Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced the promotion of 32 of its lawyers worldwide to partner. The appointments take effect January 1, 2011.
“Each member of this exceptional group of lawyers has earned their promotion by demonstrating outstanding legal skills in their practice area and a commitment to the highest standard of client service, which are defining characteristics of Mayer Brown,” said Herbert W. Krueger, chairman. “We congratulate them on this important milestone in their legal career and welcome them as members of the partnership.”
The new partners are:
Michael D. Adams, Intellectual Property, Chicago
Mr. Adams represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including: trademark litigation and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings; national and international advertising campaigns; international brand management including trademark clearance, filing, prosecution, maintenance and portfolio management; domestic and international licensing, franchise agreements and related recordation requirements; mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances involving intellectual property assets; securitization of intellectual property assets; and internet-related intellectual property matters. He joined Mayer Brown in 2007 and is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law.
John P. Boelter, Corporate & Securities, Chicago
Mr. Boelter is a transactional lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities law matters. He represents purchasers and sellers of domestic and international businesses in complex public and private mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances. He also represents issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, consent solicitations, tender offers and exchange offers, and provides counsel on securities compliance and corporate governance matters. He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and joined the firm in 2005.
Marius A. Boewe, Corporate & Securities, Cologne
Mr. Boewe counsels corporate clients on regulatory law matters, particularly in the areas of regulatory, aviation, energy and environmental concerns. He advises airline and airport clients on such issues as airport fees, ground handling and outsourcing concerns. He has been involved in the foundation of the first German bad bank and other current financial bail-out cases. In the energy field, he acted on the building and operation of two major power plants. In the environmental arena, he advises clients on matters including potential future liabilities and risk allocation for cleanup of contaminated sites. He joined the firm in 2005 and holds a doctorate from the University of Freiburg.
Francis K. W. Chen, Banking & Finance, Hong Kong
Mr. Chen acts for banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers on all types of local and cross-border debt financing transactions, including: plain vanilla and secured bilateral and syndicated loan facilities, receivables purchase facilities, asset-based financing, limited recourse pre-payment facilities and leveraged finance facilities. He joined Mayer Brown in 1999 and holds law degrees from the University of New South Wales and the University of Hong Kong.
Maggie C. K. Cheung, Banking & Finance, Hong Kong
Ms. Cheung's practice focuses on the shipping industry. She advises banks and financial institutions on all aspects of ship finance transactions involving multiple jurisdictions, in particular in preparing loan agreements and security documents, loan structuring and non-contentious restructuring. She also acts for shipowning companies on commercial shipping matters including the sale and purchase of ships, charterparties, management agreements, registrations, corporate and other industry related issues. She joined Mayer Brown in 1999 and holds a law degree from the University of Hong Kong.
Benjamin P. K. Choi, Intellectual Property, Hong Kong
Mr. Choi’s practice addresses a wide range of intellectual property matters, including local and foreign trademark prosecution, intellectual property portfolio management, handling trademark opposition, revocation and invalidation actions, licensing of intellectual property rights, advising on trademark, copyright, design and patent infringement and actions of enforcement, handling of Internet domain name disputes, conducting due diligence and preparing reports and advice. He joined Mayer Brown in 2008 and holds a law degree from the City University of Hong Kong.
Jeremy Cunningham, Corporate & Securities, Hong Kong
Mr. Cunningham advises on a wide range of corporate matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and disposals, private equity investments, venture capital work and various commercial work, including advising clients in connection with sourcing transactions. He joined Mayer Brown in May 2005 in the London office’s Corporate & Securities practice and worked on secondment in Mayer Brown’s Ho Chi Minh City office in Vietnam between June 2008 and January 2010, where he began his continuing involvement with energy and power projects. He joined the Hong Kong office in February 2010 and is a graduate of the College of Law London and Chester.
Angus Duncan, Insurance & Reinsurance, London
Mr. Duncan is an experienced litigator, having acted in claims up to and including in the House of Lords. He acts for the insurance and reinsurance markets in connection with: financial institutions issues, including Madoff-related claims, pensions misselling claims and similar institutional reviews; professional indemnity issues in relation to brokers, actuaries, benefits consultants, surveyors, technology companies, auditors, barristers and solicitors; claims in connection with trade credit and political risk issues around the world; reinsurance issues including multi-year, multi-layer retrocession structures and drafting complex captive reinsurance documentation; and products-related claims. He joined Mayer Brown in 2007 and holds a law degree from Edinburgh University.
Richard Goldstein, Pensions, London
Mr. Goldstein has a diverse pensions practice, acting for a broad range of pension schemes ranging in asset size from less than £100 million to more than £4 billion. He advises on all aspects of pensions design and management, including drafting definitive scheme documentation for schemes, advising on legislative developments and negotiating agreements on behalf of trustees. He also advises employers on pension issues arising from transactions and other projects. He joined Mayer Brown in 2006 and holds a law degree from Bristol University.
François-Régis Gonon, Banking & Finance, Paris
Mr. Gonon concentrates his practice in banking and finance. He advises credit institutions, sponsors and industrial groups in the areas of structured finance, securitization, leveraged finance, regulatory and compliance matters. He also is part of the Private Investment Fund group for the Paris office. He joined Mayer Brown in 2006 and holds law degrees from the University of Paris and University of Westminster.
