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

Financial products Tier 1

Financial products work at Mayer Brown is handled by the global tax department, jointly led by James Barry in Chicago and New York-based Jason Bazar. The team advises banks, funds and capital markets participants on the tax aspects of their financial products and trading strategies, working closely with the firm's well-regarded banking, capital markets and securities groups. The team's expertise is broad, covering the spectrum of debt and equity securities and derivative products. Among its recent standout work, the team has handled tax issues affecting special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), as well as those relating to exotic securities such as securitized air miles programmes for major airlines. Mark Leeds in Chicago is an expert in the tax consequences of capital markets products and investment vehicles; Thomas Humphreys in New York is recognized by clients as being 'involved in more capital markets than possibly any other attorney on Wall Street'; San Francisco's Remmelt Reigersman is a big name on the West Coast, with an impressive client-base of financial institutions; and Russell Nance is also recommended in New York.

Practice head(s):

James Barry; Jason Bazar

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘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 than possibly any other attorney on Wall Street.’

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

Key clients

Capital One

Citigroup Global Markets

Goldman Sachs

LendingClub

MJX Venture Management

Morgan Stanley

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Scotia Capital

Bank of Montreal

National Bank of Canada

Raymond James & Associates

Crédit Agricole CIB

Fintech Tier 1

Mayer Brown's collective strengths in key areas such as financial services regulatory, payments, technology, capital markets, cybersecurity and data privacy, give it an edge in the increasingly competitive fintech market. The firm's clients include a broad mix of major banks, credit card and financial services companies, as well as cryptocurrency exchanges, online payment processors and retailers. Advice to clients such as American Express on its Split & Send launch, allowing deeper integration with digital wallets such as PayPal, is demonstrative of the firm's expertise. Key partners include financial services experts David Beam and Steven Kaplan in Washington DC. They are complemented by experienced partners on the technology transactions side, including Rebecca Eisner and Brad Peterson in Chicago, and up-and-coming partner Rohith George in California.

Practice head(s):

David Beam; Julie Gillespie; Steven Kaplan; Brad Peterson; Elizabeth Raymond

Other key lawyers:

Rohith George

Key clients

American Express Company

Square, Inc.

Capital One, N.A.

PayPal, Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

LendingClub

Shopify

Ally Financial Inc.

HSBC Bank USA, N.A

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Equitrust Life Insurance Company

International tax Tier 1

Mayer Brown’s international tax experts handle a solid mix of inbound and outbound transactions, including M&A, structured finance, real estate finance and capital markets transactions involving the EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions. Key partners include co-chair Jason Bazar in New York, Washington DC-based shipping tax expert Kenneth Klein, and Jason Osborn (also in DC), who has exceptional knowledge of multilateral advanced pricing agreement (APA) negotiations. Noted fields of expertise include transfer pricing issues and cross-border integrations, handled by New York-based Lucas Giardelli, Chicago-based co-chair James Barry and Michael Lebovitz in Los Angeles. The team works in a holistic manner with the tax controversy group for early-stage risk mitigation assessments. Global corporates, financial institutions, asset managers and investment funds are among the team's core clients.

Practice head(s):

James Barry; Jason Bazar

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Klein; Jason Osborn; Lucas Giardelli; Michael Lebovitz

Key clients

Altice N.V. & Altice USA Inc.

Nestlé SA

The Dow Chemical Company

Sotheby’s Inc.

Eaton Corporation

Abbott

Goldman Sachs

World Shipping Council

Prudential

Outsourcing Tier 1

Mayer Brown's outsourcing practice is well known for advising a solid client roster of international companies on technology outsourcing matters, including developing areas of technology such as cloud computing. In addition to assisting with the negotiation of outsourcing deals, the team also advises on other aspects of these arrangements, such as intellectual property and data protection matters. Chicago-based Brad Peterson heads up the firm's global technologies transactions practice, and is well versed in handling transactions pertaining to the financial services sector. In Washington DC, Daniel Masur advises on work involving cutting edge technologies such as blockchain, AI, automation and SaaS. Other key practitioners are Linda Rhodes, Rebecca Eisner, and Joe Pennell.

Practice head(s):

Brad Peterson

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Masur; Linda Rhodes; Rebecca Eisner; Joe Pennell

Key clients

CNH Industrial

CNO Financial Group, Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company

HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

The Jordan Company, L.P.

Modernizing Medicine, Inc.

Nestle Health Science S.A.

Penumbra, Inc.

Target Corporation

Wolters Kluwer, NV

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Mayer Brown has developed a significant reputation as a financial regulatory powerhouse, and has lately been active in advising clients on measures implemented by US regulators relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as assisting financial institutions with LIBOR transition issues. In terms of transactions, the group has notable expertise in a full range of derivatives and commodities work. The group also has complementary expertise in financial enforcement work. Contacts in the New York office include Anna Pinedo, a market leader in the structured products space; Curtis Doty, who specializes in over-the-counter derivatives; and counsel Pamela Sackmann, who has broad expertise covering interest rate swaps, options and forwards. Matthew Kluchenek in the Chicago office has expertise across the transactional and regulatory matters facing financial institutions. Also recommended is New York-based associate Marla Matusic, who is building a presence in issuer-side structured note matters.

Other key lawyers:

Anna Pinedo; Curtis Doty; Matthew Kluchenek; Pamela Sackmann; Bradley Berman; Marla Matusic

Testimonials

‘The practice is a unique blend of a global and broad spectrum view while also being able to go extremely deep into nuanced and complex topic. The partner we work with specifically, Matt Kluchenek, is extremely strategic in his thinking enabling us to design and build competitive business model innovation on his guidance. It’s something that’s worked for us and regulators many times under Matt’s guidance.’

‘We followed our partner, Matt Kluchenek, to Mayer Brown from another global firm because he’s the best in the industry and a key part of our strategic advantage as a business. He’s extremely efficient and organized as well. On top of it all, he’s recognized as a top attorney in the field so when we involve him in regulatory or client meetings, it means a lot across the table.’

‘A great combination of expertise and knowledge of market practices with quick and efficient document execution capabilities’

‘Quick and responsive and more importantly able to quickly say how much work is required on a specific topic rather than complicating the issue’

‘Anna Pinedo, Brad Berman and Marla Matusic are all extremely responsive and attentive. They have a great deal of practical knowledge and experience in the industry which gives us comfort when we go to them with questions. The team makes us feel like a priority and also seem to strive for efficiency and practicality in their approach which is appreciated. ’

Key clients

Alaia Capital/m+ Funds

Bank of Montreal/BMO Capital Markets

Bitnomial Exchange

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Cowen

Credit Agricole CIB

Deutsche Bank

Halo Investing

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

International Swaps and Derivatives Association

KBR, Inc.

National Bank of Canada

Natixis

PIMCO

Raymond James & Associates

Société Générale

Strategas Securities

Structured Products Association

Toronto Dominion/TD Bank

UBS

Walleye Trading Advisors

Wells Fargo

Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

The team at Mayer Brown is integrated into the firm's global network, enabling seamless advice on securitization transactions across the Americas, Asia and Europe. In 2020, the group played an active role in the Federal Reserve's TALF program, advising the agency on the customer agreement and assisting initial purchasers with some of the first transactions under the program. The group has a dominant position for all consumer asset classes, notably auto and credit card ABS. In addition, the team is noted for its heavy involvement in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) transactions. Jointly leading the team from Chicago, Julie Gillespie has deep experience in credit card ABS; while Stuart Litwin, chair of the American Bar Association's securitization and structured finance committee, has an established auto and equipment ABS practice, and an increasingly busy line in fintech securitizations. Also in Chicago, Jon Van Gorp is the name for RMBS transactions and Paul Forrester is an expert in structured credit. In Charlotte, Carol Hitselberger ('brilliant') has a significant trade receivables practice, while in New York, Jason Kravitt and Ryan Suda stand out for their expertise in CLOs.

Practice head(s):

Julie Gillespie; Stuart Litwin

Other key lawyers:

Jon Van Gorp; Paul Forrester; Jason Kravitt; Carol Hitselberger; Ryan Suda; Angela Ulum

Testimonials

‘Incredibly responsive and detail oriented. Move the deal along without prompting. Super team.’

‘Carol Hitselberger is brilliant, engaged and helpful.’

‘The Charlotte based securitization/corporate finance team is truly excellent. Great breadth of knowledge, strong partners, solid associates, impressive innovation. This group is really at the top of their game and are an asset to any deal team.’

‘Outstanding client service at all levels, starting at the top with Stuart Litwin. Great response time to questions posed by in-house counsel or business units. Practical advice givers.’

‘Stuart Litwin is the key leader of the ABS team. He has developed many outstanding attorneys at Mayer Brown, including Angela Ulum. These attorneys all bring first-class service to the client. ’

‘Mayer Brown arguably has the deepest bench of structured finance lawyers in the industry across all major asset classes. The firm can manage virtually any deal regardless of size and can manage multiple deals concurrently no matter how challenging the deadline. The firm also has strong partners in required supporting practices such as tax, bankruptcy and regulatory. Its top tier consumer regulatory practice, in particular, is a major asset that cannot be overstated.’

