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Mayer Brown LLP - Chicago
  • 71 South Wacker Drive
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606-4637
  • Tel:+1 312 782 0600
  • Fax:+1 312 701 7711
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  • Chairman: Paul W Theiss (Chicago)
  • Managing Partner: Kenneth S Geller (Washington,DC)
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: approximately 1,450
  • Website: www.mayerbrown.com
  • Asia: Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore
  • Europe: Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Paris

Firm Overview:
Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with 20 offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia. 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 is particularly renowned for its Supreme Court and appellate, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate and securities, banking and finance, real estate and tax practices. The firm serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng 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 and seven offices in the United States. In Asia, the firm operates as Mayer Brown JSM as a result of its 2008 combination with JSM (formerly Johnson Stokes & Master), a leading Asian law firm. In Brazil, the firm has an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados.

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 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 practices 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-by-country 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 organizations. The practice includes lawyers experienced in traditional banking, broker-dealer, investment management, cross-border investigations and enforcement and insurance regulation.

Global Trade:
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 centers throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe to help clients advance their domestic and global public policy goals. Lawyers of 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.

Intellectual Property:
Innovators at global multinationals, emerging growth companies and established mid-sized 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:
Services cover 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, and white-collar defense and compliance. The Supreme Court and Appellate practice is consistently ranked as a top-tier practice.

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 & Insolvency:
The firm has extensive experience in cross-border restructuring and formal insolvencies, working closely with colleagues in other 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 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 advice reaches beyond minimizing taxes to ensure practical and effective solutions to complex issues while maintaining flexibility to accommodate unforeseen events and family situations.


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Litigation - California

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Antitrust - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This group principally practices antitrust litigation, including cartel and class actions work, and also has a growing reputation for advising on significant M&A. It recently acted for Nestlé on its $11.9 billion acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition arm.

Sources say: "They are very knowledgeable advisers, giving practical, immediate and efficient advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Favretto is credited by sources as being "superb at strategy" and "able to relate to businesspeople thanks to his very practical approach." He acted for BNSF Railway on a class action case relating to alleged fixing of fuel surcharge prices.

Seasoned practitioner Robert Bloch brings 40 years' experience to the table. He is a litigator primarily specializing in work before the DOJ and FTC, while also recently representing Starwood Hotels in the online travel agents civil litigation.

Up-and-comer John Roberti has "really impressed" peers and clients alike, with one interviewee saying: "He is not only good with clients but works great with other firms as well." Roberti's practice encompasses litigation and merger review, and he recently represented United Airlines in two cases concerning alleged violations of antitrust laws.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Mayer Brown's DC office houses a rich mix of scientifically qualified lawyers with extensive experience in litigating difficult cases. The emphasis there is largely on hi-tech and electronics patent litigation, and the IP team has commendable knowledge of district court, ITC and USPTO procedures. Clients include Cargill, Google and Philips.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Patent litigator Brian Rosenthal is recognized for his talents by a range of clients and peers in the market. He "argues matters extremely well and is excellent at identifying the issues to focus on," according to one source.

Stephen Baskin recently joined the team from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Baskin is "a great client-oriented attorney - he's very quick to respond and doesn't overpromise or provide advice which runs counter to bottom line interests," according to one impressed market observer. Baskin is an experienced patent litigation attorney, and has a subspecialty in nanotechnology.

Litigation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Mayer Brown's DC office is recognized for its ability to handle a wide range of disputes, and has access to an impressive global bench of litigators. The team recently secured a victory for Foster Poultry Farms, having been hired only a month before the trial. Another recent highlight involved representing Lockheed Martin in defending a challenge brought against its 401(k) plans.

Sources say: "The team consistently delivers insightful counsel, superior advocacy and results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Dan Himmelfarb cochairs the firm's DC litigation practice, and is a key contact at the firm.

Real Estate - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm acts for a strong client base of institutional providers, including pension funds, insurance companies, opportunity funds and hedge funds, as well as various banks and developers. Major names represented by the team include Starwood Capital and Archstone. Work highlights include acting for a leading life insurance company on a variety of matters, including the $158 million financing of an office building in Washington, DC, and the origination of a mortgage loan for another office building in DC.

Sources say: "Very professional, conscientious and client-focused."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Keith Willner is a major name in the DC real estate market. He acted for Starwood Capital on a series of transactions with a combined value of $700 million. "I think he's the best real estate lawyer I know. He has all the tools – he's fabulous and he knows how to get the right result," said one interviewee.

The "brilliant" Frank Henneburg has an excellent reputation for his work in the hospitality sector. He was described by one source as "an excellent, organized and efficient practitioner who really impressed me."

Technology - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Several sources single out Mayer Brown as one of the leading outsourcing teams in the country, and it continues its long run at the very top of the US market. The firm acts for some of the world's mostly widely known names in finance, retail and consumer goods on all their outsourcing needs. The firm's breadth of expertise is shown in its relationships with clients such as LightSquared, which it has recently represented in a variety of matters, including the negotiation of master servicing, supply and spectrum licensing agreements.

Sources say: "I would strongly recommend Mayer Brown for similar projects that require a seasoned negotiator who has relevant business, industry and legal subject matter expertise. They were able to quickly understand the nature and scope of the project, understand our objectives and concerns, get up to speed with where we were in the timeline and propose an effective negotiation strategy that aligned accordingly."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Phenomenal lawyer" Daniel Masur is exceptionally highly regarded for his outsourcing work on behalf of numerous high-profile clients. His recent work includes leading on the abovementioned matters for LightSquared. 

Linda Rhodes advises an impressive national and international client base on the full range of outsourcing contracts. She also played a significant role on the work for LightSquared.

Clients are enthusiastic about Derek Schaffner, who "has clear and deep subject matter expertise and was able to leverage his industry knowledge to provide alternative approaches and anticipate and interpret the supplier's concerns."

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

Antitrust - Illinois

THE FIRM With a raft of leading names in this field, Mayer Brown's Chicago antitrust practice continues to be among the very best on offer and is able to draw upon the national and international reach of the firm. The group has an excellent reputation for its appellate practice, but is also highly sought for more general antitrust litigation and counseling. It has ongoing work for clients in two of the most significant current price-fixing class action suits, for The Mosaic Company in the potash litigation and for Temple-Inland in the containerboard litigation.

