Mayer Brown > Palo Alto, United States > Firm Profile

Mayer Brown
2 PALO ALTO SQUARE, SUITE 300
3000 EL CAMINO REAL
PALO ALTO, CA 94306-2112
United States

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

During the past year, Mayer Brown‘s thriving national appellate practice handled over 50 cases before federal and state appellate courts across the country. The group was also involved in numerous SCOTUS cases, including serving as amicus counsel in six significant matters. The practice is recognized for its ability to represent clients at all stages of litigation, routinely acting alongside the firm’s trial lawyers — or litigators from peer firms — to handle cases from original trial through to appeal. Among its other distinguishing factors, the team stands out for its impressive record in privacy, technology and financial services-related issues, in line with its firm-wide strengths. In Washington DC, Andrew Pincus is highly regarded for his experience in precedent-setting matters, with broad expertise spanning IP, privacy, consumer protection and financial services, among other areas. Pincus recently teamed up with the IP practice to successfully represent Spotify in the appeal of a 2018 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the rates which streaming services pay to composers of musical works. Nicole Saharsky is another key partner in Washington DC and led the firm’s high-profile representation of players of the US Women’s soccer team in their appeal of an adverse summary judgment ruling on pay equity. In New York, Lauren Goldman is noted for her impressive record in class actions, with an emphasis on data privacy and product liability-related cases. Other seasoned specialists include former Illinois Solicitor General Michael Scodro, based in Chicago, and Washington DC-based Evan Tager, who is recommended for his premier expertise in punitive damages cases.

Testimonials

Demonstrates deep experience in dealing with the kinds of disputes our company faces.’

Key clients

3M

AT&T

Cargill

Facebook

Google

Nestlé

Shutterfly

Spotify

The Bank of New York Mellon

US Chamber of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Cargill before the US Supreme Court in reversing an appellate decision that had reinstated an Alien Tort Statute class action against Cargill.
  • Represented the players of the US Women’s soccer team in their appeal of an adverse summary judgment ruling on pay equity.
  • Successfully represented Northrop Grumman in the Ninth Circuit in obtaining dismissal of a nationwide class action regarding pension benefits.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Lawyers at Mayer Brown are commended by clients for ‘top notch talent in structured notes and derivatives‘, with a practice that covers transactional, regulatory and contentious work, coordinating closely with its London office On the transactional front, the firm fields a broad offering, leveraging expertise in equity, credit, interest rates and exchange rates. In New York, Anna Pinedo is an expert in structured notes and other hybrid and structured products. Chicago’s Matthew Kluchenek handles a broad range of regulatory, transactional and enforcement issues, with substantial experience in representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions by federal authorities. In Palo Alto, Remmelt Reigersman is handles the tax aspects of financial product transactions, while New York’s Curtis Doty focuses on over-the-counter derivatives, bringing to bear expertise in commercial and insolvency law. Promoted to partner in January 2022, Marla Matusic in New York is building a solid practice involving the structuring and trading of complex derivatives and structured financial products.

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic group; takes time to understand your business; broad bench of expertise’

‘Matt Kluchenek – simply the best you can get in outside counsel, period.’

Mayer Brown has a very unique practice by being quick and very responsive to our request. They have a very good understanding of our needs and their knowledge is very important for us. They bring us to another level and they are very business oriented and find solutions to be proactive when we have some hurdles

Mayer Brown has been particularly efficient in delivering last minute requests at very short notice and short expected turnaround times. Mayer Brown can be trusted upon if I am looking for speed and efficiency.

Marla Matusic is my go-to and she is great. She is always flexible, can be relied upon particularly when speed/timing is of the essence. She makes herself available to turn around a trade at all hours of the day and her responsiveness is much appreciated. ‘

Top notch talent in structured notes and derivatives. The MB team is very responsive and client-focused in dealing with the demanding needs and turnaround times of an active structured notes platform. With industry-leading partners managing the team, Mayer Brown brings depth and breadth of talent to provide both sound advice and competent drafting. ‘

Key clients

Association of German Banks

Axio Financial, LLC

Bank of Montreal/BMO Capital Markets

Bitnomial Exchange

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Cowen

Crédit Agricole CIB

Deutsche Bank

Halo Investing

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

ING Group

InspereX (formerly Incapital)

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

m+ Funds

National Bank of Canada

Natixis

PIMCO

Raymond James & Associates

SMBC Nikko

Société Générale

Strategas Securities

Structured Products Association

Toronto Dominion/TD Bank

UBS

Walleye Trading Advisors

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

Mayer Brown ‘s structured finance team is praised by clients for its ‘incredible depth and breadth of knowledge‘ under the leadership of Chicago’s Julie Gillespie , who is a leader in the credit card securitization space, and Ger O’Donnell, who specializes in warehouse financings, asset purchases and 144A placements. Also in Chicago, Stuart Litwin  receives plaudits as a leader in auto ABS, former practice head Jon Van Gorp is well-known for RMBS transactions and Angela Ulum is a leader in the field of auto and equipment loans. In Charlotte, Carol Hitselberger  has experience across a variety of loan securitizations. New York’s Paul Jorissen  has a strong practice in the residential mortgage market. Ryan Suda is an expert in CLOs.

Practice head(s):

Julie Gillespie; Ger O’Donnell

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Litwin; Jon Van Gorp; Carol Hitselberger; Paul Jorissen; Angela Ulum; Amanda Baker; Ryan Suda

Testimonials

‘The team at Mayer Brown that we have worked with is very collaborative and commercial working with us and our counter parties. They always understand the primary goal is to get the transaction complete and keep a great relationship with our lending partners. They keep us on course and are very clear in guiding us in when to fight and when to concede.’

‘Ger O’Donnell at Mayer Brown has been a valuable asset to our firms growth as he has guided us through many varying transactions. He understands our core values and incentives as well as our deepest sensitivities. He is very empathetic to our needs.’

‘The depth and breadth of knowledge of the Mayer Brown structured finance team is incredible. The team also happens to be diverse and highly responsive, which it not the case with all outside counsel.’

‘They are pleasant people… not just smart lawyers, and are open to differing perspective and willing to help find workable middle ground on complex issues.’

‘The people make all the difference, and Stuart Litwin has trained the best. He leads the securitization practice. We recommend them without hesitation.’

‘Stuart Litwin: the “godfather” of auto ABS. He’s the best!’

Key clients

Discover

Square Inc.

Ocwen Financial Corporation

HPS Investment Partners

Upstart

LendingClub

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc.

Synchrony Bank

Barclays

MJX Asset Management

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

Carrington Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised the securitization lenders of Donlen Corp, The Hertz Corp.’s fleet leasing subsidiary, to help address its fleet issues while Hertz and subsidiaries were in bankruptcy.

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 1

Mayer Brown has a market-leading fintech practice that covers all the bases. The firm’s enviable client list, particularly among major payment processors and credit card companies, including Square, PayPal and American Express, is demonstrative of the firm’s standing. This extends beyond US borders, with clients, including major investors such as Goldman Sachs, receiving strong support in Europe and Asia. Assistance with product launches and partnership agreements feature prominently on the team’s agenda, with clients benefiting from a comprehensive range of expertise, from financial services regulatory and enforcement, through to outsourcing and technology transactions, payments, lending, capital markets, M&A, venture capital and cybersecurity. The fintech leadership team also reflects the group’s multidisciplinary strengths, with regulatory partners David Beam and Steve Kaplan in Washington DC jointly heading the practice with Chicago-based outsourcing partner Brad Peterson. Other key individuals include New York finance partner Amanda Baker and Palo Alto-based Rohith George, who is especially experienced in business service agreements and related licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

David Beam; Steven Kaplan; Brad Peterson

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Baker; Julie Gillespie; Reg Goeke; Elizabeth Raymond; Rohith George

Testimonials

‘The banking and finance teams at Mayer Brown understand our business and products well, provide practical and timely regulatory and commercial advice across a range of products and areas and their specialized knowledge on corporate financing and investment arrangements and negotiations have been invaluable.’

‘David Beam is a critical partner for my legal team and business clients – he understands our business and products well and provides practical and timely advice whenever needed. Zach Carrier provided critical and excellent expertise in relation to trade receivable financing and investment arrangements in 2021.’

 

Key clients

Square

American Express Company

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

PayPal

Afterpay

LendingClub

Bitnomial Exchange

Riskified

Stripe

Work highlights

  • Advising Square on all aspects of its Borrow program, including helping the client establish a partnership with the bank lender for the borrower program, as well as related payments and credit regulatory issues.
  • Representing several fintech companies, including Square, Shopify, and Stripe in connection with establishing and negotiating bank partnership arrangements for lending platforms.
  • Consumer financial regulatory counsel to providers in connection with various buy-now/pay-later product structures, including instalment loans with various repayment structures; retail instalment/credit sale transaction structures; and closed-end credit accessible via credit cards.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

Mayer Brown acts for companies from sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing in the negotiation of complex outsourcing agreements. The team’s work includes traditional outsourcing deals involving the outsourcing of processes such as call centers, finance and accounting as well as cutting-edge matters such as software-as-a-service deals. The practice’s ability to handle complex transactions is demonstrated by its work for The Dow Chemical Company in negotiating outsourcing agreements following Dow’s carve-out divestiture of several parts of its business. In addition to acting on the customer side of deals, the practice also counts prominent providers of outsourcing services amongst its clients. Brad Peterson leads the Chicago-based team and has a focus on transactions with a strong technological element. Rebecca Eisner is another key figure and has a strong record in the outsourcing space. Marina Aronchik leads the team’s work for the Dow Chemical Company and is noted for her experience acting for chemical companies, while Joe Pennell handles outsourcing transactions for financial services and insurance clients.

Practice head(s):

Brad Peterson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown has a very solid foundation of partners that bring a vast understanding of the industry, the M&A landscape, the legal framework, and the trends that will be shaping the industry. They also have connections to experts that can provide advice on specific aspects but all delivered in a seamless manner.’

‘Mayer Brown has some top talents in their field. They bring a wealth of knowledge to the table as well as a structure that allows them to move the projects forward in an efficient way. They are attentive to their clients needs and guide them through the process to maximize the chances to meet the project goals and objectives. They bring clarity, structure, knowledge, focus, support, and guidance.’

Key clients

The Dow Chemical Company

BMO Harris Bank

The Dow Chemical Company

BMO Harris Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented The Dow Chemical Company in structuring and negotiating a set of complex multi-decade services agreements in connection with Dow’s carve-out divestiture of certain US Gulf Coast marine and terminal operations and related assets to Vopak Industrial Infrastructure Americas.
  • Represented BMO Harris Bank in contracting with LPL Financial (LPL), an industry-leading broker-dealer provider, to outsource delivery of brokerage and advisory services and associated digital solutions to customers of BMO Harris Financial Advisors.
  • Represented The Dow Chemical Company in structuring and negotiating a set of complex multi-decade outsourced services agreements in connection with Dow’s carve-out divestiture of certain rail infrastructure and related assets to Watco Companies, LLC (a transportation service company), in partnership with Oaktree Capital Management (aleader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments).

Tax > Financial products Tier 1

With ‘an excellent, top notch practice‘, Mayer Brown‘s team, co-led in the US by Chicago’s James Barry and New York’s Jason Bazar , advises banks, funds and other capital markets participants on the tax aspects of their financial products and trading strategies. It works closely with the firm’s banking and finance, capital markets and securities practices, and has a stellar reputation for innovative products and transactions. Areas of expertise include structured products, hybrid securities, capital reshuffling and debt and equity offerings. In New York, Mark Leeds is focused on the tax consequences of capital markets products and strategies, including over-the-counter derivative transactions, swaps and tax-exempt derivatives; while Thomas Humphreys, who ‘brings a combination of knowledge of transactions and capital markets, and most importantly problem solving and creativity to any situation‘, is a veteran of the financial products space, with a track record in innovative structures. In San Francisco, Remmelt Reigersman is known for federal and international tax matters, with a strong practice including public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities.

Practice head(s):

James Barry; Jason Bazar

Other key lawyers:

Mark Leeds; Thomas Humphreys; Remmelt Reigersman; Russell Nance; David Goett

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown has an excellent, top notch practice overall.’

