07 December 2007 - International law firm Mayer Brown has been named "Securitisation Law Firm of the Year" at the Global Derivatives and Securitisation Awards 2007 in recognition of groundbreaking work undertaken by the London, Frankfurt and Paris securitisation lawyers over the last year. The awards honoured the people, companies and deals that have made an impact on the European securitisation market. The event was held on 28 November at the Millennium Hotel, London.

Total Securitization was inundated with emails commending the Mayer Brown team who were nominated on the back of a host of celebrated firsts in 2006. One impressed arranger said: "The securitisation team at Mayer Brown have continued to provide a first class, commercial and proactive service throughout the year on highly complex issues and strongly deserve this accolade."

The securitisation practice has reached new heights in recent years, successfully breaking into a range of new products and markets. Its clients include JP Morgan, Citi, Lehman Bros, and Goldman Sachs for whom the team advises on the full spectrum of structured finance products.

During 2007 there have been three significant hires within the European securitisation team: Edmund Parker who joined from Gide Loyrette Nouel in February; Elana Hahn who joined from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and Carlos Echave, former Director and Legal Counsel of the European Securitisation Forum. Ian Coles, Head of London Finance Group commented: "This is testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of the partners, associates, trainees and paralegals in this dramatically expanded team and to our loyal clients who afford us the opportunity to work on the most exciting structures."

Paul Maher, Vice Chairman, commented: "This is a great achievement and reward to the hard work and quality of the team. The securitisation team continues to cement its presence as an international market-leading practice."

For further information:

Bruce Bloomingdale
Partner, London
Co-Head of Securitisation and Structured Finance
+44 20 7246 6211

Dominic Griffiths
Partner, London
Co-Head of Securitisation and Structured Finance
+44 20 7782 8292

Charlotte Ward
PR Manager, London
+44 20 7782 8547