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Mayer Brown is a global services provider comprising legal practices that are separate entities, including Tauil & Chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership with which Mayer Brown is associated (collectively, the “Mayer Brown Practices”), and affiliated non-legal service providers, which provide consultancy services (the “Mayer Brown Consultancies”). The Mayer Brown Practices and Mayer Brown Consultancies are established in various jurisdictions and may be a legal person or a partnership. The individual Mayer Brown Practices and Mayer Brown Consultancies are:

Mayer Brown Practices

  • Mayer Brown LLP and Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP, both limited liability partnerships established in Illinois USA
  • Mayer Brown Mexico, S.C., a sociedad civil formed under the laws of the State of Durango, Mexico
  • Tauil & Chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership with which Mayer Brown is associated
  • Mayer Brown International LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales (authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and registered in England and Wales number OC 303359)
  • Mayer Brown, a SELAS established in France
  • Mayer Brown JSM, a Hong Kong partnership and its associated legal practices in Asia
  • Mayer Brown Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

Mayer Brown Consultancies

  • Mayer Brown Consulting (Singapore) Pte. Ltd which provides customs and trade advisory and consultancy services
  • JSM (Beijing) Intellectual Property Agency Co. Ltd., which provides trademark and other intellectual property services

As a global legal services provider with lawyers and other advisers drawn from a variety of jurisdictions, Mayer Brown is subject to differing regulations according to the jurisdictions in which we practice and the jurisdictions in which individual lawyers and other advisers are admitted to practice. This area provides information regarding the regulation of our professionals in the indicated countries:

Belgium
China
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Japan
Singapore
Thailand
United Kingdom
Vietnam 

Belgium - Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP

Mayer Brown Europe–Brussels LLP is a limited liability partnership established in the State of Illinois (United States of America), 71 S Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois USA 60606. The Brussels office is located at

Avenue des Arts 52
B – 1000 Brussels
T: +32 2 502 5517
F: +32 502 5421

VAT

Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP is registered for VAT purposes in Belgium (VAT Number BE 0839.577.560).

Admission

The Belgian lawyers practicing at Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP are admitted within Belgium to practice as lawyers and are members of the Brussels Bar, List “A”, under the professional title “advocaat” or “avocat”.

Mayer Brussels Europe-Brussels LLP also includes a number of lawyers from other jurisdictions who are members of the Brussels Bar, List “B” (non EEA lawyers) or “E” (EEA lawyers), and are members of foreign bars.

Further information can be found under People.

Professional Rules

The professional rules and principles of professional conduct for practising lawyers who are members of or are registered with the Brussels Bar are available at the websites www.barreaudebruxelles.be (Brussels Bar French-language Order) and www.baliebrussel.be (Brussels Bar Dutch-language Order).

Anti-money laundering

We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations pursuant to the money laundering regime.

Data privacy

The Mayer Brown Privacy Policy explains our practices with respect to personal information, including the purposes for which we collect, use and/or disclose personal information, your rights in respect of that information and how you can make enquiries about or access that information.

You can contact our data privacy team by emailing .

The data protection regulator is the Belgian Data Protection Authority, Rue de la Presse, 35, 1000 Bruxelles.

China

Contact

Beijing
JSM Beijing Representative Office
Suite 1102, Tower 2, China Central Place
79 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025
People's Republic of China
T: +86 10 6599 9200
F: +86 10 6598 9277
E: beijing.office@mayerbrownjsm.com

Shanghai
JSM Shanghai Representative Office
Suite 4710, Tower I, Plaza 66
1266 Nan Jing Road West
Shanghai 200040
People's Republic of China
T: +86 21 6032 0200
F: +86 21 6120 1068/9
E: shanghai.office@mayerbrownjsm.com

Information about our practice in Hong Kong is set out below.

France - Mayer Brown

Contact

Paris
Mayer Brown
20 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris
T: +33 53 53 43 43
F: +33 53 53 03 83

VAT

Mayer Brown is registered for VAT purposes in France (VAT Number FR77410080261).

