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Mayer Brown International LLP - London
  • 201 Bishopsgate
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2M 3AF
  • London Senior Partner Sean Connolly
  • UK Partners 88
  • Other fee-earners 180
  • Total staff (all fee-earners & support staff) 500

The Firm Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in major cities across the Americas, Asia and Europe. The firm is known for its client-focused approach and ability to provide creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. The firm’s London office has looked after the needs of clients in the city and beyond since 1895. 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. Having a presence in the world’s leading markets for legal services enables Mayer Brown to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach. Mayer Brown 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 and more than half of the world’s largest banks.

Principal Areas of Work
Banking & Finance:
This is a founding practice of Mayer Brown and one of the firm’s signature strengths. The firm has significant experience in structured finance and has been at the forefront of the markets for securitisation and other structured products since their inception. The firm is also highly distinguished in all aspects of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including leveraged finance, asset-based lending, debt capital markets (including emerging markets and high yield), project finance, real estate finance, derivatives and tax-based lending. The practice also provides a complete financial restructuring service.
Corporate & Securities: Corporate and securities law is at the core of Mayer Brown’s global practice. In the UK the firm is known for its strong public and private M&A practice and well-regarded corporate finance team with its extensive experience in the international capital markets. The domestic and international experience of the practice includes private equity, corporate governance, investment funds, financial services regulation, joint ventures and outsourcing.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Litigation is the firm’s largest practice with more than 450 lawyers globally handling complex, cross-border litigation for a wide variety of clients. The firm has extensive experience in dealing with financial and banking disputes, insolvency and restructuring issues, disputes affecting the global construction industry and all aspects of insurance and reinsurance. The practice has dedicated teams advising on commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration and all types of dispute resolution.
Other Specialist Groups: Other practices and industry groups also well respected in the UK legal market and internationally, and with several recognised leading lawyers, include: competition, construction and engineering, employment, environment, financial institutions, financial services regulatory and enforcement, insurance and reinsurance, IP/IT, mining, pensions, real estate and tax.
Graduate Recruitment: Please see www.mayerbrown.com/careers or mayerbrowngraduates.com

Other Offices
Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Washington DC.
Asia: Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore.
Europe: Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris.
Associated law firm offices: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo.

Mayer Brown International LLP operates in combination with its associated Illinois limited liability partnerships, a SELAS established in France, a Hong Kong partnership, and its associated entities in Asia, and is associated with Tauil & chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership.

  • Construction & Engineering Michael D Regan
  • Corporate Peter Dickinson
  • Employment Nicholas Robertson
  • Environment Michael Hutchinson
  • Antitrust/Competition Gillian Sproul
  • Finance Dominic Griffiths
  • Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement David Sahr
  • Insurance & Reinsurance David Chadwick
  • Intellectual Property Mark Prinsley
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution David Allen
  • Pensions Philippa James
  • Real Estate Martin Wright
  • Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Devi Shah, Ashley Katz
  • Tax Sandy Bhogal


Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasingly instructed on cross-border deals and high-value, sophisticated transactions. An established capacity for asset-based lending matters and leveraged finance transactions. 

Work highlights Represented US property investor Ashkenazy Acquisition/Tribeca Holdings in the financing for the purchase of Old Spitalfields Market, in the form of senior and mezzanine facilities from Blackstone.

Acted for Mubadala GE Capital, a Bermuda-incorporated borrower group, on an asset-based term loan facility provided by Citibank, used to purchase a group of US-based loans.

Notable practitioners  

Dominic Griffiths is a key contact here.

Significant clients Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Deutsche Bank, GE Capital.

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable multi-jurisdictional strength granted by its global platform. Ability to handle complex cross-border litigation for significant financial institution clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extremely good, a very strong team with a good combination of litigation and commercial skills. They can manage big litigation and are sensible about picking when to fight."

"They know their way around financial litigation. They have a large number of partners so there's lots of strength and depth."

"They are a firm in which the partners roll up their sleeves and really get on with the work. They're always available for the client and know what's going on."

What's new? New panel appointments include Nomura.

Work highlights Acted for the Independent Valuer of Northern Rock in the successful dismissing of numerous claims brought by former shareholders.

Advised Standard Bank in a claim against Via Mat alleging breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation and fraud.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Ian McDonald is noted for his ability to balance getting into the detail of a case with his management of the team. Sources call him "a very experienced strategic thinker."

David Allen is the firm's head of litigation in London and is experienced in high-profile banking proceedings that cross into insolvency. He has particular expertise in matters related to debt-based derivatives.

