale

Standard Chartered Bank

The Jordan Company

TransCanada Corporation

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 2

Mayer Brown routinely handles high-value RMBS cases, in addition to disputes falling under the Anti-Terrorism Act and various criminal enforcement matters. Mark Hanchet focuses on commercial litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, and has a remarkably strong track record defending banks against alleged violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Christopher Houpt, who jointly leads the practice with Hanchet, represents major domestic and international banks in high-stakes litigation. Recently, he acted for Société Générale in three putative class actions involving the LIBOR scandal, and was also retained by The Bank of New York Mellon in RMBS litigation. Debra Bogo-Ernst leads the firm's consumer and class action practice, where she she represents domestic and international corporations in litigation proceedings and enforcement actions. The team also benefits from the work of appellate lawyers such as Andy Pincus, who has experience representing bank clients in anti-terrorism claims.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hanchet; Christopher Houpt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC Bank

Société Générale

Bank of Montreal

MB Financial

The Bank of New York Mellon

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Mayer Brown draws on a vast international network, and is well known for being at the forefront of litigation in the financial services sector, especially securities disputes, from its New York office. Its California practice is expanding its reach in the tech space: in a recent highlight, Edward Johnson represented Google in multiple major antitrust, privacy and consumer class actions claiming billions in damages. Another standout matter saw Michael Olsen represent 3M in a major environmental tort brought by the State of Minnesota seeking $5bn in damages for chemicals allegedly released in the East Metro area of Minneapolis. John Conlon in New York and Reginald Goeke in DC are heads of the commercial litigation team. Among core clients in the financial sector, Bank of New York Mellon is particularly noteworthy. Matthew Ingber recently reached a groundbreaking $8.5bn settlement for the bank, bringing years of RMBS litigation to a close. A major team development was the arrival of Nicole Saharsky to the DC office from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in November 2018. She now acts as co-head of the Supreme Court and appellate practice.

Practice head(s):

John Conlon; Reginald Goeke

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Goldman; Robert Harrell; Britt Miller; John Nadolenco; Archis Parasharami; Bronwyn Pollock; Michael Olsen; Edward Johnson; Andrew Pincus; Nicole Saharsky; Matthew Ingber; Richard Spehr; Christopher Houpt; Steven Wolowitz

Key clients

3M

ACE American Insurance

Aera Energy

Swepi

Noble Energy

AT&T

AXA Advisors

Bank of Montreal

Bank of New York Mellon

Bayerische Landesbank

CDK Global

Citibank

Facebook

Frank Russell Company

Google

Illinois National Insurance

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Société Générale

Spotify

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

The Big Ten Conference

Veolia

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 2

Mayer Brown has a notable strength in international dispute settlement in the context of trade, including experience at the World Trade Organization. The practice is particularly adept at representing governments and industries in trade remedy proceedings. In this regard, the firm’s offering is enhanced by the expertise of global trade group chair Duane Layton, who stands out for his prior experience serving as senior counsel for WTO disputes at the US Department of Commerce. The department is also experienced in CFIUS-related affairs, as well as in sanctions and export controls work, areas where clients have recommended Timothy Keeler and Tamer Soliman, respectively. On the customs law side, the team acts for domestic and foreign companies in matters before the US Customs and Border Protection. Sydney Mintzer leads the customs practice. The team is also in a strong position to handle truly cross-border work, acting in conjunctions with professionals in the firm's Brussels office, and in the newly launched trade group in London.

Practice head(s):

Duane Layton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Mayer Brown’s trade lawyers have significant expertise in the area of international trade and sanctions, and I feel very confident knowing they are on our team.

The team could get a complete understanding of our situation, even though we are overseas.

Timothy Keeler has a deep and substantive understanding of the evolving CFIUS and trade policy landscape. He has a deep network of connections that are difficult to match.

Tamer Soliman knows his stuff. He is deep in the weeds on international trade, sanctions, and enforcement agencies, so we do not have to be. He is our go-to lawyer for all issues of international trade.

Key clients

Element Electronics

Federal Mogul Corporation

MPM Silicones

Weldbend Corporation

Aluminum Excluders Council

Novus International

Institute of International Container Lessors

ArcelorMittal

Sonos Inc.

NLMK

OFS

Government of Indonesia

Razor USA

Finance > Project finance

Mayer Brown has a highly versatile and well-established team that covers a lot of the bases in the renewables, natural resources, and infrastructure sphere. In the latter, the team represents a mix of lenders, sponsors, and public sector entities on a range of transport, water, utilities, and social infrastructure matters. Chicago-based partner Joseph Seliga, who also leads the firm's Government practice, is very active on this front, and is supported by partners such as Mitch Holzrichter and the highly experienced Barry Machlin who also represents lenders and sponsors on projects in the power, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors.  Renewables is another major focus for the firm, and global projects co-head Paul Astolfi and Houston's Robert Goldberg are two of the main contacts on this front, regularly advising on all aspects of the project life cycle, including acquisitions and refinancings. The other string to the firm's bow is its strong Latin America expertise, which is spearheaded by Christopher Erckert in Washington DC. Other up and coming partners include Stephanie Wagner and Nadav Klugman. All partners are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Paul Astolfi; Joseph Seliga; Robert Goldberg

Key clients

ACS Infrastructure Development

California High Speed Rail Authority

City of Chicago

Plenary Group

Wells Fargo Central Pacific Holdings

John Hancock Life Insurance

Leeward Renewable Energy

Longroad Energy Partners

Wells Fargo Central Pacific Holdings

Sumitomo Metal Mining

Government > Government relations Tier 2

The public policy team at Mayer Brown is spread across three of the firm's offices and is recognized for its expertise in matters at the state and federal levels. In addition to its work in core industries such as telecoms, technology and transportation, the team is also strong in matters relating to global financial services. Duane Layton in DC heads up the international trade practice and also co-chairs the public policy team. Howard Waltzman is also recommended for technology and telecoms matters. Contacts on the West Coast include 'strong regulatory lawyerPhilip Recht, who leads the Los Angeles office and has experience representing key clients before federal, state and local governments. Chicago-based Joseph Seliga and Mitch Holzrichter are go-to names for advisory work relating to government transactions and infrastructure mandates. Angela Giancarlo is the lead partner for the team's General Motors work, which has recently included advice on spectrum issues in the context of autonomous vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Duane Layton; Philip Recht; Joseph Seliga

Other key lawyers:

Howard Waltzman; Angela Giancarlo; Mitchell Holzrichter

Testimonials

Philip Recht is a strong regulatory lawyer.’

Key clients

Razor USA

EOG Resources and Williams Partners

Summit Media

CTIA

General Motors

Bird Rides

Lytton Rancheria

Port of Los Angeles

Privacy Coalition

Walton Street Capital

Grosvenor Capital Management

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Based in Chicago, Mayer Brown has had recent strong showings in high-stakes environmental litigation in state and federal courts across the country. The team has experience of a full range of environmental issues, and has been active in a number of emerging areas, such as torts relating to greenhouse-gas emissions and site-based mass tort claims. Other areas of expertise include the Clean Air Act, site clean-up, remediation and environmental crime. The group is jointly led by Rich Bulger, who is especially active in the chemicals, utilities and railroad industries, and Mark Ter Molen, who has been involved in high-stakes claims at first instance and appeal. Timothy Bishop has a strong track record in environmental and land use litigation, and has also argued a number of cases in the Supreme Court. Also recommended is Jaimy Hamburg, who is active in class actions and citizen suits.

Practice head(s):

Rich Bulger; Mark Ter Molen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Weyerhaeuser Corporation

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Petroleum Institute

National Association of Manufacturers

3M Company

National Pork Producers Council

United States Sugar Corporation

Veolia

The Dow Chemical Company

Nicor Gas Company

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 2

Mayer Brown advises clients on insurance-linked securities, equity capital transactions, regulatory issues, and strategic M&A across the life insurance, property, and casualty and MGA/MGU segments of the industry. Key names include San Francisco-based Kara BaysingerLawrence Hamilton in Chicago, as well as Stephen Rooney, David Alberts, and associate David Heales in New York.

