Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today the promotion of 14 new partners worldwide. The appointments take effect January 1, 2010.

“On behalf of the Mayer Brown partnership, I am delighted to welcome to our ranks these talented and skilled individuals who have earned their promotions through the quality of their work and their commitment to the highest standard of client service,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Herbert W. Krueger. “We look forward to their continuing contributions to the firm’s growth and success.”

The new partners are:

Wendy Dodson Gallegos, Corporate & Securities
Ms. Gallegos is a corporate and transactional lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, private investment funds, joint ventures, reorganizations and other corporate and securities transactions. She also counsels boards of directors and management regarding fiduciary duties, corporate governance and defensive measures, and she advises public companies regarding SEC reporting, compliance and disclosure issues. She joined the firm in 2003 and holds a JD degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating summa cum laude and Order of the Coif.

Diane Sabol, Litigation
Ms. Sabol represents national and multinational corporations in complex commercial litigation. She has represented corporations in class actions and individual claims in federal and state courts. She has experience representing corporations in product liability claims; representing national accounting firms in securities fraud and professional negligence disputes; and representing corporations in securities fraud claims, contract disputes, fraud and consumer class action claims. She also has experience with internal investigations. She joined Mayer Brown in 2002 following her graduation from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Adem Koyuncu, Corporate & Securities
Dr. Koyuncu is double qualified as a lawyer and medical doctor. He focuses his practice on the healthcare and life sciences sector and advises on regulatory affairs, R&D matters, marketing and distribution, pricing/reimbursement, safety issues and product recalls. He represents clients in administrative and court proceedings and contract negotiations. His litigation practice includes unfair competition, product liability and regulatory matters. He also provides counsel on business compliance and anti-corruption matters and represents clients in associated litigation. He joined Mayer Brown in 2004 and holds a doctorate in medicine and a summa cum laude doctorate in law from the University of Mannheim.

Jan Kraayvanger, Litigation and Arbitration
Dr. Kraayvanger advises clients in domestic and international arbitration, cross border litigation, commercial litigation as well as corporate disputes. His practice covers numerous industries, in particular automotive, construction and financial. He has been involved in major disputes with claims amounting to several billion euros at stake. In arbitral proceedings he has expertise both as arbitrator as well as counsel. He joined Mayer Brown in 2001 and received a PhD degree in law from University of Mannheim.

Nicolas Rössler, Employment/Benefits
Dr. Rössler advises and represents national and international clients on individual and collective employment law issues, business and workforce restructurings and other benefit and pension-related matters. His work includes the design, implementation and restructuring of occupational pension schemes, handling complex negotiations with works councils and unions and litigating pension-related lawsuits. He also advises clients on the set-up of funding structures for pension schemes and in employment and pension issues related to mergers and acquisitions. He joined Mayer Brown in 2004 and holds a PhD degree in Pensions Law from the University of Mainz.

Tim Wybitul, Litigation
Mr. Wybitul advises clients facing regulatory or legislative infringement of business opportunity or potential damage to their reputations. He supervises, coordinates and leads internal investigations as well as resulting litigation. His practice is concentrated on litigation, white collar defense, compliance, privacy and employment matters and includes compliance programs, data protection, E-discovery, directors’ and officers’ liabilities and individual and collective employment law issues. He joined Mayer Brown in 2004 and previously served as a scientific assistant to a criminal law professor at the University of Frankfurt, of which he is a graduate. 

Andrew Westlake, Insurance & Reinsurance
Mr. Westlake handles contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, particularly those with an international element. His principal area of experience is political risk insurance, and he is currently handling several large disputes on behalf of the London political risk market. He also has extensive experience defending claims against a wide range of professionals, including accountants, insurance and reinsurance brokers, solicitors and auctioneers. He also advises on coverage issues under directors & officers and financial lines policies, as well as advising on policy drafting. He joined Mayer Brown in 2006 and holds an LLB degree in Law with French from the University of Birmingham. 

Los Angeles
Melissa Pastrana, Litigation
Ms. Pastrana is an experienced litigator who has managed a broad array of complex civil litigation, with a focus on insurance-related matters. She also has successfully litigated breach of contract cases, business torts and alleged ERISA and securities law violations. She practices before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and in private arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She joined Mayer Brown in Chicago in 2001, left in 2006 to serve as a judicial law clerk to Justice Elizabeth B. Lacey of the Supreme Court of Virginia and then returned to Mayer Brown in Los Angeles in 2007. She holds a JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School. 

Oliver Aubouin, Corporate
Mr. Aubouin’s practice focuses primarily on representing private equity and leveraged buyout funds, portfolio companies and strategic investors in connection with leveraged buyouts and other merger and acquisition transactions. He also is experienced in capital markets, public tender offers and other transactions involving listed companies. He joined Mayer Brown in 2006 and received a master’s degree from University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Thomas Philippe, Corporate
Mr. Philippe’s practice focuses primarily on representing private equity and leveraged buyout funds, portfolio companies and strategic investors in connection with leveraged buyouts and other merger and acquisition transactions, including the resolution of post-acquisition disputes. He also represents industrial clients in M&A transactions, as well as financing institutions in relation to the financing of real-estate portfolios acquisitions or other leveraged finance transactions. He joined the firm in 2002 after spending two years in Laos as an expert with the French Embassy, in charge of legal training at the University of Vientiane. He graduated from University of Paris X – Nanterre (Masters in Business Law) and from ESSEC (Masters in Business Administration).

Patrick Teboul, Finance - Restructuring
Mr. Teboul’s practice focuses both in real estate and structured finance transactions (on behalf of both banks and private equity investors) and complex restructuring transactions. He represents a large variety of commercial lending institutions in connection with real estate acquisition financing, private equity and leveraged buyout funds, portfolio companies and strategic investors with respect to cross-border transactions. He joined he firm in 2004 and received a Masters degree in Philosophy and Mathematics from La Sorbonne University and a Masters degree in Private Law from Panthéon-Assas University of Paris in 2000.

Privat Vigand, Finance
Mr. Vigand specializes in banking and finance and securitization. He focuses on leveraged finance transactions, particularly in relation to real estate and leveraged buyout financings, where he advises investors and financial institutions. He was involved in most of the major leveraged private equity financings which have taken place recently on the French market. He also represents the lenders in French real estate financings, as well as investors in debt restructuring and insolvency matters. He joined Mayer Brown in 2002 and received a DESS-DJCE degree in law from the University of Montpellier, France.

Washington, DC
Joseph Baker, Litigation
Mr. Baker is experienced in complex commercial litigation, including contractual, employment and intellectual property disputes, antitrust and securities class actions and enforcement actions, and antitrust price fixing and merger investigations. He has authored numerous briefs and motions in federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals, and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of Mayer Brown’s Electronic Discovery & Records Management practice, with a focus on cross-border data protection and e-discovery issues. Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2004, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received a JD degree from Columbia University Law School.