February 2008 -- The Brussels office of Mayer Brown LLP, a leading international law firm, has been nominated by the Belgian Legal Awards for four major awards, including "US Law Firm of the Year," "Competition & Antitrust Team of the Year," "Trade Team of the Year" and "Regulatory Team of the Year."

The Belgian Legal Awards honors excellence, continuity and innovation in the legal sphere. Nominees are selected according to an objective written survey carried out in cooperation with the Official Partners of the Legal Awards and representatives from the business community.

"Our nominations in each of these categories attest to the world-class work our attorneys consistently deliver," said Kiran Desai, Senior Partner in the Brussels office and a leading legal practitioner in the areas of national and international competition law and EU regulatory matters. "The addition of top-tier talent in the Brussels office, and the firm's recent merger with JSM, the leading law firm in Asia, will enable us to continue growth in each of these practice areas and further enhance the capabilities and strategic counsel we can provide our clients on antitrust, government affairs, international tax, regulatory and trade issues worldwide."

Recent additions to Mayer Brown's Brussels office include Andres Font Galarza, a former senior official of the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition, to the Antitrust & Competition practice, and Edward Borovikov, a highly experienced WTO and EU trade attorney with a focus on Russian trade policy, to the Global Trade group.

Mayer Brown also has received plaudits from top legal publications. Recently, Global Competition Review (GCR) listed Mayer Brown as one of the Top 20 global firms for its Antitrust & Competition practice, citing "the wide cross-section of cases" handled by the group. In addition, Chambers Global noted that Mayer Brown's Global Trade group "has been making a real push in the international trade arena," and said "with its established and developing presence in Washington, D.C. the firm is now ideally placed in the trade world's two key jurisdictions." Also, Edward Borovikov and Brussels trade partner Paulette Vander Schueren, along with Washington, D.C. partners Mickey Kantor, Peter Scher and Duane Layton, were recently recognized by International Who's Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers 2008.

Mayer Brown's Antitrust & Competition practice attorneys are leaders in antitrust and competition law and bring extensive and far-ranging experience and high-quality service to important matters related to mergers, cartel investigations, complex civil litigation, dominance and abusive conduct inquiries and state aid. Global resources and experience enable the group to represent clients in high-stakes litigation, including litigation before the US Supreme Court and the European Courts of Justice. The group has substantial experience with all aspects of the Hart-Scott-Rodino process, the EC merger regulation and national regimes in Europe. Their global capacity allows them to manage multi-jurisdictional filings and advise on the applicability of national merger control regulations and to secure merger control clearances throughout the world.

Mayer Brown's Global Trade practice supports clients seeking to gain and maintain an advantage in the global marketplace. Practice members address a range of trade and governmental issues through strategic advice, litigation, counsel, advocacy, and representation in administrative proceedings. The team is made up of some of the most experienced senior trade professionals and lawyers from the U.S. and the European Union, several of whom have obtained international recognition for their representation of clients in trade defense and policy, customs and market access issues. The group includes a former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative, a former EU Ambassador to the United States, as well as former senior U.S. trade negotiators and senior trade officials with extensive contacts with senior government officials, vast experience negotiating market opening agreements in major markets, administering trade laws and litigating trade disputes.

Mayer Brown's Regulatory practice analyzes regulatory aspects under two different perspectives, depending on whether policy and legislation have or have not been enforced. To serve these dual roles, Mayer Brown's Brussels office has a strong multidisciplinary regulatory team of lawyers, scientists and other professionals with strong links to the different EU institutions and Member States' governing bodies. It also has a strong government affairs practice, led by Dr. Gunther Burghardt, the former EU ambassador to the USA. Attorneys in the regulatory practice advise clients in connection to the formation, application and enforcement of EU and Member States regulations. The team includes leading practitioners and recognized experts in specific EU regulations, such as those affecting chemicals, food packaging materials, food and drugs, cosmetics and toys.