‘The uniqueness of this team is due to their exceptional knowledge of (i) capital markets and the related tax issues, and (ii) their experience and knowledge with respect to structured financial transactions, involving both domestic and foreign, cross border transactions. Tom Humphreys in particular has been involved in more capital markets transactions than possibly any other attorney on Wall Street.

The innovation Mayer Brown brings to the practice relates to its knowledge of transactions, and its creativity in developing new structures and solving problems and issues in transactions.’

‘I have worked most frequently with Tom Humphreys. Tom brings a combination of knowledge of transactions and capital markets, and most importantly problem solving and creativity to any situation. We have used Tom not only on existing transactions, but equally important on creative problem solving and transaction development. The breadth of Tom’s knowledge of capital markets is quite amazing. We have also used Mark Leeds and Remmelt Reigersman, both of whom have outstanding knowledge of capital markets and financial transactions’

Key clients

Bank of America Securities / Merrill Lynch

Bank of Montreal/BMO Capital Markets

C5 Capital Limited

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Citigroup Global Markets Inc

Credit Agricole CIB

HSBC USA Inc.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, Mizuho Bank and PNC Bank

M+ Funds

MJX Asset Management LLC

National Bank of Canada

Raymond James & Associates

Société Générale

UBS

Work highlights

  • Advised BMO on both its SEC registered and Regulation S/Rule 144A offering programs.
  • Advised JPMorgan Chase Bank, Mizuho Bank and PNC Bank, as joint lead arrangers and administrative agents, in connection with $4.5 billion financing provided to FirstEnergy Corp., one of the largest investor-owned electric systems in the US, and made available under six separate operating company revolving credit facilities.
  • Advised Merrill Lynch International as the Initial Purchaser and Sole Arranger in respect of a refinancing of Carlyle Euro CLO 2017-1, a European CLO transaction.

Tax > International tax Tier 1

Mayer Brown is a strong choice for multinationals, financial institutions, and funds on tax matters concerning inbound and outbound M&A, structured financing and investment funds, transfer pricing agreements, and global tax planning. The team is also involved in multi-jurisdictional ‘bet-the-company’ tax disputes. Co-chair and tax planning specialist Jason Bazar is based in New York. He works alongside Lucas Giardelli, a specialist in international tax planning. In Chicago, global co-chair James Barry covers tax planning regarding restructuring and acquisitions, while Michael Lebovitz and Thomas Kittle-Kamp deal with transfer pricing agreements and corporate reorganizations. In Washington DC, Kenneth Klein advises on both tax structuring and restructuring for Fortune 100 companies. He works alongside international tax controversy expert Gary Wilcox and Jason Osborn, who is noted for his work on transfer pricing and bilateral advance pricing agreements. 2021 saw a number of new partners joining the practice: tax transaction specialists Greg Matlock from Ernst & Young in January and Michelle Jewett from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in March; tax controversy attorney Jenny Austin from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in May; and CFIUS filing specialist Amanda Rosenberg from Norton Rose Fulbright in August. Andy Baik departed in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jason Bazar; James Barry

Testimonials

Mayer Brown’s international tax practice is very experienced in representing clients before the Competent Authority of the U.S. in treaty controversies. They are well respected by APMA, and as well are known and trusted by the Competent Authorities of major U.S. treaty partners.’

Jason Osborn has been superb in representing us before APMA in a major controversy with a treaty partner now spanning four decades. A key quality of Jason’s is that he anticipates what both the client and the taxing authority are expecting, thereby saving time in crafting responses.’

Mayer Brown is a great firm, I think they are very efficient and knowledgeable. They have provided accurate advice to the company I work for.’

Lucas Giardelli is a very smart partner, he coordinates with other colleagues in order to provide the necessary advice. Kenneth Klein is another smart partner, he has a lot of experience and his advice has been very helpful to the company.’

Key clients

Caterpillar

CDK Global, Inc.

Ember Infrastructure Partners and ReEnergy Holdings, LLC

GSS Holdings Liberty, Inc / Scotia Bank

World Shipping Council

Brookfield Infrastructure

Kakao Entertainment

HPS Investment Partners LLC

MJX Asset Management LLC

Nestle

Work highlights

  • Represented the World Shipping Council in the possible application of the OECD “Pillar One” and “Pillar Two” digitalization proposals.
  • Represented CDK Global, Inc. in the $1.45bn sale of its CDK international segment to private equity firm Francisco Partners Management, L.P.
  • Represented Caterpillar in its $405m acquisition of the global Oil & Gas Division of The Weir Group plc.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

Mayer Brown engages in high-profile tax litigation and resolution matters involving bet-the-company tax disputes, with cases before the US Tax Court and federal and state courts. Its expertise includes SALT covering all 50 states, especially in New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois. Co-leads Joel Williamson and Thomas Kittle-Kamp operate out of Chicago while co-lead Brian Kittle is based in New York. The SALT team is lead by Leah Robinson from New York, and supported by New York’s Zal Kumar and Palo Alto-based Larry Langdon and Paul DiSangro. The team also is noted for its work on international advance pricing agreements, lead by John Hildy in Chicago. In a notable move, federal tax controversy specialist Jenny Austin joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kittle; Thomas Kittle-Kamp; Joel Williamson

Testimonials

‘Our Mayer Brown advisor has been very helpful in assessing tax risk on IRS audit controversary. His research and positioning has been outstanding. Very client focused. He listens to feedback and other ideas and works as a partner with my team.’

Key clients

Yum! Brands, Inc.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

FMR LLC (Fidelity)

Tribune Media Company/Nexstar

Hyatt Corporation

GSS Holdings Liberty, Inc.

R.O.P. Aviation, Inc. (subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes)

Eaton Corporation

Abbott

Scotia Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented Nexstar Media in Tax Court.
  • Represented Fidelity in Cross Refined Coal LLC v. Commissioner.
  • Represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Kerr-McGee Corporation in a dispute regarding the deductibility of payments made in 2015 to settle litigation arising from the bankruptcy of Tronox.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Working collaboratively across multiple offices, Mayer Brown is well versed in the full gamut of high-value tax matters, working with an array of well-known clients from the worlds of telecoms, consumer goods, industrial commodities, shipping, financial services, and investment banking. The team is particularly regarded for its capabilities in securitization and structured finance, while in recent months renewables, fund work, and real estate investments have all proven to be vibrant work streams. Chicago-based James Barry works with both high-net-worth individuals and US corporations on domestic and international tax planning matters, while New York-based Jason Bazar ‘s broad expertise encompasses both financings and business combinations. Mark Leeds is a capital markets expert with key experience in over-the-counter derivative transactions and swaps, while Lucas Giardelli focuses on international tax planning for a diverse cross-section of multinationals. Palo Alto-based Remmelt Reigersman assists various issuers and institutional investors in financing transactions and regarding structured products. New arrivals in Summer 2021 include global tax energy co-chair Greg Matlock, who has joined the Houston office from EY, and Amanda Rosenberg, a renewable energy investment specialist who joined the Los Angeles office from Norton Rose Fulbright. All named lawyers are based in New York unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

James Barry; Jason Bazar

Key clients

Altice N.V. & Altice USA Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company

Hartford Financial Services Group

Macquarie Group Limited

Nestlé SA

Caterpillar

Société Générale

World Shipping Council

The Jordan Company

Sotheby’s Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Square, Inc. in its acquisition of Credit Karma Tax.
  • Represented CDK Global, Inc. in the $1.45bn sale of its CDK international segment to Francisco Partners Management, L.P.
  • Represented Lone Star Funds in the $1.68bn sale of its portfolio company, Caliber Home Loans, Inc., to New Residential Investment Corp., combining two leading non-bank originators and servicers of mortgage loans.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

The antitrust and competition practice at Mayer Brown continues to be involved in high-profile cases on the defense side in industries such as agriculture and food, automotive, and healthcare. The firm recently added Gail Levine, formerly deputy director of the Bureau of Competition at the FTC, to its partner roster in Washington DC, where she focuses on the high-tech, healthcare as well as pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors. She leads the department together with Chicago-based Britt Miller and DC-based William Stallings. Also in DC, Carmine Zarlenga excels at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, while Oral Pottinger is well versed in class action discovery and e-discovery.

Practice head(s):

Britt Miller; William Stallings; Gail Levine

Key clients

Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation

Foster Poultry Farms and Foster Farms, LLC

Indiana Packers Corporation/Mitsubishi Corporation

Cermaq Group AS

HSBC

Lear Corporation

Southwest Airlines

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Delta Dental

Nestlé, SA

CNH Industrial

CDK Global

The Big Ten Conference

BASF Corporation and BASF SE

Delta Dental Plans Association

Work highlights

  • Representing clients in each of the broilers (Foster Farms), turkey (Foster Farms), pork (Indiana Packers), beef (Cargill) and salmon (Cermaq) antitrust cases, which are substantial pending antitrust class actions in the agricultural and food industry.
  • Representing Delta Dental Plans Association in a multidistrict litigation in which plaintiffs claim that defendants violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by allegedly agreeing to “allocate” the dental insurance market into geographic areas and purportedly imposing below-market reimbursement rates on dental providers.
  • Representing HSBC Bank plc & HSBC Bank USA, N.A. in a putative class action alleging that financial institutions restrained competition in the trading of supranational, sovereign and agency bonds, as well as in another action alleging that financial institutions boycotted entry of an exchange trading platform in the credit default swaps marketplace.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 2

Mayer Brown is well-regarded for its work in cross-border financial services litigation, handling derivatives and securities litigation as well as disputes in the consumer lending space. Anti-money laundering and Anti-Terrorism Act disputes are a particular focus for the team, which represents prominent banks in civil claims and regulatory enforcement proceedings in this space. The firm’s work in this area includes Mark Hanchet‘s defense of HSBC in two high-profile ATA claims related to allegedly providing banking services to groups and individuals with links to Mexican drug cartels and Islamist terrorist organizations. Elsewhere, Lucia Nale and Debra Bogo-Ernst handle consumer finance class actions in state and federal court, including matters related to mortgage lending. Christopher Houpt focuses on litigation involving structured finance and leads the team’s work on RMBS disputes, with Matthew Ingber another name to note in this area. Hanchet, Ingber and Houpt are based in New York, while Nale and Bogo-Ernst work out of the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hanchet; Christopher Houpt

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team (legally and practically), excellent knowledge also in the business areas. very effective, quick response.’

‘Experienced and successful commercial litigators who know how to think big picture strategy to develop a plan that achieves the client’s needs, and execute on it. Mayer Brown litigators understand the need to achieve resolution quickly and efficiently where possible. They staff matters leanly and avoid overbilling. We have had repeated success in numerous big-ticket cases by relying on Mayer Brown’s strategic approach.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank

Société Générale

Bank of Montreal

Citibank, N.A. and Citigroup Inc.

The Bank of New York Mellon

Morgan Stanley and Invesco

Banque Pictet

Work highlights

  • Represented HSBC in an Anti-Terrorism Act lawsuit brought by families of victims of an Al Qaeda terror attack in Afghanistan, alleging that HSBC provided banking services to Iranian and Saudi financial institutions that the plaintiffs say have ties to terrorist financing.
  • Represented CitiMortgage, Inc. in proceedings before the Ninth Circuit, when the Court unanimously affirmed the district court’s granting of summary judgment in a nationwide class action that challenged CitiMortgage’s notarization practices.
  • Represented Société Générale in litigation alleging that the bank engaged in a conspiracy to manipulate the Yen LIBOR rate.

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 2

Mayer Brown is 'very knowledgeable in the area of international trade', with sources commending its ability to cover 'the full range of legal needs'. The US team plugs into the firm's global network to provide a comprehensive international trade offering that regularly works across jurisdictions to advise on complex investigations and high-profile disputes. Global practice head Duane Layton specializes in international dispute settlement — including WTO matters, trade remedies and trade policy — and is recognized for his record in representing both governments and industry clients. Tamer Soliman, who is based out of Dubai and Washington DC, spearheads an export controls and economic sanctions practice that is active across a broad range of business sectors, including defense, technology, energy and financial services. Matthew McConkey splits his time between Washington DC and Beijing and is recommended for trade remedy work; he recently represented Island Industries in three separate scope proceedings concerning the circumvention of the US antidumping order against butt-weld pipe fittings from China by importers of weld outlets. Sydney Mintzer, who co-heads the global customs practice, and Timothy Keeler, who is a former Chief of Staff to the USTR, are also noted. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown is very knowledgeable in the area of international trade. They know the fundamentals well, keep apprised of most recent developments, and are able to cover the full range of legal needs.’