Practice head(s):

Kara Baysinger; Lawrence Hamilton

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - finance Tier 2

At Mayer Brown, the transportation department falls under the wider global projects, infrastructure investment and asset finance practices. The key figure in the New York office is George Miller, who specializes in international and domestic finance and leasing in road and rail infrastructure space. Barbara Goodstein is a name to note for commercial lending deals, structured finance and restructuring exercises.

Practice head(s):

George Miller

Other key lawyers:

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 2

Mayer Brown's Evan Tager has a track record in litigating claims against railroads, such as workplace injuries and derailments. A contact for regulatory work is senior counsel Adrian Steel, who has represented clients before state and federal transportation agencies, including the Surface Transportation Board.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

Mayer Brown's copyright litigation group is led by John Mancini who has a strong track record in representing technology companies in high-profile copyright disputes, and is particularly adept in cases involving digital music. 2019 saw Mancini representing Spotify in a copyright licensing dispute against Wixen Publishing, which owns the rights to recordings by Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Doors, among others. The practice head also defended Google against a claim brought by the South African gospel singer Seugne Botha, who alleged that the client sold streamed recordings of hers without a proper license. Allison Levine Stillman has been working alongside Mancini on these major cases.

Practice head(s):

John Mancini

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Spotify Technology

Google

LG Electronics

CJ E&M Corporation and CJ

E&M America

Digital Licensee Coordinator

Television Music License Committee

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

Mayer Brown’s ERISA litigation experts are involved in a number of cutting-edge suits concerning 403(b) university plan litigation, with practice heads Nancy Ross and Brian Netter (based in Chicago and Washington DC, respectively) defending the likes of Georgetown University and Cornell University against high-value claims of fiduciary breaches. The team represents plan sponsors of publicly-listed companies in class actions challenging the administration of 401(k) plans, as well as novel matters involving the transferal of assets between defined contribution plans. Ross and Chicago-based Richard Novak are also engaged by ESOP trustees in litigation involving prohibited transaction claims.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Ross; Brian Netter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This team is simply outstanding- knows this area extremely well and are in high demand for their expertise. This is a complex area of law and the team is able to explain things in simple terms. Very responsive and pleasant to work with.

Nancy Ross and Deborah Hoffman are fantastic. They are experts in this area and able to break things down for non-ERISA attorneys to understand.

Key clients

AIG Insurance Company

AT&T

Columbia University

Cornell University

Georgetown University

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Northrop Grumman Corporation

University of Rochester

Whirlpool Corporation

Yale University

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 2

Mayer Brown is 'among the best firms' operating in the immigration space in DC and is highlighted for its handling of complex and often cross-border business immigration matters. The global mobility team has decades of experience in immigration strategy, planning, and compliance, and also has a niche offering in risk management for large corporate clients. Practice head and 'highly astute strategist' Elizabeth Stern is experienced in assisting companies with expanding internationally, working primarily in the financial services, defense and telecoms sectors. Stern is also noted for her global HR expertise and, together with Grace Shie, she routinely advises multinational corporations on employee mobility and transfers. The wider team includes employment law senior associate Timothy D’Arduini, who is praised by clients and is recommended for corporate transaction work. Max Del Rey is another contact in the employment team; he advises clients on immigration-related compliance and risk management.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Espín Stern

Other key lawyers:

Timothy D’Arduini; Gracie Shi; Max Del Rey

Testimonials

‘The team shows an extraordinary degree of skill and commitment in its advice to its clients. In our case, the team clearly and concisely laid-out their strategy, and executed it to perfection, leading to a very positive outcome.’

Liz Stern is a wonderful advisor – upbeat, smart-as-a-tack, a highly astute strategist, and super to deal with. Liz was very ably supported by an outstanding team, including Max del Rey, whose friendly demeanor and thoughtful guidance was greatly appreciated, and by many others, at different stages of the overall process. A terrific, positive experience!

The Mayer Brown team is extremely impressive and well-rounded. With this global immigration team, you receive top-notch lawyering and compliance advice for not only U.S. matters but for global matters. The quality and breadth of the team’s experience differentiate their team from many immigration practices. They are equipped to handle large investigations, complicated immigration issues, and small to large volume accounts. Whatever the client engagement, they consistently provide high touch service and innovative solutions.

The immigration community needs to watch out for Timothy D’Arduini. He is a rising star and central to many of Mayer Brown’s accounts.

‘This team is among the best I have worked with. What sets this team apart from other law firms is that the team can handle general employer-sponsored visas, complex visa applications for senior executives, and handle matters related to immigration enforcement with I-9 forms and E-Verify. It is very rare to find a team with the expertise to handle immigration filings and immigration regulatory compliance. I have found that most firms try to assist with compliance, but they don’t have the expertise. This team is very experienced in all aspects of immigration law and compliance.’

The key attorneys are Elizabeth Stern, Grace Shie, Paul Virtue, Paul Saraukas, and Timothy D’Arduini. They are extremely experienced and knowledgeable as well as down to earth.

Key clients

Albemarle Corporation

American Express Company

American Credit Acceptance

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

CoStar Group

Fresh Mark

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

IHS Markit

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Northern Trust

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

Acting for a variety of well-known clients including Twitter, Facebook, The Blackstone Group, Volkswagen and AT&T, Mayer Brown  is praised for its 'expertise, responsiveness, and practical guidance' across a huge range of issues. Practice head Rajesh De has unique experience of data security and privacy requirements, addressing cyber vulnerabilities and handling breaches and associated regulatory, litigation and reputational consequences. Based in the firm's DC office, De has previously held senior appointments at the White House, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense. Also recommended in DC is 'stellar' cybersecurity expert David SimonLauren Goldman is a contact in the New York office, specializing in high-stakes class action disputes, and Chicago-based Lei Shen is a name to note for regulatory compliance in the areas of e-commerce and emerging technology.

Practice head(s):

Rajesh De

Other key lawyers:

David Simon; Lei Shen; Marcus Christian; Lauren Goldman

Testimonials

Easy to get along with and connections to the government officials working on their issues enabling them to provide pointed advice. Raj De and David Simon are stellar.

The team stand out for their expertise, responsiveness, and practical guidance.

Key clients

AT&T

Auto-ISAC

The Blackstone Group

Business Roundtable

Cablevision

Equity Office

Facebook

Hyundai Motor America

Kia Motors America

LivCor Holdings

Nomura

Revantage Corporate Services

Shutterfly

Twitter

Volkswagen

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Based in Chicago and Houston, the 'very knowledgeable' Mayer Brown construction team represents owners, developers, design professionals and general contractors – with particular experience in the transportation, manufacturing and industrial sectors. Headed by the 'exceptional' Joanna Horsnail from the Chicago office, who provides an 'accessible and responsive' level of service, the practice regularly handles drafting for the procurement of unprecedented high-value design-build and P3 agreements. To this end, transactional specialist Horsnail represents Benteler International AG during its $975m construction of a hot rolling steel mill in Louisiana. Joseph Seliga is also acting as counsel on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s first-ever alternative delivery method project – Chicago’s pioneering toll concession scheme along Interstate 55 in Illinois. The department is further well-equipped to advise on contentious matters, including change order, delay, defect or contract termination claims, typically on civil infrastructure developments in the public domain.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Horsnail

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Design-build and construction contract procurement are unique and the team was very knowledgeable about such things and were able to assist us in navigating a DOT client going performing their first design-build.

Joanna Horsnail and Jeff Edwards were both very knowledgeable, accessible, and responsive. They assisted us through a design-build procurement document development and ultimately a procurement. Joanna and Jeff provided sound advice and their performance was exceptional.

Key clients

Chicago Transit Authority

Purdue University

Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

City Colleges of Chicago

Illinois Department of Transportation

Alabama Department of Transportation

Arkansas Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation

Benteler International AG

The Carlyle Group

Bristol-Myers Squib

University of Notre Dame

Acciona Energy North America Corporation

Walsh Group

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

Mayer Brown fields a bench of trial lawyers with significant government experience to handle antitrust defense litigation with a specific appellate law approach. The team is spearheaded by the Washington DC-based Mark Ryan, simultaneously an eminent antitrust litigator and transaction advisor. Britt Miller is partner-in-charge of the Chicago office, where she makes for a trusted team together with local partner Andrew Marovitz, particularly when it comes to antitrust litigation in the financial sector. In Washington DC, Carmine Zarlenga puts an emphasis on antitrust class actions challenging industry-wide practices such as price-fixing in the food and beverage sector. Oral Pottinger, who also sits in the capital, was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ryan

Key clients

Nestlé USA/Nestlé S.A.