Admission

Except where otherwise indicated, the attorneys (avocats) of Mayer Brown in France are registered with the Paris Bar (Barreau de Paris).

Law Societies

The Barreau de Paris (http://www.avocatparis.org/) is the representative and regulatory body for French avocats.

Professional Rules

"The Internal Rules of the Paris Bar" (Réglement Intèrieur du Barreau de Paris) published by the Barreau de Paris sets out the rules and principles of professional conduct for practising attorneys.

Anti-money laundering

We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations pursuant to the money laundering regime.

Data privacy

The Mayer Brown Privacy Policy explains our practices with respect to personal information, including the purposes for which we collect, use and/or disclose personal information, your rights in respect of that information and how you can make enquiries about or access that information.

You can contact our data privacy team by emailing .

The data protection regulator is the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), 3 Place de Fontenoy TSA 80715, 75334 PARIS, CEDEX 07, France.

Germany - Mayer Brown LLP

Information pursuant to section 5 German Tele Media Act (“Telemediengesetz/TMG”) and the Ordinance on Service Providers' Duty to Inform („Dienstleistungs-Informationspflichten-Verordnung/DL-InfoV“)

We practice law in Germany through Mayer Brown LLP, which is a limited liability partnership, registered through the Supreme Court of Illinois which issued a Certificate of Registration to Mayer Brown LLP on July 1, 2003 and a Limited Partnership Statement of Qualification has been filed with the Secretary of State of Illinois as part of Assigned File#000-793. Mayer Brown LLP has its registered office at 71 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606, United States.

Contact

Frankfurt
Mayer Brown LLP
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37
60327 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
T: +49 69 79 41 0
F: +49 69 79 41 100

Düsseldorf
Mayer Brown LLP
Königsallee 61
40215 Düsseldorf
Germany
T: +49 211 86224 0
F: +49 211 86224 100

Rechtsanwälte

The professional title “Rechtsanwalt” has been granted in the Federal Republic of Germany. All “Rechtsanwälte” of the offices in Frankfurt am Main and Düsseldorf are admitted in the Federal Republic of Germany. They are members of the “Rechtsanwaltskammer” (Bar Association) of their respective location.

Competent Bar Associations:

Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main
Rechtsanwaltskammer Düsseldorf

The relevant professional regulations for “Rechtsanwälte” are:

BRAO - Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung
BORA - Berufsordnung für Rechtsanwälte
FAO - Fachanwaltsordnung
RVG - Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz
EuRAG - Gesetz über die Tätigkeit europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland
CCBE-Berufsregeln - Berufsregeln der Rechtsanwälte der Europäischen Union

Steuerberater

The professional title “Steuerberater” has been granted in the Federal Republic of Germany. All “Steuerberater” of the office in Frankfurt am Main are admitted in the Federal Republic of Germany. They are members of the “Steuerberaterkammer” (Chamber of Tax Accountants) of Hessen.

Competent Chambers of Tax Accountants:

Steuerberaterkammer Hessen

The relevant professional regulations for “Steuerberater” are:

StBerG - Steuerberatungsgesetz
DVStB - Durchführungsverordnung zum Steuerberatungsgesetz
BOStB - Berufsordnung der Bundessteuerberaterkammer
StBGebV - Steuerberatergebührenverordnung

Notare

The professional title “Notar” has been granted in the Federal Republic of Germany. All “Notare” of the office in Frankfurt am Main office are admitted in the Federal Republic of Germany. They are members of the “Notarkammer” (Chamber of Notaries) Frankfurt am Main.

Competent Chambers of Notaries:

Notarkammer Frankfurt am Main

The relevant professional regulations for "Notare" are:

BnotO - Bundesnotarordnung
BeurkG - Beurkundungsgesetz
Richtlinien der Notarkammern
DONot - Dienstordnung für Notarinnen und Notare
KostO - Kostenordnung

Professional Liability Insurance

To comply with the professional requirements in Germany, Mayer Brown LLP holds a professional liability insurance for its lawyers (Rechtsanwälte) and tax consultants (Steuerberater) with Allianz Versicherungs-AG, Königinstraße 28, 80802 München. This insurance covers the activities in Germany.