Sources say: "They are real competitors – they cover a lot of ground nationally and locally."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Marovitz is described as an "outstanding lawyer" who is particularly noted for the "wonderful job" he does in court and his excellent rapport with clients. Present in nearly all of the firm's recent major work, particular highlights include representing ArcelorMittal in an alleged conspiracy by steel producers to influence prices by reducing output, and defending BASF in a case concerning alleged urethane price-fixing.

Mark McLaughlin "continues to do first-rate work" in antitrust despite having become the firm's general counsel. Although he predominantly focuses on antitrust counseling, he maintains an excellent reputation for his work in litigation.

Britt Miller is described as a "very formidable and energetic" attorney who "argues and presents well." Miller has worked with Andrew Marovitz on much of the firm's most significant recent work and has also taken the lead in some notable cases, including being liaison counsel in the potash class action litigation. Commentators also note that she is well liked by clients and judges.

Lee Abrams continues to amaze his colleagues and peers by showing few signs of slowing down despite some 55 years' experience as a litigator. He maintains a practice in antitrust, franchising and general commercial litigation.

Banking & Finance - Illinois

THE FIRM Mayer Brown is praised by sources for the strength and depth of its banking and finance team, as well as for the complex work it undertakes. The group represents borrowers and lenders across a broad spectrum of matters, including energy finance, private equity and securitization work. The team is also known for its strength in cross-border transactions, as illustrated by its work for Prologis in a senior term loan agreement involving multiple currencies and international bodies. It counts Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Bank of America among its high-profile client base.

Sources say: "Extremely accessible, thorough and thoughtful." "We are able to receive swift, direct, and yet comprehensive responses to every query we address to them." "We always feel safe having Mayer Brown on our side."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Terrific lawyer" Robert Baptista is a "consummate draftsman and technician," interviewees report. His clients include both borrowers and lenders, who he advises on syndicated financing transactions. A recent highlight is his representation of Bank of America in a $1.45 billion syndicated credit facility.

"Fantastic practitioner" Douglas Doetsch represents clients on a wide range of matters, from acquisition financing to securitization and debt restructuring. He recently acted as counsel to the Steering Committee of Creditors on the debt restructuring of Trinidad Cement.

Paul Forrester undertakes project finance and structured credit product work, and has a wealth of experience within the energy sector. Sources are particularly appreciative of his accessibility and responsiveness, one stating: "There's rarely a time when I have a question for him that he hasn't already answered or previously had to consider."

John Lawlor provides advice and representation to borrowers and lenders across a variety of financing matters. In particular he advises private equity and real estate funds, and recently assisted Macquarie Infrastructure Partners with a $375 million financing transaction. Sources reserve particular praise for his negotiation skills and preparation.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

THE FIRM Mayer Brown is particularly well known for its work representing creditors and lenders. However, the group also has expertise in acting for debtors and investors. In addition, the group has experience in real estate, gaming, manufacturing, food packing, restaurants, and the hotel industries, among others. Recent work highlights include representing Bank of America in a major debt refinancing for Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Kiriakos has a particular strength in representing major banks, insurance companies and financial institutions, such as JPMorgan Chase Bank and Bank of America.

Communications - Illinois

THE FIRM This preeminent firm maintains its position as a leader in the communications field, with interviewees commending the team's thoroughness of approach, practical knowledge of the business environment and understanding of its clients' best interests. Its attorneys are well versed in handling substantial contentious matters before the FCC, as well as at state and federal court level, and before the US Supreme Court. In recent work it has acted on behalf of key client AT&T on a number of matters, including handling the company's applications for various permits to construct wireless communication facilities.

Sources say: "The knowledge, expertise, legal skills and experience they bring to the table have made the firm our first choice for state regulatory advocacy nationwide."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Theodore Livingston is held in high esteem as a leading force in the communications sector. Sources regard him as "meticulous, aware of all key relevant facts no matter how arcane, and able to apply them creatively." In the past year he has been acting for AT&T on disputes with competing carriers.

The highly organized and personable John Muench attracts widespread praise as a litigation specialist. Sources value his dedication to his clients' cause, noting: "He has a plan for success and marshals resources to get it accomplished." He recently played a significant role in the AT&T applications for various wireless communication facilities permits.

The "very talented" Christian Binnig elicits praise from commentators for his skill as a litigator. He continues to maintain a fine track record in regulatory proceedings.

Clients benefit from Dennis Friedman's established presence as an expert telecom litigator, with sources drawing particular attention to his "deep understanding of both the legal and business" sides. He also comes recommended for the commercial acumen he displays during complex negotiations.

Commentators describe Hans Germann as "highly accessible, client-focused, attentive to detail and very analytical." An impressive breadth of experience sees him in demand in substantial disputes at both trial and appellate level, as well as before the FCC.

The "diligent and practical" Demetrios Metropoulos wins praise for his technical skill and deep understanding of the commercial environment in which clients operate. He also stands out for his prowess in appellate litigation. Recent work highlights include defending AT&T against appeals relating to rates paid to access the networks of local carriers.

Tyson Covey continues to impress interviewees with the quality of his work and is especially singled out for his efficiency and practical approach to issues. His practice extends across regulatory, trial and appellate matters. The past twelve months have seen him acting on behalf of AT&T on multistate carrier litigation.

Corporate/M&A - Illinois

THE FIRM This comprehensive M&A practice frequently represents big-name clients across the spectrum of corporate matters. The team is particularly noted for its expertise in cross-border transactions, as evidenced by its representation of Fresenius Kabi in the company's acquisition of Fenwal Holdings. It counts Baxter, UBS, Whirlpool, Yum! Brands, AT&T and Syngenta among its impressive roster of clients. 

Sources say: "Their attorneys are dedicated to providing unconditional support under all circumstances." "I am extremely impressed with their work ethic and the work product they produce."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mergers and acquisition group head Scott Davis handles matters involving corporate governance, M&A and securities. Conflicts of interest between directors and shareholders are also an area of expertise. Sources are quick to laud him as "a lawyer's lawyer," and he receives further praise for his "depth of knowledge of the field."

John Noell is a "great technician" who is "very even tempered and really good at negotiations," according to interviewees. He undertakes a range of corporate and transactional matters, including the representation of issuers in the private placements of partnership interest. He is also sought for his expertise in joint ventures.

Frederick Thomas is a "very savvy corporate counselor with excellent judgment." He provides clients with general corporate advice in areas such as strategic alliances, tender offers and joint ventures.