‘I have worked primarily with Sydney Mintzer, and also with Jing Zhang. I have found them both to be very helpful and I am happy to refer clients to them, knowing the clients are in good hands.’

Key clients

Premium Tobacco Co.

Arkema Inc.

Aluminum Extruders Council

Schneider Electric SE

Island Industries

Assan Aluminum and its US affiliate Kibar Americas

Weldbend Corporation

NLMK Group

Medline Industries

Southwire Company

Work highlights

  • Filed a petition on behalf of Premium Tobacco seeking a modification of the withhold release order that would allow the company to restart importing in the US based on evidence that Premium Tobacco’s supply chain was free of forced labor.
  • Represented Island Industries in three separate scope proceedings concerning circumvention of the US antidumping order against butt-weld pipe fittings from China by importers of weld outlets.
  • Secured a victory for Arkema as petitioner in a US antidumping investigation into R-32 imports from China, resulting in duties of between 161% and 211%.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Combining strong overarching trial capabilities with underlying broad-based products liability strength, Mayer Brown continues to represents pharma and medical device clients across a range of high-profile matters. As well as its aptitude at advancing the doctrine of federal pre-emption for the benefit of its clients, the team also continues to be a market-leader defending pharmaceutical companies, including GSK, in “innovator liability” claims. Henninger Bullock  in New York is regularly at the forefront of significant product liability-related mandates in the sector, as a function of his overarching life sciences litigation prowess. Michael Olsen  and Daniel Ring, who are both based out of Chicago, co-head the team alongside Bullock.  

Key clients

3M

Abbott Laboratories

Cook Medical

Eli Lilly

Endo Pharmaceuticals

GlaxoSmithKline

Medtronic, Inc.

St. Jude Medical Inc.

Terumo Medical Corp.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Endo Pharmaceuticals against highly controversial and aggressive allegations of discovery violations related to the opioid litigation.
  • Representing GSK in innovator-liability claims relating to Lamictal/lamotrigine, working particularly on early-case assessments, research, discovery, motion practice, trial, and appellate preservation.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Drawing upon the expertise of trial and appellate litigators throughout the country, as well as being able to effectively 'leverage subject matter and scientific expertise', Mayer Brown is well-positioned to defend clients in toxic tort and product liability disputes at a state and federal level. Michael Olsen  is 'a terrific trial lawyer with great instincts'; he continues to represent Union Carbide in asbestos litigation and 3M in national cases brought by private individuals and government entities relating to damages caused by alleged chemical contamination. 'A master strategist who can help guide a client through challenging procedural and legal obstacles', Daniel Ring co-heads the team alongside Olsen. Both named practitioners are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has a core group of experienced product liability lawyers who can leverage subject matter and scientific expertise in high-stakes product cases.’

‘Mike Olson is a terrific trial lawyer with great instincts.’

‘Dan Ring is a master strategist who can help guide a client through challenging procedural and legal obstacles.’

 

Key clients

3M

Veolia S.A.

Union Carbide

Weyerhaeuser Company

Whirlpool Corporation

Nicor Gas Company

The Dow Chemical Company

National Association of Manufacturers

American Petroleum Institute

American Farm Bureau Federation

Work highlights

  • Represents 3M in significant high-stakes litigation, which includes representing 3M Company in over 1,500 suits in 19 states filed by individuals, water suppliers, and units of government at the state and local level.  
  • Represents Veolia against unwarranted allegations of wrongdoing regarding the Flint, MI water crisis.
  • Represents The Big Ten Conference, Inc, the oldest Division 1 collegiate athletic conference in the United States, in several pending putative class actions seeking recovery on behalf of classes of former college football players for alleged concussion-related injuries.

Finance > Project finance

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Pre-eminent practitioner Marcia Madsen spearheads Mayer Brown’s Washington DC-based government contracts practice. Madsen is also co-chair of the firm’s national security practice which contributes to the team’s broad service offering, advising clients in the defense, IT, engineering, manufacturing, and insurance industries robust expertise at the local, state, and federal levels. Regulatory advice, litigation representation, compliance counselling, and investigations are all in the purview of the team. Cameron Edlefsen is an experienced litigator and regularly practices in connection with healthcare IT, large military systems, and engineering services-related procurement controversies, conflicts, and issues. Luke Levasseur has deep federal litigation experience, focusing on complex, large contract disputes and bid protests.

Practice head(s):

Marcia Madsen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has deep Government contracts knowledge and experience. They offer smart, well thought-out advice and counsel. They are very responsive and work well with the business.’

‘Marsha Madsen and her team are terrific. They are well connected in the industry, thought leaders and business savvy attorneys.’

Key clients

Garver Engineering

Alabama Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Work highlights

  • Representing Garver Engineering and the Arkansas Department of Transportation in connection with the procurement and negotiation of a design-build contract for a large road and bridge infrastructure project in Arkansas.
  • Represented a medical services company in an Army dispute over a $999 million contract for health services.
  • Representing the Alabama Department of Transportation on its Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project.

Government > Government relations Tier 2

Mayer Brown’s public policy and regulatory practice is spread across Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago, maintaining strong connections with both Democratic and Republican members giving the team a strategic edge in their offering. Notable is the group’s capabilities in the communications, privacy, cybersecurity, and technology industries, as well as the firm’s overall strength in global financial services. A distinguishing factor for the team is their presence in shaping privacy-related legislation and in representing transport industry clients in emerging areas such as autonomous vehicle and peer-to-peer ride-sharing matters. A triumvirate of Philip Recht in Los Angeles; Duane Layton in Washington DC; and Joseph Seliga in Chicago lead the group. Mitchell Holzrichter and Howard Waltzman are also recommended, regularly advising government contractors, private investment funds, service providers, and trade associations on campaign finance matters and compliance programs.

Practice head(s):

Duane Layton; Philip Recht; Joseph Seliga

Testimonials

‘Excellent strategic insights in navigating the legislative process.’

‘Mayer Brown developed pragmatic approach for addressing our needs with legislators and regulators. Kudos to Phil Recht and Evan Wooten for doing so and for representing our organization well before those bodies.’

Key clients

National Independent Talent Organization (NITO)

Privacy Coalition

GlobalFoundries

Medline Industries

Illinois House Republican Caucus

Summit Media

Millennium Partners

Lytton Rancheria

CTIA

Total Terminals Inc. (TTI)

21st Century Privacy Coalition

AT&T

Work highlights

  • Representing the Privacy Coalition in seeking state and federal regulatory schemes that are workable for the industry, such as seeking amendments to and clarification of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), development of the model state privacy law by the Uniform Law Commission.
  • Represented the Illinois House Republican Caucus during legislative consideration of new statewide district maps and in the filing of a lawsuit in Chicago federal court on behalf of Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie to challenge the revised legislative district boundaries.
  • Advising and acting as policy counsel to the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO), a non-profit coalition composed of talent agencies and US-based small businesses representing music artists throughout the country.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Praised by clients for its ‘vast experience and market presence‘, Mayer Brown has recently expanded with the strategic addition of a group of five attorneys from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in November 2020. Eric Pogue, who is among the new joiners in the New York office, brings a wealth of experience in the renewable energy sector, notably in the fields of development, financing and acquisition of the entire array of asset types, including solar, wind, hydro and biomass. The renewable and alternative energy team, which already enjoyed a strong reputation in the market, is now better positioned to act for a broader roster of clients- such as sponsors, investors and lenders- in all types of transaction structures and emerging technology matters, ranging from battery storage, and carbon capture to fuel cell and offshore wind. Paul Astolfi  in Chicago has over two decades of experience in the industry. He oversees the practice with Robert Goldberg  in Houston, whose experience covers project finance, development and M&A, and Washington DC-based Jeffrey Davis , a key contact for tax equity financings. Nadav Klugman in Chicago stands out for his broad capabilities in project finance.

Practice head(s):

Paul Astolfi; Robert Goldberg; Jeffrey Davis

Other key lawyers:

Eric Pogue; Nadav Klugman; Elena Rubinov

Testimonials

‘Paul Astolfi’s team at Mayer Brown is deeply knowledgeable of all the market, commercial and legal dimensions of the renewables industry sector in the USA. They provide unique advice and deep expertise on all key contractual and legal elements of renewables deals, from straightforward PPA deals, to more complex tax equity financing, to very complex equity financings and M&As.’

‘Over time, Paul Astolfi has become our most trusted advisor on all renewable energy matters in the USA. Not only is his knowledge of the sector incredibly deep and up to date, but he also knows us extremely well. He invests a great deal of time and energy to continuously build this relationship with us, and it pays tremendous dividends in each of the many deals for which he advises us every year. His services are truly customized to us.’

‘Very experienced team from all sides of the market (equity, tax equity, debt, and project counterparty contracts). Allows the team to be on point yet commercial, finding paths through stalemates more efficiently than other firms. Vast experience and market presence.’

‘Seemingly always available, positive, constructive, and takes the time to carefully explain positions which helps all parties eye the goal of closing a deal vs. arguing and drafting for the sake of it. In our experience, the solid working relationship has led to real personal connections where we each know the others key points institutionally.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

First Sentier Investors

Credit Suisse AG

Santander Bank, NA,

Societe Generale

CaixaBank

CDPQ

Deutsche Bank AG

Comerica Bank

KKR & Co

National Renewable Solutions

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Standing out for its global presence, the environmental team at Mayer Brown is well-placed to advise clients facing litigation and navigating enforcement concerns. Its extensive experience litigating major cases in state and federal courts across the US makes it a suitable choice for high-stakes matters relating to greenhouse gas emissions, mass tort claims, PFAS litigation, challenges to EPA regulations and criminal environmental proceedings. The Illinois-based team has recently been involved in complex putative class actions and multi-district litigation involving the Clean Water Act. The practice is under the leadership of two practitioners: Mark Ter Molen , who demonstrates broad capabilities in environmental tort cases and enforcement matters, and Rich Bulger , whose government experience make him a go-to choice for enforcement proceedings and mass tort litigation. Environmental and land use litigation are notable areas of practice for Timothy Bishop , whose expertise cuts across water and air issues, and nuisance law. Counsel Jaimy Hamburg not only assists with civil and criminal government investigations, but is also adept at defending corporate clients in toxic tort, citizen suits and class actions. All named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Rich Bulger; Mark Ter Molen

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Bishop; Jaimy Hamburg

 

Key clients

American Farm Bureau Federation

Arkema

United States Sugar Corporation

3M Company

Nicor Gas Company

Veolia S.A.

National Pork Producers Council

American Petroleum Institute

Foster Farms

Nestlé SA

Hemlock Semiconductor

Work highlights

  • Currently representing 3M in significant high-stakes litigation, involving over 1,000 suits filed by individuals, water suppliers, and units of government at the state and local level.
  • Acts for Veolia in a putative class action and individual cases in federal and state courts in connection with the Flint Water Crisis.
  • Representing a dozen major industry groups in litigation in district courts across the country in a continuing legal effort to ensure that “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA) are reasonably defined by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 2

The team at Mayer Brown employs its ‘excellent strategy skills’ in insurance matters that range from advising on strategic transactions and capital raising to new product and market development and technology transformation. David Alberts , whose practice covers mergers and acquisitions, life and non-life reinsurance, regulatory issues as well as the firm’s insurtech initiative, heads up the team together with Stephen Rooney , who focuses on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and structured finance. While Kara Baysinger left in April 2021, the group has augmented its regulatory capacity with new hire Yevgeniy Markov from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in June 2021. Daniel Scher and Sanjiv Tata joined the partner ranks in January 2022. All lawyers mentioned here are based in New York.

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent in all areas. Given Mayer is a full service firm, no matter the non-contentious insurance issue at hand, the team can handle.’

‘Excellent strategy skills.’

‘Dave Albert and Larry Hamilton are the consummate insurance and regulatory professionals and not only know their craft but also are great on strategy.’

‘Frank Monaco is the most responsive, thoughtful, knowledgeable reinsurance counsel I have dealt with in over 40 years in the reinsurance business. Very client focused, skilled negotiator.

‘Responsiveness, collaboration and clarity in views.’