Cargill, Inc.

CDK Global, LLC

The Big Ten Conference

Lukoil Pan Americas

Temple-Inland Inc., a business of International Paper

Lear Corporation

BASF SE and BASF Corporation

Foster Farms

LG Electronics USA, Inc.

Blue Shield of California

Vantage Health Plan

ArcelorMittal USA, Inc. and ArcelorMittal S.A.

HSBC Bank Plc & HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

Indiana Packers Corporation

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Clients rate the 'very smart, lean and hard working team that puts the client's interest first' at Mayer Brown, which stands out for its ability to handle parallel civil litigation and criminal investigations for a variety of corporate clients, particularly in relation to FCPA violations. The group also distinguishes itself for individual representations, an area in which Washington DC's Kelly Kramer excels, about whom one client to exclaims 'no attorney in Washington DC is as tenacious, skilled and hard working'. In Chicago, William Michael leads on anti-corruption matters, and is regularly instructed to assist with internal investigations and cross-border matters. Also in Chicago, Gregory Deis continues to represent corporates and individuals at trial. New York's Daniel Stein is a go-to name for financial institutions in regulatory difficulties. Kramer, Michael, Deis and Stein co-chair the white-collar practice.  In September 2019, the group benefited from the arrival of Jason Linder and Glenn Vanzura, both based in Los Angeles, from Irell & Manella LLP.

Practice head(s):

Greg Deis; Kelly Kramer; William Michael; Daniel Stein

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Harris; Laurence Urgenson; Glen Kopp

Testimonials

Very smart, lean and hard working team that puts the client’s interest first.

Team has a deep roster of talent that stacks up well against its peers.

Greg Deis is a standout. A skilled advocate and counselor.’

Dan Stein is the reason we use the firm. His professional experience and him personally are the attractions.

No attorney in Washington DC is as tenacious, skilled and hard working as Kelly Kramer.

Key clients

Hanjin Transportation

OTV SA and Veolia Water Technologies Brasil

Zillow Group

3M

Fadi Nahas

Gregory Abbott

Kevin Andrews, former officer of Citadel Plastics

Estate of John Chakalos

Rick Renzi

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

'Knowledgeable, disciplined, ethical and outcome oriented', the team at Mayer Brown handles discovery and information governance matters involving the insurance, financial and business consulting industries, as well as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and automotive manufacturing. The group is noted for pre-litigation risk management, in addition to representing clients in court proceedings. The group is coordinated by Washington DC's Michael Lackey, who is supported by Eric Evans, who leads the West Coast team from Palo Alto and has expertise in cybersecurity and data privacy issues, and Chicago's Ethan Hastert, who leads the Mid West group and often handles the e-discovery aspects of commercial litigation and internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Eric Evans; Ethan Hastert; Michael Lackey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They are knowledgeable, disciplined, ethical, and outcome oriented. The Mayer Brown team is persistent and knows discovery well.’

They take on the right fights and have novel arguments that other less experienced practitioners do not have.’

Key clients

Google

American Insurance Association

 

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

Mayer Brown is particularly well known for its food and beverage consumer products practice. The firm defends clients in a range of litigation, including false advertising, distributor relations and trade practice cases. In addition to its class action work, the team also handles risk management, advising on labeling and marketing, to minimize exposure to future claims. The practice is jointly led by Keri Borders in Los Angeles, who has experience acting in state and federal courts; class actions specialist Dale Giali, also in Los Angeles; and Washington DC-based Carmine Zarlenga, who advises major food and beverage companies on crisis issues domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Keri Borders; Dale Giali; Carmine Zarlenga

Testimonials

‘Dale Giali is absolutely exceptional for food false ad defense work’

Key clients

Nestlé USA

Chobani, LLC

Amy’s Kitchen, Inc.

Foster Poultry Farms

Campbell Soup Company

Gerber Products Co.

California Pizza Kitchen

3M Company

KIND LLC

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc.

Wells Enterprises, Inc.

Altria Group

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Mayer Brown represents clients in a range of product-liability cases and is well-regarded for defending pharmaceutical companies against innovator liability claims. Noted for its ‘deep experience handling complex scientific issues’, the group has particular experience in matters in which plaintiffs assert that brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturers are liable for injuries caused by generic substitutes sold by competing manufacturers. The team is co-led by life sciences expert Henninger Bullock in New York; Chicago-based Michael Olsen, a ‘very skilled trial attorney’; and ‘thoughtful litigation strategistDaniel Ring, also in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Henninger Bullock; Michael Olsen; Daniel Ring

Other key lawyers:

Craig Woods; Andrew Tauber

Testimonials

‘The Mayer Brown team is well adept at developing a compelling scientific theory of the case in addition to effectively combating experts on the other side’

‘Mike Olsen connects well with juries with his engaging and understandable personality in court’

‘Daniel Ring is always prepared and thinking several moves ahead’

‘Craig Woods is terrific with expert witnesses’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Medtronic

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

GlaxoSmithKline

Cook Medical

St. Jude Medical

Eli Lilly

UCB

Terumo Medical Corp.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

Mayer Brown is experienced dealing with expansive tort liability, an example being its expertise in resolving birth-defect claims arising out of the semiconductor industry. New York-based Henninger Bullock co-leads the team with Michael Olsen who acts from Chicago and is an expert trial lawyer, representing national and multinational corporations in commercial litigation. Daniel Ring also co-leads the practice from Chicago and specializes in toxic tort work, as well as the life sciences and medical device industries.

Practice head(s):

Henninger Bullock; Michael Olsen; Daniel Ring

Key clients

3M Company

Veolia

Union Carbide

Weyerhaeuser Company

Whirlpool Corporation

Nicor Gas Company

The Dow Chemical Company

National Association of Manufacturers

American Petroleum Institute

American Farm Bureau Federation

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

The securities litigation and enforcement practice at Mayer Brown has an integrated approach to compliance, investigation, enforcement, litigation and appellate matters, with the the same lawyers who represent a client before securities regulatory authorities also being able to assist in any related litigation. Having been involved in many securities actions arising from the global financial crisis, the firm continues to continue to win significant decisions in federal and state appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court. The firm acts predominantly for financial institutions, though it also represents large corporates such as Frontier Communications Corporation. Joseph De Simone is the lead litigation partner in New York, with Richard Rosenfeld and Matthew Rossi in Washington DC in charge of regulatory enforcement matters. In New York, Matthew Ingber is also recommended. Glenn Vanzura, who joined the Los Angeles office from Irell & Manella LLP, also handles class actions and derivative cases.

Practice head(s):

Joseph De Simone; Richard Rosenfeld; Matthew Rossi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Frontier Communications Corporation

Bank Leumi

Barclays Bank PLC

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Goldman Sachs

Société Générale

Bank of China

Bank of New York Mellon

Citibank

Morgan Stanley

UBS

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Maintaining a balance between issuer and underwriter-side work, Mayer Brown is best known for its firepower in financial services-related offerings. The team routinely acts for major domestic and global banks, as both issuers and underwriters, and it also handles a significant volume of deals relating to the consumer products, REITs and transport industries. The group’s focus on Canada-related work is another significant differentiator and it counts Canadian companies, banks, pension plans, private equity funds and REITs among its clients. Chicago-based Edward Best co-leads the department and specializes in offerings by financial institutions. New York is the seat of group co-head Anna Pinedo, whose practice brings together capital markets, derivatives and structured finance expertise. Other names to note include Jerry Marlatt, who is recommended for his experience in Canada-related work, Phyllis Korff and David Bakst — all are based in New York. Talented counsel Ryan Castillo is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

Testimonials

A very commercial team, very responsive and always willing to work through issues.’