The firm further holds a globally applicable professional liability insurance with ALAS, Inc. (Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc.), 311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 5700, Chicago, Illinois, 60606 – 6629, U.S.A.

Value Added Tax (VAT) Identification Number

DE 811 526 943

Anti-money laundering

We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations pursuant to the money laundering regime.

Data privacy

The Mayer Brown Privacy Policy explains our practices with respect to personal information, including the purposes for which we collect, use and/or disclose personal information, your rights in respect of that information and how you can make enquiries about or access that information.

You can contact our data privacy team by emailing .

The data protection regulators are Der Hessische Datenschutzbeauftragte, Postfach 316, 65021 Wiesbaden (for Frankfurt) and Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreihei, Nordrhein-Westfale, Postfach 20 04 44, 40102 Düsseldorf (for Düsseldorf).

Hong Kong - Mayer Brown JSM

Mayer Brown JSM is a general Hong Kong partnership which is regulated by The Law Society of Hong Kong. We use the term "partner" to refer to a partner of Mayer Brown JSM or an employee or consultant who is a lawyer with equivalent standing or qualification, and to a partner of or lawyer with equivalent standing in another Mayer Brown Practice. A list of names of the partners of the general Hong Kong partnership, Mayer Brown JSM, and their professional qualifications may be inspected at our office or by following this link to the list of partners.

Contact

Mayer Brown JSM
16th - 19th Floors, Prince's Building
10 Chater Road
Central, Hong Kong
T: +852 2843 2211
F: +852 2845 9121
E: hongkong.office@mayerbrownjsm.com

Law Societies

The Law Society of Hong Kong is the regulatory body for solicitors in Hong Kong.

Professional Rules

The "Hong Kong Solicitors' Guide to Professional Conduct" published by The Law Society of Hong Kong sets out the rules and principles of professional conduct for practising solicitors and can be accessed by the following link: http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/pub_e/professionalguide/volume1/default.asp.

Lawyers based in the Hong Kong office who are not admitted as solicitors in Hong Kong are subject to regulation by The Law Society of Hong Kong and/or by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

Mayer Brown JSM is in Association with Jingtian & Gongcheng's Hong Kong office ("Jingtian (HK)") pursuant to s.39C of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance in Hong Kong. Mayer Brown JSM and Jingtian (HK) are separate legal entities and independent legal practices. Pursuant to rules of the Law Society of Hong Kong, Mayer Brown JSM and Jingtian (HK) are required to treat themselves as one firm for the purpose of rules of professional conduct relating to confidentiality and conflicts of interest.

Circumstances and risks in relation to client funds

We only accept client funds where they arise from or are in relation to an underlying transaction on which we have been engaged by the client. If, after a reasonable period of due diligence (generally 5 working days), we cannot identify funds we have received as arising from a transaction on which we are engaged we will either retain the funds pending further investigation or may at our discretion return them to the originator bank. You and any third party uses our client account at your own risk. We accept no liability for loss or damage you suffer if a bank collapses or for reasons outside our control our bank is otherwise unable to transact business or transfer funds in a timely manner or at all.

Anti-money laundering

We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations pursuant to Practice Direction P of The Law Society of Hong Kong.

Japan - Mayer Brown Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

Mayer Brown practises in Japan as Mayer Brown Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho.

Contact

Rooms 29-31
East Tower 4F
Otemachi First Square
1-5-1 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo
Japan 100-0004
T: +86 3 5219 1249
F: +86 3 4243 3954
E:

Professional Rules

The office comprises Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyers) who are regulated by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the relevant bar association in Tokyo, and by the relevant regulatory body in their respective jurisdictions of admission.

Anti-money laundering

We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations pursuant to the money laundering regime.

Data Privacy

The Mayer Brown Privacy Policy explains our practices with respect to personal information, including the purposes for which we collect, use and/or disclose personal information, your rights in respect of that information and how you can make enquiries about or access that information.

You can contact our data privacy team by emailing .

The data protection regulator is the Personal Information Protection Commission, Kasumigaseki Common Gate West Tower, 32nd Floor, 3-2-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0013.

