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Mayer Brown promotes 39 to partner worldwide

21 November 2011
Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced the promotion of 39 of its lawyers worldwide to partner. The appointments take effect January 1, 2012.

“We are delighted to welcome these outstanding lawyers as Mayer Brown partners,” said Chairman Bert Krueger. “In addition to high quality legal skills, each has demonstrated leadership, business acumen, excellence in client service and commitment to teamwork across practice area and geographic boundaries. They already have made significant contributions to the firm and will play a pivotal role as we continue to enhance our ability to provide global solutions to our clients’ legal and business needs through the strength of our local offices in the world’s key business centers.”

The new partners are:

Heather W. Adkerson, Real Estate, Chicago

Ms. Adkerson represents US and foreign institutional investors, including opportunity funds and real estate investment trusts, lenders and developers, in a range of real estate transactions across asset classes, including multi-family, office, retail and hotel. She represents equity investors in the creation of joint ventures for the ownership and development of real estate in the US and Mexico, and represents commercial banks, debt funds and borrowers in a broad range of financing matters, including restructurings, assumptions and construction conventional and mezzanine loans. She also represents clients in the acquisition, disposition and financing of individual and multi-asset portfolios of real estate.

Vanessa M. Biondo, Intellectual Property, New York

Ms. Biondo focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, including trade secret, trademark, and copyright matters, and has experience handling complex litigation from inception through trial.

Scott T. Buser, Real Estate, Palo Alto

Mr. Buser counsels clients on the acquisition, financing and development of real estate for office, retail and industrial purposes. He represents capital sources such as public REITs, private equity funds and life insurance company general and separate accounts that invest in joint venture arrangements with developer partners. He also has extensive experience advising Asian and Pacific investors with in-bound transactions, emphasizing the US Midwest and West, including California. During the current real estate cycle, his practice has grown to include assisting clients in loan workouts and with CMBS loan servicing issues, portfolio recapitalization transactions and acquisitions of distressed debt. 

Tracey Butcher, Business Intake Department, London

Ms. Butcher is a member of Mayer Brown’s risk management team and serves as the firm’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer in London. She advises her internal clients on all aspects of professional ethics and practice as well as other legal matters affecting the firm. She manages the firm’s conflict, money laundering and other compliance procedures in London and handles litigation matters on the firm’s behalf, reporting to Mayer Brown’s Global General Counsel and firm management. Before moving to Mayer Brown, she spent many years representing insurers and professional practices in negligence and insurance-related litigation.

Roberta P. Caneca, Tax Transactions, Tauil & Chequer/São Paulo

Ms. Caneca focuses her practice on the tax aspects of infrastructure projects involving multinational corporations in different sectors and jurisdictions, like oil and gas (upstream and midstream), energy, chemical and construction. She advises on all issues relating to indirect taxation and special customs regimes, and also represents clients in tax litigation before both administrative and judicial courts.

Song K. Cheng, Tax Controversy, Chicago

Mr. Cheng is a tax lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on tax controversy and transfer pricing issues. He represents corporate taxpayers in both US (federal and state) and international tax matters, including providing advice related to audits, administrative appeals and litigation. He has significant experience in the areas of partnership taxation; debt versus equity classification; taxation of financial products; treatment of intercompany cross-border transactions; patent valuation; and tax accounting for FIN 48. Mr. Cheng is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Scott A. Chesin, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York

Mr. Chesin is an appellate litigator with an additional specialty advising clients and trial lawyers on substantive legal issues and strategy, as well as matters of appellate preservation, at the trial level. He has considerable experience briefing and arguing appeals in federal and state courts, as well as briefing and arguing substantive motions during high stakes trials. Areas of substantive experience include punitive damages, product liability defense and criminal law. 

Leonardo P. Costa, Corporate & Securities, Tauil & Chequer/Rio de Janeiro

Mr. Costa’s practice is focused on domestic and international energy transactions. He represents oil and gas companies and oilfield service companies structuring, negotiating and documenting energy projects, including exploration and production contracts, joint operating agreements, drilling contracts, mergers and acquisitions and LNG projects, with focus on Brazil and West Africa. He also has significant experience representing clients in domestic and international arbitrations regarding oil and gas exploration and production contracts.