‘Deep bench of talented securitization attorneys at all levels across a wide variety of asset classes. Strong and complementary tax and regulatory practices. Very commercial and practical advisers. Willing to go the extra mile to close transactions on short notice. Willing to invest in a client relationship.’

‘Extremely responsive and able to mobilize resources to quickly address urgent requests. Reliably provide innovative solutions to complicated and often unexpected transactional issues.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Bank of Montreal

Barclays Bank PLC

Wells Fargo Bank

Mizuho Bank

PNC Bank, National Association

Octane Lending, Inc

Equitrust Life Insurance Company

LendingClub

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation

US taxes: contentious Tier 1

Mayer Brown’s tax controversy group represents global clients in bet-the-company litigation against the IRS, recently acting for market leaders in the financial services, telecoms and oil and gas sectors. Recent highlights for the team have involved transfer pricing apportionments, sales tax disputes and $100m+ tax appeals. In once example, the team acted for Tribune Media Company in a precedent-setting trial involving the tax-deferred treatment of partnership divestitures. It is also noted for handling whistleblower claims. Names to note in the regard are Brian Kittle, Chicago-based Thomas Kittle-Kamp and Joel Williamson, and Larry Langdon in Palo Alto. Also in Chicago, John Hildy leads on multibillion-dollar federal transfer pricing disputes. Leah Robinson spearheads the SALT practice, and has noted experience in representing clients across all 50 states (with an emphasis on New York, New Jersey, Illinois and the Ninth Circuit) Zal Kumar and Paul DiSangro are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kittle; Thomas Kittle-Kamp; Joel Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Larry Langdon; John Hildy; Leah Robinson; Zal Kumar; Paul DiSangro

Key clients

Abbott

Nestle Holdings

Hyatt Corporation

Hanes Brands

Fidelity Investments

Eaton Corporation

US Ventures

Tribune Media Company /Nextstar

Stanley, Black & Decker

Dentsply Sirona

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Mayer Brown’s broad domestic and international market footprint makes it an attractive choice for market-leading multinationals, financial institutions, trade associations, and investment funds involved in large-scale domestic and cross-border transactions.The team has an impressive track record in securitization and complex and innovative financial products; a contact in this space is capital markets and structured finance specialist Mark Leeds. Acting out of the San Francisco office, Remmelt Reigersman is a key contact for major M&A deals and capital markets transactions. Contacts in New York include transactions and planning expert Lucas GiardelliDaniel Kiely , who joined in June 2020 from an in-house role at OneMain Financial; and Jason Bazar, who jointly manages the practice alongside James Barry in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

James Barry; Jason Bazar; Laurent Borey

Other key lawyers:

Mark Leeds; Remmelt Reigersman; Lucas Giardelli; Daniel Kiely

Testimonials

‘The team has in-depth tax knowledge and very skilled at managing transactions (M&A). I found them to be very responsive to inquires by client. Generally, they assign a point person and they will coordinate with their team to manage the transactions.’

‘I have worked with Jim Barry for many years on small and big transactions. He is very accessible and responsive to client needs (big or small). I have spent many evenings and weekends on calls with Jim working on transactions.’

Key clients

Altice N.V. & Altice USA Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company

Hartford Financial Services Group

Macquarie Group Limited

Nestlé SA

Prologis Inc.

Société Générale

World Shipping Council

The Jordan Company

Sotheby’s Inc.

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

Well known for its appeals work in this space, Mayer Brown's team is rated for its experience in price-fixing class actions, as well as in other antitrust cases arising from the financial services, tech and healthcare sectors. Mark Ryan in Washington DC heads up the firm’s offering in this area, leading a team with enviable trial and appellate capabilities. Stationed in Chicago, Britt Miller focuses on price-fixing, market allocation, monopolization and conspiracy cases, while Andrew Marovitz specializes in antitrust litigation in the financial services sector. Other names to note are food and beverage sector expert Carmine Zarlenga and litigator Oral Pottinger, both of whom are also based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Marovitz; Britt Miller; Carmine Zarlenga; Oral Pottinger

Testimonials

‘The financial services group at Mayer Brown is top-notch and provides thorough analysis and great guidance to in-house attorneys and compliance departments so that the legal and compliance departments are able to assess risk with the business departments and make informed business decisions around various rules, laws, and regulations surrounding the financial services industry.’

Key clients

CDK Global

Indiana Packers Corporation/Mitsubishi Corporation

Cargill Incorporated

Delta Dental

Foster Poultry Farms and Foster Farms, LLC

Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation

Lukoil Pan Americas, LLC

HSBC

The Big Ten Conference

BASF Corporation and BASF SE

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Mayer Brown's construction practice is headed by Joanna Horsnail, who has extensive experience handling contracts and transactional matters relating to major public and private construction and design projects. Among her recent highlights, Horsnail is advising Invenergy Thermal Development and Energía del Pacífico on a gas power plant joint venture in El Salvador. The team is particularly adept at handling complex projects in the transport, industrial and manufacturing sectors and is capable of seeing project from inception through to litigation. Advice covers EPC contracts, design-build and PPP agreements and high-value disputes. In addition, the group is frequently engaged to collaborate on cross-border matters, acting in conjunction with teams from across the firm's international office network. Domestically the firm also fields an infrastructure and public policy group that works closely with Horsnail and her team; Mitch Holzrichter is a key contact in this space. Also recommended are counsel Sara Hess and associate Rachel Smith. All named lawyers are based in the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Horsnail

Other key lawyers:

Sara Hess; Rachel Smith; Mitch Holzrichter

Testimonials

‘The team was very knowledgeable and helpful in developing design build procurement documents.’

‘Individuals were knowledgeable and integrated into our larger project team seamlessly. They communicated effectively and were responsive. Their work product was accurate and timely. Joanna Horsnail and Jeff Edwards were our points of contact.’

‘The firm has a deep bench of highly experience transactional infrastructure attorneys. They have a detailed knowledge of precedent contracts and understand how to get clients to make decisions that are in the clients best interests.’

‘They work very effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment. Great with clients.’

Key clients

Chicago Transit Authority

Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

HNTB

Illinois Department of Transportation

Alabama Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation

Arkansas Department of Transportation

Walsh Group

Invenergy

Copyright Tier 2

The team at Mayer Brown has a strong track record as lead counsel in copyright litigation in both federal and state court, with particular emphasis on representing high-profile media and technology companies regarding major copyright infringement. Indeed, the team has obtained landmark rulings in a litany of media copyright controversies, and continued that trend in 2020 with a significant ruling on behalf of Spotify. Key figures in the New York office include practice head John Mancini and Allison Levine Stillman, who acts for technology and media companies in a range of complex IP matters. Also of note Jacob Ebin was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

John Mancini

Other key lawyers:

Allison Stillman; Jacob Ebin

Key clients

Spotify Technology AB (Spotify USA Inc.)

Google

LG Electronics

CJ E&M Corporation and CJ E&M America, Inc.

Digital Licensee Coordinator

Television Music License Committee

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

Mayer Brown is well placed to advise on incident response and strategic counseling matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, leveraging the strength of its US and international teams in Europe and Asia. The practice group is led by Washington DC managing partner Rajesh De, who has held senior positions with a number of relevant government agencies, and also worked as general counsel at the NSA. Clients have also singled out David Simon, who has extensive experience of cyber incidents and investigations. In addition to breach response, the team is also able to advise on the data privacy aspects of cross-border corporate transactions and commercial agreements covering supply chain management and data transfers, among others. Also recommended are Lei Shen in the Chicago office; Marcus Christian, a litigator with expertise in the cybersecurity space; and Lauren Goldman, who is highly regarded for class actions and appellate litigation involving data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Rajesh De

Other key lawyers:

David Simon; Lei Shen; Marcus Christian; Lauren Goldman

Testimonials

‘Stellar expertise, experience, practical orientation. The team has practiced in a variety of government roles, giving them experience that’s highly relevant.’

‘Raj De and David Simon stand out for their ability to advise based on deep experience and continued engagement in cutting edge cyber- and national security law.’

Key clients

AT&T/DIRECTV

The Blackstone Group

Cablevision

Hyundai Motor America, Inc.

Kia Motors America, Inc.

Nomura

Shutterfly

St. Jude/Abbott Lab

Twitter

Volkswagen

Environment: litigation Tier 2

Mayer Brown fields a team of dedicated environmental and mass tort litigators who work almost exclusively on environmental cases. Leveraging the firm's global presence and its wealth of experience in litigation at state and federal level, the group has the capability to assist with complex environmental litigation cases across the country and overseas. Much of the work handled by the firm within the sector is led from its Chicago office, which has over the years developed a strong profile for high-profile mass tort claims, PFAS litigation, cleanup and remediation cases, as well as challenges to EPA regulations. Joint practice chairs Rich Bulger and Mark Ter Molen are key figures in the team. Bulger is a popular choice among chemical companies, while Ter Molen excels in large environmental tort class actions. Other notable practitioners include Timothy Bishop, whose experience includes putative class actions, appellate litigation and cases before the Supreme Court, and counsel Jaimy Hamburg, who counsels clients from the oil and gas, manufacturing and mining sectors. Named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Rich Bulger; Mark Ter Molen

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Bishop; Jaimy Hamburg

Testimonials

‘Great expertise and experience.’