David Bakst has worked with us in various capacities over the years and has a great team and is very easy to deal with. Always looking to expedite matters and work through solutions in a commercial manner.’

Key clients

Barclays Capital

Blackstone Group L.P.

BMO Capital Markets

BNP Paribas

BofA Securities, Inc.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Capital One Financial Corporation

Chubb Limited

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

CNA Financial Corporation

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

FBR Capital Markets

GATX Corporation

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

GW Pharmaceuticals

HSBC

Hyundai Capital America

Islandsbanki hf.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

JMP Securities

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Lloyds Securities

Macquarie Group and Macquarie Bank

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

National Bank of Canada

Natixis

Nomura

Northern Trust Corporation

Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System

PNC Capital Markets

Prologis (and affiliates)

Raymond James Financial (and affiliates)

RBC Capital Markets

Scotia Capital / Bank of Nova Scotia

Starbucks Corporation

Stifel

The Allstate Company

The Bank of Nova Scotia

UBS Securities LLC

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Mayer Brown secures praise for its ‘broad capital markets experience’, which is evidenced by its involvement in the full scope of transactions globally, from private placements and IPOs, through to continuous issuance programs and structured projects. The firm routinely leads on cross-border offerings from the US but it can also draw on its extensive network of offices for support on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions, with its London and Hong Kong platforms especially sizeable. Among its industry sweet spots, the group is most prominent in the financial services, life sciences and food and beverage sectors, and it routinely advises both issuers and underwriters on offerings within those spheres. Geographically, the team is extremely active in Canada-related offerings and it represents many of Canada’s main banks on financing transactions, including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Bank of Montreal and Bank of Nova Scotia. New York-based Anna Pinedo co-leads the department and is a ‘true advocate for her clients’; she is widely recognized for her experience in cross-border work involving Canada, Israel and the Nordics. Chicago-based Edward Best co-heads the practice and has an emphasis on representing issuers and underwriters on offerings by financial institutions, with strong expertise in Canada-related matters. Additional contacts include David Bakst and Jerry Marlatt — both are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is very responsive and is careful to make sure they understand the client’s business needs.

Broad capital markets experience, including in private placements. Deep knowledge of equity capital markets.’

They are always responsive and provide sound, practical advice on a timely basis.’

Anna Pinedo is a great resource. Her practice extends to all areas of the capital markets and we rely on her market knowledge and advice on a very regular basis.’

Anna Pinedo is one of the most talented attorneys I have ever worked with. She is a true advocate for her clients’ needs and provides creative solutions.

Anna Pinedo continues to run a stand-out capital markets practice. Her wide spread of knowledge, commercial approach and appreciation of the value of a long-term relationship with us makes her highly atypical.’

Anna Pinedo has helped us with many transactions and provides us with top-notch service.

Key clients

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc

AltaGas Ltd.

Anchiano Therapeutics Ltd.

Barclays Capital

BBVA USA

BiomX Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

BNP Paribas

BofA Securities, Inc.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

FBR Capital Markets

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

GW Pharmaceuticals

HSBC

Hyundai Capital America

InMode Ltd.

Islandsbanki hf.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

JMP Securities

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW)

Lloyds Securities

Macquarie Group and Macquarie Bank

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

National Bank of Canada

Natixis

Nomura

Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System

PNC Capital Markets

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets

Scotia Capital / Bank of Nova Scotia

Stifel

Triton International Limited

UBS Securities LLC

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield Tier 3

Mayer Brown’s comprehensive capital markets offering primarily represents issuers in private and public high-yield debt transactions. In terms of industry strong suits, the team has a prominent presence in energy-related matters and it also handles a significant volume of offerings by financial services companies. The firm also maintains a solid record in multi-jurisdictional files, where it links up with its global network for international support in resource-heavy, cross-border cases. New York-based Anna Pinedo co-leads the department globally and leverages strong skill sets in capital markets and structured finance to excel in representing financial institutions and REITs in major offerings. Chicago-based Edward Best co-heads the team; he represents both issuers and underwriters, with an emphasis on offerings by financial institutions. Additional contacts include Houston-based William Heller, who is recommended for energy offerings, and New York-based John Berkery.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Barclays Capital

BMO Capital Markets

BNP Paribas

BofA Securities

Citigroup

Concho Resources

Craig-Hallum

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

FBR Capital Markets

Finansbank A.S.

Garanti Bank

Global Bank Corporation

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Great Ajax Corp.

Halcón Resources Corporation

HSBC

J.P. Morgan

JMP Securities

KBR, Inc.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW)

Kirby Corporation

Lloyds Securities

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Canada

Natixis

Nomura

PNC Capital Markets

Raymond James & Associates

RBC Capital Markets

Scotia Capital / Bank of Nova Scotia

Stifel

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Ziraat Bankasi A.S.

Turkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalari A.S.

Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi T.A.O

UBS Securities

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities

Yum! Brands

Finance > Commercial lending

Mayer Brown has invested heavily in its commercial lending practice in recent years. The team, which includes lawyers in New York and Chicago, has made a strong impression on the market, and provides strong cross-border support to clients investing in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. On the borrower side it acts for major blue chip corporates such as General Motors, as well as private equity sponsors. On the lender front, it is especially active on mid-market loans, particularly in the direct lending space where Chicago-based partner Matt O’Meara runs the private credit group. Other key individuals include highly experienced global head of leveraged finance Scott Zemser and global head of banking and finance Paul Jorissen, as well as David Duffee (all three in New York), and Fred Fisher and Kristin Rylko in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jorissen; Scott Zemser

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a lot of experience and are always available to talk through deal structures’

‘Kristin Rylko is simply phenomenal. She is able to articulate complex legal issues while also providing guidance that balances protecting the lender and being commercial to get the deal closed’

Key clients

General Motors

Goldman Sachs

Tenneco

CIBC

Monroe Capital

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

Mizuho

JP Morgan

MUFG

SVP

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

Mayer Brown represents major contractors in core industry sectors, including aerospace and defense, transportation, and construction. Led by the ‘incredibly well-respected' Marcia Madsen, the team acts for leading government contractor clients in bid protests, investigations, False Claims Act litigation, white-collar matters and national security work. Seasoned litigator David Dowd has two decades of government contract law expertise and is the contact for IT and procurement, and advisory matters in the healthcare sector. Counsel Luke Levasseur is recommended for federal litigation matters, having previously worked at the US Department of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Marcia Madsen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Marcia Madsen is incredibly well-respected.’

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Led out of Houston by banking and finance partner Robert Goldberg , and from Washington DC by tax partner Jeffrey DavisMayer Brown's multi-disciplinary team excels in advising domestic and international sponsors, lenders and investors across the spectrum of transactions in the distributed generation, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, refined coal and hydropower industries. Chicago-based partners Paul Astolfi  and Nadav Klugman  are recognized for their 'fair and balanced' approach to borrowers and lenders across a myriad projects/energy bank and bond deals often involving renewables assets.

Practice head(s):

Robert Goldberg; Jeffrey Davis

Other key lawyers:

Paul Astolfi; Nadav Klugman; Stephen Yeh

Testimonials

Paul Astolfi and Nadav Klugman provide a fair and balanced approach.

Key clients

Fengate Asset Management

John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

Leeward Renewable Energy

Longroad Energy Partners and PKA AIP

Wells Fargo

GE Energy Financial Services and Berkshire Hathaway

Global Atlantic Financial Group

ING Capital

Arroyo Energy

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 3

Mayer Brown is an experienced defender in wage-and-hour class actions, whistleblower and sexual harassment claims as well as in disputes relating to cybersecurity, social media and privacy. The team's client portfolio comprises several international companies, in particular from the transportation, food and beverage industry, and global financial institutions. Marcia Goodman in Chicago is a specialist in various discrimination claims. She jointly leads the practice with Los Angeles-based John Zaimes, who also knows restrictive covenants and OSHA investigations well. Andrew Rosenman  and Ruth Zadikany are other key litigators of the team in Chicago and Los Angeles respectively.

Practice head(s):

Marcia Goodman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Terrific legal knowledge combined with excellent client service.’