Katherine M. Cunningham, Wealth Management, Chicago

Ms. Cunningham focuses her practice on estate planning and estate administration for high net worth individuals and families. She advises clients throughout the planning process, including preparation of wills, revocable trusts, gift trusts, dynasty trusts, insurance trusts and powers of attorney. In many cases, Ms. Cunningham assists families with transferring wealth to children and grandchildren, other loved ones, and charitable organizations in a tax efficient manner. In addition, she has substantial experience assisting families through the probate process, supervising estate and gift tax returns, and structuring partnerships and limited liability companies. 

Guilherme Vieira da Silva, Corporate & Securities, Tauil & Chequer/Rio de Janeiro

Mr. da Silva focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and capital markets. He has assisted buyers, sellers and financial advisors in the process of stock and asset acquisitions, structural finance, mergers, tender offers, stock for stock acquisitions, shareholders’ agreements and corporate governance structuring involving both Brazilian and foreign corporations.  

Tom Duncan, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London

Mr. Duncan advises employers, contractors, engineers and suppliers on all aspects of construction and engineering law, with a particular focus on dispute resolution in the UK and internationally. He also advises insurers and professionals in the defense of construction-related professional indemnity claims. He has acted on many high value and multi-party disputes both in litigation and arbitration, including international arbitration under the LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules. He has advised on many different projects, including oil and gas facilities, sports stadia, railways, roads, water treatment works, office buildings and residential developments.

Eric B. Evans, Intellectual Property, Palo Alto

Mr. Evans represents clients in the consumer electronics, financial services and telecommunications sectors in complex intellectual property, licensing and commercial litigation. In addition, he uses skills gained in his prior career as an information technology manager to advise clients regarding records management and electronic discovery. 

Simon Fisher, Banking & Finance, London

Mr. Fisher has a wide range of experience working for banks and other financial institutions across different types of syndicated and structured financing transactions, focusing his practice on large cross-border ABL and leveraged facilities for both acquisitions and working capital deals. He has recently acted on a number of high profile US/European ABL transactions for some of the firm’s most significant financial institution clients, advising on structuring and executing the transactions in jurisdictions across Europe. He also frequently acts for corporate clients on ABL deals, as well as in other types of syndicated and secured lending transactions.

Kevin B. Hawkins, Corporate & Securities, Ho Chi Minh City

Mr. Hawkins has more than eight years experience as a registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam, where he advises clients on a variety of matters including business formation, oil, gas and power, education, trading and distribution, mining, M&A, property development, employment and corporate governance. His project development experience in the US includes preparing and negotiating project agreements in the US and the Bahamas. He also has advised on various real property development, infrastructure and energy-related projects in Vietnam. 

Andrew Hepner, Real Estate, London

Mr. Hepner represents banks, financial institutions, investors and corporate clients in structured finance and investment transactions. He focuses on structured real estate investment finance, advising both lenders and borrowers. He also acts for banks, private equity and opportunity funds and other participants in the acquisition, disposal and restructuring of performing and non-performing debt portfolios secured on real estate. In the investment arena, he focuses principally on the hospitality sector advising private equity funds, investors, pension funds and lenders in the acquisition, development and disposal of hotels and other leisure facilities.

Timothy J. Keeler, Government & Global Trade, Washington, DC

Mr. Keeler provides advice on a range of matters related to international trade, including: national security reviews of foreign investment in the US (“CFIUS”); market access challenges overseas; advice on World Trade Organization (WTO) and other trade agreements rules, litigation and negotiations; and advocacy on behalf of clients to the US Government. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, he served in a variety of senior positions in the US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR), the Treasury Department and the Congress, most recently as the Chief of Staff for USTR. He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Law.

Christopher Lalloz, Tax Transactions, Paris

Mr. Lalloz is a transactional lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on tax matters. He advises a large number of French and foreign private equity clients and corporate groups on their acquisitions and restructuring transactions (from tax due diligence to structuring work). In addition, he assists corporate clients in their day-to-day tax management ( including follow-up of their taxation system, tax consolidation, using tax losses, tax audit, business tax, VAT, etc.) and advises French and foreign private equity funds with respect to their own structure.

Jaime C.Y. Lam, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong

Ms. Lam specializes in personal injury litigation with particular emphasis on medical malpractice. She acts for professional indemnity providers, healthcare institutions and professionals, including local hospitals, doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals, in civil, criminal and disciplinary proceedings. She is experienced in representing doctors and dentists in professional disciplinary hearings. She also advises on general contentious matters such as commercial disputes and debt recovery.