‘Mark Ter Molen is top notch!’

Key clients

3M Company

National Pork Producers Council

American Farm Bureau Federation

United States Sugar Corporation

American Petroleum Institute

Veolia S.A.

National Mining Association

Foster Farms

Weyerhaeuser Corporation

Nicor Gas Company

ERISA litigation Tier 2

In recent work, Mayer Brown’s ERISA litigation practice obtained a raft of favorable results for 403(b) university plan sponsors — including Cornell University, Georgetown University and George Washington University — in high-profile breach of fiduciary litigation; group co-heads Nancy Ross and Brian Netter (sitting in Chicago and Washington DC respectively) led the proceedings. Chicago-based Richard Nowak and associate Samuel Myler add considerable bench strength to the range of disputes handled, including acting in excessive fee, prohibited transaction and all other 401(k) fiduciary breach claims. The team represented market-leading aerospace defense contractor Northrop Grunman Corporation in a dispute regarding its right to recoup benefits overpayments, and also defended AT&T in a challenge to its use of actuarial assumptions.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Ross; Brian Netter

Other key lawyers:

Richard Nowak; Samuel Myler; Michelle Webster

Testimonials

‘The focus on ERISA and depth of experience of the team was very beneficial. Also, despite four years of litigation, we maintained the same team assigned to our case and developed strong working relationships with each member from the most junior to the senior partner. The level of comfort and trust developed accordingly.’

‘Our team consisted of Nancy Ross, Brian Netter, Sam Myler and Michelle Webster, and each brought a unique skill set to the table. Nancy and Sam compliment each other on insightful and methodical analysis of issues peculiar to ERISA cases. Brian is superb on procedural and evidentiary issues, as well as being both an excellent writer and willing recipient of client input during the drafting process. Michelle brings organizational skills and diligent follow-up on outstanding issues to ensure a comprehensive effort.’

‘They know this stuff cold – among the best in the industry. Great to work with.’

‘Brian Netter is outstanding – takes a practical, efficient approach that is highly effective.’

Key clients

HSBC

AT&T

Shell Oil Company

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Nestlé U.S.A., Inc.

Tenneco

Cornell University

George Washington University

Duke Energy Corporation

Froedtert Health

Financial services litigation Tier 2

Mayer Brown's diverse financial services litigation practice represents major banks in lawsuits ranging from interest rate manipulation class actions to RMBS litigation. The global banking and finance litigation group is led by Mark Hanchet and Christopher Houpt, both of whom recently acted alongside litigator Matthew Ingber in several RMBS lawsuits for BNYM. Another key focus for the firm is litigation under the Anti-Terrorism Act; in one recent matter, Hanchet and appellate lawyer Andrew Pincus successfully defended HSBC in litigation under the act related to the activities of Mexican drug cartels. Its capabilities in this area were further boosted in 2020 by the addition to the team of Gina Parlovecchio, a former US Attorney. Debra Bogo-Ernst is recommended for her experience in handling both commercial and consumer banking lawsuits. Michael Levy joined the practice in February 2020 from Paul Hastings LLP, and Matthew Alexander left for a role at the SEC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hanchet; Christopher Houpt

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Pincus; Debra Bogo-Ernst; Matthew Ingber; Gina Parlovecchio; Michael Levy

Testimonials

‘Very experienced lawyers, excellent legal knowledge combined with a practical approach, very efficient, quick response.’

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

MB Financial

General commercial disputes Tier 2

Mayer Brown is frequently engaged by large corporates in class actions and multi-district litigation. Of recent note, Chicago-based Michael Olsen and several other partners are representing 3M Company in over a thousand lawsuits across nineteen states involving a variety of claims, including personal injury, medical monitoring and property damage suits. New York-based appellate specialist Lauren Goldman stands out for her consistent stream of work for Facebook, including numerous appeals in the Ninth Circuit over the last two years. In Los Angeles, John Nadolenco has developed a leading reputation in class actions. Also recommended is Archis Parasharami in Washington DC, who has notable experience in arbitration and class actions. Partners Gina Parlovecchio (New York) and Michael Levy (Washington DC) joined the firm in 2020 from the Eastern District of New York and Paul Hastings LLP, respectively. The commercial litigation practice is jointly led by John Conlon in New York and Reginald Goeke, who divides time between New York and Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

John Conlon; Reginald Goeke

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Goldman; John Nadolenco; Archis Parasharami; Gina Parlovecchio; Michael Levy

Key clients

3M Company

The Bank of New York Mellon

Banque Pictet

Shutterfly

Veolia

Nestlé USA

Ghirardelli Chocolate Co.

The Big Ten Conference

TransCanada

Facebook

Government contracts Tier 2

Acting for prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers from a multitude of industries, Mayer Brown is recognized in this space for its experience handling notably complex government contracting mattersThe practice's broad service offering encompasses regulatory advice, compliance, transactions, investigations and litigation, notably bid protests and False Claims Act suits. In addition to its expertise in federal contracting, the firm is also equipped to assist clients with state and local procurement, where it is especially well placed to handle mandates involving Illinois and California. Practice head Marcia Madsen is a 'leader in the field'; she advises defense contractors, IT companies, engineering firms and manufacturing corporations on the full range of government contracts issues. David Dowd is a recommended counsel for bid protests and disputes before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal claims. Luke Levasseur is recommended for contract disputes and FCA cases. All practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Marcia Madsen

Other key lawyers:

David Dowd; Luke Levasseur

Testimonials

‘They have significant experience in complex government contracting matters. They understand their clients business and needs and approach every matter through that lens.’

‘Marcia Mardsen and David Dowd are leaders in the field. Their presence on our team brings calm to our internal business clients because they know that they have seen it all and understand how our business works.’

Government relations Tier 2

Mayer Brown is active in government regulatory work at the federal and international levels, as well as in key states and major metropolitan areas, namely Los Angeles and Chicago. With connections on both sides of the political aisle, the group helps clients from a wide range of industries—including communications and technology, transportation and financial services—navigate regulatory, legislative and policy issues affecting their businesses. Core areas of strength include assisting leading players in the new mobility movement with the development of novel legislative and regulatory schemes. The practice group is jointly led by Philip Recht in Los Angeles, Joseph Seliga in Chicago and Washington DC-based Duane Layton. Also recommended are Howard Waltzman (Washington DC), who acts for a number of trade associations, and Mitch Holzrichter (Chicago), who assists government contractors and private investment funds with campaign finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Duane Layton; Philip Recht; Joseph Seliga

Other key lawyers:

Howard Waltzman; Angela Giancarlo; Mitchell Holzrichter

Testimonials

‘Lawyers that have deep political experience and connections; pragmatic and realistic approach to achieving key results; trustworthy and pragmatic. Phil Recht and Evan Wooten are recommended.’

Key clients

AT&T

General Motors

People Search Services Coalition

Bird Rides

P2P Alliance

Grosvenor Capital Management

Summit Media

CTIA

Lytton Rancheria

Walton Street Capital

Immigration Tier 2

Mayer Brown is singled out by clients as a 'fantastic' immigration and global mobility practice, and is noted for its handling of complex and high-stakes business immigration matters. The DC-based team is led by Elizabeth Stern who has over three decades of experience advising multinational clients on immigration strategies, and is currently leading the firm's COVID-19 task force which has a niche offering in risk management. On the employment side, Grace Shie is the contact advising on mobility and transfer matters. She counts various financial institutions and defence groups as clients. The group also includes senior associate Timothy D’Arduini who handles corporate transactions and is recommended for advisory work pertaining to criminal enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice. The group has a vast litigation capacity and is able to handle cross-border mandates spanning EMEA and Asia.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Espín Stern; Grace Shie

Other key lawyers:

Timothy D’Arduini

Testimonials

‘I have worked with this team for many years and they are simply fantastic. They are subject matter experts and have always come up with practical solutions for our immigration cases. This team handles each immigration case with a lot of thought and makes sure our employees are well taken care of.

‘The main attorneys I work with are Liz Stern, Grace Shie, Tim D’Arduini, and Paul Virtue. They are extremely responsive and I have never had to worry about our immigration matters.’

Key clients

Altice

American Credit Acceptance

American Express Company

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

CoStar Group

IHS Markit

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Northern Trust

Sotheby’s

TP ICAP

Insurance: non-contentious Tier 2

Mayer Brown's insurance team represents bidders in insurance M&A auction sales and advises on catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities deals. Co-head David Alberts regularly advises on multijurisdictional and cross-border regulatory issues as well as leading the firm's insurtech initiative. Stephen Rooney jointly leads the team and his practice focuses on securities offerings, structured finance and M&A. Another key member of the group is Kara Baysinger who has extensive experience in advising clients on regulatory relations, strategy and approvals. All lawyers are based in New York except Baysinger in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

David Alberts; Stephen Rooney

Other key lawyers:

Kara Baysinger

Key clients

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.