Susan Rosser is an up-and-coming partner who focuses on litigation regarding complex financial products. Peers highlight "her good understanding of complex financial instruments."

Significant clients UBS, HSBC, Standard Bank, DSB Bank, Carey Value Added.

Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Displays skill across a broad range of securitisation, structured finance and derivatives matters. Particular strength in sophisticated cross-border securitisations and OTC, structured and commodity derivatives. Skilfully leverages its UK and US expertise to attract mandates with transatlantic aspects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very mindful of the client's requirements. They are cost-conscious, their delivery is bang on time, and their communication is really super."

"Excellent service combined with real UK-US expertise. This is key for us as many aspects require analysis and advice from both sides."

What's new? David O'Connor joins the team from Allen & Overy, bringing his expertise in securitisation.

Work highlights Advised Santander Consumer Bank on Bilkreditt 4 and Bilkreditt 5, the publicly listed Norwegian auto loan securitisations.

Represented the Klesch Group in the EUR450 million refinancing of the Heide Refinery in Germany.

Notable practitioners  

Edmund Parker, head of the London office's derivatives and structured products team, enjoys a reputation as one of the City's leading lawyers. Clients appreciate his "unrivalled breadth and depth of knowledge across all asset classes," and regard him as "one of the lawyers who knows the most about derivatives - he wrote the book on them."

Kevin Hawken has the respect of the market for his regulatory expertise on securitisation and structured finance matters, and has particular skill in advising on the impact of US regulation on European institutions. Sources describe him as a "very experienced lawyer" who is "top for regulation."

Dominic Griffiths, head of the banking and finance group in London, advises on asset-based lending and structured finance transactions. A client states: "He has a very good feel for what's going on in the market. What I like is that he's always willing to challenge the orthodoxy."

Chris Arnold possesses expertise in structured finance transactions, and is particularly skilled in OTC derivatives. A client consider him to be "extremely knowledgeable, and very accessible."  

David O'Connor, a new addition to the team, is experienced in RMBS, CMBS and covered bonds. An impressed client remarks that "he's very much somebody who goes the extra mile."

Significant clients J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Hinduja Group, ISDA. 

Construction - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad practice, acting on a range of high-value and complex projects and disputes. Advises an array of well-known employers and suppliers in the energy, transport, mining and insurance sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their performance is outstanding. They provide accurate, detailed and clear advice in every aspect of what they do. Their attitude is to address the problem and provide solutions that reflect the commercial world that we live in."

"Their advice is good and they understand the sector very well." 

"They have been mindful of creating a balance between the needs of the insurers and the needs of the insuree. They are extremely practical."

Work highlights Acted for Galliford Try in a £4 million High Court claim against a consulting engineer and ground improvement contractor.

Advised St George on the drafting of a construction contract for the development of a residential tower in Blackfriars, London. 

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Hosie is "very experienced and very helpful – he wants to get to the bottom of things and root out the problems quickly," notes a commentator. Hosie has a broad practice that includes advising on construction-related procurement and contracts.

Raid Abu-Manneh advises on projects, with a focus on the Middle East. He is fluent in Arabic, and is praised by a source as "one of the most determined solicitors."

Sally Davies gains plaudits across the board, with one client highlighting her as "a real asset and a wonderful support to our firm." She advises a range of clients on construction disputes.

Practice head Michael Regan has significant expertise pertaining to a range of contentious matters. One contemporary notes him as "one of the best contentious lawyers around," while clients appreciate his "commercial approach."

The "excellent" Kwadwo Sarkodie's wide-ranging practice incorporates both transactional and dispute work. He advises a range of contractors and subcontractors.

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Kier, Morgan Sindall, Costain, US Task force for Business and Stability Operations.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A highly capable corporate group which acts for a number of well-known clients. Features a particular focus on cross-border matters, with areas such as energy and commercial real estate among its broad expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Fantastic - I was really happy with them. They brought a good team across jurisdictions."

What's new? Reappointed to the Nomura panel.

Work highlights Advised GAW Capital on its purchase of the Waterside Building in London from D2 Private for EUR240 million.

Assisted the management of City Link with its disposal by Rentokil Initial to Better Capital for £1.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Peter Dickinson is well thought of by peers and clients alike for his varied corporate practice. Among his recent work he acted for Moody's Investor Services on its acquisition of Amba Research.

Richard Page impresses sources with his "constant availability, great advice and amazing commitment." He recently demonstrated his abilities in the corporate space in his advising of GAW Capital in its acquisition of the Waterside Building, Paddington for EUR240 million.