Marc Sperber handles a broad range of matters pertaining to M&A for domestic and international clients. Observers commend him for "his ability to provide positive counsel to his clients that extends far beyond a technical knowledge of law."

William Kucera primarily concentrates on M&A for public and private companies, and is also called upon for his corporate governance advice. Clients single out his "ability to provide top-quality legal work, often under tight deadlines, all the while maintaining a practical approach and understanding the business objectives."

Jodi Simala heads the corporate and securities practice and handles a broad spectrum of work within those areas. She recently represented Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of WCA Waste Corporation.

Paul Theiss has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses capital markets and M&A. Sources are enthusiastic about his "responsiveness, knowledge and practical advice."

Robert Helman has over five decades' experience in corporate, M&A and private equity matters, and is renowned as one of the doyens of the Illinois market.

Rick Shepro is noted as a fine choice of counsel to financial institutions, and focuses on complex acquisitions that frequently have a cross-border element to them.

Environment - Illinois

THE FIRM Mayer Brown has a strong offering in the environmental space, handling complex transactions for large corporations such as Arkema, Cargill and Caterpillar. Its broad global reach means that the team is able to invite mandates from Europe and Asia as well as America. The group recently acted on behalf of Georgia-Pacific on a Supreme Court case regarding the Clean Water Act.     

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Terrific lawyer" Timothy Bishop has recently represented high-profile names such as US Sugar, Georgia-Pacific and Dow Chemical. He is renowned as a talented environmental appellate lawyer.

Mark Ter Molen acts as cochair of the environmental litigation group at Mayer Brown, and is perceived to be a "really excellent" practitioner. He recently acted for Nicor regarding its historic manufactured gas plant liabilities.  

Insurance - Illinois

THE FIRM This large Chicago team is noted for its expertise in transactional and regulatory insurance matters. Links with the firm's international insurance team coupled with extensive expertise in corporate matters means it is equipped to deal with a wide range of complex insurance transactions.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Edward Best receives accolades from sources who describe him as "excellent, a good communicator and an extremely hard worker." His experience in insurance transactions is backed by his expertise in corporate and capital markets deals.

Larry Hamilton's international practice focuses on the regulatory compliance of insurance companies. Sources commend his attention to detail and deep knowledge of the industry.

Intellectual Property - Illinois

THE FIRM This full-service, global law firm has an established presence in the Chicago market. The practice has well-regarded IP litigation capabilities, particularly in patent disputes. Notable clients include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dow Chemical, GlaxoSmithKline and Nestlé.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Mahoney's practice focuses on chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device technologies. He works in both counseling and litigation. "He is very organized and understands the patent appeal process very well," according to commentators. 

Labor & Employment - Illinois

THE FIRM The Mayer Brown employee benefits and executive compensation offering is routinely trusted by large corporate entities on the full range of compliance counseling and transactional work. The group advised Caterpillar on issues arising from its acquisition of, and subsequent integration with, Bucyrus International. Other clients include UBS Global Asset Management, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DuPont Capital Management and Grosvenor Capital Management.

Sources say: "Thorough yet practical, timely, responsive and very knowledgeable." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marcia Goodman handles the full range of employment matters, including representing employers before the EEOC, NLRB and DOL. Clients comment favorably that "her advice is practical and she tailors her work to the situation."

Kim Leffert is a talented employment litigator with a developing expertise in electronic discovery matters. Market observers comment that she "excels at being prepared" and praise her good communication skills.

Herbert Krueger's broad practice includes advising on executive compensation, ERISA fiduciary rules and prohibited transaction exemptions. Sources commend him for his exceptional work ethic.

Lennine Occhino focuses solely on pension investment and ERISA fiduciary matters and is particularly experienced in the representation of clients in matters relating to the DOL.

While Debra Hoffman's practice includes the gamut of ERISA matters, she has a particular focus on benefits matters emanating from corporate transactions. Clients single her out for praise, commenting that she is able to make complex issues understandable and that she is "very levelheaded" and provides "honest, straightforward and practical legal advice."

Litigation - Illinois

THE FIRM The Chicago office of Mayer Brown hosts a team that has deep experience across the litigation spectrum. The group represented Lear Corporation in a series of class actions alleging price fixing. The team also represented Orbit Medical in a simultaneous criminal and civil investigation by the DOJ regarding billing practices. An impressive client portfolio includes BASF, The Bank of New York Mellon, Union Carbide and Dow Chemical.

Sources say: "Mayer Brown's white-collar and commercial litigation practices are considered formidable and are widely held in high regard." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Vincent Connelly's "judgment and demeanor are excellent," say sources. He focuses on civil and criminal trial work, with sources believing him to be "one of the premier litigators here in the city."

Michele Odorizzi has a tremendous reputation for brief-writing at trial and appellate litigation. Sources confirm that she is "an outstanding brief writer who is a very clear thinker and very strong at oral argument." Substantive areas of expertise include securities litigation and fiduciary duty issues.

Stephen Shapiro is hailed as a "brilliantly effective appellate lawyer" by sources. He recently helped to successfully defend Mayo Collaborative Services in a Supreme Court case alleging patent infringement. 

Herbert Zarov centers his practice on mass tort matters. He also focuses on both commercial and appellate litigation. Observers comment appreciatively that "he has a great intellect. He's great in terms of brief writing and strategy."

James Ferguson is hailed as "a thinking man's lawyer." His practice has a strong focus on IP but he is also recognized for his skill in complex commercial litigation as well as arbitrations and internal investigations.

Real Estate - Illinois

THE FIRM This group has considerable experience in transactional and cross-border work, and represents clients across the range of private and public companies. The group recently represented OptAsia Capital in a $71 million refinancing of the redevelopment and acquisition loan secured by the St. Regis Aspen Hotel. It also benefits from a long-term relationship with Clarion Partners and has advised it on numerous cases. The team's client portfolio also includes The Carlyle Group, McShane Development, GM and GoldenTree InSite.

Sources say: "They made me feel valued as a client from the first day." "Thorough, highly responsive to client needs, and they represent us very well in a competitive and challenging environment."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Gearen wins praise for his intellect, technical knowledge and style of practice. One client commented: "He continually acts in the best interests of my company." He has a sterling practice representing national clients in all matters pertaining to real estate.

Ivan Kane acts for clients from a wide range of sectors on all manner of development, financing and acquisition matter. He is well respected by peers, many of whom continue to laud his talents as a real estate lawyer. 

