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Our Paris office is not just another US outpost. It combines expertise in both French and international law to offer comprehensive solutions.

Combined Expertise

The lawyers in Mayer Brown's Paris office are qualified in French, US and UK law. By joining forces with our other offices worldwide, they can advise clients in a large number of additional jurisdictions.

Our Paris office provides clients with integrated legal advice on transactions in the French market and internationally. We advise on every aspect of French business law both for local companies and for overseas businesses investing in France. We also provide assistance to French corporations doing transactions in foreign markets.

We pride ourselves on the multicultural approach of our Paris office. Our lawyers have a broad mix of professional and cultural backgrounds, and are equally comfortable advising on cross-border deals as they are on French transactions.

This international outlook and broad range of practical experience provides our clients with a depth of insight and versatility which we believe is unique among law firms in Paris.

Innovation

In areas such as structured finance, real estate investment and environmental issues, Mayer Brown has worked with clients to pioneer a number of innovative approaches to deals in France.

We advised on one of the first non-recourse financing structures to be used in France for the purchase of a major real estate investment portfolio. Structures of this kind were new to the French banking industry and this innovative transaction became particularly visible as the volume of US funds investment in France increased significantly.

Environmental law is another area where we excel. We frequently advise in France on the complex issues involved in environmental due diligence. We also provide advice on environmental obligations faced by companies setting up operations on both existing and greenfield sites, conducting internal audit-style reviews of where management stands in relation to local rules and regulations.

Lotteries and gaming are a third area where our Paris office leads the field. We have been closely involved in the legal and commercial aspects of this activity both in a French context and internationally.

Our philosophy is straightforward: there is no reason why a deal cannot be done, even when it has not been done that way before.

European Know-how

The Paris office of Mayer Brown is one of six offices of expertise strategically located across Europe's key markets. As such, it provides French and other clients with a focal point for practical assistance on all kinds of intra-European transactions.

France and Germany are each other's largest trading partners, which make our French and German offices particularly valuable to clients doing business between the two countries. Mayer Brown also has a well established and highly active offices in the UK and Belgium.

This expertise is available to assist clients not only in their dealings across the European Union's three largest markets, but also throughout the rest of the European continent. Our offices in Europe work together on a regular basis, pooling their expertise on cross-border client projects, developing multidisciplinary solutions to transactional issues involving several different jurisdictions.

Mayer Brown's network of offices also enables us to achieve important synergies in terms of maximizing the range and depth of expertise available to clients. Among the practice areas where these synergies provide particular benefits are structured and project finance, and real estate.

Project Management

Quality project management and client service are paramount at Mayer Brown. Every engagement is handled by a lead partner assigned to manage the transaction, supported by the latest information management techniques.

Strong project management skills are essential to fast and successful transactions. Because partner involvement is core to our client service philosophy, the partners in our Paris office take personal responsibility for ensuring that each project is completed on time and that all the key elements are handled efficiently. They are supported in this role by highly experienced associates with proven track records in handling complex national and cross-border assignments.

We also employ the most up-to-date technology to ensure that projects are run effectively. This might include, for example, the use of extranets to give your organization access to relevant document management, know-how and billing information. In addition, we can make use of secure 'virtual' deal rooms on major transactions.

Transatlantic Resources

Mayer Brown is a leading law practice in the US, making Paris a key access point for our European clients to a full range of services on both sides of the Atlantic.

The US expertise of our Paris and other European offices allows us to act as a transatlantic bridge for our European clients. With many of our Europe-based lawyers being US qualified, we can provide clients with on-the-spot US legal advice, supplemented whenever required by the additional expertise and resources of a law practice which is one of the largest in the US.

Mayer Brown's US resources are formidable. We have lawyers providing a full commercial service from our offices in Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, and Washington DC.

New York, Charlotte and Los Angeles have particular expertise in the financial markets. Washington is the location for our international trade practice, while Houston is the base for our oil and gas, energy group.

Global Reach

Our Paris office provides a conduit to the hundreds of other Mayer Brown lawyers strategically located across the rest of the world.

The lawyers in our Paris office are your link to one of the world's largest law practices.

In addition to our US base, we have offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sâo Paulo and an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, one of the largest and fastest growing law firms in Brazil. We have an active practice in Central and South America. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience across Latin America, including advising on securities, financing and corporate investment in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.

We also work extensively in the Middle East and Africa. From Kuwait to Mozambique, Mayer Brown has advised on transactions throughout these regions.

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