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Mayer Brown promotes 11 to counsel worldwide

3 December 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced the promotion of 11 of its lawyers worldwide to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2014.

“Each of these outstanding lawyers demonstrates the superior work ethic, extensive knowledge and dedication to world-class client service that are at the heart of our business,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Paul Theiss. “We are pleased to recognize through these promotions their many contributions to our clients and the firm.”

The new counsel are:

Clinton H. Brannon, Intellectual Property, Washington DC
Mr. Brannon’s practice focuses on patent litigation in federal district courts and inter parte review proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His experience encompasses all stages of patent litigation. He is registered to practice before the USPTO in patent cases and also has experience with § 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission. His practice is focused on technologies related to telecommunications, networking and wireless communications.

Todd N. Bundrant, Banking & Finance, Chicago
Mr. Bundrant represents financial institutions, investment funds and corporate borrowers in secured and unsecured finance transactions. He represents both borrowers and lenders in transactions involving corporations and private equity funds seeking to expand and/or leverage their portfolios. He also represents major US and foreign banks as lead agent and arranger in syndicated credit facilities, and he represents private equity sponsors, real estate investors and developers in a variety of commercial real estate transactions and financings.

Hannah Y.S. Chanoine, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
Ms. Chanoine has worked with clients and trial lawyers to develop legal and appellate strategies in a broad range of cases, including 11 high-stakes jury trials tried to verdict or mistrial since 2009. She has written appellate briefs in courts nationwide. Before joining Mayer Brown, she served in the US Department of Justice and clerked for Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alban Dorin, Banking & Finance, Paris
Mr. Dorin advises on international asset and project finance transactions, with a focus on the aviation and mining industries. He is experienced with matters governed by OHADA law and advises on all types of projects related to Africa. He also represents arranging banks, investment funds and sponsors in areas of structured finance such as trade receivables securitizations and asset-based lending.

Ajanaclair Lynch, Banking & Finance, Charlotte
Ms. Lynch represents and advises banks and other financial institutions on a variety of domestic and international financial transactions, including secured and unsecured general leveraged lending transactions, acquisition financings, first lien/second lien and other senior/subordinated financing structures, bilateral facilities and ABL facilities. She also provides transactional counsel to corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors. She has advised clients with respect to loan parties and collateral located in the United States and various foreign locations.

Alexandra Plain, Real Estate, Paris
Ms. Plain advises foreign investors (including investment funds) in their real estate acquisitions and disposals in France and in Europe. Her practice also includes work in connection with the negotiation of joint venture and shareholders agreements. She also has extensive experience in the negotiation of hotel management agreements, technical services agreements, advisory services agreements and asset and property management agreements.

Malte Richter, Corporate & Securities, Frankfurt
Mr. Richter advises national and international companies, banks, financial investors and insolvency administrators on restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters, joint ventures and general matters of commercial and trade law. He also is standing legal counsel to several US and German companies and a co-founder and board member of a German organization for the promotion of pro bono legal advice for non-profit and non-governmental organizations and projects in Germany.

Jennifer M. Rosa, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
Ms. Rosa represents trustees, issuers, underwriters, sponsors, originators, and servicers in connection with litigation, internal investigations, and government investigations arising from their roles in residential mortgage-backed securities transactions. She also counsels clients on risk-management and regulatory issues arising from RMBS transactions. In addition, she represents clients in the mortgage space in foreclosure and other loss-mitigation proceedings, as well as put-back litigation.

Derek J. Schaffner, Corporate & Securities, Washington DC
Mr. Schaffner represents clients in a wide variety of information technology and business process outsourcing transactions and other information technology licensing and development transactions. He has represented customers in custom software development agreements, technology and pharmaceutical licenses, end user license agreements, website development and terms of service agreements, and content/distribution agreements, in a variety of industries such as consumer products, telecommunications, health care, financial services, and mining.

Susannah L. Schmid, Banking & Finance, Chicago
Ms. Schmid concentrates her practice in the area of structured finance. She is experienced in representing issuers and investment banks in a variety of securitization and other structured finance transactions. She has represented clients in private and public asset-backed securities offerings, commercial paper funded facilities and other forms of financing involving a wide variety of assets. She also is experienced in representing financial institutions on purchases, sales and servicing of all types of mortgage assets.

Jason E. Sito, Real Estate, Charlotte
Mr. Sito represents institutional lenders and borrowers in a variety of secured and unsecured debt financing transactions and various institutional clients in leases, acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate. He also represents institutional lenders and special servicers in loan workouts and restructurings, foreclosures and short sales of various real estate assets. In addition, he handles private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

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