Peak Reinsurance

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

China Minsheng Investment Group International

State Farm Automobile Insurance Company

Zurich North America

CyberFortress

Prosight Speciality Insurance Company

International trade Tier 2

Mayer Brown has ‘an exceptional understanding of the intricacies of how trade policy is developed’. Indeed, the firm is sought after for advice concerning negotiations of trade agreements; it also bolstered its trade policy offering in Washington DC with the hire of Andrew Olmem, who arrived from the National Economic Council in July 2020. The department’s workload demonstrates its excellent ability to represent sovereign clients in WTO matters; global practice head Duane Layton has extensive experience in litigation in Geneva, having most recently led a team on acting for the Government of Indonesia as a third-party participant in challenging the WTO panel’s findings in favor of Australia in the well-known plain packaging dispute. Further, the team is equally well equipped to advise investors on highly strategic and sensitive transactions; Timothy Keeler regularly takes the lead on CFIUS reviews. Tamer Soliman serves as global head of the firm’s export controls and sanctions practice, while licensed customs broker Sydney Mintzer heads the US customs law group. Matthew McConkey is a key contact for Asian companies seeking trade remedy advice.

Practice head(s):

Duane Layton

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Keeler; Tamer Soliman; Sydney Mintzer; Matthew McConkey; Andrew Olmem; Warren Payne; Tiffany Smith; Jing Zhang; Gretel Echarte

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown’s trade team has an exceptional understanding of the intricacies of how trade policy is developed. It has close ties to many influential Republican and Democratic policymakers. They provide highly valuable and actionable advice on how best to advocate for my industry’s interests.’

‘As a former Chief of Staff to the US Trade Representative and a former legal counsel on the House Ways and Means Committee, Tim Keeler has a deep understanding of how the Administration and Capitol Hill work together to advance and develop US trade policy. This expertise is supported by an equally impressive understanding by Tiffany Smith of how USTR and Commerce work together to develop and implement US trade policy. Warren Payne brings a deep understanding of the legislative development process and strong connections across the US Government, including at the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Defense Department.’

‘Very responsive and give solid, practical, business friendly advice.’

‘They are responsive, go the extra mile on researching issues and understanding our business. They focus their advice on the practical realities of our business and give realistic assessments of risk.’

‘They have great experience and knowledge in dealing with relevant governmental authorities, especially in the US, including appropriate connections at the authorities.’

Key clients

Temasek International

Government of Indonesia

Weldbend Corporation

Aluminum Extruders Council

Arkema

Sonos, Inc.

Southwire Company

OFS / Furukawa

Medline Industries

Island Industries

Transport: rail and road - finance Tier 2

With extensive experience in the rail and automotive sectors, Mayer Brown represents equity and loan participants and underwriters, as well as lessees, in both public and private transactions. Over the past year, the team was primarily involved in advising underwriters on railcar equipment trust certificates, and representing lenders in lease warehouse facilities and secured bridge and pre-delivery payment financings. The principal contacts in the New York office are George Miller, who concentrates his practice on international and domestic finance and leasing; and Barbara Goodstein, whose experience covers commercial and structured financing, as well as restructuring transactions. Miller led the representation of Credit Suisse in an offering of notes by Trinity Rail Leasing 2020, the securitization collateralized by a portfolio of over 3,000 tank railcars and over 2,700 non-tank railcars.

Practice head(s):

George Miller; Barbara Goodstein

Key clients

Wells Fargo Securities

Credit Suisse

Bank of America Securities

Credit Agricole Securities

Citigroup Capital Markets

Empire State Thruway Partners

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 3

Mayer Brown has significantly grown its presence in the debt capital markets space in the last three years, bringing in a series of senior names and evolving its workload from an investment grade focused practice to one which features a range of debt products. The firm has also massively increased its issuer-side engagements to the extent that it is now evenly balanced between issuer and underwriter mandates. Private debt offerings and covered bonds are also strong features of the practice, the latter driven by key partner Jerry Marlatt who is close to a number of prominent Canadian banks. The team is particularly noted for deals in the financial services, life sciences, consumer products and REITs sectors. Chicago partner Edward Best is rated for financial services sector deals, while Phyllis Korff and Anna Pinedo both have impressive records in domestic and global offerings. Ryan Castillo has been promoted to partner. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

Other key lawyers:

Phyllis Korff; David Bakst; Jerry Marlatt; Ryan Castillo

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

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 3

Mayer Brown's investment in building out its capital markets practice has delivered excellent results. The firm has diversified its workload, having principally focused on investment grade debt, and it is achieving notable growth in Latin America, Canada, Israel and Nordic offerings. The New York office works in close collaboration with colleagues in São Paulo, achieving a growing market share of debt and equity offerings out of Brazil. Canada is a major market for the New York-based team, which represents many of the top Canadian banks and other corporates and financial sponsors. Anna Pinedo, co-leader of the global capital markets practice, has significantly contributed to the firm's success in covered bond offerings for Canadian banks, as well as its growth in Israeli and Nordic transactions. Phyllis Korff is another leader in Israeli offerings and Jerry Marlatt has played an anchor role in developing the firm's Canada practice. David Bakst is an experienced capital markets specialist with significant expertise in a variety of global markets.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo 

Other key lawyers:

Phyllis Korff; Jerry Marlatt; David Bakst 

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

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Mayer Brown has successfully diversified its capital markets practice, from one that was best known for its excellence in investment grade debt, to now regularly appearing in high-yield debt matters on both the issuer and underwriter sides; this includes domestic and global issuances. Offerings by financial institutions (including insurance companies) are a particular forte, while consumer products and REITS are also key areas of activity. Like many of its peers, the firm saw an uptick in deals in 2020 thanks to an upsurge in refinancings linked to the Covid-19 crisis. The core high-yield debt focused team is split between New York, Chicago and Houston. In New York, John Berkery is a recognized expert in investment grade and high-yield debt; he led the team that advised YUM! Brands on a $1.1bn offering of senior notes. Department co-heads Edward Best in Chicago and Anna Pinedo in NewYork are also active in the high-yield space.

Practice head(s):

Eddie Best; Anna Pinedo

Other key lawyers:

John Berkery; Douglas Doetsch

Key clients

BofA Securities

Citigroup

Concho Resources

Craig-Hallum

Finansbank A.S.

Garanti Bank

Global Bank Corporation

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Great Ajax Corp.

Halcón Resources Corporation

HSBC

J.P. Morgan

KBR, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Tenneco [CONFIDENTIAL]

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Ziraat Bankasi A.S.

Turkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalari A.S.

Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi T.A.O

UBS Securities

United Natural Foods, Inc.

Yum! Brands

E-discovery Tier 3

Mayer Brown regularly handles e-discovery mandates for clients in the insurance and financial services, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and automotive manufacturing sectors. The team handles corporate and regulatory law, and has experience acting as e-discovery advisor to in-house counsel and to outside litigation counsel. The practice is also recommended for pre-litigation advice, electronic information risk management and the establishment of e-discovery processes. Washington DC-based Michael Lackey heads the practice and is noted for his experience of criminal and civil antitrust cases. Eric Evans in Palo Alto and Ethan Hastert in Chicago are also in practice leadership positions.

Practice head(s):

Eric Evans; Ethan Hastert; Michael Lackey

Other key lawyers:

Oral Pottinger

Testimonials

‘Eric Evans and the Mayer Brown team do an excellent job’. 

‘They take discovery law seriously and are excellent partners in cases and generally’. 

‘They are practical and adapt well to the needs of the project or the case’. 

‘Excellent communication and flexibility’.

‘They are on top of discovery law’.

‘Eric Evans is client-focused, responsive, and a great leader in the field’. 

Key clients

Google Inc.

American Insurance Association

Veolia S.A.

Spotify

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Leveraging the expertise of corporate, projects, real estate and environmental lawyers with considerable industry level knowledge, Mayer Brown 'combines excellent legal analysis and commerciality' for investors, sponsors and developers across a range of transactions in the renewables sector. The firm is, however, best known for its work on the financing side, in the context of M&A and project-related mandates. At the core of this is its ability to structure matters utilizing sophisticated tax arrangements, including tax equity financing work for many leading investors engaged in both solar and wind projects. Jeffrey Davis and Robert Goldberg jointly head the team from Washington DC and Houston, respectively. Chicago-based partner Nadav Klugman is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Goldberg; Jeffrey Davis

Other key lawyers:

Paul Astolfi; Nadav Klugman; Stephen Yeh; Isaac Maron

Testimonials

‘The firm combines excellent legal analysis and commerciality.’

Key clients

Fengate Asset Management

John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

Leeward Renewable Energy

Longroad Energy Partners and PKA AIP

Wells Fargo

GE Energy Financial Services and Berkshire Hathaway

Global Atlantic Financial Group

ING Capital

Arroyo Energy

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

Fielding a sizeable group of attorneys with backgrounds in medicine, pharmacy and biochemistry, the team at Mayer Brown is a well-known name among start-ups, leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies, funds and investors in life sciences. Recently, it has been especially active in consulting clients on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic through various online platforms. Global life sciences co-chair Reb Wheeler and Lisa Ferri jointly lead the IP department, specializing in M&A and large-scale commercial transactions. Ferri also handles a significant amount of patent litigation work. Also recommended are David Bakst, who handles equity financing transactions; Henninger Bullock, who focuses on product liability; IP specialist Brian Nolan; and David Carpenter, a contact for general corporate and commercial matters. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Ferri; Reb Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

David Bakst; Henninger Bullock; Brian Nolan; David Carpenter

Key clients

AbbVie

Adaptimmune Therapeutics

Anchiano Therapeutics

Baxter

BiomX Ltd

Brickell Biotech, Inc

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Gilead Sciences Inc.