Jeffrey Usow attracts praise for his "complete dedication to the craft." They are particularly appreciative of his skills in drafting and negotiations, and of his ability to remain calm in tense situations. One source comments that he is "unflappable."

Paul Meyer has tremendous experience in all real estate matters and undertakes work focusing on investors and developers in real estate transactions. Sources comment that he is a "very sophisticated lawyer" and highlight his "knowledge, accessibility, professionalism and ability to get the work done on time."

Tax - Illinois

THE FIRM Mayer Brown's team undertakes matters involving all aspects of tax for both multinationals and individuals. It has a solid transactional and controversy practice that is held in high esteem by clients. The team's controversy practice recently successfully represented Consolidated Edison of New York in a case filed in the Court of Federal Claims. The group also acted for Caterpillar in its $8.6 billion acquisition of mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International. Other clients among its distinguished portfolio include Abbott Laboratories, ProLogis, Nestlé and JPMorgan Chase.

Sources say: "Mayer Brown's service is of the highest quality. I can always depend on them to do a thorough job analyzing issues and presenting options on the most complex issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The superb Timothy Sherck is an expert in corporate tax matters and focuses on the tax issues of M&A and dispositions. He also has a specialty in dealing with requests for private letter rulings before the IRS. 

"International expert" James Barry represents an excellent choice of counsel on tax-planning work for planned operations by both US and foreign corporations. He played a lead role in Caterpillar's acquisition of Bucyrus.

Sources are very appreciative of George Craven's skill as a tax attorney. He handles corporate tax and international planning issues, and is also noted for his expertise in the tax implications of franchising and insurance. 

Joel Williamson is particularly lauded for his tax controversy expertise and elicits praise for his high level of client service, timely work product and attention to detail.

Technology - Illinois

THE FIRM Mayer Brown is universally regarded as a leading player in the technology and outsourcing arena, with market commentators commending the ease with which its lawyers integrate with clients, delivering business-focused advice and guidance. The team specializes in high-value strategic sourcing, cloud computing and facilities management, and offers expertise in the structuring, renegotiation and termination of transactions. It counts CoreLogic and McCain Foods among its key clients.

Sources say: "I think the world of them in terms of how they have helped me - I have learned a lot and wouldn't hesitate to go to them on anything."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Brad Peterson remains a leading practitioner in the outsourcing field, with peers recognizing the impressive quality of his work, spanning licensing and service agreements and outsourcing arrangements. Sources also acknowledge his outstanding commercial acumen and the results that stem from his vast reserves of knowledge.

"Excellent negotiator" Rebecca Eisner commands respect for her enviably immense knowledge of IT and outsourcing-related transactions. She continues to act on behalf of McCain Foods, recently negotiating a number of IT and business process license and service arrangements.

Paul Roy enjoys an outstanding reputation, winning plaudits for his ability to present practical solutions with an admirable expediency. He comes particularly recommended for his wealth of experience, acting on behalf of emerging and established companies in business-critical outsourcing transactions.

Kevin Rang is singled out as a master of facilities management deals and elicits praise for his ability to make clients feel "100% secure" on matters. "He is a savvy negotiator and skilled at finding creative solutions to solve disputes – his ability to collaborate with me and my internal business owners is amazing," asserts one happy client. His practice also extends to the full range of BPO transactions.

Antitrust - Nationwide

THE FIRM This group is a dominant force in Illinois, hosting an impressive group of top practitioners. It also maintains a strong foothold in the Washington, DC market, and has additional presence in New York. It is particularly noted for its cartel-related work, and acts as co-counsel to ArcelorMittal in allegations of an antitrust conspiracy undertaken by steel producers. It has also been involved in several large transactions, including acting for Nestle in its $11.9 billion acquisition of the infant nutrition arm of Pfizer.

Sources say: "They are very prompt and knowledgeable advisers, giving practical, efficient and actionable advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Bloch remains Mayer Brown's global antitrust head.

Appellate Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM Mayer Brown remains at the forefront of the appellate field, engaging in many high-stakes appeals at the Supreme Court level. Its impressive client roster spans a diverse range of industries, demonstrating the team's breadth of knowledge. The team is currently working on behalf of Siemens, American Honda Motor, Medtronic and many more. Its recent highlights include acting for Georgia Pacific in a case concerning the Clean Water Act that will be heard before the Supreme Court.

Client Service "They respond immediately to any questions I have; they're always willing to pitch in and do anything, even at the last minute – they have an amazing can-do attitude."

Commercial Awareness "This is a team of superstars who consistently deliver insightful counsel and, when it's go time, superior advocacy and results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Frey is a "highly regarded and well-known appellate lawyer" who has amassed an incredible amount of experience at all the varying court levels. "He is incredibly intelligent and knows the law very, very well - I always feel very confident in his answers to legal questions," states one source.

Andrew Pincus is singled out for being particularly active in the Supreme Court, engaging in several high-profile appeals. Commentators praise the breadth of his practice, and state that he "gets tapped for the really important matters." He recently obtained a unanimous summary reversal of a decision made by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals against Clarksburg Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center.

Stephen Shapiro maintains an impressive presence in the appellate arena, offering extensive experience in arguing noteworthy cases in the Supreme Court. He handles matters on behalf of clients from a wide range of industries, demonstrating his impressive advocacy skills in multiple high-profile cases.

Evan Tager is lauded as a "go-to appellate lawyer" who is able to "deliver truly superior advocacy and actionable solutions for complex and high-stakes problems." He recently succeeded in appealing the decision that CSX Transportation should pay $3.9 million in damages to plaintiff Dominic Choate, who argued that Illinois Harbor Belt Railroad Company should have prevented him from trespassing on its tracks.

Managing partner Kenneth Geller is a significant member of the appellate team, praised for his "exquisite understanding of legal issues from both an analytical and practical viewpoint." Sources also commend his ability to "devise excellent strategies to promote novel theories."

Special counsel Charles Rothfeld is a highly respected appellate advocate who is regarded as "incredibly successful" by market sources. He has been involved in a number of matters on behalf of Siemens, Mayo Medical Labs and The Bank of New York Mellon in recent times. Peers also highlight him as being a "very fine oral advocate."

