28 October 2009 – Leading international law firm Mayer Brown announced today the hire of two finance partners to its London office to further strengthen the key area of leveraged finance, as part of its ongoing strategic growth plans for London. This follows the three finance partner hires in July this year.

Leveraged finance partner Jacqueline Evans has spent the past 16 years at Allen & Overy. She has a leading profile in the London finance market and is a specialist in big ticket leveraged buyout finance work at all levels of the debt capital structure. She has acted for lenders, borrowers and private equity houses.

John Clark joins from Clifford Chance. His experience is broad having advised on general banking transactions including leveraged financings and restructurings. Previously he had a career in banking as a trader for companies including Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch.

In addition to Mayer Brown's recent hires of Nicola Marley, Graham Wedlake and Lee Cullinane, Jacqueline and John 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: "As we continue to invest in key practice areas and offices globally, I am delighted to welcome these outstanding lawyers to our firm. I am confident that 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: "As previously stated, we are fully committed to developing a leading City finance practice, complementing the skills and resource provided in the US, Europe and Asia. Today's announcement marks the latest phase of our plans. The finance team in London and globally is continuing to perform strongly in these uncertain times and we very much look forward to the arrival of Jacqueline and John."

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