Glaxo Group Ltd., GSK

GW Pharmaceuticals

Medtronic Inc.

MeMed

Merck & Co.

Nestlé Health Science

Novartis AG

St. Jude Medical, Inc.

Takeda

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

Mayer Brown has experience in 'complex and complicated employment disputes'; the team is particularly active in wage and hour class and representative actions, discrimination claims and trade secret litigation. Its client portfolio includes financial institutions, manufactures and TMT companies, among others. The Chicago-based line-up includes practice co-head Andrew Rosenman, who 'does an amazing job', EEO specialist Marcia Goodman and Richard Nowak. Los Angeles-based Ruth Zadikany, who jointly leads the team with Rosenman, is well versed in California law. John Zaimes departed to Arent Fox LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany

Other key lawyers:

Marcia Goodman; Maritoni Kane; Richard Nowak

Testimonials

‘This team is my go-to team for complex and complicated employment disputes. They are well versed in labor and employment law and know how to aggressively defend us as needed. They are also excellent brief writers when it comes to motion practice.’

‘Amazingly responsive, and very business-focused practice group.’

‘Andrew Rosenman does an amazing job of cutting through to the heart of the key issues in any matter, and working through the issue to highlight the technical legal issues, while not losing sight of the practical business considerations. He is a great advisor that partners with his clients to determine the best approach for resolving what can be sometimes very contentious issues.’

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare

Foster Poultry Farms

City of Chicago

Land use/zoning Tier 3

The recent mix of major residential developments, mixed-use regeneration and landmark sites on the slate of Mayer Brown's land use entitlements practice is indicative of the work it undertakes as a key player in the Los Angeles market. Practice head Edgar Khalatian is regularly lead counsel on high-profile and complex land use projects in California, with matters ranging from obtaining entitlements for residential and mixed-use developments to advising on the California Environmental Quality Act and water supply issues. Litigator Dan Queen is frequently involved in the more controversial projects, and Arteen Mnayan, a standout associate, assists investors and developers with all aspects of the real estate entitlement and development process.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Khalatian

Other key lawyers:

Arteen Mnayan; Dan Queen

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown has cultivated the necessary relationships with decision stake holders and community leaders to earn a respected expert rating for navigating the typical sticking points any project encounters. Furthermore, they keep these relationships current as leaders change.’

‘Edgar Khalatian has shown determination, grit and skill through tough opposition to our project. The CC&R governing our location was confining and almost impossible to allow significant development expansion. Edgar brought in the litigation team who literally squashed the opposition and found a path forward to move our project forward. He also lead through countless design changes to achieve favor for the vision of our founder with City Planning and neighbors.’

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

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

At Mayer Brown, the promotions of San Francisco's Cliff Maier, a registered patent attorney with a PhD in electrical engineering, New York's Clayton McCraw and Washington DC's Michael Lindinger, experienced in federal courts, the ITC and the PTAB, increased the practice's weight in the market. Under the lead of New York-based practice head Lisa Ferri, the team is mostly active for defendants, but its successful representations of plaintiffs in the past indicate the group's skills in both sides of a dispute. The group's wide sector range includes the pharmaceutical, technology, consumer products, food and beverage, and electronics sectors as core areas of activity. The other main patent hubs are in Chicago, Charlotte and Palo Alto.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Ferri

Other key lawyers:

Gary Hnath; Edward Johnson; Michael Molano; Joseph Mahoney; Brian Nolan; Richard McCormick; Jamie Beaber; Alan Grimaldi; Kfir Levy; Clayton McCraw; Michael Lindinger; Cliff Maier

Testimonials

‘Not only the partners, but also young associates enjoy working very hard.’

‘They are doing necessary work as efficiently as possible.’

Key clients

Maxell Ltd.

LG Electronics, and LG Display

Samsung Electronics

NXP Semiconductor

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Ninestar

Zhejiang Medical Co., Ltd.

Man Wah Holdings Limited

HemoSonics LLC, Stago International (France)

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Gilead Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline/ViiV Healthcare

Google, Inc.

Sanofi/ Sanofi-Aventis

Regeneron

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Astellas Pharmaceuticals

BASF Corp.

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

Mayer Brown focuses on advising and defending food and beverage companies against false advertising consumer class actions and has achieved considerable victories in this space. The firm also acts for clients in other sectors, serving as national counsel for Philip Morris USA in a significant dispute. In the Los Angeles office up-and-comer Keri Borders, who has successfully represented a number of large multinational corporations in false advertising class actions, and Dale Giali , described as 'very knowledgeable in litigation and risk assessments', co-head the group together with Carmine Zarlenga, a trusted advisor to major food and beverage companies in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Keri Borders; Dale Giali; Carmine Zarlenga

Testimonials

‘They possess great expertise in their area of law; they are constantly updating us on useful topics and keeping us informed on the areas of law that are highly important for our business.’

‘Dale Giali- Very knowledgeable in litigation and risk assessments, highly responsive, always hits deadlines, even when tight, always keeps us updated on where our matters stand (we never have to check in nor ask for status updates).’

Keri Borders- Very knowledgeable- always ready to aid when Dale isn’t available.’

‘I call this team every time I receive a demand letter. They excel at defending against consumer fraud claims and negotiating low cost settlements. They’ve taken the time to understand my company, the products we manufacture and the customers we serve. Their expertise is unparalleled and their counsel vital.’

‘Dale Giali and Keri Borders are both at the top of their field. They are incredibly skilled at handling class actions and other litigation regarding the marketing and sale of retail food products. They provide invaluable advice and gold standard client service.’

Key clients

Amy’s Kitchen, Inc.

Blue Bottle Coffee

Campbell Soup Company

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc.

Ferrero USA Inc.

Foster Poultry Farms

Ghirardelli Chocolate

Halo Top/Eden Creamery

Lindt & Sprüngli

Nestlé USA

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

Mayer Brown is at the forefront of defending pharmaceutical companies against innovator liability claims, most recently with notable successes in its defense of UCB Inc. and its subsidiary Schwarz Pharma in cases arising from the use of the pharmaceutical product Reglan. Recognized product liability lawyer Henninger Bullock in New York leads the practice together with 'great trial lawyer' Michael Olsen and 'excellent legal strategist' Daniel Ring, who are  both based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Henninger Bullock; Michael Olsen; Daniel Ring

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown does a good job incorporating the firm’s superior legal and appellate firepower into their product liability work. The firm is a thought leader in shaping the legal framework for product liability defense.’

‘Michael Olsen — great trial lawyer; connects well with juries with a reassuring, credible demeanor.’

‘Dan Ring — excellent legal strategist; helps clients guide the procedural and legal morass of mass tort litigation.’

‘Craig Woods — terrific at developing a science theory of the case and working with expert witnesses.’

Key clients

3M

Abbott Laboratories

Medtronic, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

GlaxoSmithKline

Cook Medical

St. Jude Medical Inc.

Eli Lilly

UCB, Inc.

Terumo Medical Corp.

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

Mayer Brown continues to be highly active in the area of expansive tort liability and acts for high-profile companies in asbestos litigation and in matters that have received media attention, such its recent defense of the company Veolia which has been targeted with claims related to the Flint water crisis. Henninger Bullock in New York leads the practice together with Chicago-based Michael Olsen, a 'top notch trial lawyer' who defends several of the firms most high-profile clients as lead trial counsel, and 'master strategist' Daniel Ring, who has expertise in the toxic torts and life sciences area.

Practice head(s):

Henninger Bullock; Michael Olsen; Daniel Ring

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown offers the full range of relevant expertise including trial practice, experienced strategic guidance, and quality development of expert witnesses.’

‘Mike Olsen is a top notch trial lawyer with an excellent courtroom presence and communication style with jurors. Dan Ring is a master strategist who ably guides clients in these challenging cases. Craig Woods is particularly effective at developing science theories and working with expert witnesses.’

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

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Mayer Brown's REITs group has over 40 years of experience in structuring and transactions in this space. The firms represents public, private and mortgage REITs across a wide variety of asset classes, with work focusing on public and private offerings, structured debt issuances, and other capital markets transactions. The team also has a strong regulatory practice and tax capabilities, enabling end-to-end service on disclosure and federal securities law matters. Anna Pinedo leads the firm from New York, and recently-promoted Brian Hirshberg has strong client feedback due to his transactional expertise. Christina Thomas joined the Washington DC office from the SEC in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anna Pinedo

Other key lawyers:

Brian Hirshberg; Christina Thomas; Jon Van Gorp; Haukur Gudmundsson

Testimonials

‘Anna Pinedo may very well be the best lawyer I have ever worked with over my career, working with all the top name firms. She is incredible, dependable, insightful and drives her group to be the same. Brian Hirshberg is calm and just gets things done stress-free to his clients. The juniors are similar–can do, get it done.’

‘Timely, responsive can-do mentality and in-depth understanding of what matters and what matters less.’

‘The team at Mayer Brown understands the industry in which we operate.’