Key clients

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Beazley Group

Equitable

AIG

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Tokio Marine

Munich Re

Partner Re

Chubb

QBE

Work highlights

  • Represented Beazley plc in the sale of its US-based “Beazley Benefits” business to Globe Life Inc.
  • Advising various clients on 28 catastrophe bond transactions raising in aggregate approximately US $8.85 billion of risk capital.
  • Advising State Farm in its acquisition of GAINSCO, INC.

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

Mayer Brown‘s New York-based practice has a strong track record in the rail and automotive sectors. George Miller focuses his practice on international and domestic finance and leasing, particularly in relation to the infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors. Barbara Goodstein is a specialist in commercial and structured financing, along with restructuring deals.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

The US copyright team of global law firm Mayer Brown represents top music, media, entertainment and tech multinationals involved in high-value copyright litigation. The practice is headed by Paul Fakler, who acts on behalf of streaming and broadcast companies and offers deep industry experience experience, music industry specialist Jacob Ebin, who regularly appears before the Copyright Royalty Board and various royalty rate setting venues, and new media dispute expert John Mancini, whose clients include tech majors Google and Spotify. Allison M. Aviki, who advises entertainment and publishing companies was promoted to partner in January 2022. All lawyers mentioned work in the New York office.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Music Choice

SiriusXM Radio / Pandora

Google

Spotify

Orchestra Music Licensing Association

Television Music License Committee

Express VPN

Work highlights

  • Representing Music Choice in a copyright suit brought by SoundExchange, Inc.
  • Represented Google LLC, YouTube LLC and the Television Music License Committee LLC in achieving dismissal of an antitrust complaint.
  • Represented Spotify and other on-demand music streaming services in the appeal of a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board rate decision.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

Mayer Brown is distinguished by its successful cases representing key clients across the film, aerospace and education sectors, among others. Its precedent-setting victory with the Shell Oil Company, in which a federal court dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim that the company had breached its fiduciary duties, demonstrates its expertise in high-profile proceedings. The team has been hired to defend seven universities in related cases. Its team is led by Chicago-based partner Nancy Ross, who has achieved many successes in high-stakes litigation, and Richard Nowak, who focuses on ERISA disputes. Samuel Myler has made a name for himself as a rising star in benefits claims class actions and stock-drop cases. Brian Netter departed the firm to join the US Department of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Ross; Richard Nowak

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm has a first rate ERISA team.’

Nancy Ross is a premier ERISA lawyer.’

‘Richard Nowak was extremely attentive and highly skillful in this long process.’

‘Expertise in the subject matter and depth of team assigned to work on our case.’

Richard Nowak provided excellent advice.’

Key clients

Motion Picture Industry Pension Plans

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Cornell University

Yale University

AT&T Inc., AT&T Services, Inc.

National Production Workers Union

Envestnet Asset Management

Shell Oil Company

Tenneco Inc., Tenneco Automatic Operating Company, Inc.

Froedtert Health

Prevea Clinic

Nestlé U.S.A.

Duke Energy Corporation

Caesars Entertainment

John Wood Group

Cushman & Wakefield

Work highlights

  • Secured an important victory for Northrop Grumman Corporation and pension plan sponsors nationwide in a case in which the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled that Northrop did not breach its fiduciary duties when its third-party recordkeeper miscalculated and overestimated the named plaintiffs’ pension benefits.
  • Obtained summary judgment on all counts for AT&T in a highly publicized class action challenging the administration of its 401(k) plan with more than 240,000 participants and $34bn in assets.
  • Obtained a precedential victory for Shell Oil Company when a federal court dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim that the company had breached its fiduciary duties and engaged in a prohibited transaction by allowing its 401(k) plan third-party recordkeeper to use participants’ confidential information to market financial products.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 2

Mayer Brown’s global mobility and immigration practice group maintains an excellent track record handling complex federal litigation and investigations. The Washington DC based team is active across employment law and advises leading clients on temporary work visas and employee transfers, and has also been assisting on asylum cases and evacuation efforts from Afghanistan on a pro-bono basis. Practice head Elizabeth Espín Stern has extensive experience acting for multinational corporations in the telecommunications sector on immigration policies and mobility. Grace Shie  holds various global banks and financial services companies as key clients. Additions to the team include Carl Risch, who previously served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs and is recommended for nationality law, and counsel Morgan Bailey, who joined from US Citizenship & Immigration Services.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Espín Stern; Grace Shie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is absolutely first-rate. They have unparalleled subject-matter expertise, and a ‘can do’ approach to everything that they do. The team is able to take complex material and simplify it to meet client needs.’

‘Elizabeth Stern is a a marvelous attorney. Liz brings great clarity of thought, wisdom, and an infectious enthusiasm to all that she does. Max Del Rey is a wonderful foil to Liz, is on top of his subject and has a very good style. Other members of the team also provide strong support. The team is also fun to deal with!’

Key clients

Altice

American Credit Association

Schneider Electric

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

CoStar Group

Leidos

Live Nation Entertainment

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Northern Trust

Sotheby’s

TP-ICAP

Work highlights

  • Advised Live Nation Entertainment on visa strategy and secured travel clearance for international artists and musicians.
  • Advised Leidos on extraordinary travel solutions, including securing special travel ban exemptions to mitigate the impact of pandemic-related travel bans and border closures.
  • Advising  leading technology company’s senior executives from across global regions on various immigration issues as an ‘executive desk’ service.

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

Mayer Brown is highlighted for its international capability to act on matters involving cybersecurity threats and global data privacy regulation and developments, including the European Union’s GDPR and the CCPA. Transnational cyber incidents, global data breaches, class actions against technology companies, and autonomous vehicle security issues all belong to the team’s areas of expertise. The department is jointly headed up by Washington DC-based Rajesh De, who ‘has significant high-level government experience’  and provides ‘direct, clear and practical’ advice. Cyber-extortion expert David Simon, also in DC, is further noted. Lei Shen left the firm in June 2021, while the March 2022 arrival of co-head Dominique Shelton Leipzig to the Los Angeles office from Perkins Coie LLP was a significant boost to the firm’s global data and adtech capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Rajesh De; Dominique Shelton Leipzig

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The work is timely, skillful, and demonstrates good judgment and an awareness of business needs, not just legal requirements.’

‘Exceptional level of knowledge, experience and expertise.’

‘The Mayer Brown team brings significant practical experience in government oversight and regulation as well as support for companies proactively addressing cyber and data protection issues and dealing with incidents and their aftermath. When they advise clients, they are calling on real experience, and this matters. There are firms that are building practice groups in this area who don’t have this substantial government and private sector experience.’

‘Raj De has significant high-level government experience and practical experience guiding companies through the minefields in this area of law. His advice is direct, clear, practical. David Simon is an excellent thought partner and advisor with real experience in the trenches helping clients avoid or solve problems in cybersecurity and data protection. He listens to clients, asks the right questions, and gives targeted advice we can implement–all of which gives clients great confidence.’

Key clients

Shutterfly

General Motors

Hallmark

The Carlyle Group

Hyundai Motor America

Gryphon Investors

United Nations

Work highlights

  • Representing Shutterfly in a case alleging violations of the Biometric Information Privacy Act
  • Representing General Motors in its defense of a putative class action, which invokes state wiretap laws to attack GM’s routine collection using session replay technology of non-substantive, anonymized “mouse clicks” and “keystrokes” for the purpose of improving how their websites function.
  • Advising The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most diversified global investment firms, on a broad range of cybersecurity issues.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 2

Edgar Khalatian is ‘extremely knowledgeable about land use issues in various jurisdictions‘ and heads the land use entitlements team at Mayer Brown. He has extensive experience in the range of matters, from land use regulation and obtaining entitlements for residential and mixed use projects, to CEQA compliance, drafting development agreements, and water supply issues. The practice is based at the firm’s Los Angeles office and focuses on complex and controversial projects in the city and surrounding area. Recent trends that the firm has been prominent in include office space for the resident technology and entertainment companies, a standout example being ongoing advice to the owners of a 500,000 square foot office building in Hollywood. Associates Arteen Mnayan and Nedda Mahrou add further dedicated practices in land use and entitlements, while the team also collaborates closely with the wider real estate team and its public policy lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Khalatian

Other key lawyers:

Dan Queen; Jennifer Chang; Arteen Mnayan; Nedda Mahrou

Testimonials

‘I have been working with Mayer Brown land use for several years. mostly with Edgar Khalatian. he is extremely knowledgeable about land use issues in various jurisdictions. what makes Edgar special is that he goes above and beyond the code. he is creative, solution oriented and time sensitive. he delivers. he adds value to the projects that he is involved with.’

Key clients

Millennium Partners

PHR LA Mart LLC

8150 Sunset

Crown Realty and Cypress Equities

The Post Group

AvalonBay Communities

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Encore Capital Management and Cal Coast Development

Watt Companies

Jamison Properties

Mitsui Fudosan USA

Bank OZK

Work highlights

  • Representing owners of a 500,000 square foot office building in Hollywood, designed by MAD Architects.
  • Advised AvalonBay Communities on entitlements for a mixed-use 475 residential unit, 61,200 square feet of commercial space development in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.
  • Representing Millennium Partners in the $1bn redevelopment of the Capital Records property with the Hollywood Center mixed-use project.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Mayer Brown has notable experience in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, technology and automotive, where it acts for companies and individuals on a range of criminal defense matters. Chicago-based Greg Deis is recommended for internal investigations that are often international in scope, while Kelly Kramer is recommended for FCPA and anti-corruption matters. New York’s Daniel Stein and São Paulo’s Michel Sancovski are also key practitioners. In January 2021, Chicago’s Linda Shi was promoted to partner; in June, former practice co-head William Michael  left the firm; and in July, Sean McDonnell joined from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Named attorney are based in Washington DC unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Greg Deis; Kelly Kramer; Daniel Stein; Michel Sancovski

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Harris; Laurence Urgenson; Glen Kopp; Gina Parlovecchio; Michael Levy

Testimonials

‘The team defending me showed a unique sensitivity to personal toll that the lawsuit took on me while delivering a strong and aggressive defense strategy.’

‘Consistently sound advice that took into account not only key strategies in the litigation but my objectives and interests as a client.’

‘The litigation was a personal challenge for me and the Mayer team was excellent at guiding me to a successful decision/outcome at all strategic points throughout our case.’

‘The law firm’s white-collar division has true experts with years of in-depth courtroom experience.’

‘These are top litigators who can match the very best within the DOJ.’ 

‘Kelly Kramer is a fiercely tough courtroom litigator.’

‘Kelly Kramer has great endurance and skill under the greatest pressure the DOJ can apply.’

Key clients

Multinational manufacturing company

Large public company and individual witnesses

Global consumer products manufacturer

Citizens Bank

Andrew Badolato

Gregory Abbott

Large Asian multinational manufacturer

The Federative Republic of Brazil

Scheinberg Orthopedic Group

Work highlights

  • Conducting an internal investigation for a multinational manufacturing company involving alleged FCPA violations in China for a multi-national, multi-billion dollar company.
  • Representing Citizens Bank, N.A. in a DOJ investigation (Southern District of New York) and parallel federal court litigation (Southern District of Florida), arising out of a $60m credit facility secured through fraud by a purported private equity fund.
  • Represented Gregory Abbott, the chairman and founder of International Dispensing Corp., in the sweeping college admissions case brought by the Boston US Attorney’s Office that ensnared Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and a host of prominent executives.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Mayer Brown advises large corporate clients from regulated industries such as pharmaceutical, chemical, financial services and automotive manufacturing on litigation readiness and risk management, in addition to acting as outside e-discovery counsel in disputes. Antitrust is one of the key focuses of the team; Washington duo Oral Pottinger and Michael Lackey (who co-lead the practice alongside Chicago litigator Ethan Hastert) both have extensive experience in complex cartel, and competition cases. Eric Evans departed the firm in September 2021 to join Perkins Coie LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ethan Hastert; Oral Pottinger; Michael Lackey

Testimonials

‘Knowledgable and responsive. Great people who know our business and willing to partner with us on projects. Excellent diversity’

Key clients

American Insurance Association

Veolia S.A.

