13 July 2009 – Leading international law firm Mayer Brown announced today the hire of three finance partners to its London office to strengthen the key areas of leveraged finance and asset-based lending, as part of its ongoing strategic growth plans for London.

Leveraged finance lawyers Lee Cullinane and Nicola Marley are joining from Clifford Chance and Linklaters respectively. Leading asset based lending practitioner Graham Wedlake is joining from Taylor Wessing. They will enhance the finance practice's capability to provide clients with the resource and experience to cover the whole capital structure.

Mayer Brown Chairman, Bert Krueger, said: "I am delighted to welcome these outstanding lawyers to our firm, a sign of our determination to strategically invest in core practice areas and offices globally. They will each help to strengthen our position as one of the world's leading law firms."

Mayer Brown's Senior Partner in London, Sean Connolly, said: "This is a further commitment to develop a leading City finance practice, complementing the skills and resource provided in the US, Europe and Asia. These hires are the first of a raft of measures to help us achieve this objective and they build on the significant successes the finance practice has achieved in recent years. We look forward to the arrival of Lee, Graham and Nicola."

Lee Cullinane is a leading individual within the London market for leveraged finance work and has over 20 years experience in this field. His focus over the past three years has been on leveraged finance, investment grade and margin stock loans and most recently on the restructuring side of such deals.

Graham Wedlake is a highly respected English qualified banking lawyer with over 25 years of experience in the profession. He is a specialist asset-based lending (ABL) practitioner, although his career has also covered public-to-privates, acquisition finance, syndicated lending and project financings. Graham helped to pioneer ABL when it was first introduced to mainstream European transactions in the mid-1990s.

Nicola Marley has been a core member of one of the largest and most active leveraged finance teams for a number of years. She has broad experience in finance, having advised on a number of market leading leveraged financings (particularly in the retail and luxury goods sectors), cross-over credit financings, investment grade financings and project finance transactions. Most recently she has been advising lenders, private equity sponsors and companies on the cross-border restructuring of high profile leveraged financings.