‘Mayer Brown has the leading mortgage regulatory and mortgage transactional practices with deep and thorough knowledge of both the rule and regulations at the federal and state levels and industry practices.’

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

Natixis Securities Americas LLC

American Finance Trust

Dynex Capital, Inc.

Varde Partners, Inc. and its affiliates

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Mayer Brown's nationwide securities litigation practice is firmly focused on the financial services sector and acts predominantly for large banks. The firm was heavily involved in litigation arising from mortgage-backed securities implicated in the financial crisis of 2008, and is one of the few to see such matters among its recent and ongoing work. In 2020, Matthew Ingber in New York secured a victory for Bank of New York Mellon in litigation brought by an RMBS investor in 2011. The core team is based in New York, where Joseph De Simone is the lead partner. Richard Spehr is also involved in legacy RMBS cases and Steven Wolowitz is a key advisor to Société Générale in actions involving allegations of financial benchmark rate manipulation, delivering notable victories. Insider trading is a focus area for Glenn Vanzura in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Joseph De Simone

Other key lawyers:

Glenn Vanzura; Matthew Ingber; Steven Wolowitz; Richard Spehr

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

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 3

Mayer Brown has been most active in the area of emerging technologies, including P2P messaging services, telemedicine and autonomous vehicles. Former FCC official Angela Giancarlo co-heads the practice group and has advised General Motors on spectrum policy as it relates to autonomous vehicles. She has also been assisting GCI with its engagements with healthcare providers to modernize services and records. Fellow practice head Howard Waltzman is advising the P2P Alliance, a coalition of P2P messaging service providers, on issues relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Both partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Angela Giancarlo; Howard Waltzman

Key clients

General Motors

CTIA-The Wireless Association

GCI Communication Corp.

tyntec, Inc.; tyntec Group, Ltd.

USTELECOM

P2P Alliance

AT&T

Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

A member of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court and appellate and class action practices, Washington DC-based Evan Tager has handled dozens of cases involving claims against railroads, including litigation arising out of workplace injuries, grade crossing accidents, derailments, and injuries to trespassers. In administrative and regulatory matters, senior counsel Adrian Steel (also in DC) represents corporations before federal and state administrative agencies in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings, including acting for major Class I rail carriers in proceedings before the STB.

Other key lawyers:

Evan Tager; Adrian Steel

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

Mayer Brown has made impressive progress in diversifying its capital markets practice from one which was largely focused on investment grade debt to one of much wider scope. It is now a real player in equity transactions, from late-stage private placement deals, to traditional IPOs, PIPE transactions and follow-on equity offerings. The group also benefits from longstanding relationships with key investment banks, though is building an even balance of issuer and underwriter engagements. 144A offerings by Brazilian issuers is another key strength, notably for partner David Bakst. The firm reinforced its standing in the REIT segment with the hire of David Freed from Vinson & Elkins LLP in January 2021. Anna Pinedo is also active in the equity space. Phyllis Korff has significantly expanded the firm's work with Israeli issuers since joining from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2018. Chicago based Edward Best is a name to note for financial institution clients. Named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Edward Best; Anna Pinedo

Other key lawyers:

Phyllis Korff; Jennifer Carlson; David Bakst; Brian Hirshberg

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown’s capital markets practice is broad and deep, with up to date thinking (and involvement in shaping) policy changes impacting market regulation.’

‘Mayer Brown’s client focus is superior. Anna Pinedo is a font of practical wisdom, clear communication and a focus on what is most important to the client. ’

‘Very proactive, extremely knowledgeable around private placement transactions including pipes, pre-IPO rounds, VC funding documentation and acquisition related financing. You name it they have done it! Very proactive with my team, helpful and always making sure we are up to speed on the latest SEC developments regarding primary and secondary equity issuance. Incredible team and super experienced.’

‘Anna Pinedo and Brian Hirshberg are excellent. They are responsive, inclusive, very helpful and always have a constructive answer or solution. Anna in particular is a market leader in anything private on the street and should be the go to person for every bank or client when it comes to the legal advice around these transactions.’

‘Responsive and commercial without being overly aggressive or conservative.’

‘Anna Pinedo and Brian Hirshberg are exceptional. Always reachable, always responsive and always willing to go the extra mile to accomplish tasks within requested time frame.’

Key clients

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc

AltaGas Ltd

Banco Inter S.A.

Barclays Capital

BMO Capital Markets

BofA Securities, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Great Ajax Corp.

GW Pharmaceuticals, plc

Halcón Resources Corporation

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

MereoBioPharma Group

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

TransCanada Corporation

Triton International Limited

U.S. Bancorp

UBS Securities LLC

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

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

The team at Mayer Brown counts pension plan investment work as a key pillar of the practice, and has been kept particularly busy advising on defined benefit plans. Palo Alto-based practice head Maureen Gorman handles de-risking exercises, DOL and IRS audits and ERISA fiduciary matters. Other key names are Lennine Occhino and counsel Rebecca Davenport, both based in the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Gorman

Other key lawyers:

Lennine Occhino; Rebecca Davenport

Key clients

Assured Guaranty

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Dow Chemical

Envestnet

The Hartford Financial Group

Northern Trust Corporation

Rose Packing Company

Tenneco

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

Primarily based in Chicago, Mayer Brown's employee benefits and executive compensation group recently acted for Yum! Brands in its $375m acquisition of The Habit Restaurants; Debra Hoffman and Stephanie Vasconcellos led on this matter. Ryan Liebl is noted for advising executives and public and private companies on equity compensation and severance plans, as well as cash-based incentive agreements. Practice head Maureen Gorman is based in the firm's Palo Alto office.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Gorman

Other key lawyers:

Debra Hoffman; Ryan Liebl; Stephanie Vasconcellos

Key clients

Assured Guaranty

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Envestnet

The Hartford Financial Group

Northern Trust Corporation

Rose Packing Company

Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 4

Mayer Brown handles coverage disputes, class action defense, governmental investigations and internal reviews. It also assists clients with commercial insurance litigation, and has represented insurers and their trade groups in appeals at both federal and state court level. Bronwyn Pollock and Robert Harrell jointly head the practice in Los Angeles and Houston respectively. Both lawyers are experienced litigators; Harrell's broad litigation practice includes handling complex insurance coverage issues and representing insurers in D&O policy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Bronwyn Pollock; Robert Harrell

Key clients

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.

Peak Reinsurance

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

China Minsheng Investment Group International

State Farm Automobile Insurance Company

Zurich North America

CyberFortress

Prosight Speciality Insurance Company

International arbitration Tier 4

Led out of New York by ‘skilled advocateTed Howes, Mayer Brown’s arbitration group also has significant market presence in Chicago, Houston, and Palo Alto. Reflective of Howes’ experience, the practice is a preferred destination for clients seeking representation during all stages of commercial disputes arising out of M&A transactions and distribution agreements, as well as for China-related matters. In addition, the team in Houston also specializes in commercial arbitration in the energy and construction sectors; Michael Lennon is a name to note in this space. Due to its access to the firm’s global network, the ‘highly professional and dedicated’ department is often engaged on multi-jurisdictional matters alongside the teams in London, Paris, Singapore, and Hong Kong, among others. Notably, over the past decade, the firm has often found itself in the news due to its high-profile class arbitration work in the US Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Ted Howes

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lennon; Sarah Reynolds; Hannah Banks

Testimonials

‘The firm’s international arbitration practice is comprised of highly skilled, highly qualified lawyers and support staff in key markets around the world, which enables efficient and effective coordinated efforts in complex international disputes.’

‘Ted Howes is a skilled advocate, who is passionate and driven to achieve results for his clients, in an ethical and professional manner, and is well-versed in international arbitration procedures and protocols.’

‘Carmine Zarlenga is a litigation partner involved in international arbitrations from time to time, who is a highly skilled trial lawyer, with vast experience representing Fortune 100 clients with global interests.’

‘The team was highly professional and dedicated. They had well-defined roles and responsibilities for each member of the team who was involved with us. Very knowledgeable and sharp.’

‘Highly committed and focused individuals. Very client-service oriented, they are willing to go out of their way to ensure that the client has all the information required and keep us updated on all developments.’

Key clients

Lion Mexico Consolidated L.P.

Panama Canal Authority

Nestlé Middle East FZE

Capri Sun GmbH / Capri Sun Group Holding

Solvay S.A.

Merger control Tier 4

Working closely with its global competition teams, Mayer Brown handles merger control issues for clients in a number of industries, acting for domestic and international businesses. The team represents clients throughout the merger clearance process, including Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and investigations, notably a number of complex second request proceedings. Key figures in the team include practice head Mark Ryan, and Oral Pottinger, whose expertise extends across HSR filings, domestic and international clearance proceedings, antitrust litigation, and merger advocacy. Named lawyers are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Oral Pottinger

Key clients

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (“D-HH”)

Nestlé S.A.

Real estate Tier 4

At Mayer Brown, the real estate department routinely handles the full gamut of real estate transactions. Its lawyers are active in acquisitions, dispositions and development projects, including those funded by joint ventures, in addition to general asset management matters, financing and high-value leases. Los Angeles-based Brian Aronson chairs the department which demonstrates further breadth of expertise through its frequent handling of private equity transactions, restructurings and real estate-related M&A. Washington DC-based Frank Henneburg is the key contact for matters in the hospitality and leisure sectors, while in Chicago, Paul Meyer co-chairs the real estate department’s cross border practice which is instrumental in handling inbound investment transactions from Europe and Asia.