Serge Levine, Corporate & Securities, Paris

Mr. Levine practices in the area of mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He advises French and foreign purchasers and sellers, whether companies or private equity funds, in connection with complex corporate transactions, including stock or asset acquisitions and divestures, spin-offs and leveraged buyouts, frequently with a cross-border dimension. He also is experienced in post-acquisition disputes and subsequent litigation.

John M. Neukom, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Palo Alto

Mr. Neukom’s focus is complex litigation and trial advocacy. He has been lead counsel in several civil disputes. His courtroom experience includes numerous jury and bench trials, dispositive motions and injunction proceedings. He also represents clients in mock trials, mediations and arbitration proceedings. He has served as “principal author” for federal appellate briefing. He has represented litigation clients in a wide variety of industries, e.g., semiconductors, Internet software and advertising, telecommunications, real estate, oil recovery and financial services. Before private practice, he clerked for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Jade E. Newburn, Real Estate, Chicago

Mr. Newburn represents real estate investment trusts, insurance companies, pension funds, opportunity funds, developers, investors and lenders in a wide variety of office, retail, medical office building and industrial real estate transactions. He has substantial experience representing both equity investors and developers in the creation of joint ventures for the purpose of acquiring, developing and managing real estate assets. He regularly represents clients in the acquisition, financing and development of individual properties and multi-asset portfolios. He also represents financing institutions in construction and permanent financing transactions and commercial landlords and tenants in leasing transactions.

Brian W. Nolan, Intellectual Property, New York

Mr. Nolan’s focus is on intellectual property litigation and counseling in the areas of patent, trade secret, antitrust, trademark, counterfeit goods and copyright law. He has been involved as counsel on numerous matters covering all aspects of intellectual property protection and has participated in several district court trials, ITC investigations and appellate proceedings relating to a wide range of technologies. Additionally, he has experience representing pharmaceuticals companies to protect their biologic drugs, litigating cases brought under the Hatch-Waxman statute, counseling pharmaceutical companies regarding their patent portfolios and potential generic competition and counseling clients concerning intellectual property issues in business deals.

Hendrik Otto, Corporate & Securities, Germany

Mr. Otto advises national and international clients on corporate matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and strategic alliances. He acts for financial institutions and corporations on debt financing transactions and private equity investments. From mid 2010 to the beginning of 2011 he was seconded to HSBC Bank PLC in London (FI Group, Global Banking & Markets).

Elizabeth G. Oyer, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Washington, DC

Ms. Oyer has broad experience in trial and appellate litigation, both civil and criminal. She manages complex matters at all stages of litigation, including discovery, dispositive motions, trial, settlement, post-trial motions and appeal. She has participated in numerous complex litigations, including several jury trials, and is an accomplished brief-writer at the trial, appellate and Supreme Court levels. Before joining Mayer Brown, she clerked for the Honorable Stanley Marcus, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 

Thomas V. Panoff, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago

Mr. Panoff focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation involving antitrust, merger and acquisition, mortgage lending and breach of contract cases. He also frequently handles international arbitration and corporate governance matters and regularly counsels clients on antitrust compliance. He joined Mayer Brown after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Young, Jr. of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Kevin S. Ranlett, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Washington, DC

Mr. Ranlett represents clients in class actions in state and federal courts across the country and has litigated cases in trial and appellate courts and before the American Arbitration Association. In addition to drafting critical motions to dismiss class actions or deny class certification, he has written merits or amicus briefs in appellate cases involving issues of class certification, arbitration, securities law, federal preemption, the Alien Tort Claims Act, punitive damages, employment discrimination, bankruptcy and patent law. Before joining Mayer Brown, he clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Susanne J. Reynolds, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong

Ms. Reynolds is experienced in commercial dispute resolution. She has advised on a range of complex litigation and arbitration proceedings both in Australia and Hong Kong, including banking, corporate, tax and insolvency related matters. She is also experienced in professional disciplinary proceedings, regulatory compliance and investigations. In addition, she is an accredited mediator with the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. 

Linda L. Rhodes, Corporate & Securities, Washington, DC

Ms. Rhodes focuses her practice on complex commercial transactions, including business and technology sourcing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and other financing transactions. She has represented a wide spectrum of clients, from emerging companies to large multinational corporations, in a variety of industries. She has substantial experience in leading contract negotiations, bringing complex transactions to successful closure and effectively managing the international aspects of global transactions.