Key clients

PetSmart

Amy’s Kitchen

Welltec

City of Chicago

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

The team at Mayer Brown acts as experienced advisor for clients from industries including financial services, transportation, food and beverages, and technology. A particular area of expertise is the wage-and-hour space, be it contentious or non-contentious. John Zaimes in Los Angeles is well versed in a variety of topics such as discrimination, restrictive covenant and OSHA investigations. Chicago-based Marcia Goodman also has a broad practice which includes advising on equality matters, transactions, terms of employment and policies. They jointly lead the team. Ruth Zadikany in Los Angeles and Andrew Rosenman are wage-and-hour specialist and are noted alongside Richard Nowak.

Practice head(s):

John Zaimes; Marcia Goodman

Testimonials

The Mayer Brown team is extremely smart, talented, and the group you want to use for complex and high profile single plaintiff and class action matters. It exercises superb judgment and knows how to handle matters which meet business priorities and needs.

An excellent lawyer at the firm is Andrew Rosenman, who is down to earth and personable yet a fierce advocate when needed.’

Key clients

PetSmart

Amy’s Kitchen

Welltec

City of Chicago

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 3

The team at Mayer Brown is active on both regulatory transactions and litigation matters, representing major telecoms companies and large trade associations, with particular expertise in satellite and wireless matters. Key areas of strength include transfers of control of FCC licenses,  addressing foreign ownership issues, outsourcing and procurement, joint ventures,  and acquisitions. The practice also handles arbitrations and litigation arising under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, disputes with competing carriers, and antitrust litigation. It acts for clients before the FCC, state and federal courts, and the Supreme Court. Based in Washington DC, Practice co-head Howard Waltzman focuses on privacy issues, and also advises wireless trade association CTIA on regulatory matters, particularly those relating to spectrum policy, wireless infrastructure and cyber security. Co-practice head  Angela Giancarlo, has deep expertise in the satellite, wireless, broadband and digital media spaces, as well as representing clients before international regulatory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Angela Giancarlo; Howard Waltzman

Key clients

General Motors

tyntec, Inc.; tyntec Group, Ltd.

CTIA-The Wireless Association

AT&T

P2P Alliance

Verizon

USTELECOM

GCI, LLC

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 3

Based in California, the real estate, land use and zoning practice at Mayer Brown has been involved in several of the largest and most controversial development projects in the City of Los Angeles. The team has core strength in advising national and local developers on matters pertaining to land use regulation and in helping those clients obtain entitlements for real estate development projects. The team also advises on water supply issues as well as compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. Leading the practice is Edgar Khalatian, who has built a reputation for acting as lead counsel in the implementation of master planned communities.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Khalatian

Testimonials

‘Accessibility to the partners to get accurate input in a timely manner is key in today’s fast paced environment; Mayer Brown has proven time and time again that they can deliver.’

‘Edgar is extremely knowledgeable and always accessible. We enjoy working with him on several complicated projects.’

‘The land use team has multi-disciplinary backgrounds (planning, law, city government etc.) which really creates a powerhouse of capability in navigating the complex CA zoning process.’ 

‘Edgar Khalatian is hands down the best land use attorney in LA.’

Key clients

Millennium Partners

The Reef

8150 Sunset

Crown Realty and Cypress Equities

The GPI Companies

AvalonBay Communities

Harvard-Westlake School

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Encore Capital Management and Cal Coast Development

Community Builders Group

Netflix

Jamison Properties

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Mayer Brown caters to a sizeable client base of public, private and mortgage REITs, financial advisors, pension funds and other institutional real estate investors. Led by Chicago-based David Malinger, the group's workload includes REIT, debt fund and joint venture formation, debt and equity portfolio financings, portfolio transactions and related M&A. The team provides input on all aspects of capital market transactions including public and private, at-the-market and shelf offerings, in addition to debt issuances. In addition to its transactional work, the team also supports clients in disclosure and regulatory matters, and often works in conjunction with experts in the firm’s tax group to assist with REIT formation mandates, and REIT-specific tax requirements.

Practice head(s):

David Malinger

Other key lawyers:

Anna Pinedo; Paul Jorissen; Eric Reilly; Jon Van Gorp; Haukur Gudmundsson

Testimonials

Very strong mortgage regulatory practice.’

Key clients

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

American Finance Trust, Inc.

Amherst Holdings, LLC

Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.

Chimera Investment Corporation

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

DRW Holdings, LLC

Dynex Capital, Inc.

EPR Properties

Equity One, Inc.

Front Yard Residential Corporation (formerly Altisource Residential)

Global Net Lease, Inc.

Granite REIT

Great Ajax Corp.

MFA Financial, Inc.

Prologis, Inc.

New Residential Investment Corporation

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc.

Ready Capital Corporation

(formerly Sutherland Asset Management)

Redwood Trust, Inc.

Varde Partners, Inc.

B. Riley FBR, Inc.

Barclays Capital Inc.

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

BNP Paribas Securities Corp.

BofA Securities, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

JMP Securities LLC

Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.

Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Scotia Capital (USA) Inc.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

UBS Securities LLC

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

William Blair & Company, L.L.C.

Real estate > Real estate Tier 3

Mayer Brown's ‘experienced’ real estate team has ‘strong technical capabilities’ on a number of fronts. In the transactional space, the team is noted for its expertise in acquisitions and dispositions, asset management, developments mandates, leasing and financing deals, spanning office, retail, healthcare, hospitality, student housing and industrial assets. M&A transactions of large real estate holding companies are also a key strength, as is the assistance of investors and operators with the establishment of their joint ventures. The team also has experience of private equity transactions, and restructurings and workouts of credit facilities secured against real estate. Los Angeles-based Brian Aronson heads the real estate group, which frequently undertakes instructions with a cross-border component, acting for clients based in Asia and Europe, in addition to those throughout the Americas.

Practice head(s):

Brian Aronson

Other key lawyers:

David Stewart; Paul Meyer; Scott Cooper; Nathan McMichael; Heather Adkerson

Testimonials

‘Strong technical capabilities and knowledge base; practical advice; value for time‘.

‘Team players – bring in team members when required.’

‘Has a very strong and experienced team of experts for every field, not only in the U.S. but also abroad. Capable to cover complex issue from each aspect, even if it relates to non legal matters.’

‘Paul Mayer: Highly qualified not only in U.S. Law but also in German Investment Act. Knows very well the unique requirements of an off shore Investor in combination with U.S. Law. Has also a Commercial not only a legal Point of view and advises accordingly.’

‘Jonathan Baker: Young, Passionate and hard working. Very familiar with real estate law and has a very good Memory. Always available for his Clients.’.

Key clients

Alinda Capital Partners

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Principal Real Estate Investors

Heitman

Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Deutsche Bank

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

Mayer Brown advises on domestic and international cartel investigations alike, assisting clients with immunity applications and fine reductions as well as settlements and follow-on damages actions. The Washington DC-based Mark Ryan presides over the global antitrust and competition group, adding wide-ranging litigation expertise to the cartel practice. Also located in the capital, William Stallings relies on government experience at the DOJ Antitrust Division's transportation, energy and agriculture section when representing clients in cartel investigations. Oral Pottinger, who operates a wide-ranging antitrust practice in Washington DC and also advises on e-discovery solutions, was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

At Mayer Brown, merger control matters are primarily handled by the firm's offices in Washington DC, led by antitrust practice head Mark Ryan. The team acts on the full range of M&A antitrust and merger control issues such as the preparation and documentation of multi-jurisdictional merger clearances and assistance with joint ventures. M&A investigations and litigation arising out of antitrust concerns are also part of the service portfolio. DC-based key figure William Stallings brings sector expertise in transportation, energy and agriculture to the table. In addition to that, the merger control team is also well versed in advising representatives of financial services and chemicals industries.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bill Stallings is insightful, he thinks strategically, gives us excellent advice, and is responsive to our needs. He also has suggested innovative solutions to our issues where appropriate.’

‘Bill and his team have done quick turnarounds in response to our issues.’

