Overview

Advising the world’s financial services industry on complex matters is Mayer Brown’s signature strength. We serve more than half of the world’s largest banks and are recognized as a global market leader in structured finance.

With more than 200 banking and finance lawyers across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, our strength is based on our global platform and our balanced and integrated practice, which encompasses all the focused skill sets that our clients demand— from cross-border acquisition finance and international capital markets work to real estate, project finance, structured finance and derivatives, as well as high-stakes litigation.

Chambers & Partners identifies Mayer Brown as a “banking ‘powerhouse’ for its sheer manpower and global coverage.”

As financial institutions become one-stop shops and transactions increasingly combine a broader range of products, including securitization and derivatives, the number of law firms that can meet all these requirements under one roof is declining. Mayer Brown is one of the few that has both the breadth of offering and the international platform to service these needs—particularly when markets are volatile and deal structures can change overnight.

Our extensive experience in areas of banking and finance includes:

Other legal services offered to the banking industry include:

For details of upcoming teleconferences on topical issues for the banking industry (and to listen to sound recordings of our prior teleconferences), see our Global Financial Markets Initiative web page.

Highlights

Accolades

Rankings
Client Quotes

Rankings

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

  • Ranked Band 3 for Banking & Finance (International Firms) – China
  • Recognised Practitioner for Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (International Firms) – China
  • Ranked Band 2 for Banking & Finance – Vietnam

IFLR1000 2019

  • Ranked Tier 2 for Banking – Hong Kong
  • Ranked Tier 2 for Banking & Finance – Vietnam
  • Ranked Tier 4 for Banking (Foreign) – Singapore

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

  • Ranked Band 3 for Banking & Finance (International Firms) – China

US News/Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2019 First-Tier Ranking

  • National – Banking and Finance Law
  • Charlotte – Banking and Finance Law
  • Chicago – Banking and Finance Law
  • Washington DC – Banking and Finance Law

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

  • Ranked Tier 3 for Banking and Finance – Hong Kong

US News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2018 First-Tier Ranking

  • National – Banking and Finance Law
  • Charlotte- Banking and Finance Law
  • Chicago- Banking and Finance Law
  • Houston- Banking and Finance Law
  • Washington DC – Banking and Finance Law

Legal 500 Deutschland 2018

  • Ranked Band 3 for Banking & Finance – Financial Market Authority  

IFLR1000 2018

  • Ranked Tier 2 for Banking – Hong Kong
  • Ranked Tier 2 for Banking & Finance – Vietnam
  • Ranked Tier 4 for Banking (Foreign) – Singapore
  • Notable Ranking for Banking & Finance – Thailand

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

  • Ranked Band 3 for Banking & Finance (International Firms) – China

Chambers Global 2017

  • Ranked Band 2 for Banking & Finance Latin America-wide

Chambers Latin America 2017

  • Ranked Band 2 for Banking & Finance

Chambers USA 2017

  • Ranked Band 2 for Banking & Finance in Illinois
  • Ranked Band 3 for Banking & Finance in North Carolina

US News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017 First-tier Ranking

  • National – Banking and Finance Law
  • Charlotte – Banking and Finance Law
  • Chicago – Banking and Finance Law
  • Washington DC – Banking and Finance Law

Legal 500 2016

  • Ranked Tier 1 for Banking and finance Vietnam
  • Ranked Tier 3 for Banking and finance – Hong Kong

Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

  • Ranked Band 1 for Banking & Finance Vietnam
  • Ranked Band 3 for Banking & Finance (International Firms) – China

Chambers USA 2016

  • Ranked Band 2 for Banking & Finance in Illinois
  • Ranked Band 3 for Banking & Finance in North Carolina

Chambers UK 2016

  • Notable Ranking: Banking & Finance: Borrowers/Lenders

IFLR1000 2016

  • Ranked Tier 2 for Banking – Hong Kong
  • Ranked Tier 2 for Banking and Finance – Vietnam

IFLR1000 UK 2016

  • Notable Ranking: Banking & Finance: Bank lending : Borrower side
  • Notable Ranking: Banking & Finance: Bank lending : Lender side 

2016 US News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
First-tier Rankings:

  • National - Banking and Finance Law; Equipment Finance Law
  • Chicago - Banking and Finance Law; Equipment Finance Law
  • Washington DC - Banking and Finance Law

Chambers Global 2015

  • Ranked Band 1 Banking & Finance in Vietnam
  • Notable Rankings Banking & Finance in Asia-Pacific Region
  • Notable Rankings: Banking & Finance in China

