Mayer Brown LLP
Chairman: Jon D. Van Gorp
Managing Partner: Jeremy Clay
Number of lawyers: more than 1,800
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, it is the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the three largest financial centres — New York, London and Hong Kong — the backbone of the global economy. Mayer Brown has vast 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 anticipating their needs and delivering excellence. 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:
Many of Mayer Brown’s largest clients are bank holding companies, commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, asset-based lenders, leasing companies or institutional real estate companies. The firm also represents finance companies, funds and investors, and borrowers operating in many different industries.
The firm represents both issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of debt and equity offerings and has an experienced structured finance practice working at the forefront of the market for securitised products.
The firm advises on transactions and matters involving environmental and other regulations, dispute resolution, antitrust and competition, risk management, investigations and compliance, government and global trade, intellectual property and tax.
Corporate & Securities:
The firm advises leading global companies and financial institutions on some of their most important transactions, including complex cross-border deals and industry-specific issues. Key experience includes capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and technology transactions.
Employment & Benefits:
The firm solves complex issues in employment, employee benefits, executive compensation, ERISA litigation and pensions using its country-by-country knowledge of employment law and practices.
Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement:
The firm advises on bank regulatory, consumer financial services, regulatory compliance and due diligence, investigations and enforcement, licensing, broker-dealer regulation and compliance, investment management and insurance/reinsurance.
The multipractice team counsels on transactions, disputes and regulatory matters at the intersection of financial services and technology.
Our global Fund Formation practice comprises approximately 100 lawyers from across our firm’s worldwide practice areas. We leverage our leading Fund Finance, Private Equity, Tax, Investment Management & Enforcement, Institutional Investor, ERISA and Pension Investment practices to execute for our clients at the center of global fund formation markets.
Our Global Energy lawyers have decades of experience representing clients in the oil, natural gas, LNG and power industries and an excellent track record working with clients on renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel and other technologies. Our broad and deep industry experience enables us to support clients through the full lifecycle of energy transition projects, including hydrogen and CCUS projects.
The firm offers in-depth knowledge of 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.
With offices in key business centres around the world, the firm advises clients on global public policy agendas. Government contracts lawyers help clients from almost every industry manage all aspects of the contracting process at the federal, state and local levels.
The firm represents nearly 400 insurers, reinsurers and related entities such as brokers, banks, and investors in litigation and alternative dispute resolution; investigations and enforcement; and transactions that include M&A, capital raising and structured finance.
Multinationals, emerging growth companies and established midsize businesses rely on the firm to assess IP portfolios; perform due diligence; secure patents, trademarks, trade secrets or copyrights; and litigate to resolve business disputes over infringement or misappropriation.
The firm advises clients—from start-ups to some of the largest life sciences companies—in the global pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical device industries on issues including transactions; dispute resolution; intellectual property, antitrust and competition; risk management, investigations and compliance; government and global trade; tax and transfer pricing; and environmental issues.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm advises clients on issues involving antitrust and competition; commercial litigation; consumer litigation and class actions; cybersecurity & data privacy; electronic discovery and information management; employment and ERISA; environmental; international arbitration; product liability and mass torts; securities enforcement and litigation; US Supreme Court and appellate, and white collar defence and compliance.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
More than 300 lawyers across four continents advise on complex, cross-border and high-profile strategic transactions, representing public and private companies, private equity and leveraged buyout firms, special committees and management groups —including many Fortune 100, FTSE 100, CAC 40, HKE and DAX-listed companies.
The market-leading practice provides a full-service offering to clients in the funds and alternative investments industry. The practice spans the life cycle of a fund, its sponsor/manager and all underlying investments.
Projects & Infrastructure:
Decades of combined experience across asset classes, geographies and transaction structures make Mayer Brown the go-to firm for infrastructure investment transactions as well as restructurings and disputes. Clients include infrastructure funds, pension and sovereign wealth funds and direct investors.
The firm advises on every stage of the real estate cycle, including acquisition, disposition, construction, leasing, financing, zoning and environmental matters. Clients include banks, real estate investment trusts, institutional investors, pension funds, private equity, opportunity funds, governments, statutory bodies, insurance companies, real estate holding companies, developers and corporations.
Regulatory & Investigations:
Leveraging former prosecutorial and in-house experience, the team helps clients comply with an increasingly complex regulatory framework, address multijurisdictional issues and respond to risks posed by administrative, regulatory or criminal investigations and related civil enforcement proceedings.
The firm has extensive experience in cross-border restructuring and formal insolvencies and represents corporate debtors, company directors, lenders (throughout the capital structure), bondholders, liquidators, receivers, administrators, trustees, debtor-in-possession (DIP) loan providers, insurers, pension fund trustees, special servicers and landlords on all aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency.
Tax (Tax Controversy, Tax Transactions & Consulting):
The firm covers every aspect of corporate, partnership and individual taxation, including taxation of cross-border transactions, litigation and state and local issues. Subpractices focus on transactions, consulting and planning, audits, administrative appeals, litigation and international transfer pricing.
Wealth Management (Trusts, Estates & Foundations):
The firm’s advice to high-net-worth individuals reaches beyond minimising taxes to ensuring solutions to complex issues while maintaining flexibility to accommodate unforeseen events and family situations.