Practice head(s):

Brian Aronson

Other key lawyers:

Frank Henneburg; Paul Meyer; Heather Adkerson; Nathan McMichael

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate of America LLC

Capstone Asset Management

CBIC, Inc.

CBRE Global Investors

Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Grosvenor

Hangang Asset Management

Prologis

Wells Fargo Capital Financial

Real estate finance Tier 4

At Mayer Brown, Charlotte-based David Saye is among the key contacts for real estate finance, owing to his record of acting for both lenders and borrowers in permanent loan and construction financing. The team has particular expertise in bilateral and syndicated facilities and also has experience in innovative transaction structures.

Practice head(s):

Brian Aronson

Other key lawyers:

David Saye

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate of America LLC

Capstone Asset Management

CBIC, Inc.

CBRE Global Investors

Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Grosvenor

Hangang Asset Management

Prologis

Wells Fargo Capital Financial

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

Fielding a large team of lawyers working across the Americas, Europe and Asia, Mayer Brown is routinely engaged in large, complex restructurings for notable financial institutions, often focusing on matters with a cross-border element. The firm makes frequent use of its extensive network of corporate, finance, real estate, tax and litigation practitioners, both in the US and abroad, who have experience in all types of distressed scenarios. Global practice co-heads Brian Trust and Adam Paul take the lead from New York and Chicago, respectively; the latter is recognized as an expert in bankruptcies involving legacy liabilities and is also noted for his multi-jurisdictional work, while the former stands out for his experience of securitization-backed debtor-in-possession financing.

Practice head(s):

Brian Trust; Adam Paul

Testimonials

‘Very accomplished group of restructuring professionals who put clients’ needs first and work creatively to build consensus and drive value.’

‘The team has tremendous experience which makes them highly efficient in their work. More importantly, Mayer Brown’s experience gives our institution comfort during situations when we have less experience. They have the knowledge and experience to give advice that we can always rely on. They take matters into their own hands when needed and spend the time educating and advising us on more substantive issues. Mayer Brown is efficient with our time. They know the work that needs to be done individually and what core/crucial elements to bring to us to weigh in on.’

‘Brian Trust is the gold standard. He is everything that you want from a restructuring advisor: incredibly experienced, hard-working, well-prepared, communicative, thoughtful, confident, detailed when needed and concise where not. But as a partner to us he is also respectful, kind, humorous, and happy to take the time to explain things despite being in high-demand. Brian Trust is crucial to our firm’s willingness to pursue deals and extend credit to borrowers that have a reasonable likelihood of ending up in a restructuring/workout/bankruptcy at some point in the future.’

Key clients

PNC Bank, N.A.

Barclays Bank

MUFG

BNP Paribas

Board of Directors of Macy’s, Inc.

International Pizza Hut Franchise Holder Association

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, LP

The Jordan Company

School Speciality

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

Mayer Brown has experience in a range of trade secrets litigation, as well as counseling clients to avoid litigation. Key names in the team include expert litigator Dale Giali in Los Angeles and New York-based John Mancini, who has particular expertise in the digital media space and has represented digital distribution companies in disputes with content owners, particularly in the music industry.

Other key lawyers:

Dale Giali; John Mancini

Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Mayer Brown acts for an enviable client base in a huge variety of matters, including defense against trademark infringement claims and representing international clients in Asian and European trademark and patent courts. Its clients are generally in telecoms, consumer goods, and the food and beverage sectors. New York-based practice head John Mancini focuses on litigation in trademark and trade dress disputes in federal and state courts, acting primarily for high-profile clients in the technology sector. In Chicago, Kristine Young was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Mancini

Other key lawyers:

Kristine Young

Testimonials

‘The Mayer Brown team servicing our company’s legal needs is outstanding in all respects.’

‘Mayer Brown professionals are knowledgeable, experienced, and caring people who are committed to client service and satisfaction.’

Led by their prominent global IP Co-Chair, John Mancini, the other members of our Mayer Brown team are also highly effective and successful attorneys and professionals who deliver excellent services as well.’

Key clients

Goya Foods, Inc.

Capri Sun

Modern Luxury

Nespresso USA, Inc.

Jim Beam Brands

Google

Nestlé USA, Inc.

Osem Food Industries, Ltd.

Workplace and employment counseling Tier 4

Mayer Brown fields an employment team which 'understands the big picture and is very strategic'. It covers a range of workplace issues, including discrimination and harassment claims, OSHA matters and restrictive covenants work as well as the employment and benefits aspects of corporate transactions. Practice co-heads Andrew Rosenman in Chicago and Los Angeles-based Ruth Zadikany both combine litigation and counseling expertise, while Marcia Goodman, also in Chicago, specialises in sex race, age and disability discrimination mandates. John Zaimes left for Arent Fox LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rosenman; Ruth Zadikany

Other key lawyers:

Marcia Goodman; Richard Nowak

Testimonials

‘The Mayer Brown US employment group is unique. The employment group has an exceptional capacity to provide employment counseling from a 50-state prospective to develop nationwide compliant company policy from the ground up. The group has the rare ability to cover all geographic locations and time zones while providing practical, timely and exceptional advice.’

‘The Mayer Brown US employment group has too many valuable qualities to just identify one. Out of all the employment groups our company has worked with to date, the Mayer Brown team has the uncanny ability to be approachable, realistic, and above all else, phenomenal to our employees. It is a partnership we simply cannot replace.’

‘This team is extremely bright and knowledgeable about many areas of employment law. What sets them apart is that they know how to explain in simple terms complex or difficult topics. In addition, this team understands the big picture and is very strategic. They offer advice which makes practical sense for our organization.’

‘Andrew Rosenman is simply excellent to know and work with.’

‘Well-rounded team with experience in disputes as well as general employment matters, and the team works together very well to provide a seamless experience to the client.’

‘Andrew Rosenman provides outstanding advice on general employment counseling matters. His experience with disputes allows him to provide solid advice to prepare on the front end, so that we can avoid being in difficult situations later. He is amazingly responsive, dedicated, and great to work with. A true partner to his clients.’

Key clients

MetLife

Allscripts Healthcare

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance

TH Foods

Amy’s Kitchen

Incipio Group

Foster Poultry Farms

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 5

Centred domestically out of Houston and also able to draw upon significant international resources in Asia, Latin America and Europe, Mayer Brown is particularly well suited to handling oil and gas-related corporate and finance transactions with an international complexion. Dividing his time between Houston and Rio de Janeiro, Alexandre Chequer heads up the global oil and gas team.

Financial services regulation Tier 5

Mayer Brown advises a strong international client base on financial services compliance matters, with a particular emphasis in the mortgage space, acting for mortgage lenders, servicers, investors and title underwriters. Of late, the team has been advising on issues relating to government measures taken in response to Covid-19 pandemic, and has also been active in compliance matters relating to the Truth in Lending Act. Jeffrey Taft and Steve Kaplan jointly lead the financial services regulatory and enforcement group. The team is also recognized for its broker-dealer work, with Marlon Paz the key contact in this area. Another leading name in the team is Thomas Delaney, who specializes in helping international banks and financial services companies navigate US regulations. The team experienced some turnover in 2020: in January, David Sahr, Melanie Brody , and Jon Jaffe retired, and Donald Waack left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Michael Levy and Andrew Olmem joined the team from Paul Hastings and the US National Economic Council, respectively, and Eric Mitzenmacher was promoted to partner in January 2020. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Taft; Steve Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Delaney; Marlon Paz; Michael Levy; Andrew Olmem; Eric Mitzenmacher

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

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

Mayer Brown has a broad and geographically diverse M&A offering, representing global companies and financial institutions in deals across its US offices. The firm has represented Nestlé, Midstream Partners, and Parker Hannifin in notable transactions during 2020, including Nestlé’s $4bn sale of its ice cream business to Froneri International, a major success for New York-based corporate and securities head David Carpenter. Chicago’s William Kucera and Jodi Simala lead the team, and both are recognized for their significant international expertise in a wide variety of acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, and tender offers. Kucera heads the firm’s M&A team for the Americas, while Simpala is global head of M&A. New York’s Joseph Castelluccio is noted for his expertise in financial services transactions and work for clients based in Japan.

Practice head(s):

William Kucera; Jodi Simala

Other key lawyers:

David Carpenter; Joseph Castelluccio

Testimonials

‘Great responsiveness and follow-up to support a big transaction from due diligence, to signing, closing and post-closing restructurings.’

Key clients

ACE Limited

Ally Financial Inc.

Assured Guaranty Ltd.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Caterpillar Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company

Envestnet, Inc.