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

The international arbitration group at Mayer Brown has a wealth of experience handling commercial arbitrations and related enforcement proceedings, acting for a mix of international companies, financial institutions, and state-owned enterprises. Praised by clients for his familiarity with the ICC Rules of Arbitration, Ted Howes heads the department out of New York, though the firm also fields arbitration specialists across its Chicago, Houston and Palo Alto offices. Of note in Houston, the team has particular experience of disputes in the energy and construction industries, areas where Michael Lennon is a key contact. The firm is also distinguished by its widely publicized work and recent appellate law successes in four US Supreme Court cases involving the interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act.

Practice head(s):

Ted Howes

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lennon; Sarah Reynolds

Testimonials

The team is great at putting together a plan and a strategy to approach the case.

B. Ted Howes is very familiar with the rules of the ICC, enabling him to efficiently prepare for pleadings and persuasive written submissions.

Key clients

Lion Mexico Consolidated L.P.

Panama Canal Authority

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 4

Based out of Houston and aided by a wide network of offices in many key global energy centres, Mayer Brown has 'deep and strong knowledge within the oil and gas sector', particularly in relation to corporate, commercial and financing work with an international complexion. On the upstream front, the team regularly receives work from foreign companies on inbound investments into the US and also assists domestic companies seeking to expand outside of the US, particularly in Latin America and Africa. LNG work is also a major strength of the firm and the Houston office has developed an excellent collaborative approach with the firm's Singapore and Tokyo offices on a raft of major Floating Storage Regasification (FSRU)/LNG import projects. The 'incredibly responsiveThomas Moore and Alexandre Chequer co-head the team, with Chequer splitting his time between the firm's Houston and Rio de Janeiro offices.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Chequer; Thomas Moore

Other key lawyers:

José Valera; Pablo Ferrante; Norman Nadorff; Rebecca Seidl; Vince Cangolosi

Testimonials

The business-oriented team at Mayer Brown has deep and strong knowledge within the oil and gas sector.

The team was very impressive in terms of its technical knowledge in relation to the drafting and negotiation of a midstream master services agreement for a new venture in Argentina.

The focused and results-oriented José Valera and Pablo Ferrante are both outstanding oil and gas lawyers and are able to add value in each detail of the negotiation.

Pablo Ferrante and Thomas Moore are incredibly responsive and dedicated.

Key clients

Rivercrest Royalties II, LLC

Flow Control Group

Repsol S.A.

AltaGas

PlusPetrol

Chevron

Lukoil

Petronas

Noble Energy

CLP Power Hong Kong

Mitsui

Sumitomo

Vista Oil & Gas

Ecopetrol

MOL

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

Mayer Brown's clients include start-ups, major pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, financial institutions, funds and other investors. The 65-partner team is spread across the firm's Chicago, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. Gary Hnath (Washington DC), Joseph Mahoney (Charlotte), James Ferguson (Chicago), and Lisa Ferri and Brian Nolan (both in New York) all have expertise in IP litigation and counseling. Also in the litigation space, Henninger Bullock in New York represents life sciences clients in product liability, licensing and supply disputes. On the transactional front, Reb Wheeler and David Carpenter handle a mix of M&A, private equity, securities, and other corporate matters. Co-head of global capital markets practice Anna Pinedo and Phyllis Korff are also recommended. The team is also particularly experienced in acting for Israeli life sciences companies, advising on a range of multimillion-dollar corporate, M&A, and capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

James Ferguson; Joseph Mahoney; Reb Wheeler

Key clients

AbbVie

Baxter

Bristol-Myers Squibb

GSK

Gilead Sciences

GW Pharmaceuticals

Medtronic

Merck & Co.

Nestlé Health Science

St. Jude Medical

Adaptimmune Therapeutics

Anchiano Therapeutics

BiomX

Brickell Biotech

InMode

Panaxia Therapeutics

BiolineRx

Protalix Biotherapeutics

OrCam

ElMindA

Gaba Therapeutics

MedAware

Medicrea International

Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries

Silence Therapeutics

SoftWheel

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 4

The team at Mayer Brown handles coverage disputes, class action defense, governmental investigations and internal reviews, commercial insurance litigation, and has represented insurers and their trade groups in appeals in federal and state courts. Key contacts are David Alberts and Stephen Rooney, both based in New York.

Other key lawyers:

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

Mayer Brown covers a broad spread of sectors, with the telecommunications, electronics, consumer products, food and beverage, life sciences and semiconductor ones as particularly busy areas of work. The practice primarily acts for defendants, but can also draw from its experience as plaintiff representative in a number of cases, allowing for a well rounded perspective on litigation strategies. With a successful track record in the major patent venues in the US, including the PTAB, the group is well positioned to assist with high-stakes patent disputes. Practice head Lisa Ferri is based in New York. Chicago is another key location. The firm also has an international office network, with its Düsseldorf and Beijing office as important antennas for cross-border work. Stephen Baskin and Dara Kurlancheek joined King & Spalding LLP in spring 2019.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Ferri

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Beaber; Gary Hnath; Kfir Levy; Brian Nolan; Edward Johnson; Michael Molano;

Key clients

Maxell Ltd.

LG Electronics, and LG Display

Samsung Electronics

NXP Semiconductor

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Ninestar

Zhejiang Medical Co., Ltd.

Man Wah Holdings Limited

HemoSonics LLC, Stago

International (France)

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Gilead Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline/ViiV

Healthcare

Google, Inc.

Sanofi/ Sanofi-Aventis

Regeneron

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Astellas Pharmaceuticals

BASF Corp.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

Mayer Brown's trade secrets practice is led by John Mancini in New York, and also includes Dale Giali in Los Angeles. Mancini has experience in cases involving digital media and the Internet, while Giali has advised on cases involving foods and beverages.

Practice head(s):

John Mancini; Dale Giali

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Mayer Brown is particularly active in the consumer products and food and beverage sectors, acting for major food brands such as The Nestlé Group. Practice head John Mancini has been advising Nestlé on opposition procedures and general protection of the client's 'Butterfinger,' 'Kit Kat' and 'Coffee Mate' trademarks. He also acted for Nespresso USA in trademark and trade dress infringement cases brought by multiple competitors that used a similar capsule design for its coffee capsules.

Practice head(s):

John Mancini 

Key clients

Nestlé USA

Nespresso USA

Capri Sun

Curtis International

Technicolor

Goya Foods

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Maureen Gorman heads up Mayer Brown’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice from Palo Alto, where she advises on DOL audits, de-risking exercises and qualified plan terminations for large-scale global clients. Chicago-based Ryan Liebel lends his tax expertise to 409(a) deferred compensation issues. The team has also attracted significant public pension fund clients seeking innovative tax-advantageous retirement programs. An extensive de-risking practice is cited, while on the ERISA fiduciary side, Lennine Occhino recently devised complex investment vehicles involving target-date funds for private equity funds, hedge funds and other AIFs.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Gorman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Assured Guaranty

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Caterpillar Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Envestnet

The Hartford Financial Group, Inc.

Rose Packing Company Inc.

Tenneco

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

Chicago-based partners Debra Hoffman and Ryan Liebl, and peer-praised Stephanie Vasconcellos, are the go-to employee benefits and executive compensation experts at Mayer Brown, having recently handled a suite of M&A deals and spin-offs in the insurance, fintech, consumer electronics and packaging sectors. Hoffman also structured complex employee retention programs for publicly-listed companies in the cloud-based software industry. The firm has a sophisticated ERISA fiduciary practice under Lennine Occhino, who works exclusively in this field. Occhino advises plan sponsors, investment managers and other asset managers on all matters pertaining to prohibited transactions and Title 1 compliance for their pension plan investment deals. Practice head Maureen Gorman splits her time between Palo Alto and New York.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Gorman

Key clients

Assured Guaranty

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Caterpillar Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Envestnet

The Hartford Financial Group, Inc.

Rose Packing Company Inc.