Significant clients Entertainment One, Bodycote, Caterpillar, Thomson Reuters, MWB Business Exchange.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Go-to employment practice with a client following that includes some of the world's largest banks, insurers and corporate clients. The practice is boosted by its international capability as well as the firm's wider strength in pensions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give good and succinct legal advice. They were really pragmatic and commercial, which you do not always get with City firms."

"They are always quick to over-deliver, and come back quicker than we agreed."

What's new? Hired Stefan Martin from magic circle firm Allen & Overy. 

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Robertson heads the employment department and is noted as being "good at presenting solutions and very good at recommending what needed to be done." Sources also note that he fights hard for his clients, who include large international corporates.

Christopher Fisher has a broad respondent-focused practice with one impressed interviewee calling him "one of the leaders in London employment." He is described by sources as being "thoughtful, reflective and commercial," as well as "a good pragmatic negotiator."

The "unflappable" Stefan Martin is well known for advising on the employment elements of transactional work. His practice is more broad and he is valued for his contentious and advisory skills.

Significant clients HSBC, QBE, AXA, Wells Fargo, Aspen Re.

Environment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on multi-jurisdictional litigation. Also has a good reputation for its advice on an array of corporate transactions.

Work highlights Advised Unilever on its sale of Pepera.

Acted for the directors of ATP Oil & Gas in relation to the restructuring of the company and the sale of its upstream oil and gas business to Alpha Petroleum. 

Notable practitioners

Michael Hutchinson advises on corporate and real estate transactions, and contaminated land matters. He also acts in heavyweight litigation.

Significant clients Solvay, Klesch & Co, Dow Chemical, Digital Realty Trust, SAVVIS. 

Information Technology - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Reputable IT practice supported by strength in IP and regulatory advice. Able to advise on international transactions. Particularly active in the financial services and media and communications sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Practical in their approach and understanding of our needs as a business, they take the time to make sure that what we want is in accordance with their instructions." 

"Commercial focus, thoroughness, depth of thought and expert communication."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Prinsley employs a "very practical approach and takes the time to understand the business and what it is we want." He is routinely engaged on significant global outsourcings. He also advises on open source software and technology distribution matters.

Significant clients Viasat Satellite Services, HSBC, Comet, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Omega Pharma.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for IP licensing and development agreements, particularly with regard to software, but also within the life sciences and pharmaceuticals fields.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Absolutely happy with the work product, and they are very efficient."

Work highlights Advised Deloitte on Comet's domain name rights and their protection following the retailer's fall into administration.

Advised Beazley Underwriting Services on a dispute with a domain name squatter.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Byrt is a highly experienced IP and IT lawyer well thought of for licensing and corporate transactions, with a specialism in advertising, publishing and the online environment.

Significant clients Celtic Pharma, Entertainment One, Google, Hachette, Viasat.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-30 partners
-61 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active and well-regarded litigation practice with a focus on financial institutions and the mining and energy sectors. Offers cross-border capability bolstered by the firm's international presence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

“Mayer Brown is a good firm with a good disputes practice. They're strong in construction, strong in arbitration and very strong in insurance.”

“Their international presence is a strength that appeals to us.”

Work highlights Advised Office Depot on various claims arising out of the sale of Office Depot (Israel) to NHL Group.

Acted for Standard Bank on its claim against Via Mat for the loss of goods in its care.

Notable practitioners  

Alistair Graham's practice focuses on financial services, international insolvency, fraud investigations and contractual disputes. Recent work includes advising Sunseeker International on disputes arising out of the sale of its super yachts.

Head of the London litigation team David Allen is “rated very highly” by clients. His practice is focused on banking litigation and insolvency proceedings.

Significant clients UBS, HSBC, Unilever, VSC Steel, Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund.

Pensions - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished full-service firm with significant strength in depth across its pensions group. Able to draw upon the strength of its insurance team on buyin matters, while further areas of expertise include complex restructurings and financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They turn things around in a very speedy and professional manner."

What's new? New clients include Insight Investment, Oxford University Press Group Pension Scheme and Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.

Work highlights Represented the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund in the establishment of a new funding regime.

Worked with Santander Group Pension Scheme on various scheme amendments arising as a result of automatic enrolment.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Moody receives significant praise from sources in the market as "an amazing pensions lawyer" and "one of the cleverest men you'll ever meet." As Chair of the Association of Pensions Lawyers’ Legislative and Parliamentary Committee, he is a key figure in the market and his expertise is frequently sought for new legislation.