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

THE FIRM Mayer Brown's restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency group has made a name for itself in representing creditors and lenders in complex bankruptcy situations. The practice boasts strong teams in New York and Chicago, and a full complement of large institutional clients including Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Bank and BNY Mellon. The practice is not limited to creditor advice, however, and is increasingly recognized for strong debtor-side work. Indicative highlights include its role on behalf of ATP Oil & Gas in its large Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Sources say: "At all levels of the firm, the depth of knowledge is superior and the service unfailingly professional and efficient. The firm has experience across a multitude of industries and diverse legal disciplines for comprehensive advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Global practice co-head Brian Trust is a creditors' rights expert. Impressed sources note that "his ability to communicate enables him to gain respect and confidence, allowing counterparties to be receptive to and execute on recommended strategies." 

Capital Markets - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team attracts the respect of the business community for its advice to ISDA on the development of new regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. Sell-side and buy-side clients continue to hold it in high esteem for its advice on Dodd-Frank matters. It also advises banks on recovering value from transactions damaged in the financial crisis.

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Luminary" Joshua Cohn has "a good handle on why things are the way they are and what they mean," and is commended for his technical excellence. He is a primary adviser to ISDA on the development of new regulations under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

THE FIRM This outstanding team is highly respected for its balanced and comprehensive advice on transactions incorporating a range of asset types and structures. Areas of expertise include MBS, credit cards, and auto and equipment loans and leases. It recently advised Barclays and JPMorgan as lenders on an $850 million fleet lease-backed securitization facility to finance Hertz's acquisition of Donlen.

Commercial Awareness "They know the business extremely well, are commercial and understand that we need to get a deal done." "They understand how US companies are financed and also the ins and outs of the offerings process."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "highly professional" Carol Hitselberger "talks in a language business people can understand," impressed clients say. Sources speak particularly enthusiastically of her domestic and cross-border commercial paper funded securitization work.

Keith Oberkfell is praised as being incredibly "smart and practical" and a "very strong lawyer with a sense of how to get a deal done," sources enthuse. His recent highlights include representing Barclays Bank as sponsor in a $538 million 144A issue of FFELP student loan asset-backed notes by Academic Loan Funding Trust series 2012-1.

Jon Van Gorp recently advised Carrington Capital Management on the creation of a tax-efficient structure for nonperforming mortgage loans. One client said approvingly: "We consider him a business partner and not just an outside counsel."

Paul Jorissen has impressed clients with both his technical expertise and his "ability to explain complex issues in plain terms that made sense." His areas of expertise include residential and commercial mortgage loans, home equity loans and equipment loans and leases.

Stuart Litwin advised JP Morgan Securities on the $1.4 billion offering of asset-backed notes secured by auto leases issued by Mercedes-Benz Auto Lease Trust 2012-A. Sources say he is "smart and knows his stuff," and he is widely recognized as a leader in areas such as auto loans and leases, FFELP and private student loans, and dealer floorplan receivables.

Mary Fontaine is highly regarded by sources for her expertise across an array of securitization transactions. She is senior counsel in the firm's Chicago office.

Jason Kravitt is "knowledgeable, well known and thoughtful." He is widely considered to be a leading industry expert.

Angela Ulum is an "up-and-coming presence in the auto loan space," sources say. She also has expertise on transactions related to equipment leases, home equity loans and trade receivables.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm focuses on the representation of tax-exempt employers and Fortune 500 companies. The team specializes in ERISA fiduciary matters as well as transactional benefits and compensation work. Recent highlights include advising Caterpillar on its acquisition of Bucyrus International. Other clients include Prologis, Northern Trust and American Realty Advisors.

Sources say: "Top-notch on service, awareness and operations."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Maureen Gorman is a key contact.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

THE FIRM Mayer Brown is commended by respondents for its expertise in financial services regulation. It has been advising the Royal Bank of Canada on challenges posed by the ongoing regulatory changes including the proprietary trading restrictions under the Volcker Rule. On the enforcement side, the group represented Ally Bank and HSBC in investigations brought by multiple government agencies relating to MBS issues. Other significant clients include Capital One and Wells Fargo.

Sources say: "The firm has prepared and updated an analysis of how the Dodd-Frank Act will affect the operations of my organization. That analysis, with the teleconferences and tailored advice specific to my situation, has materially assisted in focusing our attention on high-priority, high-impact aspects of its implementation."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Scott Anenberg cochairs the firm's financial services regulatory and enforcement group. He is a respected regulatory attorney and provides advice to financial institutions in relation to expansion considerations and transactional requirements.

Sources comment that the knowledgeable and approachable David Sahr is a "prominent expert in banking and securities law." He advises financial institutions on the domestic and global impact of US regulations and Dodd-Frank implementation considerations.

Jerome Roche maintains a strong profile counseling broker-dealers on regulatory compliance matters particularly in connection to Dodd-Frank implementation. He is a "dynamic lawyer" who has "good substantive knowledge," say sources.

Thomas Delaney has been active advising clients on the implications and requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act. Respondents consider him to be "knowledgeable about banking laws in general, and enforcement actions in particular."

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM In the past year, Mayer Brown successfully represented Lockheed Martin in a high-profile bid protest relating to a contract valued at approximately $1.8 billion for support of the US Antarctic Program. The group also assists with a high number of FCA recoveries and civil fraud investigations, working with traditional government contractors in addition to companies that do not traditionally work within the procurement industry. Other notable clients include BAE Systems, Bechtel Infrastructure and Siemens.

Client Service "The team at Mayer Brown is cost conscious in the fact that they don’t chase down every possible alleyway for no good reason – they know what will lead to success."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Best known for her substantial work in bid protests, Marcia Madsen took the lead on the Lockheed Martin matter outlined above. Along with colleague David Dowd, Madsen receives impressive feedback from sources, who state: "She knows when to arc in and when not to. The combination of the two of them is dynamic – you don't need to deal with anyone else. They are value for money." Alongside Madsen, Dowd also continues to counsel Lockheed Martin in multiple ongoing government contracts and litigation matters.