First State Investments (Us) Llc

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

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 6

Mayer Brown advises sponsors of funds in a range of jurisdictions worldwide, and also acts for fund advisers and investors. Clients include major and boutique fund management companies, investment banks and insurance companies. The firm has particular experience in real estate, insurance and credit funds. Chicago-based Wendy Dodson Gallegos and New York-based Kevin Sheridan Jr jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Dodson Gallegos; Kevin Sheridan Jr

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

The appellate lawyers at Mayer Brown are viewed by clients as ‘the best of the best’; they also ‘listen to clients and take their needs seriously’, while also ‘making the effort to develop a holistic view of the business of the client’. The team has extensive experience in the US Supreme Court, all federal courts of appeal, and numerous courts of appeal at state level. The group includes over 40 appellate specialists and is primarily split between New York and Washington DC, but also has appellate presence in Chicago where Michael Scodro is recommended. Data privacy specialist Lauren Goldman (New York) shares leadership of the group with the Washington DC-based star duo Andrew Pincus and Nicole Saharsky. Pincus is among the best appellate litigators in the country, having recently persuaded the US Supreme Court to grant a review to Cargill in a case involving interpretation of the Alien Tort Statute. A former Assistant to the Solicitor General, Saharsky has 30 US Supreme Court arguments under her belt; she is currently advising players of the US Women’s soccer team on their options to appeal an unfavorable equal pay judgment issued by a district court. Evan Tager has ‘a jeweler’s eye for legal issues’; he has long been recognized by the market as one of the best brief writers in the country.

Practice head(s):

Lauren Goldman; Andrew Pincus; Nicole Saharsky

Other key lawyers:

Evan Tager; Michael Scodro; Carmen Longoria-Green

Testimonials

‘It is sometimes said that appellate practitioners are lawyers’ lawyers—the people to whom other lawyers turn for expert help. If that’s true, then the people in Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court and appellate practice are the lawyers’ lawyers’ lawyers—the best of the best. They are the people to whom other Supreme Court and appellate lawyers turn for expert help. What is more, the firm culture is about collaboration and client service. These folks care about the quality of the work, full stop. And they listen to clients and take their needs seriously. If you’re lucky enough to have the Mayer Brown’s appellate practice help you, you know that you’re getting the best legal work there is, from people who are also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Lawyers that are renowned expert appellate practitioners; deep experience; the firm has been counsel on numerous precedent-setting cases.’

‘The appellate team (particularly Mike Scodro and Britt Miller) have made a point of understanding the dynamics of our underlying business and the relationship of those dynamics to the appellate arguments made. It’s expected that a high-performing appellate team will have mastery of the record, but that record doesn’t fully reflect what drives the business. Making the effort to develop a holistic view of the business of the client sets this team apart.’

‘My personal favorites at Mayer Brown are Charles Rothfeld and Evan Tager. Charles not only has a piercing intellect but also understands the Supreme Court, the Justices, and what interests them as well as or better than anyone, anywhere. And Evan is perhaps the best writer of appellate briefs in the country. Samuel Taylor Coleridge said that poetry is the best words in their best order; Evan’s briefs are poetry. Plus, it’s been said that Evan has a jeweler’s eye for legal issues, and that is correct: he sees things that no one else does, and communicates them to courts as no one else can. And both Evan and Charles are absolute pleasures to work with, because, true to the culture of Mayer Brown’s appellate practice, there’s no ego to them. What drives them is the commitment to produce the best work absolutely all the time. And they do.’

‘Andy Pincus, Dan Himmelfarb, and Tim Bishop are all world-class Supreme Court lawyers. Miriam Nemetz and Brian Netter are fantastic as well.’

‘Associate Carmen Longoria-Green is extraordinarily smart, thoughtful, and strategic; and her briefs are truly spectacular.’

‘Lawyers that are renowned expert appellate practitioners; deep experience; the firm has been counsel on numerous precedent-setting cases. Trustworthy and pragmatic. Superlative work quality. Andrew Pincus and John Nadolenco stand out in this regard.’

‘Britt Miller is exceedingly capable across the board, but she has impressed me in two ways that stand out: she has an exceptional ability to coordinate a large team working on complex tasks in tight timelines, and she has a head for business strategy and understands how the legal issues and legal strategy intersect with where we want to take the business.’

‘Mike Scodro has struck me with his mastery of appellate strategy and the ability to select the right arguments to focus on and then articulate them concisely and persuasively.’

Key clients

3M

AT&T

Cargill

Facebook

Google

Nestlé

Shutterfly

Spotify

The Bank of New York Mellon

US Chamber of Commerce

Commercial lending

Mayer Brown has an impressive debt finance practice, which advises both borrowers and lenders of various types on matters including acquisition finance, fund finance and restructuring. The department has developed significantly in recent years and continued to do so in 2020 with the expansion of its direct lending practice; the team now works with a number of leading clients in this area. Scott Zemser, who leads the team from New York alongside David Duffee and Chicago-based Frederick Fisher, stands out for his expertise in cross-border leveraged finance transactions and is highly regarded across the market for his experience with Yankee loans. Kristin Rylko, who also operates from Chicago, specializes in the financing of investment funds.

Practice head(s):

David Duffee; Frederick Fisher; Scott Zemser

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Rylko; Mae Rogers; Matt O’Meara

Testimonials

‘Not only is the team solid on the nuts and bolts of closing the deal, but the team also knows how to add value in the process. Relative to other peers, does a good job of providing forward-thinking advice and taking into account the needs and goals of the client.’

‘Mae Rogers is solutions-oriented. She takes initiative to solve problems that she identifies. At other firms, I am often frustrated when law firms dump problems in my lap and expect me to solve them. That is not an issue with Mae or the Mayer Brown team. Nicole Goodman is a strong associate with good judgment. She is proactive in resolving issues with opposing counsel.’

‘The finance team at Mayer Brown does a phenomenal job of balancing often-competing demands: accuracy, timeliness, working with challenging opposing counsel, cost, etc. The Mayer Brown team consistently makes my job easier by solving problems where possible and/or focusing my attention on the most-critical items. They also have deep firm resources outside of finance, which we frequently leverage and not all firms can offer.’

‘The three main finance partners I work with (Fred Fisher, Beth Vogel, Chris Chubb) all share several key characteristics (consistency across a group is valuable and not easy to find): incredible responsiveness, unfailing accuracy, a positive attitude, and strong ability to navigate challenging situations.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Citibank, N.A.

Credit Suisse

General Motors

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Madison Capital

Monroe Capital Management Advisors LLC

MUFG

Société Générale

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Mayer Brown advises corporations and individuals on a broad range of criminal defense matters, including multi-jurisdictional investigations, and litigation at trial and appeals. The team is led by Greg Deis and Kelly Kramer in Chicago, and Daniel Stein and William Michael in New York. Deis handles investigations across Asia, Africa and South America; Kramer is adept at individual representations; Michael handles life sciences investigations; and Stein is recommended for regulatory enforcement matters in the financial services industry. The team was bolstered by the recent arrival of partners: Michael Levy joined from Paul Hastings LLP in February 2020, and Gina Parlovecchio (New York) and Andrew Olmem joined in July 2020 from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and The National Economic Council, respectively. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Greg Deis; Kelly Kramer; William Michael; Daniel Stein

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Team is experienced and knows the subject matter well’.

‘The team is responsive and works collaboratively with in-house counsel throughout the investigative process’.

‘Strong communication skills’.                   

‘Greg Deis has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that he brings to an investigation’.

‘Greg Deis provides thoughtful advice on the subject at hand’.

‘Mayer Brown provides a uniquely strong combination of the technical skills and experience necessary to advise public company clients and their executive teams with expert advice that balances legal and business risks’.

‘The lawyers in this practice group are highly capable trial attorneys who know how to put a case together efficiently’. 

‘They are solid legal advisors both on the law, the realities of dispute resolution within our civil and criminal justice system, and on the practical side of any business dispute’.

Key clients

3M

Caterpillar

Fair Isaac Corporation

Zillow Group

Société Générale

The Federative Republic of Brazil

Blue Flame Medical LLC

Kevin Andrews, a former officer of Citadel Plastics

Fadi Nahas

Andrew Badolato

Project finance

Mayer Brown's offering extends to all corners of the energy and infrastructure market, with the firm advising commercial lenders, private sponsors and public authorities on a broad range of projects. Renewable energy is one of the firm's core strengths, thanks in part to the expertise of Paul Astolfi, who advises numerous commercial banks on investments into the sector, and also assists with contentious issues. From Chicago, Joseph Seliga co-leads the government practice and focuses on P3 work, advising on projects relating to roads, bridges, airports and parking facilities. The Chicago office also features Nadav Klugman and the vastly experienced Barry Machlin, who advises clients across the oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. Also of note, the group enjoyed some considerable growth in 2020: Eric Pogue and John Tormey arrived from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP to bolster the firm's renewable energy offering, while Mark Williams and Carl Von Merz joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Bracewell LLP, respectively. Robert Greenberg co-heads the renewable energy practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Astolfi; Joseph Seliga; Robert Goldberg

Other key lawyers:

Nadav Klugman; Barry Machlin; Eric Pogue; John Tormey; Mark Williams; Carl Von Merz; Robert Greenberg

Key clients

ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.

California High Speed Rail Authority

City of Chicago

Plenary Group

Wells Fargo Central Pacific Holdings, Inc.

John Hancock Life Insurance

Leeward Renewable Energy

Longroad Energy Partners

Invenergy

Celeo Redes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main Areas of Practice:

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Trade:
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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
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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
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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.