Singapore - Mayer Brown JSM (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Mayer Brown JSM (Singapore) Pte Ltd is a licensed foreign law practice, and a limited liability company registered in Singapore, and is an associated entity of Mayer Brown JSM. The company registration number is 201114070Z.

Contact

6 Battery Road, #12-03
Singapore, 049909
T: +65 6327 0233
F: +65 6225 3166
E: singapore.office@mayerbrownjsm.com

Singapore - Mayer Brown Consulting (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Mayer Brown Consulting (Singapore) Pte Ltd is a limited liability company registered in Singapore which provides customs and trade advisory and consultancy services, not legal services. Its company registration number is 201407965N

Contact

6 Battery Road, #11-06
Singapore, 049909
T: +65 6327 0233
F: +65 6225 3166
E: cecil.leong@mayerbrown.com

Thailand - Mayer Brown JSM (Thailand) Ltd

We practice law in Thailand through Mayer Brown JSM (Thailand) Limited which is a limited liability company registered in Thailand, and an associated entity of Mayer Brown JSM.

Contact

Mayer Brown JSM (Thailand) Ltd
Unit 903-4, Sathorn Square Office Tower
98 North Sathorn Road
Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Thailand
T: +66 2 108 8555
F: +66 2 108 1555
E: bangkok.office@mayerbrownjsm.com

United Kingdom - Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP is a limited liability partnership (registered in England and Wales with number OC303359) which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Our registered office is 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AF. We use the term "partner" to refer to a member of Mayer Brown International LLP or an employee or consultant who is a lawyer with equivalent standing or qualification and to a partner of or lawyer with equivalent standing in another Mayer Brown Practice. A list of members' names and their professional qualifications may be inspected at our registered office or by following this link to the list of members. Details of our members are also found on the Lawyers section of this site. Our professional indemnity insurer is Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Limited of 3rd Floor, Two Minster Court, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7YE, United Kingdom. The territorial coverage is worldwide for Mayer Brown International LLP.

VAT

Mayer Brown International LLP is registered for VAT purposes in the United Kingdom (VAT Number GB 802 4368 52).

Contact

London
Mayer Brown International LLP
201 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 3AF
United Kingdom
T: +44 20 3130 3000
F: +44 20 3130 3001
E: london@mayerbrown.com

Admission

Except where otherwise indicated, members of Mayer Brown International LLP in the United Kingdom hold a Practising Certificate issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Some members of Mayer Brown International LLP practising in the United Kingdom are members of foreign bars and are foreign lawyers registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Law Societies

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (http://www.sra.org.uk/home/home.page) is the regulatory body, and the Law Society of England and Wales (http://www.lawsoc.org.uk) is the representative body, for solicitors in England and Wales.

Important information for clients

The SRA requires us to provide clients with certain information which can be found in this Information Sheet.

EU Regulations require us to provide a link to an online dispute resolution portal.

HANDLING OF CLIENTS' FUNDS AND ACCOUNTING FOR INTEREST

Mayer Brown International LLP ("we" or "our") will, at the request of clients and at our discretion, receive, hold and transfer funds relating to matters on which we are engaged. How we handle client funds is governed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority Accounts Rules. Our policy relating to client funds and the payment of interest is set out below.

Circumstances in which we will accept client funds

We only accept client funds where they arise from or are in relation to an underlying transaction on which we have been engaged by the client.

Rejection of funds received

If, after a reasonable period of due diligence (generally 5 working days), we cannot identify funds we have received as arising from a transaction on which we are engaged we will either retain the funds pending further investigation or may at our discretion return them to the originator bank.

Clearing banks at which client funds are held

We maintain separately identified client accounts with a bank or banks of our choosing. These are presently held with The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in London. Separate accounts are maintained for our clients' principal operating currencies, presently Pounds Sterling, Euros, United States Dollars and Hong Kong Dollars.

Risk

You use our client account at your own risk. We accept no liability for loss or damage you suffer if our bank collapses or for reasons outside our control our bank is otherwise unable to transact business or transfer funds in a timely manner or at all.