Mandip Sagoo, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London

Mr. Sagoo handles contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, particularly those with an international element. He is experienced in advising insurers in relation to non-disclosure, misrepresentation, aggregation and other policy coverage issues as well as assisting policyholders with defense of third party claims brought against them. As well as litigation in the High Court, he also has experience in arbitration, mediation and SFO investigations, often involving parties from various jurisdictions. He advises on matters related to professional indemnity, claims against financial institutions, political risk and directors’ and officers’ liability.

Jonathan A. Sambur, Tax Transactions, Washington, DC

Mr. Sambur’s practice is focused on US federal tax issues affecting US businesses operating outside the country and US federal tax issues affecting foreign businesses and individuals operating in the US, including planning, structuring/restructuring, deferral/subpart F, foreign tax credit, tax treaties, legislative and regulatory work and related controversy matters. He also works closely with Mayer Brown’s Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement practice, providing US federal income tax advice to non-US financial institutions and non-US investment funds, including FATCA and other withholding tax issues. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, he was an attorney at the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International).

Maythawee Sarathai, Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Bangkok

Mr. Sarathai is a Thai-qualified lawyer and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. He advises on all aspects of M&A matters in Thailand and acts for creditors, liquidators, planners, plan administrators, special managers and debtors on contentious and non-contentious corporate restructuring and insolvency. He advises on distressed debt situations generally including settlement, recovery and enforcement strategies, business and asset reorganization and acts for bank steering committees in negotiating and documenting multi-bank cross-border corporate workouts and court-supervised reorganizations in Thailand. He also acts for both local and international clients based in Thailand and offshore for distressed asset sale and purchase.

Kwadwo Sarkodie, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London

Mr. Sarkodie’s practice is primarily focused on construction dispute resolution. He advises a broad range of clients across the construction industry, including employers, contractors, subcontractors, insurers and consultants. He has extensive experience in relation to disputes under a wide variety of forms of construction contracts, and regularly advises in relation to litigation, arbitration (both domestic and international), mediation and adjudication. His non-contentious experience includes the drafting and negotiation of construction documentation in relation to domestic and international projects and providing construction-related support and advice in the course of property, finance and corporate transactions. 

Salim Saud, Corporate & Securities, Tauil & Chequer/Rio de Janeiro

Mr. Saud is a transactional lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on contracts, M&A, construction, infrastructure and arbitration matters. A specialist in the construction industry, he has advised on some of the most significant projects conducted in Brazil in recent years, such as the first ethanol pipeline in the world.

Daniel K. Storino, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago

Mr. Storino focuses his practice on antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters. He represents national and multinational corporations in cases alleging price fixing, market allocation, monopolization and below-cost pricing. He represents clients in both criminal and civil investigations and also regularly represents clients in cases involving trademark infringement, breach of contract, the Lanham Act, tortious interference, non-competition agreements, franchise disputes and exclusivity agreements. His experience includes counseling clients on antitrust compliance, distribution matters and other business practices. Before joining Mayer Brown, he clerked for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Sagi Tamir, Banking & Finance, New York

Mr. Tamir concentrates his practice in the areas of structured finance and derivatives. In the structured finance area, he is experienced in representing issuers, asset managers and investment banks in a variety of securitization and other structured finance transactions, predominantly in the 144A/Reg S space. Mr. Tamir also has extensive experience in re-packaging and workouts of structured finance transactions and has been regularly advising clients on these matters. Mr. Tamir also has been working on complex bankruptcy and litigation matters involving structured finance and derivatives. In the derivatives area, he is working with credit default swaps and other derivative transactions.

Steven (Will) Walker, Banking & Finance, Charlotte

Mr. Walker represents financial institutions and borrowers in connection with domestic and cross-border syndicated loan transactions for both public and private companies, including secured and unsecured financings, cash-flow and asset-based financings, first-lien/second-lien financings, and sponsor-led and strategic acquisition financings. He has transactional experience in a wide variety of industries, including agriculture, entertainment, manufacturing and technology.

Michael O. Ware, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York

Mr. Ware litigates securities, antitrust and international cases in state and federal courts across the United States. He presently advises two major financial institutions across their portfolios of contentious matters associated with residential mortgage-backed securities. His antitrust cases have covered subjects ranging from hard-core cartels to unilateral activity to price maintenance. His international public- and private-law engagements have included some of the more prominent such cases in recent times. He is also broadly experienced in creditors’ rights litigation both in and out of the bankruptcy context.

Bryan H. Zair, Corporate & Securities, Chicago

Mr. Zair represents public and private US, foreign and multinational clients on a broad range of transactional and general corporate matters, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances and private equity investments.

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