Tenneco

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 5

Mayer Brown's financial services team advises large domestic and international banks and financial services companies on regulatory compliance with legislation such as the Bank Holding Company Act and the Volcker Rule under Dodd-Frank. On the transactional front, the group advises clients on investments and acquisitions, and on the development of new global platforms requiring regulatory approval. Thomas Delaney, who previously served as an attorney with the US Treasury Department Office of Thrift Supervision, counsels clients on anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance, and defends financial institutions subject to enforcement proceedings and Congressional investigations. Jeffrey Taft assists clients with compliance and enforcement matters in relation to consumer financial services, cyber-security, payment systems and bank regulation. Marc Cohen has experience working with all of the major financial services regulators in the US, and also has extensive experience in cross-border litigation. Marlon Paz joined the firm in 2019 from Seward & Kissel LLP as the head of its new broker-dealer regulation and compliance practice. Paz brings to the team substantial experience in securities regulation, examinations, internal investigations, SEC and FINRA enforcement and compliance. Steven Kaplan co-heads the firm's financial services regulatory and enforcement practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Delaney; Steven Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Desjardins Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Ally Financial

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

On the basis of its significant client base, made up primarily of major financial institutions, Mayer Brown has been expanding extensively in the restructuring space. Acting out of the New York and Chicago offices, in which practice heads Brian Trust and Adam Paul respectively reside - the latter having joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in August 2019 - the team mainly represents creditors’ committees, acquirers of distressed assets, and debtors stretching out to cover crucial jurisdictions such as London and Europe, Asia and the far east, and  Latin America (notably, Brasil). The group is particularly proud of its expertise in the use of hybrid securitization-backed financing.

Practice head(s):

Brian Trust; Adam Paul

Key clients

Glas Trust Company

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

BNP Paribas Fortis

Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)

Wilmington Trust

Insight Investments

PNC Bank, National Association

Frontier Communications Corporation

Barclays Bank

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 5

Although Mayer Brown previously handled some power-related M&A and financing work by dint of its cross-sector transactional strength, its focus in the space was galvanized at the beginning of 2019 by the arrival of New York-based partners Elena Rubinov and the 'very commercialFrederick Lark from Bracewell LLP. Both partners have an excellent track record and have handled a plethora of high-profile M&A mandates for utilities companies and infrastructure funds in the power sector.

Practice head(s):

Frederick Lark; Elena Rubinov

Testimonials

Great industry knowledge and outstanding ability to drive a deal to its conclusion.

Frederick Lark is very commercial, has a great grasp of key deal points and is a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

SCANA Corporation

Argo Infrastructure Partners

PGGM

Rockland Capital

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Brookfield Infrastructure

Enwave Energy

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

Jointly led by Chicago-based partners William Kucera and Jodi Simala, the team at Mayer Brown is active in major strategic transactions and investments on behalf of financial institutions and corporates, such as Prologis and Nestlé. Indeed, New York corporate head David Carpenter has closed two transactions on behalf of long-standing client Nestlé in the past year. The firm has been especially active in the retail, insurance, energy, logistics, and chemicals industries, a broad sector spread owed in part to the firm's nationwide platform, including offices in key financial centres including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Alongside its transactional work, the firm's lawyers also maintain a profile in thought leadership with regard to M&A procedure and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

William Kucera; Jodi Simala

Testimonials

A strong background in legal matters for business formation and variations to specific business models. Knowledge of energy related issues is exemplary.

Jeff Dobbs has been very attentive to our company and needs related to the formation and changes that occur through time. Associate Joe Magro is easy to speak with and has always been very timely in his efforts on behalf of the Company. Outside business formation, advice by Mike Lennon has proven to be of significant value.

Key clients

ACE

Ally Financial

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Capital One Financial Corporation

Cargill

Caterpillar

Clarion

Credit Suisse

Creek Lane

Adtalem Gobal Education (f/k/a DeVry Education Group)

The Dow Chemical Company

Duff & Phelps

Ecopetrol

Exxon Mobil Corporation

The Hartford Financial Services Group

Heitman Capital

Macquarie Group

Mitsui & Co.

Nestlé

Northern Trust

Packaging Corporation of America

Prologis

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

SCANA Corporation

Tenneco

TC Energy Corporation (formerly TransCanada Corporation)

Walton Street Capital

Wells Fargo & Company

The Wendy’s Company

W.W. Grainger

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Although Mayer Brown advises both issuers and underwriters, the group is particularly prominent on the bank side and acts as designated underwriters’ counsel to a raft of public companies. Among the ‘very experienced’ team’s industry strong suits, it is arguably most recognized for its experience in financial services, energy, REITs and life sciences. It is also distinguished by its robust cross-border practice, which handles a significant volume of Israel-related transactions. Chicago-based Edward Best co-leads the capital markets team and has a focus on offerings by financial institutions. Anna Pinedo co-leads the group from New York and brings a significant structured finance dimension to her practice. Additional contacts include David Bakst and Phyllis Korff in New York and Palo Alto-based Jennifer Carlson.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

Testimonials

This is a very experienced legal team.

Actual market experience is extremely important in making decisions today and this team’s deep experience has been invaluable to me.

I have taken multiple issues to Anna Pinedo, from capital markets transactions and M&A strategy through to corporate board room challenges. Because of her experience, she is able to advise me on a broad range of legal and strategic issues — she is invaluable.’

Key clients

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc

AltaGas Ltd.

Anchiano Therapeutics Ltd.

Barclays Capital

BiomX Inc.

BMO Capital Markets

BNP Paribas

BofA Securities, Inc.

Brickell Biotech

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

FBR Capital Markets

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Great Ajax Corp.

GW Pharmaceuticals

Halcon Resources Corporation

HSBC

Hyundai Capital America

InMode Ltd.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

JMP Securities

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Lloyds Securities

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

National Bank of Canada

Natixis

Nomura

PNC Capital Markets

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets

Scotia Capital / Bank of Nova Scotia

Stifel

TransCanada Corporation

Triton International Limited

UBS Securities LLC

US Bancorp (and affiliates)

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Corporate and M&A > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Mayer Brown's outstanding Latin America credentials are enabling the firm to gain a greater market share of M&A transactions involving the region. Its Houston and Mexico City offices continue to make an impression, as does its associate firm in Brazil Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. Much of the practice involves energy and oil-and-gas transactions, including the acquisitions of energy assets and interests in power projects. Clients include Ecopetrol, Mitsui & Co, The Dow Chemical Company, CNOOC Petroleum Brasil, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Taco Bell Brasil, Barzel Properties Gestora de Recursos, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Total. Recent mandates saw the team advise Ecopetrol America on its acquisition of an interest in the K2 Field in the US Gulf of Mexico from Mitsubishi subsidiary MCX Gulf of Mexico; and assist Chilean electricity generation company, Colbun, with the purchase of LNG to be regasified at the Quintero terminal, Chile. In addition, it represented Arroyo Energy Investors in the purchase from Pattern Energy of a renewable energy project portfolio in Chile, including an interest in the 115MW El Arrayan wind farm and the entire equity interest in the 104MW AC Conejo solar project. The 'very professional' team includes Houston partners Pablo Ferrante and Jose Valera, who are both noted for their experience in oil-and-gas and energy transactions. New York partner Kevin Sheridan is also a frequent adviser on Latin America deals.