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM The government relations team at Mayer Brown is able to draw on an impressive wealth of state and local government experience amassed throughout its seven US offices, particularly its Los Angeles and Chicago branches. The firm also has significant experience in handling government affairs at both a federal level and on the international stage. The group has been representing Google in its driverless car project, assisting by obtaining permission for the vehicles to be tested within the states of Nevada, Florida and California, as well as in presenting the technology to the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sources say: "The firm operates cohesively, and the individuals we work with are responsive and stay on top of our particular area of business. Government relations are a very strong area for the firm, and we are able to draw on their contacts in both parties in Congress."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very talented" Howard Waltzman is a former chief counsel for the House Energy & Commerce Committee, focusing on telecom and the internet. Waltzman has a particular specialty in privacy compliance, communications and internet law.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

THE FIRM This impressive group is singled out for its fully integrated approach, and can draw on the strength of numerous key offices around the globe to create teams tailored to each case and client. The firm has recently represented several of the world's largest corporations in a wide range of ICC arbitrations. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Lacovara is highlighted as a "first-rate lawyer" and is held in high esteem for his extensive experience of serving as arbitrator. Market sources praise his "creative writings." 

William Knull has a great depth of knowledge across a wide array of industries, including particular expertise in the oil and gas sector. Commentators characterize him as "a very smart fellow who has a good courtroom demeanor which translates very well in international arbitration." 

Jeffrey Sarles is the highly respected co-head of the firm's Supreme Court and appellate group, and divides his practice between appellate, international arbitration and litigation work.  

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM Trade remedies work and export controls and sanctions issues form the key strengths of this team, which also offers expertise in FCPA, CFIUS and customs work. The group has been called on by a number of major clients seeking advice on changing US trade sanctions. Kodak and its affiliates have engaged the firm's services in antidumping proceedings in China and India, and the firm has also been busy handling matters for the Renewable Fuels Association, Visa and Ralph Lauren.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The multitalented Simeon Kriesberg advises on a range of trade matters, and counsels global clients on export controls and economic sanctions compliance.

Michael Kantor can draw on his experience in a number of governmental roles to advise on the firm's top trade instructions.

Laurence Urgenson recently moved to Mayer Brown LLP from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He specializes in FCPA work, and is known for his experience in high-stakes investigations.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM Mayer Brown maintains a solid reputation in the market.  It is experienced in forming funds for a diverse range of clients, from major fund managers to banks and insurance companies. Cohesive integration between practices is a strong component of its fund formation offering, with support drawn from solid corporate and securities, tax and ERISA departments across multiple jurisdictions. The team's experience extends across the full spectrum of fund types, including infrastructure and agriculture funds alongside more traditional private equity offerings. 

Sources say: "A good firm with a broad team of accomplished lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Noell is a key contact at the firm.

Outsourcing - Nationwide

THE FIRM Mayer Brown maintains its enviable national standing in the outsourcing arena. Commentators value the firm's attention to efficient staffing, and applaud its dedication to ensuring that junior attorneys are of the highest standard. The business and technology sourcing practice offers an array of expertise in the fields of ITO and BPO that includes guiding clients through the development, renegotiation and termination of strategic sourcing transactions. Clients include AT&T, Motorola and United Airlines.

Client Service "Very efficient, capable and knowledgeable with an excellent customer approach."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Market commentators attest to Rebecca Eisner's extensive industry knowledge and commend her "excellent" negotiating skills. Recent highlights include the negotiating of an outsourcing service agreement for CoreLogic.

Daniel Masur retains his reputation as "a phenomenal lawyer." He guides both emerging and established entities through business critical outsourcing transactions, and is recognized for his understanding of a range of industries including banking, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and insurance.

Sources respect Brad Peterson as a "brilliant, strategic deal guy." He is a vastly experienced practitioner with a keen awareness of the commercial realities that clients face.

Paul Roy is held in high esteem by sources, with one interviewee describing him as "among the best negotiators that I have had the pleasure to work with." Roy represents clients with respect to a range of offshore, onshore and nearshore BPOs and ITOs.

Products Liability - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm houses an accomplished product liability practice that covers a broad spread of industries. Further demonstrating the breadth of its expertise, the team is representing NXP Semiconductors and Philips in toxic tort actions concerning claims that semiconductor manufacturing workers were exposed to chemicals and substances that resulted in birth defects. The group receives particular accolades for its strategic approach and appellate work.

Commercial Awareness "They're the kind of firm you can throw into very complicated matters, and they pick up and understand the issues. They quickly understand what needs to be done." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Herbert Zarov is lauded as an "appellate guru" who is "great at brief writing and strategy." Recent highlights include defending Dow Chemical against allegations that the company's greenhouse gas emissions indirectly increased the damage that Hurricane Katrina caused to the Mississippi-based plaintiffs' property.

Daniel Ring is described as an "exceptional strategist who understands the big picture and is able to manage a large team in complex litigation." He focuses his practice on product liability, mass and toxic tort claims, as well as complex commercial disputes. 

Projects - Nationwide

THE FIRM Mayer Brown is highly respected in the PPP market, and receives particular praise for its expertise in government representations and infrastructure transactions. The team is regularly instructed in first-of-its-kind matters, and has notably acted for Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority in connection with a $2.6 billion leasing transaction. It also receives additional recognition for its deep knowledge of the renewables industry. The group is particularly strong in assisting with solar and wind energy projects on behalf of major developers, owners and lenders, including Bank of America and BP Wind. Clients applaud the team for its depth and breadth as well as its responsiveness. 

Sources say: "The group is very professional, responsive and extremely knowledgeable in project finance." "They see a lot of deals and this gives them inherent critical mass. They know how counterparties and the various government agencies will react."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "fabulous" John Schmidt remains at the forefront of the PPP world. Peers attest to his active presence and impressive capabilities on the government side. He was recently appointed as lead lawyer on behalf of the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority matter.

Barry Machlin continues to serve as cochair of the firm's global practice team, and has an impressive reputation among peers owing to his extensive experience in complex infrastructure and project finance transactions.

Real Estate - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm's real estate team regularly acts for leading private equity firms, investors, banks and joint ventures, among others. It is experienced in all types of real estate-related transactions, and recently acted for Australian REIT Charter Hall Office Management on the $1.7 billion sale of its US portfolio, which included interests in 14 office properties. Other key clients include GM, Clarion Partners and Prudential Financial.

Client Service "The lawyers at Mayer Brown have been extremely responsive, professional, fair, and a great bargain for the quality of service provided." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Neil Wasserstrom "is very knowledgeable about real estate law and gives solid, practical counsel." One client enthused: "He is one of the most responsive, user-friendly lawyers I've ever worked with." Wasserstrom is based in Houston, and concentrates on energy-related real estate matters.