Anna Rogers "is a first-class pensions lawyer who is very experienced, really practical and very approachable," according to her clients. Her practice spans a wide range of pensions matters, including covenant issues, liability management and buyins.

London practice head Philippa James recently worked with the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund on establishing a new funding arrangement. Clients hold her in high regard, with one individual noting: "She is a very engaging and pragmatic adviser - she often comes up with easy solutions that others wouldn't have thought of."

Edward Jewitt is described by clients as "very sensible, level-headed, but knows his stuff." He recently acted for Santander Group Pension Scheme on a number of matters arising following the merger of seven defined benefit schemes.

Ian Wright "is good at coming up with solutions rather than raising problems," says one client. Also active in the litigation sphere, his practice focuses on funding and investment matters, as well as being involved with government departments on new legislation.

Richard Evans is "very clear in the way he writes his pensions advice," state clients. He recently worked with the Kingfisher Pension Scheme on benefit changes, including the establishment of a new trust deed and rules.

Richard Goldstein advises clients on the full range of scheme management and investment issues. He receives praise from clients for his innovation.

Significant clients Prudential, UK Power Networks, BOC, Total, EDF Energy.

Professional Negligence - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice assisting clients will the full range of professional negligence claims. Regularly acts on high-profile and complex cases. Recommended for matters where there is significant reputational or financial detriment at stake.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A very strong team. They are very supportive, tactically very sound and very responsive - the service we receive from them is second to none."

"We hold them in the highest regard; they have the resources and they are always available."

Work highlights Defended BDO in a £25 million claim for financial negligence by the Coniston Hotel.

Notable practitioners  

Sean Connolly is described as "very commercial, with a great depth of technical knowledge." He is noted for his expertise in legal professional negligence. Sources say: "He is very calm, phenomenally bright, measured and sensible - you know you get the advice and service from him."

The "exceptional" William Glassey is praised by market sources as "very commercially minded, articulate, persuasive and rational." He is highly regarded for complex legal professional negligence cases. Clients note: "He has a calm and methodical approach but can be forceful when he needs to be - an extremely good advocate to have on your side."

Michael Regan is "probably one of the most well-regarded construction lawyers in the market," according to peers. He has significant experience advising on complex claims in the field.

Sally Davies regularly acts on very complex insurance-related professional negligence cases. Sources say: "She's very good - very experienced and she takes a sensible approach to mediation." 

James Oulton is recommended for financial professional negligence matters. One impressed client notes: "He has made himself really available on a complicated matter - client service has been excellent," further adding: "He's very approachable and his advice has been very measured and appropriate."

Significant clients QBE, AIG, ACE, Zurich, Aviva.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides broad expertise, with particular strength in development and investment work. Strong global network supports adept handling of cross-border transactions. Advises alternative lenders, sponsors and investors.

What's new? Structured finance partner David O'Connor joins the team from Allen & Overy. 

Work highlights Advised US investor Ashkenazy on the £105 million purchase and financing of Old Spitalfields Market.

Acted for China Overseas on the refinancing of its £152 million acquisition of 1 Finsbury Circus for £91.2 million.

Notable practitioners  

Nigel White offers expertise in all aspects of secured finance, including structured investment and development, and leveraged finance transactions. He recently advised TIAA-CREF on the simultaneous disposal of 1 and 7 Westferry Circus, totalling £130 million.

Significant clients Ping An Insurance, Wells Fargo, Capita, Macquarie Group, Canary Wharf Group.

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Close partnership with the firm's restructuring and insolvency team, regularly acting on distressed property issues. Also handles significant redevelopment matters for developer clients.

Work highlights Assisted Ashkenazy Acquisitions with strategic planning and oversight of its purchase of Old Spitalfeilds Market. 

Advised on strategy for the termination of Puma's existing lease of a South Bank property, as well as providing oversight on the negotiation of a new ten-year pre-let.

Notable practitioners  

Ian McDonald is a key contact.

Significant clients GE Real Estate, British Land, Unilever Group, J.P. Morgan, Total Pension Trustees UK.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently instructed on high-value investment work, with particular strength in representing US and Asian inward investors. Acts for domestic property companies and funds on trophy acquisitions. Increasing focus on development work for a number of key players.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very responsive and commercial; as a group they deal with issues quickly and professionally. You have to be very focused and go through the details to make sure the property works and they're extraordinarily good at doing that."

"They have quite a large team including every aspect of real estate, which is very helpful for us in doing all the aspects of our work."