Spotify

Foster Farms

Work highlights

  • Representing Veolia S.A. putative class action and individual cases in federal and state courts in Michigan in connection with the Flint Water Crisis.
  • Acting as outside counsel to the American Insurance Association.
  • Representing Foster Farms in several putative antitrust class actions,

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Mayer Brown fields a sizeable team of dispute resolution lawyers across the US and in offices around the world. The group has depending on its locations a strong standing with financial institutions, high-tech clients, life sciences and tobacco companies, and is active in arbitration proceedings, MDLs, putative class actions and construction disputes. Richard Spehr in New York is also well versed in federal and state securities laws and investigations, while the Washington DC-based Reginald Goeke covers ERISA class actions and contract disputes. Michael Olsen is a key contact in Chicago and Bronwyn Pollock in Los Angeles knows the banking, finance, real estate, and insurance industries well. Together, the four lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Spehr; Reginald Goeke; Michael Olsen; Bronwyn Pollock

Other key lawyers:

John Nadolenco

Testimonials

‘We have relied on Mayer Brown for their technical expertise concerning the auto industry, and their ability to leverage that expertise in complex litigation matters. Their legal/technical experts work seamlessly with their litigation team to ensure the issues are persuasively made to a court.’

‘John Nadolenco is a very capable and unflappable litigator.’

Key clients

TransCanada Corporation

The Big Ten Conference

Spotify, Inc.

Rostack Investments Inc.

3M Company

Veolia, S.A.

The Bank of New York Mellon

HSBC

The Bank of Montreal

First American Title Insurance Co.

LUKOIL Pan Americas LLC

US Steel Corporation

Shell Oil Company

Cargill

United States Women’s National Team

Man Wah Holdings Limited

PayPal

Work highlights

  • Representing The Big Ten Conference in several pending putative class actions seeking recovery on behalf of classes of former college football players for alleged concussion-related injuries.
  • Secured a ruling in favor of Spotify and other on-demand music streaming services in the closely watched appeal of a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board rate decision.
  • Secured a $69m award for firm client Rostack Investments Inc.

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

Mayer Brown has cultivated a strong reputation in defending food and beverage clients against false advertising consumer class actions. Abreast of developments in the regulatory environment and also drawing upon comprehensive proprietary databases, the team is well-positioned to provide detailed early case assessments and recommended action plans, and regularly obtains early dismissals in litigation for many leading brands. In addition, it also regularly provides advice on labelling and marketing to minimize future exposure to claims. Carmine Zarlenga in Washington DC heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Amy’s Kitchen, Inc.

Blue Bottle Coffee

Campbell Soup Company

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc.

Ferrero USA Inc. (incl. Ferrara Candy Co.)

Foster Poultry Farms

Lindt & Sprüngli

Halo Top/Eden Creamery

Tyson Foods (incl. Jimmy Dean)

Nestlé USA

KIND LLC

Cargill

U.S. Sugar Corporation

Purina PetCare

Ghiradelli Chocolate Co.

Plum, PBC

Russell Stover

Snyder’s-Lance

Ocean Spray

Work highlights

  • Represented Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. in a consumer class action alleging that its white baking chips product is falsely advertised as white chocolate.
  • Represented Nestle in obtaining a dismissal of a consumer class action complaint alleging false advertising of Nestlé’s iconic Coffee-mate product, on preemption and FRCP 9(b) grounds, and separately prevailed on a motion to strike immaterial and impertinent allegations.
  • Represented Foster Poultry Farms in successfully opposing class certification—and then successfully opposed a motion to amend the complaint—in a case alleging that the client under-declared the amount of added water in its products.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Mayer Brown's ‘personal and client-oriented' team is best known for acting for financial institutions, though it is increasingly visible in work for corporate issuers. Joe De Simone in New York and Glenn Vanzura in Los Angeles are the lead partners, praised as 'among the best in the entire world when it comes to handling high-pressure, complex and sensitive legal matters‘. Simone and New York-based Matthew Ingber acted for a residential corporation in a complex securities class action alleging the company made false and misleading statements to shareholders. New York's Richard Spehr, who plays a key role in the firm’s work on RMBS cases, is acting for the Bank of Montreal in cases arising from a $3bn Ponzi scheme in which the client served as the depository bank.

Practice head(s):

Joe De Simone; Glenn Vanzura

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I consider Glenn Vanzura and his team to be among the best in the entire world when it comes to handling high-pressure, complex and sensitive legal matters.’

‘Glenn Vanzura is an absolutely exceptional lawyer. He represented me in a very sensitive and complex partnership dispute matter and managed the litigation so well we were able to win every single matter in arbitration. Ultimately he helped us negotiate a very positive buyout and settlement of the partnership. What makes Glenn stand apart as an attorney is his integrity, ability to see what’s important and what’s not, and capacity to obtain incredible mastery of both matters of law and complicated facts in a case. He is very talented orator and examiner and a tireless advocate.’

‘This team is extremely knowledgeable in the subject matter and has provided us with solid guidance throughout these cases. This team also does a great job in keeping the client informed of case developments and getting the client involved in key decision making. In addition, this team is extremely friendly and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have really appreciated the personal and client-oriented approach this team has taken on these cases. Each and every one of the attorneys we have worked with in these matters have been so easy to work with, very practical, and very personable which makes doing the work enjoyable.’

Key clients

Bank Leumi

Barclays Bank PLC

Bank of China

Bank of Montreal

Bank of New York Mellon

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Frontier Communications Corporation

Goldman Sachs

Société Générale

Citibank

Morgan Stanley

UBS

Zillow Group

KushCo Holdings

Stamps.com (Special Committee of the Board of Directors)

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Mayer Brown has continued to build out its senior bench with the promotion of Chicago’s John Ablan to the partnership in January 2022 and Jonathan Pacheco joining the Washington DC office as a partner from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in November 2021. The growth of the team has followed a significant uptick in workflow across the debt product range; the team is still primarily known for its strength in investment grade debt, but is credible across the piste. It has a particularly strong record in automotive finance, energy, financial services, specialty finance and fintech, along with life sciences, consumer products, REITs and tech. Energy is a particular growth area and the firm has achieved further prominence in green and sustainability-linked bonds. It continues to be known for its engagements as designated underwriters’ counsel to a number of major issuers. Chicago partner Edward Best is an established name in the market, particularly in the financial services sector. New York’s Phyllis Korff has extensive domestic and international offering experience, and is designated underwriters’ counsel to a number of big-name private equity houses. New York partner Anna Pinedo is also rated for domestic and global offerings, and Jerry Marlatt is noted for covered bond programs for Canadian banks.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I work with capital markets lawyers at Mayer Brown and they have a very solid, reliable practice, particularly the more experienced partners.’

‘Eddie Best and Anna Pinedo are very strong, highly experienced capital markets lawyers who have a good manner with people. Mayer Brown also has a very strong securitization practice which is highly respected.’

‘Fantastic, diverse team!’

‘Willingness to listen to new ideas and find ways to make them happen.’

‘Availability, willingness to find answers, positive attitude.’

Key clients

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Blackstone Group L.P.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Capital One Financial Corporation

The Carlyle Group

Chubb Limited

GATX Corporation

HSBC and affiliates

Hyundai Capital America, Inc.

Islandsbanki hf.

National Bank of Canada

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Northern Trust Corporation

Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)

Prologis (and affiliates)

Raymond James Financial (and affiliates)

TransCanada Pipelines

Toronto Dominion Bank

US Bancorp

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Mayer Brown has significantly expanded its capital markets team in recent years, most recently with the hire of David Freed, a specialist in equity and debt offerings by REITs, from Vinson & Elkins LLP. Additionally, the firm brought in Jonathan Pacheco as a partner in Washington DC from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and promoted John Ablan to the partnership. Launching a new Salt Lake City office in 2022, the firm has added further capital markets expertise in the tech, life sciences, and fintech and insurtech sectors. In 2021, the firm advised on a series of private placements, including deals that led to the issuer achieving unicorn status. In addition, the New York team, especially partner David Bakst, have worked intensively on a series of US offerings by Brazilian issuers; it has a strong association with Brazil firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados. Israel is another key market for the US team. Anna Pinedo, Chicago partner Edward Best and Phyllis Korff are senior members of the department.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Other than best professional capabilities, Anna Pinedo and her team have great people skills. It is very pleasant to work with them. In addition, their availability and responsiveness are everything a client can ask for.’

‘Anna Pinedo and Brian Hirshberg who assisted her stood out as extremely professional, pleasant, and available individuals; both are deal-makers that any client would want on their side.’

‘As the CFO of S&P 500 public companies in the insurance industry, I have been privileged to work with the best and brightest firms in capital markets. Mayer Brown is at the pinnacle of the practice.’

‘The key is always the people. They are first rate in their command and practice of the law. But the differentiator is that they approach challenges and offer advice and guidance as business people, in addition to our counsel. They are on top of the latest structures, approaches and strategies. They know virtually all of the main players and understand the psychology of the deal as well as its facts and circumstances. They have deep domain expertise and experience. They understand the urgency of matters and put the resources to work to give us a competitive advantage.’

‘Mayer Brown’s extensive experience in capital markets transactions, including equity capital markets transactions, lends itself well to providing excellent advice and assistance to financial institutions in navigating securities and corporate law issues, as well as regulatory and compliance matters, relating to these transactions.’

‘Anna Pinedo, in particular, has the experience and demeanor necessary to be a stand-out legal advisor to large, global financial institutions.’

 

Key clients

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc

American Finance Trust (Designated Underwriters’ Counsel)

BMO Capital Markets

BofA Securities, Inc.

Capital One Financial Corporation (Designated Underwriters’ Counsel)

Citigroup Global Markets

Discover Financial Services (Designated Underwriters’ Counsel)

Dynex Capital

J.P. Morgan Securities

Lavvi Empreendimentos Imobiliarios S.A.

Lument Finance Trust

Mereo BioPharma Group

Morgan Stanley

Outbrain Inc.

Pagaya Technologies Ltd.

Piper Sandler & Co.

Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc.

TC Energy Corporation

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

    Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

    Mayer Brown has continued to invest in and expand its capital markets senior team with a series of internal promotions and lateral hires. Jonathan Pacheco joined the Washington DC office as a partner from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, bringing extensive capital markets expertise, including offerings by Brazilian issuers. Moreover, amongst other senior appointments Ryan Castillo and Brian Hirshberg were promoted to partner in 2021, followed by Washington DC’s John Ablan in January 2022. With substantial teams in New York, London and Hong Kong, it has rightly achieved prominence in the world’s top capital markets centers of the last 20 years. Consumer products, energy, financial services, specialty finance and fintech, life sciences and healthcare, REITs, business development companies (BDCs), and tech and telecoms are key sectors. Major foreign markets for the practice include Brazil, where the firm has an affiliation with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, along with Canada, Israel and the Nordic nations. Anna Pinedo is an experienced name in offerings originating from Canada, Israel and the Nordics. David Bakst , who has an excellent record in Brazil offerings. Other key partners include Chicago’s Edward Best , Phyllis Korff and Jerry Marlatt, who has driven the development of the Canada practice. All named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

    Testimonials

    ‘Expertise in SEC and capital markets, excellent advice – right to the point, dedication, business understanding, flexibility.’

    ‘Unique understanding of law and rules. Support the transactions with a goal of successful completion. Run the process in an impressive way with few steps ahead of time. Great advices. Specific partner – Anna Pinedo.’

    ‘Very competent and helpful team.’

    ‘Anna Pinedo is the sole reason for using this firm. She has unique experience and competence and has always provided me with adequate support, either from herself or by putting me in contact with the right partner.’

     

    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

    Work highlights

      Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

      Mayer Brown has a prestigious history in capital markets and has upped its emphasis on high-yield debt in recent years. It continues to be recognised for its work in the financial services sector, and has achieved further growth in energy and Latin America deals. The firm has impressed in Covid-19 pandemic and financial distress-driven transactions and has added to its client base with a series of designated underwriters' counsel appointments. Chicago partner and co-head of the capital markets group Edward Best  has an excellent record in offerings by financial institutions, John Berkery  is a senior figure in high-yield and investment grade debt, while Ryan Castillo was recently elevated to partner status. Anna Pinedo and Phyllis Korff provide further senior-level gravitas. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

      Practice head(s):

      Eddie Best; Anna Pinedo

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘In addition to being proactive, creative, thorough, responsive and insightful, the Mayer Brown team distinguishes itself by bringing broad market knowledge to bear on the specifics of our business and commercial issues.’

      Key clients

      Atkore, Inc.