Chambers UK 2015

  • Notable Ranking: Banking & Finance: Borrowers/Lenders

Chambers USA 2015

  • Ranked Band 1 for Banking & Finance in Illinois
  • Ranked Band 3 for Banking & Finance in North Carolina

Legal 500 UK 2015, 2014

  • Ranked as the sole Tier 1 firm for Asset-Based Lending
  • Ranked Tier 2 for Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
  • Ranked Tier 5 for Acquisition Finance

Chambers UK 2014

  • Notable Ranking: Banking & Finance: Borrowers/Lenders

Client Quotes

Chambers USA

  • “Distinguished team utilizing resources across its global office network to provide private equity sponsors with significant strength in funds financing and syndicated lending matters.” Chambers USA
  • “Developing particularly significant capabilities in financing transactions arising out of the renewable energy, and oil and gas industries.” Chambers USA
  • “Noted strength in complex cross-border and emerging market transactions. Recommended for advising clients, including investment funds, on real estate financing.” Chambers USA
  • "Very thorough, diligent and knowledgeable about the industry." Chambers USA
  • “Particularly recommended for its dedicated structured finance team, handling asset-backed securities, mortgage-backed securities and commercial paper programs, among other matters. Also noted for its strength in the warehouse finance space and increasing presence in the fund finance space. Offers a strong group of cross-disciplinary practitioners with a experience across a range of transactional services.” Chambers USA
  • "The team offers great client service and execution." Chambers USA
  • "Their service is tremendous; it sets them apart.” Chambers USA
  • “Operates from Houston and is able to draw on the firm's national and international network. Handles traditional energy lending as well as financing for renewable energy projects. Possesses considerable expertise in acquisition financing and reserve-based lending.” Chambers USA
  • “The team's responsiveness and knowledge of the energy industry are their most valuable strengths.” Chambers USA
  • "What stands out is their level of commitment. Mayer Brown is outstanding.Chambers USA
  • "We trust them and they have a talented group of attorneys." Chambers USA
  • "A great firm with talented attorneys." Chambers USA
  • "They are knowledgeable in terms of current legal issues and market matters, proactive, cost-efficient and effective." Chambers USA
  • "They know our ins and outs. I can always count on them to take the institutional view." Chambers USA
  • "Mayer Brown is a high-quality firm and we've seen its expertise outside the US." Chambers USA
  • "They were not daunted by the timeline that we wanted to pursue." Chambers USA
  • "They're very responsive and very professional." Chambers USA
  • "A solid firm - very knowledgeable, with a deep partner bench." Chambers USA
  • "I hold them in high regard. They meet our demands and are pleasant to work with." Chambers USA

Chambers UK

  • "What I particularly liked was that Mayer Brown provided us with a small, closely knit team of senior professionals who were very effective, rather than flooding the deal with juniors." Chambers UK
  • "They understand the concepts we're trying to achieve commercially and marry that up very well with the legal piece." Chambers UK
  • They are a firm in which the partners roll up their sleeves and really get on with the work. They're always available for the client and know what's going on." Chambers UK
  • "Mayer Brown covers all the aspects necessary in the case by building a good team. Very effective." Chambers UK
  • "Strong depth of knowledge and an understanding of our commercial position. Creative and strategic in considering alternative solutions.” Chambers UK
  • "They have a large international practice, which is very strong." Chambers UK

Chambers Asia Pacific

  • "It's a carefully managed client relationship, and they strike a good balance between legal and commercial stances." (China) Chambers Asia Pacific
  • "On quality they deliver. On quality and speed, the response time is rather fast." (China) Chambers Asia Pacific
  • "deep local market and legal framework knowledge and their customer-centric approach." (Vietnam) Chambers Asia Pacific
  • "They are responsive to my questions, and they are clear about our group structure." (China) Chambers Asia Pacific
  • "They are excellent - a go-to on real estate and financing." (Vietnam) Chambers Asia Pacific
  • "A very good overall performance." (China) Chambers Asia Pacific

Legal 500 UK

  • "The 'very experienced and skilled' group at Mayer Brown International LLP is 'excellent at handling complex deals, often involving an international component.' The team is frequently instructed by US banks with European franchises, and is consequently at the forefront of developments, as the UK market continues to employ financing techniques imported from the US market."
  • "Mayer Brown International LLP has a good track record advising banks and borrowers on complex new money deals and refinancing, often involving a multi-jurisdictional angle."