Tax - Nationwide

THE FIRM Mayer Brown's preeminent practice group undertakes all manner of tax controversy work, including transfer pricing, audits and local, state and international controversy matters. The team also has extensive trial and appellate experience. The firm's global scope and its strong working knowledge of international tax matters are especially lauded by market sources. Recent highlights include representing Eaton Corporation in US Tax Court litigation challenging IRS-asserted tax deficiencies in the company's transfer pricing of various Latin American manufactured products. Other key clients include Nestlé, Pepco and Tyco International.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Described as "a big gun" of the country's tax controversy arena, Joel Williamson recently led in the Eaton Corporation matter. In addition to his superb controversy and litigation skills, sources also highlight his expertise in international and cross-border matters.

Thomas Durham recently assisted in securing a major victory for Consolidated Edison of New York in a case involving leveraged lease transaction tax issues. He has tremendous expertise in tax-related litigation, including foreign tax, tax-advantaged investments and leasing engagements.

Working alongside him in the Consolidated Edison of New York case was the "very successful lawyer" David Abbott. He has a broad-ranging tax practice undertaking both transactional and litigious work.

Palo Alto-based Larry Langdon is able to combine in-depth experience in the field, having served as an IRS commissioner, with excellent working knowledge of federal tax law.

Thomas Kittle-Kamp is increasingly recognized as a major player in the nation's tax litigation arenas. With Abbott and Durham he recently represented Union Bank of California in a matter concerning leveraged leases of a major sports entertainment complex.

Scott Stewart is highlighted as an excellent name in tax disputes and transfer pricing. He recently played a key role on behalf of Tyco International in an appeal of IRS-proposed income adjustments to certain federal tax returns filed prior to its 2007 separation into Tyco, Covidien and TE Connectivity.

Tax - Nationwide

THE FIRM Mayer Brown's excellent national tax practice is centered in Chicago and further supported by experts in California and New York. Its expertise covers corporate, individual and partnership taxation matters, and it also enjoys a strong reputation for transactional tax planning and restructuring. High-profile clients include Bank of America, Siemens and Motorola. The firm is also highly regarded for the tax work it undertakes involving the pharmaceutical industry. 

Client Service "They combine client advocacy with integrity, and are always there to be of assistance. What impresses me most about the firm is that they are very team-oriented, and have this effervescent desire to collaborate to obtain the best result."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice group leaders James Barry and Jason Bazar, in Chicago and New York, respectively, are highly regarded.

Transportation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm handles regulatory, transactional and litigious matters for railroad clients. Clients include railway companies, contractors, manufacturers and trade organizations, including the Association of American Railroads.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very solid" Robert Jenkins is a senior counsel in the practice. He has a broad practice encompassing regulatory, transactional and trial work, and is described as an "excellent lawyer" by impressed sources.

Adrian Steel is noted for his expertise in administrative and regulatory matters affecting the railroad industry. Sources report: "He is extremely knowledgeable and hard-working, and works very hard to be available at all hours."

Transportation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm is recognized for its government relations, regulatory and safety work for road transportation clients. The group routinely advises automotive manufacturers, trade associations and other industry bodies on all aspects of litigation and administrative law in the transportation sector.

Sources say: "A key firm in safety matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Erika Jones is admired by sources for her transportation safety-related compliance and litigation practice. Sources name her "a terrific safety lawyer" who "has a good sense of where safety defect investigations are going."

Wealth Management - Nationwide

THE FIRM This group has a strong following and is lauded for its client-oriented service and advice. The relatively compact team handles a whole host of matters, including trust and estate planning, complex family disputes, public charities and private foundations. Among its strong portfolio of work, it continues to act as general counsel to The Poetry Foundation.

Client Service "They have an outstanding skill set and knowledge, the promptness of the communication and delivery of work product is notable, and they are extremely pleasant and nice to work with."

Commercial Awareness "I've found the folks there at all levels to be at the highest level of quality technically, and the way they present their work product is focused on making it understandable for the end client."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of trusts and estates Donna Morgan earns plaudits for providing clients with "outstanding service." Her well-regarded practice has an emphasis on estate planning and nonprofit organizations.

James Casey "is very smart and very good at service and communication, and puts the clients' interests first," say market observers. He is noted for his broad practice, covering all aspects of trusts, estates and foundations.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

THE FIRM The restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency practitioners at Mayer Brown are especially commended as experts in representing creditors in complex bankruptcies. The team is traditionally known for its focus on acting for institutional lenders, distressed investors and committees, with prominent clients including Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Bank and the Bank of New York Mellon. However, the group is also increasingly involved in representing debtors, particularly in relation to cross-border issues. 

Sources say: "At all levels of the firm the depth of knowledge is superior, and the service unfailingly professional and efficient. The firm has experience across a multitude of industries and diverse legal disciplines for comprehensive advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Brian Trust is global co-head of the firm’s restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency practice. He specializes in advising large institutional creditors. Trust "has a wealth of restructuring experience," say sources, "and has a superior ability to thoroughly analyze complex issues from both the legal and the business sides."

The "extremely responsive, user-friendly and goal-oriented" Howard Beltzer is highlighted for his breadth of expertise in both debtor and creditor-side representations. He garners acclaim for his "tremendous bedside manner that puts his clients very much at ease."

Insurance - New York

THE FIRM This firm continues to stand out for its local, national and global insurance work. The New York team has a healthy reputation in insurance-linked securities, and covers all insurance transactional aspects relevant to the corporate world, from M&A to tax matters. It has recently dealt with two high-profile catastrophe bond transactions for Embarcadero Re and Everglades Re, in relation to earthquake and hurricane damage, respectively.

Sources say: "They understand the business framework very well. This makes them quite a unique player."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Alberts is credited with knowing how to navigate his clients through corporate transactional and regulatory insurance processes, and is "very much at home in this complex area."  

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Latin American Investment - New York

THE FIRM Mayer Brown's Latin America practice incorporates practitioners based in New York, Chicago, Houston and Washington, DC. It continues to attract significant praise from peers and clients for its broad practice. The New York team recently advised Santander Investment Securities and Sovereign Bank on their provision of a $97.5 million credit facility to Telefónica Chile.

Sources say: "Very knowledgeable and professional."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers continue to rate David Duffee highly, with one noting that "he is a very, very good technical lawyer, and also user-friendly - he won't let his ego get in the way of a deal."

Litigation - New York

THE FIRM Mayer Brown is renowned for the experience its litigators bring to a wide range of complex disputes. It is particularly noted for its ability to handle high-value commercial disputes, and for its securities litigation expertise. It recently represented Morgan Stanley Capital Services in two significant cases brought against several monoline insurers. It also advises Ally Financial on a range of nationwide RMBS-related cases. The firm's notable global footprint is also a particular draw for clients.  