      Bonanza Creek Energy

      Carrington Holding Company

      Concho Resources

      Global Net Lease, Inc.

      İşbank

      KBR, Inc.

      Ocwen Financial Corporation

      Oshkosh Corporation

      Plastipak

      QNB Finansbank

      Ready Capital

      Regency Energy

      Tenneco Inc.

      Triton Container International Limited

      Tronox Inc.

      United Natural Foods, Inc.

      VakıfBank

      YUM! Brands, Inc.

      Ziraat Bank

      Work highlights

        Finance > Commercial lending

        Mayer Brown‘s finance practice is held in high regard for its breadth, with the team able to assist investment banks, alternative lenders and private companies on all aspects of leveraged finance transactions. On the borrower side, the firm's longstanding relationship with General Motors stands out; in 2021, New York partner Mae Rogers led a team which advised on the refinancing of the company’s $4.3bn three-year revolving facility and $2bn 364-day revolving facility. ‘Never ruffled’, Scott Zemser is also based in New York, where he assists banks and other lenders with acquisition, tender and bridge financings. In Chicago, Fred Fisher, a go-to partner for key clients such as JPMorgan, Bank of Montreal, Macquarie and LKCM Headwaters, ‘is laser focused on the big picture’. Fellow Chicago practitioner Matthew O’Meara  leads the national team alongside Zemser and Kiel Bowen, who resides in Charlotte.

        Practice head(s):

        Kiel Bowen; Matthew O’Meara; Scott Zemser

        Other key lawyers:

        Mae Rogers; Fred Fisher; Chris Chubb

        Testimonials

        ‘Fred Fisher and the team have been a tremendous partnership for me and my client relationships. They are extremely knowledgeable, provide great work with an extremely quick turnaround. Mayer Brown is exceptional at managing a process and marching toward a timeline. When a legal issue is presented to me, they will have two or three suggestions for how best to move forward, reducing considerable stress in the closing process. From sole bank deals to large syndications, they have the skillset to understand the various markets we compete within. I will not do an ESOP related deal without Mayer Brown as my representation.’

        ‘Fred Fisher is my go to partner at Mayer Brown. He understands and coordinates the proper deal staffing depending on the size, ownership type, industry, and asset type. Fred is laser focused on the big picture and process and trusts his team to manage the details.

        ‘Chris Chubb is an ESOP Extraordinaire – From documenting a new ESOP formation through to complex seller note negotiations, he has been a tremendous partner to identify and avoid key risks in what is a very complex ownership structure.’

        I have enormous respect for this firm and the team I work with, and they are as friendly as they are diligent.’

        ‘Solid pulse on the market and deep bench’

        ‘Fred Fisher knows the market and helps provide thoughtful guidance. Jennie Kratochvil helps lead their LIBOR transition team and is an incredible resource.’

        ‘Scott Zemser is an excellent partner. He has seen it all and negotiated countless complex agreements. He is never ruffled, is clear in his explanations, and manages to win over clients and opposing counsel on key points of our concern. He is also collaborative and helps the entire negotiating process more collaborative and less confrontational.’

        Key clients

        Ampler QSR Holdings

        Atkore

        Barclays Bank

        The Cheesecake Factory

        General Motors Company

        The Huntington National Bank

        JPMorgan Chase Bank

        KKR

        Mizuho Bank

        PNC Bank, National Association

        RBC Capital Markets

        Silvus Technologies

        Société Générale

        Southwire Company

        Värde Partners

        YUM! Brands

        Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

        Mayer Brown strikes a strong balance between dedicated IP advice and M&A expertise, with the team, which features many attorneys with scientific backgrounds, advising on litigation for new and existing products, including Hatch-Waxman and biosimilar cases as well as advising on multibillion-dollar transactions for such notable clients as Nestle and Gilead Sciences. Beyond M&A, it advises on capital markets and licensing agreements. Lisa Ferri and Reb Wheeler co-lead the team, heading up the IP practice, acting on trial and appellate cases, and advising on transactions, respectively. Anna Pinedo and David Carpenter act on capital markets matters, and Henninger Bullock acts on product liability cases. All named lawyers are New York-based.

        Practice head(s):

        Lisa Ferri; Reb Wheeler

        Key clients

        Abbott

        Astellas

        Becton Dickinson

        Endo International plc

        Galderma

        Gilead Sciences

        GlaxoSmithKline

        Nestlé Health Science

        Novartis

        Sanofi

        Work highlights

        • Advised Nestlé on the $2.6bn acquisition of Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., the $2.3bn acquisition of Atrium Innovation and the $11.9bn purchase of Pfizer’s infant nutrition.
        • Advising Novartis AG on a range of issues as a member of its appellate litigation, transactions and cyber panels.
        • Representing Bristol-Myers Squibb on its $74bn acquisition of Celgene.

        Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

        Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

        Praised for its ‘tremendous expertise’, Mayer Brown's ‘very knowledgeable team’ enjoys a solid reputation among clients from the technology, electronics, pharmaceutical, medical device, telecommunications, food and beverage, and consumer goods sectors. Skilled in handling patent disputes in the main patent forums, including the PTAB and the ITC, the practice is experience in acting for plaintiffs and defendants. New York's Lisa Ferri is the head of the practice which includes ‘top expertGary Hnath in Washington DC, Richard McCormick in New York, and Jamie Beaber, who impresses with ‘his unique business savvy and sharp team-building skills’, and also operates from Washington DC. The group was reinforced in 2021 with the promotions of Bryan Nese and Manuel Velez.

        Practice head(s):

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘They have a very knowledgeable team, able to support throughout the United States, with tremendous expertise. Very seamless representation.’

        ‘Gary Hnath is a top expert and was fantastic to work with and with the client. They are top experts which makes them stand out – and they also understand the client’s business.’

        ‘Jamie Beaber offers a wealth of experience before the US ITC. Jamie is a very trusted advisor, who is hands-on and is deeply involved in the matter that he is working on for us, which gives us great comfort. Not only does he see the big picture of IP practice, but he’s involved in the important details as well.’

        ‘Gary Hnath is very experienced on various areas of IP consulting service aiming the client’s interest as the top priority, even sacrificing his own time.’

        Mayer Brown has a very professional team, they have a lot of experience in dealing with different cases. They always propose different solutions for discussion. On the other hand, they organize a smaller team to lower cost, we are very satisfied by both of their knowledge and kindness. Very easy to collaborate, we will definitely recommend Mayer Brown to our friends.’

        Gary Hnath is the key person. He is very fast, easy to communicate, full of knowledge and experience. He is very reliable, we are always confident that he is our best choice.’

        Key clients

        Alexion Pharmaceuticals

        Bristol Myers Squibb

        Gilead Sciences

        GlaxoSmithKline

        Google, Inc.

        Nestlé USA, Inc/Nespresso

        Sanofi/Sanofi-Aventis

        Regeneron

        Novartis

        BASF Corp.

        Gemalto (Thales Group)

        Astellas Pharmaceuticals

        HemoSonics

        Nestlé Health Sciences

        Google, Inc.

        Philips Electronics North America Corp.

        NXP Semiconductor

        LG Electronics, and LG Display

        Samsung Electronics

        Google, Inc.

        Maxell Ltd. (formerly Hitachi Maxell)

        Urban Outfitters

        Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

        Pantech Corporation

        Work highlights

        • Representing Gilead Sciences in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation against fourteen different defendants groups filed in the District Court for the District of Delaware and in the District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
        • Representing Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in a patent infringement suit filed by Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in the District Court for the District of Delaware.
        • Representing Maxell in patent litigation case involving eight patents directed to various features of televisions.

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

        The employment team at Mayer Brown often handles complex and high-profile disputes and litigation on behalf of domestic and global companies from the financial services, insurance, and TMT sectors, among others. Leveraging the firm’s international network and strong cross-practice capabilities, the group is skilled in the whole gamut of employment matters as well as cross-border issues. Based in Chicago, Andrew Rosenman, who is well versed in trials, class and collective actions, and appellate cases in state and federal courts, directs the practice. Marcia Goodman in the same office deals with cross-border matters and discrimination lawsuits. Leading the group alongside Rosenman is Los Angeles-based Ruth Zadikany, a ‘prominent’ and ‘superb’ litigator with extensive experience in PAGA cases, wage and hour claims and class actions.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany

        Other key lawyers:

        Marcia Goodman; Maritoni Kane; David Levine

        Testimonials

        ‘The Mayer Brown team is exceptionally creative, aggressive, and practical in guiding the client to the most favorable resolution possible.’

        ‘Ruth Zadikany has been a particularly superb colleague for our legal team, guiding the company to highly successful resolutions of two significant matters. She is prominent on a very short list of our most-trusted outside counsel teammates.’

        ‘The MB team is awesome! MB is extremely flexible, informative, knowledgeable, patient, and personable! They are with us every step of the way through litigation and make sure we are well informed about what our strategy is for the case, where we are in the case, and the risks involved with any decisions we make regarding the case.

        ‘Maritoni Kane and David Levine are a joy to work with! They truly are the reason that we continue to use MB over other firms, for the reasons stated above on why we love MB!’

        ‘Top notch team that is super responsive, practical and business-minded. Very good at communicating expectations up front as well as during the pendency of matters.’

        ‘Andy Rosenman is an outstanding advocate. Always available, thinking outside the box to provide a variety of options to consider in terms of approach, and a true partner to his clients.’

        ‘The team we work with at Mayer Brown is excellent. They have provided outstanding advice on how to proceed on a wide range of issues. Particularly, they have helped us work through a number of employment related issues, improvements in our policies and practices, responses to inquires and actions, and cases related to employment issues.’

        ‘We have found the two Mayer Brown lawyers we work with to be always ready to help us with any issue. They listen carefully, work to understand our organization and the issues we are facing, and help us develop strategies to address any issue we are facing.’

        Key clients

        Foster Poultry Farms

        Cushman & Wakefield

        Homepoint Financial

        TH Foods

        Allscripts Healthcare

        Work highlights

        • Represented Foster Poultry Farms in a wage and hour class action lawsuit encompassing thousands of putative class members who work at Foster Farms facilities.
        • Assisted Homepoint Financial with a lawsuit against three former employees and their new employer arising out of the employees’ breach of non-solicitation of employees covenants and misappropriation of trade secrets.

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

        Specialists in advising on policy-related matters, the expertise of the Washington DC-based practice at Mayer Brown spans legislation and advocacy between the FCC and Capitol Hill. The team is co-headed by Angela Giancarlo , a former chief of staff and senior legal advisor to an FCC commissioner, who counsels clients on legislative and policy issues arising in the wireless, satellite, broadband, and digital media sectors. Her fellow co-head Howard Waltzman is an expert in representing communications service providers, manufacturers, and trade associations such as USTelecom before the relevant regulatory bodies.

        Practice head(s):

        Angela Giancarlo; Howard Waltzman

        Key clients

        CTIA

        tyntec, Inc.

        tyntec Group, Ltd.

        USTELECOM

        AT&T

        21st Century Privacy Coalition

        Work highlights

        • Advising CTIA on a wide range of new and emerging federal legislative, regulatory and public policy issues that impact the industry, ranging from spectrum policy, wireless infrastructure, and privacy and cybersecurity.

        Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

        Mayer Brown‘s ‘incredibly responsive‘ construction law team is headed by Joanna Horsnail, a transactional lawyer focused on design and construction, representing contractors, architects, sponsors, government concessionaires, developers and lenders in the development, design and construction of public and private projects. As whole, the practice is dedicated to transactional matters, advising on some of the more sophisticated matters in the market and coordinating with the firm’s projects infrastructure and public policy team whose leader Joseph Seliga is a frequent collaborator. She is supported on the majority of matters by counsel Sara Hess, who is particularly well-versed in PPP projects and alternative project delivery methods in the infrastructure sector. Rachel Smith was made counsel in 2021 and also supports across the range of work. All named lawyers are based in Chicago.

        Practice head(s):

        Joanna Horsnail

        Other key lawyers:

        Sara Hess; Rachel Smith; Jeromy Cannon

        Testimonials

        ‘Design build contract development, procurement, and implementation is unique practice requiring industry specific knowledge. Mayer Brown possess that knowledge and is able to assist clients in navigating this area of expertise. They are incredibly responsive and collaborate well within a team environment.’

