Chairman: Paul W Theiss
Managing Partner: Jeremy Clay
Number of lawyers: more than 1,600
Mayer Brown is 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, it is the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centres — New York, London and Hong Kong — the backbone of the global economy. Mayer Brown has deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including its signature strength, the global financial services industry. Diverse teams of lawyers are recognised by clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything they do. A ‘one-firm’ culture — seamless and integrated across all practices and regions — ensures that clients receive the best of Mayer Brown’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, assetbased 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 & 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 groups within corporate and securities include capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and business and technology sourcing.
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-bycountry knowledge of employment law and practices.
Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement:
This practice brings together the full range of sophisticated strategic, regulatory, compliance and enforcement capabilities required by today’s leading financial services organisations. The practice includes lawyers experienced in traditional banking, broker-dealer, investment management, cross-border investigations and enforcement and insurance regulation.
The global trade practice includes some of the most experienced trade professionals and lawyers in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with in-depth knowledge and vast experience with virtually every aspect of international trade and investment, including market access and trade policy, trade remedies, trade compliance, international litigation and dispute settlement, ITC Section 337 investigations and the WTO.
Mayer Brown’s government relations practice draws upon lawyers and professionals located in key business centres throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe to help clients advance their domestic and global public policy goals. Lawyers in the government contracts group help clients from virtually every industry successfully manage all aspects of the government contracting process at the federal, state and local levels.
Innovators at multinationals, emerging growth companies and established midsize businesses rely on Mayer Brown to protect, preserve and enforce their intellectual property assets. The lawyers assess IP portfolios, perform due diligence for acquisitions, secure patents, trademarks, trade secrets or copyrights, or use litigation to resolve business disputes over infringement or misappropriation.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Groups include antitrust and competition, commercial litigation, consumer litigation and class actions, electronic discovery and records management, employment and ERISA, environmental, international arbitration, product liability and mass torts, securities enforcement and litigation, Supreme Court and appellate and white collar defence and compliance.
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.
The firm has extensive experience in cross-border restructuring and formal insolvencies, working closely with colleagues in other regional offices on multi-jurisdictional matters. It represents liquidators, receivers, administrators, bondholders, lenders, liquidity providers, trustees, debtor-in-possession providers, company directors, insurers, pension fund trustees and corporate debtors and creditors on all aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency.
Tax (Tax Controversy, Tax Transactions & Consulting):
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.
Wealth Management (Trusts, Estates & Foundations):
High-net-worth individuals require legal advice that is as sophisticated as their business and investment interests and never loses sight of their goals. The firm’s advice reaches beyond minimising taxes to ensure practical and effective solutions to complex issues while maintaining flexibility to accommodate unforeseen events and family situations.