What's new? Patricia Jones joins the team from SJ Berwin. Martin Wright joins from Ashurst.

Work highlights Advised Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation on its £105 million purchase of Old Spitalfields Market. This was the New York-based fund's first deal in the UK market.

Acted on the £170 million acquisition of Centrium, 61 Aldwych by China Overseas Holdings.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Clay leads the firm's worldwide real estate practice. "I think he is outstanding," enthuses one client; "he is at the top of his game. Very commercial and will properly play his part in a negotiation."

Martin Wright is head of European real estate. Clients say: "Martin's style is very direct. He is clear on what a client's position should be and will be diligent in achieving it, but he is commercial enough to be able to point out to his clients when they are not in the right place and he's happy to talk to his clients in detail and debate the issues."

Chris Harvey acts on high-value investment deals including inward investment, and also advises on the property aspects of M&A deals. Sources say: "I find him a pleasure to work with. He's very sensible and commercial but protects his client's interest."

Senior associate Iain Roberts gains praise from notable clients. He has recently assisted in a number of large investment transactions.

Significant clients British Land, Brookfield Properties, Crosstree Real Estate Investment, Gaw Capital, Partners Ping An Insurance.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on contentious and non-contentious insolvencies and restructurings, with particular expertise handling instructions related to the real estate industry. The group is also recognised for its expertise in pension restructurings.

Work highlights Acted for ATP Oil & Gas on the restructuring of the company's upstream oil and gas business, which involved action on a company voluntary arrangement, as well as a sale of shares and related US litigation.

Advised Budapest Airport on the restructuring of its hedging and bank debt, which was held by a syndicate of over 30 lenders.

Notable practitioners  

Devi Shah is the joint head of the firm's restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency group. She is highly praised by clients and peers as an "exemplary" practitioner, and is active on contentious and transactional restructuring and insolvency issues.

The joint head of the firm's restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency group Ashley Katz is recognised as "an excellent transactional specialist - bright, user-friendly and utterly straightforward." He advises on restructuring and insolvency matters in a range of industries.

David Allen is the head of the group's London litigation team, and has extensive experience in handling banking and insolvency litigation. He acted for the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group in their recent restructuring.

Ian McDonald primarily acts for banks and other lenders in high-profile, high-value disputes relating to structured finance and breach of duty. He is highly experienced in dispute resolution, as well as enforcement and restitution matters.

Significant clients BDO, Ernst & Young, Great American Group, Deloitte, Ambac.

Tax - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive direct and indirect tax service to a range of leading national and international clients. Handles work relating to joint ventures, M&A, structured finance and property transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are responsive and pragmatic, and have good commercial awareness combined with technical strength."

Work highlights Advised Brookfield Property Partners on its significant acquisition from Economic Zones World of EZW Gazeley, a specialist developer operating in the logistics sector.

Assisted Ashkenazy Acquisitions with its £105 million purchase of Old Spitalfields market from Ballymore Properties. 

Notable practitioners  

Sandy Bhogal is head of the firm's London tax team. His wide-ranging practice covers general corporate tax advice, as well as assisting clients on the tax aspects of a variety of transactional matters. 

Clients highlight consultant Peter Steiner as "one of those lawyers that identifies problems and finds ways around them." His broad corporate tax practice includes advising clients on VAT issues.

Significant clients HSBC, Canary Wharf Group, Rabobank, Unilever, Petrobras.

Employee Share Schemes & Incentives - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles operational and transactional share scheme mandates, with particular expertise in servicing financial services clients and private companies. Noted for its capacity to handle cross-border matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are responsive and pragmatic, which is always helpful." 

Work highlights Assisted Entertainment One with the share plan implication of its transition to a premium listing on the LSE.

Advised Moody's on the share scheme aspects of its acquisition of Business Monitor International from employee shareholders and private equity houses.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Stanger is highly involved in the firm's share plan mandates, and is commended for his draftsmanship and pragmatic approach. One source stated that "he combines technical expertise with commerciality and has an ability to draft complicated rules in a manner which keeps them as easy to read and understand as possible."

Significant clients AIA Group, St Modwen Properties, B&B Investment Partners, Interoute Communications, Intermediate Capital Group.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

What the team is known for Highly rated for its mining project finance strength advising lenders and sponsors on project finance deals and regulatory issues, with a sophisticated capital markets practice. Clients include mining companies, governments, banks and export credit agencies (ECA).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extremely comprehensive in terms of their mining finance knowledge; they have a deep and long-term understanding of developments in mining finance."