Sources say: "They have first-rate lawyers with expertise across a broad range of areas."  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph De Simone enters the rankings on the back of praise for his securities litigation practice and his experience in handling a range of regulatory and investigative matters. He plays a key role in acting for AIG on some of its most complex securities disputes.

Steven Wolowitz draws on extensive experience in representing financial institutions in a range of commercial and securities disputes. His recent work includes acting for Bank of America in a case concerning the actions of an alleged rogue trader.

Tax - New York

THE FIRM Almost every aspect of partnership, individual and corporate taxation is covered by the tax group at Mayer Brown. In each of these areas it is able to offer strong representation in state and local tax issues, cross-border transactions and litigation, and has particular proficiency in restructurings, planning, M&A and audits. It also represents clients engaged in transfer pricing concerns. Recent case highlights include representing Kenner & Company in its multimillion-dollar acquisition of Dynacast. 

Sources say: "They combine client advocacy with integrity and are always there to be of assistance. What impresses me most about the firm is that they are very team-oriented and have this effervescent desire to collaborate to obtain the best result."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jason Bazar receives praise for his sophisticated transactional practice. He advises banking and corporate clients on tax issues arising from corporate and financing transactions, and has forged a reputation for being "very good at complicated transactions, very good at navigating them, and able to keep a relationship on good and friendly terms."

Banking & Finance - North Carolina

THE FIRM Mayer Brown retains an excellent banking and finance practice, serving a range of banks, financial institutions and corporate clients. This group is recognized for its expertise in structured finance and complex lending transactions, and recently represented JPMorgan Chase in a $980 million senior secured credit facility. The firm's client portfolio also includes Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Sources say:

"They're excellent to work with. They are responsive and add value to our process."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Keith Oberkfell concentrates on securitization and structured finance and has recently represented SunTrust Bank in a $380 million multicurrency revolving credit facility.

Head of the finance practice, Carol Hitselberger is highly regarded for her deep experience in securitization and structured finance products. Appreciative sources commented: "She is very smart, very even-tempered, easy to work with and well versed in all types of securitization."

Real Estate - North Carolina

THE FIRM This global firm's North Carolina real estate team is based in Charlotte, and is known for its expertise in real estate transactional and financing matters. The group has recently handled a series of impressive transactions for Bank of America, including representing the bank in a $3.1 billion refinancing for MGM Resorts International. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Saye is a key contact for the practice.

Banking & Finance - Texas

THE FIRM This well-established practice has an impressive background in energy-based finance. With the ability to utilize global resources, the firm offers a diverse range of services in secured and unsecured lending, project finance and acquisition finance. The firm is traditionally known as lender's counsel, and frequently represents leading financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase in energy-related transactions. Highlights include representing JPMorgan in its role as administrative agent and arranger in a $2 billion credit facility for EP Energy's acquisition of oil and gas assets.

Sources say: "The experience they bring in the energy space has been critical to us."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Tristan Propst's practice is focused on traditional commercial bank lending, specifically within the energy market, where clients value his substantial experience. He is said to be "sharp on technical matters and he knows all the nuances that are vital to energy work in this field."

A new addition to the firm, Bill Hart is noted for his vast experience in a wide range of financial transactions, specifically in industries such as energy and manufacturing, where he continues to impress market observers.

Capital Markets - Texas

THE FIRM This team is recognized for its representation of clients in the energy sector, including exploration and production, oilfield service and integrated oil companies, in the full array of capital markets transactions. Recent highlights include representing RBC Capital Markets on Rowan Companies' $500 million senior notes issue. The firm advises issuers and underwriters, including Bonanza Creek Energy, Merrill Lynch and Talos Energy.

Sources say: "I am impressed; they made a process that can be painful a lot easier."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Heller recently joined the firm from Thompson & Knight. Heller is a "levelheaded" attorney, sources say. At his prior firm, recent highlights included representing Petrohawk in its $600 million Rule 144A senior notes offering.

Corporate/M&A - Texas

THE FIRM This international powerhouse continues to attract high-quality mandates from clients in the energy sector, and is praised for its extensive knowledge and experience in this area. The team assists high-profile clients such as Talos Energy, NGP Capital Resources and Halliburton with corporate and M&A matters.

Sources say: "They really helped manage negotiations with the buyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources are "very impressed" by Robert Gray's performance. He recently acted for Sumitomo during the purchase by its subsidiaries of a minority interest in a manufacturing company.

Dallas Parker represented SK Energy in its $2.4 billion sale of SK do Brasilia, coordinating closely with Mayer Brown's associated firm in Brazil on the cross-border detail.

Real Estate - Texas

THE FIRM Mayer Brown's real estate practice continues to increase its presence in the Texas market and has established itself as an excellent choice of counsel for complex, high-value matters. In a highlight from the past year the group acted on behalf of one leading client on a 400,000 sq ft San Francisco office lease. Other key clients include Clarion, AmREIT and Wells Fargo. 

Sources say: "They have such an amazing amount of experience and talent. They're all masterful negotiators." "They are very good at protecting my interests but understand my ultimate goal is to get the deal done."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Neil Wasserstrom is noted for his wealth of experience and acts for clients including home builders, REITs and investors. As one source asserts, he "understands the need to get the deal done while protecting the client and is adept at formulating win/win solutions."

Ronald Shoss heads the Texas real estate group and "knows the market inside and out," according to interviewees. He has a diverse practice acting for institutional property owners on acquisitions, leasing, financing and development.

The "very knowledgeable" Marvin Katz is senior counsel at the firm and focuses on corporate issues, probate and estate planning relating to real estate matters.

Technology - Texas

THE FIRM This firm has established an impressive technology transactions practice. The experienced team guides clients through a range of issues, such as data protection, outsourcing and service agreements, and also advises on open source software compliance. In standout matters, it represented Armorlogic in its sale to Alert Logic, and acted for INX on its merger with Presidio.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly respected Robert Gray cochairs the firm's corporate and securities practice. Clients benefit from his wealth of experience, which spans a broad range of industries.

Dallas Parker maintains a strong reputation in the technology field. He is well known for the depth of his M&A experience, and is regularly retained by international clients in transactional mandates. Leading companies also look to him for advice on corporate governance.