Projects and energy > Projects and energy

Mayer Brown has a rich history of bank-led project finance work, coupled with a growing standing among DFIs, export credit agencies (ECAs) and project sponsors. It is also an accomplished player in project and infrastructure bonds, including private placement-driven financings. The Latin America practice is located across in multiple centres, most notably in Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Houston, Mexico City and in Brazil through Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown. The Brazil team recently led advice to GE Capital in connection with the $1.5bn financing of CELSE – Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe's Porto de Sergipe I thermoelectric complex project in Barra dos Coqueiros; the largest cross-border, energy-related transaction in Brazil for some years, it was financed through a mixture of a bond issuance and multilateral lenders. The firm is a major player in the renewable energy segment right across Latin America and advised MUFG, Natixis and SMBC, as lenders, on the $135m financing of the expansion of the 133MW Los Guindos diesel-fired power station in southern Chile’s Biobío region. In the private placement segment, the firm represented the note purchasers in the $103m placement of senior secured notes and $11.5m subordinated secured notes to refinance the Naranjal and Del Litoral solar power plants in Uruguay; the structure builds on the firm's previous work in private placement project bonds, including the Campo Palomas wind project in Uruguay. In the project bonds and private placement segment, New York and Washington DC partner Christopher Erckert  is a recognised authority, though he is also an experienced traditional project finance practitioner, particularly in the renewables sector. Houston partner Robert Goldberg is an experienced figure in Latin America power and renewables projects. London's Ian Coles is a mining sector leader with considerable experience in Latin America. Houston's Pablo Ferrante and Jose Valera are highly rated for oil-and-gas, LNG, power and renewables deals. Ariel Ramos  is a big name in Mexico City, while Barry Machlin and Douglas Doetsch are pivotal figures in Chicago. Washington DC's Gabriela Sakamoto is an emerging talent and Eduardo Lima is a key name in Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown's Sao Paulo office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Carol A Hitselberger (Charlotte)
Banking and finance Paul A Jorissen (New York)
Banking and finance J Bradley Keck (Chicago)
Corporate and securities Philip O Brandes (New York)
Corporate and securities Elizabeth A Raymond (Chicago)
Corporate and securities Marc F Sperber (Chicago)
Employment and benefits Maureen J Gorman (Palo Alto)
Intellectual property Lisa M Ferri (New York)
Intellectual property Alan M Grimaldi (Washington, DC)
Litigation and dispute resolution Matthew D Ingber (New York)
Litigation and dispute resolution Michael E Lackey (Washington, DC)
Litigation and dispute resolution Andrew S Marovitz (Chicago)
Litigation and dispute resolution John Nadolenco (Los Angeles)
Real estate Brian Aronson (Los Angeles)
Real estate Jeffrey A Usow (Chicago)
Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency Brian Trust (New York)
Tax (controversy and transactions) James R Barry (Chicago)
Tax (controversy and transactions) Jason S Bazar (New York)
Tax (controversy and transactions) Brian W Kittle (New York)
Tax (controversy and transactions) Thomas Kittle-Kamp (Chicago)
Tax (controversy and transactions) Joel V Williamson (Chicago)
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Mr Jose Valera  photo Mr Jose Valera
Number of Partners : 600
Number of Lawyers : 1,500
Chairman : Paul W Theiss (Chicago)
Managing Partner : Jeremy Clay (London)
Other Offices : Americas: Brasília*
Other Offices : Mexico City
Other Offices : Rio de Janeiro*
Other Offices : São Paolo*
Other Offices : Asia: Bangkok
Other Offices : Beijing
Other Offices : Hanoi
Other Offices : Ho Chi Minh City
Other Offices : Hong Kong
Other Offices : Shanghai
Other Offices : Singapore
Other Offices : Tokyo
Other Offices : Europe: Brussels
Other Offices : Düsseldorf
Other Offices : Frankfurt
Other Offices : London
Other Offices : Paris
Other Offices : Middle East: Dubai
Other Offices : *in association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Firm Overview:
Mayer Brown is a distinctively global law firm, uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes. With extensive reach across four continents, the firm is the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy. It has deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including its signature strength, the global financial services industry. Mayer Brown’s diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything the firm does. Its “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices and regions—ensures that clients receive the best of the firm’s knowledge and experience.

Main Areas of Practice:

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

Corporate & Securities:
The lawyers provide a full range of legal services to leading global companies and financial institutions for some of their most important transactions, including complex cross-border deals and industry-specific issues. Key sub-practices include capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and technology transactions.

Employment & Benefits:
The firm provides sophisticated solutions to the most complex issues in employment, employee benefits, executive compensation, ERISA litigation and pensions, as well as country-by-country knowledge of employment law and practices.

Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement:
Financial institutions and regulators alike turn to the firm’s financial services regulatory and enforcement practice for the insight and analysis it provides on complex global issues. The firm addresses the needs of global and national financial services organizations-including banks, credit card companies, brokerages, dealers, insurance firms, asset managers, money services businesses and collective investments-and their trade associations.

Government:
The government relations lawyers advise multinational businesses on national, state and local government issues and advance legislative and regulatory strategies that change the landscapes of major industries. The government contracts group helps clients from virtually every industry successfully manage all aspects of the contracting process at the federal, state and local levels.

Intellectual Property:
Innovators at many of the world’s largest multinational corporations, emerging-growth companies and established mid-sized businesses rely on Mayer Brown to help protect, preserve and enforce their intellectual property assets. The firm works as a strategic partner with every client to select the right options to fit each client’s business strategy, whether the work includes assessing an IP portfolio, performing due diligence for an acquisition; securing a trademark, trade secret or copyright; or using litigation to resolve business disputes over patent, trademark or copyright infringement or misappropriation. Mayer Brown helps clients protect their investment, increase their market share and strengthen their competitive advantage.

International Trade:
The international trade practice includes some of the most experienced trade professionals and lawyers in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, who have in-depth knowledge and vast experience with virtually every aspect of international trade and investment, including market access and trade policy, trade remedies, trade compliance, international litigation and dispute settlement, ITC Section 337 investigations and the WTO.

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

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

Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency:
The firm has extensive experience in cross-border restructuring and formal insolvencies, working closely across its regional offices on multi-jurisdictional matters. It represents liquidators, receivers, administrators, bondholders, lenders, liquidity providers, trustees, debtor-in-possession providers, company directors, insurers, pension fund trustees and corporate debtors and creditors on all aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency.

Tax (Tax Controversy, Tax Transactions & Consulting):
The full-service tax practice covers every aspect of corporate, partnership and individual taxation, including taxation of cross-border transactions, litigation and state and local issues and has sub-practices in transactions, consulting and planning, audits, administrative appeals, litigation and international transfer pricing.

Private Clients, Trusts & Estates:
High-net-worth individuals require legal advice that is as sophisticated as their business and investment interests and never loses sight of their goals. The firm’s advice reaches beyond minimizing taxes to ensure practical and effective solutions to complex issues while maintaining flexibility to accommodate unforeseen events and family situations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & Finance Carol A. Hitselberger (Charlotte) chitselberger@mayerbrown.com +1 704 444 3522
Banking & Finance Paul A. Jorissen (New York) pjorissen@mayerbrown.com +1 212 506 2555
Banking & Finance J. Bradley Keck (Chicago) jkeck@mayerbrown.com +1 312 701 7240
Corporate & Securities Philip O. Brandes (New York) pbrandes@mayerbrown.com +1 212 506 2558
Corporate & Securities Elizabeth A. Raymond (Chicago) eraymond@mayerbrown.com +1 312 701 7322
Corporate & Securities Marc F. Sperber (Chicago) msperber@mayerbrown.com +1 312 701 7444
Employment & Benefits Maureen J. Gorman (Palo Alto) mgorman@mayerbrown.com +1 650 331 2015
Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement Thomas J. Delaney (Washington DC) tdelaney@mayerbrown.com +1 202 263 3216
Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement Steven M. Kaplan (Washington DC) skaplan@mayerbrown.com +1 202 263 3005
Government Duane W. Layton (Washington DC) dlayton@mayerbrown.com +1 202 263 3811
Government Philip R. Recht (Los Angeles) precht@mayerbrown.com +1 213 229 9512
Government Joseph Seliga (Chicago) jseliga@mayerbrown.com +1 312 701 8818
Intellectual Property Lisa M. Ferri (New York) lferri@mayerbrown.com +1 212 506 2340
Litigation & Dispute Resolution John Nadolenco (Los Angeles) jnadolenco@mayerbrown.com +1 213 229 5173
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Michael A. Olsen (Chicago) molsen@mayerbrown.com +1 312 701 7120
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Richard A. Spehr (New York) rspehr@mayerbrown.com +1 212 506 2578
Private Clients, Trusts & Estates Richard A. Campbell (Chicago) rcampbell@mayerbrown.com +1 312 701 7111
Real Estate Brian Aronson (Los Angeles) baronson@mayerbrown.com +1 213 229 5151
Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Brian Trust (New York) btrust@mayerbrown.com +1 212 506 2570
Tax Controversy Brian W. Kittle (New York) bkittle@mayerbrown.com +1 212 506 2187
Tax Controversy Thomas Kittle-Kamp (Chicago) tkittlekamp@mayerbrown.com +1 312 701 7028
Tax Controversy Joel V. Williamson (Chicago) jwilliamson@mayerbrown.com +1 312 701 7229
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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.