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Mayer Brown announced today that Camila Panama has joined the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice in the New York office as a partner, where she will focus on public company M&A transactions. Ms. Panama joins from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and prior to that she spent five years practicing with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

The firm’s addition of Ms. Panama continues the expansion of Mayer Brown’s public M&A prowess, which welcomed well-known deal maker, Martha McGarry, who joined the firm in 2021 after a long career at Skadden Arps. Ms. McGarry, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Global M&A practice, advises on numerous high-profile, and often transformational transactions.

“Hiring Camila will augment our public M&A presence in New York,” said Ms. McGarry. “Camila is the trusted advisor that every client – and law firm – wants on its team. She combines academic pedigree with extensive transactional experience at two leading law firms, and in addition, is an empathetic lawyer who is able to anticipate her client’s needs and build strong teams.”

Ms. Panama advises clients on public and private company M&A, joint ventures, carve-outs and activist defense, corporate governance and other significant corporate matters. Recently, she was part of the team that assisted with representing Resolute Forest Products in its pending sale to The Paper Excellence Group.

“Mayer Brown was the ideal choice for me as it was a unique opportunity to enhance a practice,” said Ms. Panama. “I look forward to working alongside Martha and the global Mayer Brown team to help clients navigate their M&A transactions and other corporate matters. In addition, I am deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and am looking forward to contributing to these efforts at the firm.”

Ms. Panama earned a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA from Yale University.

Matthew Ingber, the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s New York office, added, “We are thrilled to welcome Camila, whose arrival is a continuation of the firm’s strategic priority of expanding its M&A footprint in New York.”