Work highlights Appointed by the US Department of Defense and the government of Afghanistan to advise on the development of the mining sector in Afghanistan.

Advised the mandated lead arranger on the supply of a revolving credit facility for the Dundee Group.

Notable practitioners

Ian Coles is viewed as a "force to be reckoned with" by sources, who praise him for his comprehensive knowledge of mining projects and finance. He acted for Wolf Minerals in relation to the development and financing of a tungsten project in Devon. Sources say: "He really understands mining projects. He is very experienced, and always very solutions-oriented."

Rachel Speight is a project finance lawyer with a strong pedigree in the mining and minerals sector. She acted for a consortium of ECAs in restructuring the financing for the Boleo mine in Mexico. Sources say she is "very available, always trying to find the right solutions and has answers to any questions you have."

Significant clients UniCredit, Korean Development Bank, Export Development Canada, Caterpillar, African Eagle.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for An impressive offering, with strength in financial lines, professional indemnity, D&O and property risks. Leverages its global network of offices to provide cover for insurer clients across the world.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent in their approach to insurance matters and provide an excellent service in their field."

"I think they are the best team in the space and they often act for the market."

Notable practitioners  

David Chadwick leads the London insurance team and is especially strong in the political, financial and professional indemnity risk realms. Clients describe him as "a very good lawyer who is methodical and knows insurance law inside out." 

Sean Connolly is a "very pragmatic" and well-regarded insurance and reinsurance solicitor, with particular expertise in financial institution and professional liability risk. "If I was being sued, he is the guy that I would want representing me," said one prominent peer.

Significant clients QBE, AIG, ACE, Beazley, Zurich.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners 
- 12 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Provides expertise in sophisticated, multi-jurisdictional business and technology outsourcing transactions, with particular experience in assisting buyer-side clients. Also strong in sourcing-related dispute resolution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have found Mayer Brown to be on the leading edge on legal, commercial and technology developments."

"They have a great deal of experience in this area and are able to give very practical advice and leverage past experience. We are very pleased with them."

Work highlights Continued to assist Unilever on multiple outsourcing matters, including a telecoms outsourcing renegotiation with BT.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Dickinson is highly rated by market sources for his strength in sophisticated multi-jurisdictional outsourcings, which he handles as part of a broader transactional corporate practice. Sources say he provides "years of experience, practical solutions to problems, and a willingness to service business issues, and work through them with internal teams."

Mark Prinsley heads the firm's intellectual property and IT group and offers impressive expertise in a range of IT and human resources outsourcing projects. Clients commend his "great experience and very hands-on approach."

Significant clients AT&T, Selfridges, The London Metal Exchange, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Federal National Mortgage Association.

Pensions Litigation - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable strength in high-profile work. Receives frequent instruction from an impressive list of clients. Significant expertise in areas such as professional negligence claims and complex regulatory issues.

Work highlights Represented the trustee of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund in proceedings over a new deficit repair contribution regime.

Notable practitioners

Stuart Pickford co-heads the practice group and is described as being "very much at the forefront. He's brilliant." Sources point to his extensive expertise in the wider litigation arena and his assured handling of complex claims.

Significant clients Prudential, UK Power Networks, Santander, Home Retail Group, BOC.

Product Liability - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong international practice which offers clients a seamless service across jurisdictions. Focuses on both insurance and manufacturing as part of a broad product liability defence practice.

Notable practitioners  

Miles Robinson is experienced in advising multinational clients on issues surrounding industrial, food and pharmaceutical product liability among other areas. He is involved with large group litigation work.

Ingrid Hobbs represents a variety of clients in property damage, automotive and construction product liability matters.

Significant clients Omega Pharma, Selfridges, Mindray, Sunseeker International.

Telecommunications - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Noted for high-value outsourcing work with a telecommunications element. Leverages international expertise in servicing blue-chip clientele.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They really understand our telecoms needs." 

"They provided us with a bespoke service." 

Work highlights Represented AT&T in a range of data centre mandates, advising on the renewal of a number of existing agreements in various jurisdictions.

Advised Unilever on the renewal of its telecoms outsourcing arrangements with BT.

Notable practitioners  

Corporate and outsourcing partner Peter Dickinson picks up a number of significant telecoms mandates. He recently represented AT&T in the renewal of data centre contracts and has advised Unilever on telecommunications arrangements with BT. Sources say: "He brings exceptional gravitas."

Significant clients Virgin Media, Thomson Reuters, WaveCrest.