Accounts

All client funds will be held in instant access General Client Accounts unless we and the client agree otherwise (see below).

Designated Client Accounts

Where we consider it appropriate (for example where we anticipate holding significant client funds relating to a specific matter for a certain length of time) and if agreed by our client we may open a separately designated account with our bank. With our and our client's agreement we may open joint accounts with other firms of solicitors at other banks.

Deposit Accounts

If a client requests and we agree we will use overnight, money market, bid deposit or other equivalent deposit arrangements through our bank.

Interest on client funds

General Client Accounts:

  • Interest on these instant access accounts will be paid at a rate equivalent to that paid by our bankers (presently RBS) on a reference account (Business Reserve or Corporate Call Deposit account, dependent on the currency of the account), subject to a de minimis provision (see below).
  • Interest on funds received or paid out electronically will be calculated from and to the date of movement.
  • Interest on funds received or paid out by cheque will be calculated from the date we bank the cheque until the date we draw the cheque for payment unless, in our discretion, we consider this will give rise to a material disadvantage to the client or us (as the case may be) in which case interest will be paid on the period for which cleared funds are held.
  • Interest will be calculated and compounded on the same periodic basis as the RBS reference accounts.
  • Interest will be calculated for each matter (or combination of matters where they are related). Unless we agree otherwise in writing with a client if interest exceeds £50 or other currency equivalent, the full amount of interest will be accounted for to the client after the matter has completed. In some circumstances and at our discretion we may remit interest on account of the full amount due during the course of the matter.

Designated and Deposit Accounts and arrangements:

  • The full amount of interest earned on these accounts and arrangements will be added to the client's funds at the time that they are credited to the account or balance.
  • We will account to the client for the full amount of interest credited to the account after the matter has completed. In some circumstances and at our discretion we may remit interest on account of the full amount due during the course of the matter.

Professional Rules

The "Solicitors' Code of Conduct" published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority sets out the rules and principles of professional conduct for practising solicitors and can be accessed by the following link: http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page.

We are committed to providing a high quality service and clients are welcome to review our complaints handling policy. Clients may be eligible to refer a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman ("LeO"), although such complaints need to be referred within the time periods set out in the complaints handling policy. More information is available at LeO's website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk.

Lawyers based in the United Kingdom who are not admitted as solicitors in England and Wales are subject to regulation by the Bar Council of England and Wales or by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

Investment and insurance

We are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. However, we are included on the register maintained by the Financial Conduct Authority so that we can carry on insurance distribution activity, which is broadly the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. The register can be accessed via the Financial Conduct Authority website at http://www.fca.org.uk/register. This part of our business is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Arrangements for complaints or redress if anything goes wrong are subject to the jurisdiction of the Legal Ombudsman.

We are not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 but we are able in certain circumstances to offer a limited range of investment services to clients because we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We can provide these investment services if they are a necessary part of the professional services we have been engaged to provide. No communication to you or on your behalf to another person will be an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity.

Anti-money laundering

We may from time to time use online information sources, including electronic verification, to meet our client due diligence obligations pursuant to the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

Data privacy

The Mayer Brown Privacy Policy explains our practices with respect to personal information, including the purposes for which we collect, use and/or disclose personal information, your rights in respect of that information and how you can make enquiries about or access that information.

You can contact our data privacy team by emailing .

The data protection regulator is the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Vietnam - Mayer Brown JSM Vietnam

We practice law in Vietnam through Mayer Brown JSM Vietnam, which is a limited liability company registered in Vietnam, and an associated entity of Mayer Brown JSM.

Contact

Mayer Brown JSM (Vietnam)
17th Floor, Saigon Tower
29 Le Duan Street
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
T: +84 28 3513 0300
F: +84 28 3822 8864
E: hcmc.office@mayerbrownjsm.com

Mayer Brown JSM (Vietnam)
Suite 606, 6th Floor, Central Building
31 Hai Ba Trung
Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi, Vietnam
T: +84 24 3266 3113
F: +84 24 3825 9776
E: hanoi.office@mayerbrownjsm.com

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