29 October 2007 - International law firm Mayer Brown is delighted to announce the appointment of 16 new partners throughout Europe as part of 43 promotions worldwide. The promotions are effective from 1 January, 2008.

London - Wendy Allen-Rodney (Insurance  & Reinsurance)
Wendy is an insurance and reinsurance lawyer, with particular experience advising reinsureds and reinsurers in respect of complex, high value reinsurance claims. She also advises on wording for insurance and reinsurance contracts. She joined the firm in 2005 and before starting her legal career, Wendy was an underwriter with Sun Alliance for 13 years.

London - David Bates (Corporate)

David completed his training contract at Mayer Brown in 1999 and remained with the firm on qualification. David advises on all aspects of corporate work including international and domestic mergers and acquisitions as well as private equity and joint venture transactions. 

Paris - Pierre-Olivier Bernard (Tax)
Pierre-Olivier has advised on a range of private client services and family business practices. He has also advises in relation to tax issues to Top Managers in LMBO operations and his  expertise includes management packages. Pierre-Olivier joined the firm in 2005.

London - Sandy Bhogal (Tax)

Sandy's experience ranges from general corporate tax advice to transactional advice including corporate finance, banking, capital markets, asset finance and property.  He also has significant corporate tax planning experience as well as advising on the development of domestic and cross border tax efficient structures. Sandy joined the firm in 2005.

Frankfurt - Martin Braun (Corporate)

Martin focuses on corporate law aspects to IT. His experience includes advising on outsourcing projects, software licences, data protection and e-commerce.

London - Bernadette Daley (Employment)

Bernadette has advised employers on all aspects of employment law since 1998.  She has particular experience in dealing with global outsourcing projects and large-scale restructuring and redundancy programmes.  Bernadette also deals with employment-related litigation in the High Court and Employment Tribunals. She joined the firm in 2003.

Paris - François Devedjian (Corporate / Capital Markets)
François joined our Paris office in 2007. His expertise includes advising in relation to capital markets, public M&A, corporate and private equity transactions.

Frankfurt - Gesine Hild (Intellectual Property
Gesine advises clients in connection with trademarks and trademark portfolios, unfair competition and licensing contracts. She also regularly handles litigation in relation to these issues.

London - Lindsay McQuillian (Insurance & Reinsurance)

Lindsay is an insurance and reinsurance lawyer with particular interest in the areas of professional indemnity, product liability, financial institution claims and  reinsurance.  She is an experienced litigator and has considerable expertise advising on a wide range of complex policy issues.  Lindsay joined Mayer Brown in 2002.

London - Stuart Pickford (Litigation)

Stuart is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer. He advises in relation to contract claims, insurance coverage, complex technical disputes, professional negligence and tax litigation. Stuart has particular expertise in relation to derivative claims against directors and advising the logistics industry. He has remained with the firm since qualification in 1998.

London - Rachel Speight (Finance)

Rachel is a lawyer in the London finance team. She advises on a wide range of structured finance matters, particularly cross border project financings in the infrastructure and mining sectors and on PPP/PFI transactions. She has been with the firm since 1999.

Cologne - Jürgen Streng (Corporate)

As a member of the Corporate practice group, Jürgen advises clients on mergers and acquisitions. He focuses on real estate transactions and real estate financing.

Frankfurt - Marco Wilhelm (Corporate)

Marco advises clients in relation to bankruptcy law and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and national and international commercial and trade law. He joined the firm in 2002.

London - Ian Wright (Pensions)

Ian undertakes a wide range of pensions work including drafting scheme documentation, advising on the legal aspects of investment restructuring and advising on pension scheme mergers as well as providing day-to-day advice on general pensions matters.  Ian also advises on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and acts for a broad range of clients, both trustees and employers, including in relation to a number of public sector and former public sector schemes.  Ian has been with Mayer Brown since the beginning of his legal career.

Sean Connolly, London Senior Partner, commented: "The London office is delighted to promote 10 associates in this period of exciting growth. These new partners will help us to continue to build our platform and the range of work we offer to our rapidly increasing client base."

Paul Maher, Global Vice Chairman, commented:
"The number of promotions globally and the breadth of practices that they represent demonstrate Mayer Brown's clear intention to grow the practice, both through hiring high profile laterals, but also organically. The firm's ethos has always been to nurture and encourage talent. I have no doubt the new members of our partnership will continue to make invaluable contributions to the future of this focused business."

For further information:
Paul Maher
+44 (0)20 7782 8815

Charlotte Ward
PR Manager, London
+44 20 7782 8547