16 June 2015
This issue of the New York Law Journal's Rising Stars features 50 outstanding attorneys who have made an impression on their colleagues, their clients and the larger legal community.
Our honorees, who are 40 years old or younger, practice in every sector of the bar—large and small firms, public interest agencies, educational institutions, government and corporations. They demonstrate the finest qualities of a good lawyer: first-rate legal skills, preparation, judgment, creativity, dedication and ethics. Many of our Rising Stars bring to the profession a point of view shaped by prior careers or roots in a foreign country.
Our Rising Stars confront a huge range of legal issues. Some handle sophisticated financial transactions, and antitrust, intellectual property, bankruptcy and complex litigations for some of the world's most powerful corporations, individuals, institutions and government. Others teach, defend the city and state, take on the toughest criminal challenges, including terrorism, manage caseloads, supervise teams, deliver crucial arguments in trial and appellate courts, and offer pro bono counsel to immigrants, families in distress, the elderly and the vulnerable. Some have tapped their entrepreneurial spirit and started their own business ventures.
We congratulate our honorees on all they have accomplished thus far in their careers. Our goal, however, is not simply to recognize talent, but to identify attorneys who are likely to be among the next generation of bar leaders. It is expected that many of the lawyers featured in this section will use their gifts and opportunities to work with their colleagues to address challenges facing the profession and to improve the lives of those in the communities served by members of the New York bar.
This project would not have been possible without the dedication and expertise of our panel of 24 esteemed judges, who had the difficult and time-consuming task of vetting and ranking 300 nominees from five to one, five being the highest. The 50 attorneys listed as Rising Stars in this section received the highest ratings.
Ugo Ude is a member of Mayer Brown's corporate and securities practice, focusing on fund formation and mergers and acquisitions.
Ugo has advised clients, such as private equity funds, financial and strategic investors, portfolio companies, and multinational companies through regulatory matters. He handles private equity deals, including crossborder transactions and corporate spin-offs.
Over the course of his career, Ugo has handled more than 40 complex transactions. He has led and worked on teams for Mayer Brown's longstanding client The Jordan Company, a private equity firm, including in the formation of The Resolute Fund III, L.P., a $3.2 billion private equity fund. He also worked on Jordan's sale of Pro Mach Inc., a packaging equipment company, to affiliates of private equity firm AEA Investors LP.
Ugo assisted The Dow Chemical Company in the sale of AgroFresh, a global provider of post-harvest horticultural technologies. He also represented Ireland-based Vidara Therapeutics International Ltd. in its acquisition, pursuant to a reverse merger, by Horizon Pharma, Inc. for cash and stock consideration valued at approximately $660 million.
"Candor and hard work are the values that guide my practice and interactions with peers and clients."
Pro Bono / Civic Activity
Ugo is involved with Mayer Brown's diversity and inclusion initiatives to improve recruitment, retention and promotion of minority attorneys. He mentors junior associates and has served as co-chair of the firm's Associate Diversity Council.
Along with the firm, Ugo has worked on pro bono matters for Sharon Baptist Church in the Bronx, assisting Camp Deer Run, a camp for disadvantaged children in upstate New York, for several years before it closed. Ugo also has served the Center for Human development and Family Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps children with special needs and their caregivers.
Outside the firm, Ugo is involved with fundraising initiatives for poor communities in Nigeria.
Ugo moved from New York City to Nigeria at an early age, and attended boarding school in England before returning to the United States. He said that "it is customary in his ancestral village for those who leave and achieve success to give back." Ugo saw his father adhere to that code by sponsoring the education of young people, which influenced his role in helping Nigerian youth.
Mayer Brown, 2006-present, partner since 2015
J.D., Columbia Law School, 2006; B.A., Yale University, 2001
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