Chairman: ul W Theiss (Chicago)
Managing Partner: Jeremy Clay (London)
Number of lawyers worldwide: more than 1,600
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.
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.
The international trade practice includes some of the most experienced trade professionals and lawyers in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, who have in-depth knowledge and vast experience with virtually every aspect of international trade and investment, including market access and trade policy, trade remedies, trade compliance, international litigation and dispute settlement, ITC Section 337 investigations and the WTO.
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.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Services include antitrust and competition, banking and finance, commercial litigation, consumer litigation and class actions, cybersecurity and data privacy, electronic discovery and information governance, employment and ERISA, environmental, government contracts, insurance, international arbitration, product liability and mass torts, professional liability, regulatory and investigations, securities enforcement and litigation, US Supreme Court and appellate, and white-collar defense and compliance.
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 across its regional offices on multi-jurisdictional matters. It represents liquidators, receivers, administrators, bondholders, lenders, liquidity providers, trustees, debtor-in-possession providers, company directors, insurers, pension fund trustees and corporate debtors and creditors on all aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency.
Tax (Tax Controversy, Tax Transactions & Consulting):
The full-service tax practice covers every aspect of corporate, partnership and individual taxation, including taxation of cross-border transactions, litigation and state and local issues and has sub-practices in transactions, consulting and planning, audits, administrative appeals, litigation and international transfer pricing.
Private Clients, Trusts & Estates:
High-net-worth individuals require legal advice that is as sophisticated as their business and investment interests and never loses sight of their goals. The firm’s advice reaches beyond minimizing taxes to ensure practical and effective solutions to complex issues while maintaining flexibility to accommodate unforeseen events and family situations.