        ‘Joanna Horsnail and Jeromy Cannon have both been extremely responsive and effective in guiding us through design build contract development, procurement, and implementation. They are knowledgeable of industry standards and best practices. Their contract advise during construction has been helpful in navigating contractual issues.’

        Key clients

        Chicago Transit Authority

        Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

        Acciona Energy

        Alabama Department of Transportation

        Texas Department of Transportation

        Arkansas Department of Transportation

        Walsh Group

        Invenergy

        Work highlights

        • Represented the sponsor and project company in the structuring and negotiation of the joint venture for, and the development of, the Energía del Pacífico Project in El Salvador.
        • Assisting the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) with contract and project implementation on the I-30 Crossing project in Little Rock, an approximately $575m bridge and road project.
        • Advised Acciona on negotiation and drafting of engineering, consulting and construction agreements for several new wind and solar farms in California, Oklahoma, Texas, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as miscellaneous EPC matters and ancillary warranty, maintenance and service contracts.

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

        At Mayer Brown, the practice is led by Anna Pinedo in New York, and offers vast experience in structuring real estate transactions. The team works closely with its tax and capital markets practice groups to handle the full spectrum of matters including public and private offerings, upREIT structures and mortgage-backed securitizations. Also in New York, Brian Hirshberg focuses on private REITS work. In Chicago, key contact there include seasoned practitioner Jon Van Gorp and Susannah Schmid who handles private and public asset-backed securities offerings. On the West Coast, Remmelt Reigersman is also recommended. There have been several additions to the New York team, including David Freed who joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP in January 2021, fellow January 2021 arrival and REIT tax specialist Greg Matlock from EY, and Jonathan Pacheco in the Washington DC office who joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in November 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Anna Pinedo

        Testimonials

        ‘Mayer Brown’s REIT practice and expertise/experience is broad across many disciplines (34 act, capital markets, tax, investment company, etc). Very much a one stop shop for a REIT, which is very much a specialized structure.’

        Responsiveness, proactiveness, subject matter expertise, commercial in approach to matters, builds strong connections/relationship with key Company contacts. David Freed (34 act) and Remmelt Reigersman (tax) particular stand-out partners.’

        Key clients

        Redwood Trust Inc.

        Prologis, Inc.

        Gaea Real Estate Corp.

        Global Net Lease, Inc.

        Great Ajax Corp.

        ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.

        New York Mortgage Trust, Inc.

        Sutherland Asset Management Corporation and its affiliates

        Ready Capital Corporation

        Centerspace (formerly Investor Real Estate Trust)

        American Finance Trust

        Dynex Capital, Inc.

        Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp.

        Lument Finance Trust

        Work highlights

        • Represented Lone Star Funds in connection with the $1.675bn sale of its portfolio company, Caliber Home Loans, Inc. (“Caliber”), to New Residential Investment Corp.
        • Representing Prologis Inc on debt, equity and liability management transactions.
        • Advising Global Net Lease, Inc. on its equity and debt offerings and advise the agents on GNL’s various common and preferred ATM Offerings.

        Real estate Tier 3

        Mayer Brown‘s ‘tremendous group of lawyers‘ undertakes a broad range of acquisitions, disposals and financing transactions, real estate developments and restructuring mandates. Former practice head, Paul Meyer has unmatched depth in the real estate transactional world.’ Heather Adkerson ‘brings tremendous experience to every transaction‘ involving private equity sponsors, developers and institutional investors. Jonathan Baker is ‘a rising star in the practice.’ Brian Aronson chairs the department from Los Angeles, where he assists with commercial and residential projects, commercial leasing, and real estate financing. All lawyers are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.  

        Practice head(s):

        Brian Aronson

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Jonathan Baker, very profound and a great expert in real estate law. works 24/7 and always available for his clients.’

        ‘Mayer continues to offer an elite real estate practice with substantial breadth across relevant practice areas. The Chicago office is the heartbeat of the practice with Paul Meyer anchoring an experienced group of lawyers. Paul and Heather Adkerson have significant experience in the private equity real estate field and an ability to blend the needs of a private equity real estate practice with a real estate transactional practice.’

        ‘Paul Meyer has unmatched depth in the real estate transactional world. Paul represents a range of real estate actors and brings that perspective to each transaction. Paul remains a hands on practitioner and his attention to detail brings significant value to every transaction.

        ‘Heather Adkerson brings tremendous experience to every transaction. Heather has significant experience with representing private equity sponsors and understands the unique needs of these clients in executing real estate transactions.’

        ‘Jonathan Baker is a rising star in the practice. He brings a practical approach and calm demeanor to the most challenging transactions.’

        ‘MB is a tremendous firm – timely, cost-effective, smart, pragmatic.’

        ‘They have worked with our firm for decades and knows our business and processes. Tremendous group of lawyers.’

        Key clients

        3i Group plc

        Bridge Health Inc.

        Brookfield Infrastructure

        Caesars Entertainment Corporation

        CBIC, Inc.

        The Dow Chemical Company

        Envestnet, Inc

        Equitrust Life Insurance Company

        Goldman Sachs

        Great Ajax Corp.

        The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

        Industrial Outdoor Ventures

        InterPark

        Nestle S.A

        Ready Capital Corporation

        Sojitz Corporation

        Wells Fargo Bank

        Windsor Capital

        Yum! Brands

        Work highlights

        • Represented Nestlé SA in the $4.3bn sale of its North American bottled water business to private equity firm One Rock Capital Partners, LLC in partnership with Metropoulos & Co.
        • Represented a major investment bank in connection with the successful completion of a three-part plan of finance to support completion of construction by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group of the Brightline Florida passenger rail system from Miami to Disney World.
        • Represented a REIT client, as landlord, with approximately 500-600 new leases and/or amendments annually as well as all types of property management agreements and issues for its portfolio of 125 office buildings across 30 municipal markets.

        Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

        Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

        Mayer Brown's US arbitration practice is a part of the firm's global group, which benefits from on-the-ground teams in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The team's robust cross-border offering strikes the right note with sources, who praise its lawyers' ability to 'work closely with their clients locally', while also providing 'solid representation in international arbitration occurring on other continents’. The team handles both commercial and investor-state arbitrations, seated in the US and abroad, with notable experience in the energy, food and beverage, chemicals and technology sectors. New York-based Ted Howes heads the firm’s US international arbitration practice and specializes in representing US and foreign companies in commercial disputes, with niche expertise in arbitrating China-related matters. In Houston, Michael Lennon is noted for his combination of international arbitration and energy expertise. Sarah Reynolds left to join Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP.

        Practice head(s):

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Mayer Brown has an excellent team of experienced individuals who are highly resourceful and can be depended upon to provide their client with in-depth knowledge to take the right decision. Their team works as a cohesive team, drawing on all their in-house resources.’

        ‘The firm has a strong team of highly competent litigators across the globe, who are able to work closely with their clients locally, while providing solid representation in international arbitration occurring on other continents.’

        ‘Ted Howes is focused on international arbitration, and works collaboratively with his clients and other firm members, to be able to successfully manage complex international litigation matters, involving issues of contract, intellectual property, and business practices claims.’

        ‘I have worked closely with Ted Howes and his team and they are outstanding in the guidance, as well as the clear opinions with which they provide my company to take the right decisions regarding our arbitration. He was a great support for us to manage and prepare for the ICC hearing.’

        Key clients

        Lion Mexico Consolidated L.P.

        Capri Sun GmbH and Capri Sun Group Holding

        Solvay S.A.

        Work highlights

        • Secured an arbitration victory for a global light-emitting diode technology company in a virtual ICC arbitration with live witnesses in Japan, Europe and across the US.
        • Represented a multinational chemical company in defending an ICC arbitration commenced by a Brazilian company, involving claims worth $140m.
        • Represented an international service provider for the oil and gas industry in an ICDR arbitration initiated by an engineering and technical services company.

        Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

        Mayer Brown has offices spanning across the US, Europe and Asia, enabling its ability to advise ‘parties in every aspect of a troubled financial situation‘. Notable highlights includes its advisory to Northern Ocean Ltd and Northern Drilling Ltd, where the team negotiated a contract dispute with Seadrill Ltd concerning an assertion of claims following Seadrill’s Chapter 11 filing. Its advisory to BNP Paribas is also noteworthy; the team oversaw the recovery of pledged collateral from Avianca Holdings S.A. Adam Paul and Brian Trust  are the co-heads of the global restructuring practice. The operate from Chicago and New York respectively. The team has been strengthened by the March 2021 arrival of Lucy Kweskin from Proskauer Rose LLP and Doug Spelfogel, Leah Eisenberg and Derek Wright from Foley & Lardner LLP in June 2021. They are based in the New York office, whilst Wright is in Chicago.

        Practice head(s):

        Adam Paul; Brian Trust

        Other key lawyers:

        Tom Kiriakos; Sean Scott; Louis Chiappetta; Tyler Ferguson; Jamie Netznik; Joaquin C de Baca; Adam Paul; Charles Kelly; Douglas Spelfogel; Derek Wright; Lucy Kweskin; Leah Eisenberg

        Testimonials

        ‘Mayer Brown delivers very high quality service at very reasonable costs. Tom Kiriakos is our lead partner with industry leading knowledge and experience. He leads excellent teams which deliver exceptional service. Highly recommended.’

        ‘Responsiveness; High quality work at very reasonable rates; Unquestioned integrity; Understands client’s culture and tailors case management appropriately; Local presence; global reach.’

        ‘Overall very impressed with the Mayer Brown team in terms of responsiveness, availability and expertise. They quickly address any issues the client may have and bring different experts to bear on the relevant topic. I’ve found Mayer Brown to be more approachable and better communicators with their clients vs. other law firms I’ve dealt with.’

        ‘Joaquin M. C de Baca; My experience with Joaquin is very positive – he’s very responsive, always very accessible and available, knowledgeable, patient and a great communicator in presenting potentially complex issues in easy to understand terms. Particularly very helpful in communicating with and being available to the client for follow-up discussions on legal issues, strategy, etc.’

        ‘They were extremely receptive and listened to our company’s needs.’

        ‘Adam Paul and Charles Kelly were great people to get to know and develop the appropriate strategy with through our process.’

        ‘Douglas Spelfogel is a truly exceptional attorney. He has the ability to get exceptional results for his clients without being overly adversarial. He provides practical business advice irrespective of whether it may benefit him. Doug is truly a trusted advisor who is beloved by both clients and colleagues alike.’

        ‘The team is very collaborative and bring in the required industry expertise into every situation. The heads of the restructuring practice have deep experience and are user-friendly.’

        Key clients

        PNC Bank, N.A.

        BNP Paribas

        GLAS USA LLC and GLAS Americas LLC

        Wilmington Trust, National Association

        U.S. Bank National Association

        The Jordan Company

        MUFG

        Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, LP

        Northern Ocean Ltd. & Northern Drilling Ltd.

        Work highlights

        • Represented a major international financial institution, as administrative agent, under the $1.6bn Donlen ABS facility in the Hertz chapter 11 case and, as administrative agent, under a $400m post-petition ABS facility with respect to the Donlen fleet leasing business.
        • Represented BNP Paribas, as facility agent, security agent and lender in the multi-jurisdictional insolvency cases of Avianca Holdings S.A. and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates.
        • Represented Northern Ocean Ltd. and Northern Drilling Ltd., an international drilling contractor, in connection with the US chapter 11 filing of Seadrill Limited and its affiliates, a leading global provider of offshore contract drilling services with approximately $7.3bn in debt at the time of filing, and the negotiation of a contract dispute with Seadrill.

        Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 4

        Joining the rankings this year, Mayer Brown’s expanding practice is bringing together practitioners with backgrounds that include government service, accounting firm positions and in-house experience. The group provides broad expertise that covers the spectrum of energy and transaction structures for a diverse client base of sponsors, lenders, tax equity investors, strategic investors, foreign investors, pension funds, private equity groups and money managers. Chicago-based Paul Astolfi  is practice co-head along with Fritz Lark in New York.

        Practice head(s):

        Paul Astolfi; Fritz Lark

        Key clients

        Argo Infrastructure Partners

        Brookfield Infrastructure

        Ember Infrastructure Partners

        ReGenerate Energy Holdings

        Ironclad Energy Partners

        Diamond Generating Corporation

        Invenergy Thermal Development

        Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 4

        Led by Bronwyn Pollock  in Los Angeles, the insurance practice at Mayer Brown is able to draw on the firm’s diverse capabilities to handle a range of insurance litigation. The practice includes class action defense as well as multi-jurisdictional disputes and coverage matters and has been particularly active in Covid-19 related claims with innovative defense strategies. Robert Harrell in Houston has a broad business litigation practice and regularly represents insurers in D&O policy disputes. Yevgeniy Markov joined the firm in June 2021 from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, contributing regulatory expertise.

        Practice head(s):

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        First American Title Insurance Company

        Chubb Ltd.

        AXA XL Group (Catlin Insurance Company)

        Beazley

        QBE

        Work highlights

        • Advising insurance industry clients during the COVID-19 pandemic on a wide array of issues arising in the regulatory landscape that have developed, including coordinating with state regulatory department inquiries and complying with various updates to regulatory requirements.
        • Represented a global insurer in handling all 10 of its COVID-19-related business interruption insurance class actions in the US seeking property insurance coverage under substantial commercial property insurance policies and represented a global insurer in 14 putative nationwide class actions for travel insurance coverage that have been consolidated in a multi-district litigation.
        • Represented a major US title insurance company in several consumer class action cases by insureds and consumers in both trial and appellate courts. These cases have involved title insurance and other products such as natural hazard disclosures, escrow services, employment claims, and Hurricane Katrina related disputes.

        Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

        Backed by offices across Europe, Asia, Middle East and the Americas, Mayer Brown represents major global brands in high-stakes trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and patent disputes. John Mancini in New York leads the practice, litigating at the state and federal levels for clients in the tech, media and telecoms sectors. In Chicago, Richard Assmus utilizes a science and mathematics background to act in complex technology matters, and Michael Adams and Kristine Young bring experience to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings. New York's Jonathan Thomas was promoted to partner in January 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Key clients

        Goya Foods, Inc.

        Capri Sun

        Osem Food Industries, Ltd.

        Nespresso USA, Inc.

        Nestlé USA, Inc.

        Maker’s Mark Whiskey

        Jim Beam Brands Co.

        Work highlights

        • Represented Nespresso USA, Inc. in a suit filed against Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for trademark and trade dress infringement and dilution, acts of unfair competition and false advertising
        • Representing Capri Sun GmbH in a trademark infringement and breach-of-contract lawsuit.
        • Representing the association that hosts the parade and Rose Bowl Game in a dispute with the City of Pasadena, which wanted the game to be called something other than the “Rose Bowl Game.”

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

        Counting investment managers, banks and other financial institutions among its roster of clients, Mayer Brown is noted for its capability in handling pension plan investment matters, as well as 401(k) and defined benefit plans. Based in Palo Alto, Maureen Gorman leads the practice and handles ERISA fiduciary issues, in addition to IRS and DOL audits. In the firm’s Washington DC office, Erin Cho joined the group from Groom Law Group, Chartered in March 2021, and focuses on ERISA Title I fiduciary matters, while senior counsel Lennine Occhino, who is based in the Chicago office, is another key member of the team.

        Practice head(s):

        Maureen Gorman

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘This team gives commercial and practical advice. Those I have worked with are very responsive and thoughtful of the commercial needs of the business.’

        ‘Erin Cho is a fantastic partner. It goes without saying that she has great expertise in all aspects of ERISA, but she has become a trusted advisor for our asset management business due to the very practical advice she gives in a timely fashion.’

        Key clients

        Assured Guaranty

        Bristol-Myers Squibb

        Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

        Dow Chemical

        Envestnet

        The Hartford Financial Group

        Northern Trust Corporation

        Work highlights

        • Advising Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on all qualified and welfare plans in the US.
        • Advising a pharmaceutical manufacturer on the termination of a $4bn pension plan.
        • Advising a broker dealer and asset manager on compliance issues related to the Department of Labor’s new regulations on investment advice.

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

        Mayer Brown advises public and private companies, as well as individual executives, across the financial services, technology and life sciences sectors on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of M&A. Key clients include Lone Star Funds, Climate Change Crisis Impact I Acquisition and Argo Infrastructure Partner, among others. In the firm’s Chicago office, key members of the practice include Debra Hoffman, who has deep experience advising on the benefits aspects of corporate transactions, Ryan Liebl and Stephanie Vasconcellos, while Maureen Gorman leads the team from the firm’s office in Palo Alto.

        Practice head(s):

        Maureen Gorman

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Argo Infrastructure Partners

        Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

        CDK Global

        CNO Financial Group

        Climate Change Crisis Impact I Acquisition

        Financo

        State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

        Lone Star Funds

        Lunglife AI

        Work highlights

        • Represented Brookfield Infrastructure in the $4.1bn sale of Enwave.
        • Represented Climate Change Crisis Impact I Acquisition in its $2.6bn merger with EVgo Services LLC.
        • Represented Lone Star Funds in the $1.68bn sale of its portfolio company, Caliber Home Loans, Inc., to New Residential Investment Corp.

        Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 4

        Mayer Brown often advises on employment due diligence in the context of M&A and finance transactions. The team is led by Chicago-based partner Andrew Rosenman, who acts for consulting firms and financial institutions in matters related to race, gender and pregnancy discrimination, and Ruth Zadikany in Los Angeles, who deals with class actions and employment litigation matters. Also in Chicago is Marcia Goodman, who represents global banks in litigation regarding discrimination.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany

        Testimonials

        ‘The team is highly talented, responsive and pragmatic. They provide steadfast support and are reliable like no other. They offer skilled support across all areas of employment law and have been invaluable in assisting in the transformation of key areas of our organization.’

        ‘The MB team is awesome! They are extremely flexible, honest, knowledgeable, informative, and most of all personable. They keep us informed through each stage of litigation and make sure we understand the risks involved with our decisions. This is something that has really set them apart from some of the other firms we used to use.’

        ‘They are very open to explaining different aspects of the case and they don’t treat any question like it’s a dumb one.’

        ‘Mayer Brown’s employment counseling uses a great, team-oriented approach to getting their clients the best outcome. They identify the best resource for the job, to get the client the best result. They are smart, practical, and efficient. I never feel a matter is being “over-lawyered”.’

        ‘The team we work with at Mayer Brown is excellent. They have provided outstanding advice on how to proceed on a wide range of issues.’

        ‘We have found the two Mayer Brown lawyers we work with to be always ready to help us with any issue. They listen carefully, work to understand our organization and the issues we are facing, and help us develop strategies to address any issue we are facing.’

        Key clients

        Foster Poultry Farms

        Cushman & Wakefield

        Homepoint Financial

        TH Foods

        Allscripts Healthcare

        Work highlights

        • Advised Cushman & Wakefield on all aspects of its global labor and employment issues, from drafting template agreements, to advising on personnel issues.
        • Advised Homepoint Financial with respect to day-to-day wage/hour questions, reasonable accommodation requests, leaves of absence, Covid-19-related inquiries and other areas.

        Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

        Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

        Mayer Brown‘s recent trajectory of growth and development in the private equity funds space continued in 2021, with the arrival of a trio of seasoned attorneys in the New York office; Timothy Clark from Dechert LLP, Marina Besignano from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, and Javier Fierro from Sidley Austin LLP bring extensive experience of the structuring, formation, operation and regulation of a variety of domestic and offshore funds across wide range of asset classes and industries to the firm. They join a firm which assists sponsor, adviser and investor clients with structures ranging from limited partnerships, authorized and unauthorized unit trusts, and closed-ended and open-ended investment companies to private equity, infrastructure, mezzanine and venture funds. Real estate, insurance and credit funds are particular strengths. Leadership of the offering is shared between Chicago-based Wendy Dodson Gallegos and New York-based Kevin Sheridan Jr.

        Practice head(s):

        Wendy Dodson Gallegos; Kevin Sheridan Jr

        Other key lawyers:

        Timothy Clark; Marina Besignano; Javier Fierro; Aubry Smith; Tram Nguyen

        Testimonials

        ‘In depth knowledge of fund formation, SEC regulations, tax structuring. Business-oriented mindset – able to tailor their messages to the needs of the audience, starting at the proposal stage all the way through the delivery of documents Not unwilling to cap fees even when the scope of work is not 100% clear. Diverse team, playing well together. Willing to provide complimentary trainings for the client. Responsive and precise.’

        ‘Aubry Smith: great orchestra director, always prepared on documents and processes. Tram Nguyen: not afraid of saying no when the client is wrong.’

         

        Key clients

        Clarion Partners, LLC

        Heitman LLC

        Invesco Advisers, Inc.

        LaSalle Investment Management, Inc.

        Unico Investment Group LLC

        TA Realty LLC

        PennantPark Investment Advisers, LLP

        AP6 Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund

        SunSuper

        Kythera Capital

        Crescent Capital

        BMO

        High Rise Capital

        Octagon

        Work highlights

        • Advising fund sponsor Heitman on all aspects of structuring, documenting and capital raising for Heitman Value Partners V; Heitman Real Estate Debt Partners II; and Heitman Global Real Estate Partners II.
        • Represented Invesco Real Estate in the initial closing of Invesco Real Estate Fund VI.
        • Advising various insurance companies as investors in private equity funds and also as private equity fund sponsors.

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

        As well as substantial international capabilities, Mayer Brown has an expansive national footprint, with M&A lawyers in Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, Washington DC and Chicago. The latter office is home to practice co-chairs William Kucera  and Jodi Simala, whose broad practice spans M&A, stock and asset deals, divestitures, tender and exchange offers and joint ventures in addition to corporate governance and defensive measures.

        Practice head(s):

        William Kucera; Jodi Simala

        Other key lawyers:

        David Carpenter; Joseph Castelluccio

        Key clients

        ACE Limited

        Ally Financial Inc.

        Assured Guaranty Ltd.

        Caesars Entertainment Corporation

        Caterpillar Inc.

        The Dow Chemical Company

        Envestnet, Inc.

        First Sentier Investors

        George Weston Limited

        Heitman Capital

        Nestlé S.A.

        Northern Trust

        Prologis, Inc.

        TC Energy Corporation

        Tenneco Inc.

        Walton Street Capital, L.L.C.

        Wolters Kluwer United States Inc.

        Yum! Brands

        3i Group plc

        Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 6

        Mayer Brown is highly active in the consumer finance space, where it provides ongoing advice to clients on compliance and also handles due diligence for investments into companies in this sector. The team has a varied client base amongst fintech companies; recent work in this space includes advising fintech companies on the regulatory issues around entering into partnerships with banks to provide services to customers. It is also active in the growing sector of ‘buy now/pay later’, advising start-ups on ensuring that these products do not violate consumer lending regulations. Elsewhere, the practice continues to advise a range of parties in the mortgage space on compliance with CFPB regulations such as disclosure requirements and Ability-to-Repay regulations. The team is led by Jeffrey Taft and Steve Kaplan, both of whom as based in Washington DC. Marlon Paz departed the firm in December 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Jeffrey Taft; Steve Kaplan

        Testimonials

        ‘The Mayer Brown Financial Services team is an amazing group of lawyers. They attorneys are well steeped in all financial service matters and they are extremely helpful.’

        Key clients

        Shopify, Inc.

        TIAA Bank

        Stearns Lending

        Bayview

        M&T Bank

        Finance of America

        American Express Company

        HSBC

        Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

        Desjardins Group

        Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

        Ally Financial

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

        Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds

        June 2021 was a month of significant growth for the offering at Mayer Brown; Timothy Clark (formerly of Dechert LLP), Marina Besignano (formerly of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP) and Javier Fierro (formerly of Sidley Austin LLP) all arrived to lend their years’ of private investment experience to the team in the New York office.
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        Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with 26 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm is known for its client-focused approach to providing creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, CAC 40, DAX, Hang Seng and Nikkei index companies, together with global leaders in major industries. Mayer Brown provides a global service to its clients through eight offices in Asia, five offices in Europe, twelve offices in the Americas and one office in the Middle East. In Asia, the firm operates as Mayer Brown JSM. In Brazil, the firm has an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados and, in Hong Kong, with Jingtian & Gongcheng.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        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)
        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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        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
        Tax Transactions & Consulting James R. Barry (Chicago)jbarry@mayerbrown.com+1 312 701 7169
        Tax Transactions & Consulting Jason S. Bazar (New York)jbazar@mayerbrown.com+1 212 506 2323
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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.