Charles E. Harris, II, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago
Mr. Harris has extensive litigation experience involving a wide array of complex litigation, including the areas of consumer class action, data breach and privacy-related matters, defamation, securities fraud, antitrust, accounting liability, insurance coverage, labor and employment, lien foreclosure and criminal. He has prepared and argued motions in state and federal courts and has tried two criminal trials, winning a non-guilty verdict in a murder case and obtaining a favorable plea for a defendant in the midst of the trial. He joined Mayer Brown in 2004 and graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Chadwick A. Hoyt, Banking & Finance, Chicago
Mr. Hoyt’s practice focuses especially on structured finance, with an emphasis on asset-backed and mortgage-backed securitization. He also has experience in secured lending, leasing and leveraged leasing. His securitization experience includes representing foreign and domestic issuers and underwriters in a wide range of asset classes. He also has experience in corporate transactions, including the formation and structuring of entities, commercial transactions and joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and corporate restructurings. He first joined Mayer Brown in 1996, leaving in 2000 and returning in 2007. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.
Dany Khayat, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Paris
Mr. Khayat focuses his practice on international arbitration matters. He has been involved in arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, GAFTA and LCIA rules as well as ad hoc arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL rules. He has substantive knowledge in investment treaty arbitration and the protection of foreign investments and represents parties in investor/State disputes. He also has been involved in arbitration-related proceedings before French courts, including in applications to set aside arbitration awards as well as disputes involving state immunities and seizure of state-owned assets. He joined Mayer Brown in 2008 and holds law degrees from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris II Panthéon-Assas.
Brian W. Kittle, Tax Controversy, New York
Mr. Kittle represents clients in all facets of tax controversy. His litigation experience includes major corporate tax cases involving substance-over-form disputes, economic substance issues, valuation issues, Subchapter C issues and leasing transactions. His specific experience in tax litigation involves dealing with discovery issues, defending depositions, examining witnesses at trial and drafting post-trial briefs. He also advises clients on administrative matters, including IRS audits and IRS appeals. He joined Mayer Brown in 2006 and holds law degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where he graduated cum laude, and Georgetown University Law Center.
Kai Liebrich, Banking & Finance, Frankfurt
Mr. Liebrich focuses his practice on banking and IT transactions. As a banking lawyer, he has advised clients across a broad spectrum of debt instruments and capital market matters, including acquisition finance, real estate finance, asset-based lending, restructuring of CDO investments and derivatives transactions. He also has a wide range of experience in IT transactions and outsourcing projects including advising on IT and data protection aspects of global joint ventures and M&A transactions. He joined Mayer Brown in 2005 and is a graduate of the University of Giessen.
Paula Garrett Lin, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
Ms. Lin’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, antitrust matters, and government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Her clients include financial institutions, as well as pharmaceutical and technology firms. Most recently, Paula was part of a trial team representing a major clearing bank that obtained judgment in its favor on all claims brought by a bankruptcy trustee, and she advised another firm in connection with antitrust claims arising in an intellectual property lawsuit. She joined Mayer Brown in 2003 after clerking for Judge R. Barclay Surrick (E.D. Pa.), and is a 2002 graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Matthias J. Meckert, Real Estate, Frankfurt
Mr. Meckert advises investors and banks on their investments (primarily cross-border) in German real estate. In addition, he provides strategic counsel on the restructuring of real estate loans and on distressed real estate assets. He also advises non-German lenders on their activities in the German lending market and on their portfolio management. On the investor’s side he represents various real estate funds on their (sometimes pan-European) financing structures including questions of German Investment Law and foreign investors buying German real estate. The acquired/financed properties comprise office, retail (including complex shopping centers), logistics and residential properties. He joined Mayer Brown in 2002 and received a law degree from the University of Mainz.
Rani Mina, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
Ms. Mina’s practice in commercial dispute resolution focuses on outsourcing and procurement disputes, particularly in the IT and telecommunications sectors, and international arbitration. She also is experienced in a wide range of large and complex commercial disputes involving directors and shareholders, financial institutions, private equity funds, joint ventures, large property damage claims (on behalf of insurers and their insureds) and royalty disputes. She joined Mayer Brown in 2003 and holds a first class law degree from Griffith University.
Vera A. Nackovic, Intellectual Property, Chicago
Ms. Nackovic’s practice focuses on patent procurement, litigation and counseling, with particular emphasis on litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act and investigations involving the Federal Trade Commission. She is experienced in technologies involving pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical formulations, chemicals, diagnostic materials and methods, enzyme formulations, medical devices, transdermal hormone replacement therapies, teeth whitening formulations and business methods. She also has advised on the legal and practical aspects of domestic and international electronic discovery obligations. She joined Mayer Brown in 2003 and graduated magna cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Andrew J. Noreuil, Corporate & Securities, Chicago
Mr. Noreuil is a transactional attorney and corporate advisor whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions. He represents buyers and sellers in connection with mergers, tender and exchange offers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, private investments in public equity, joint ventures, strategic alliances and minority investments. He joined Mayer Brown in 2009 and graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law.
Emily Pennec, Corporate & Securities, Paris
Ms. Pennec’s practice focuses on advising private equity firms on a broad range of corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged transactions and group restructurings, involving both private and listed companies. She joined Mayer Brown in 2003 and holds degrees in business law from the University of Paris (Paris II and Cergy-Pontoise).
Sangeeta Puran, Intellectual Property, London
Ms. Puran concentrates on healthcare transactional work, advising a broad spectrum of healthcare participants on the issues and commercial arrangements relevant to each stage of the research, development and commercialization pathway. She is experienced in licensing matters, research collaborations, clinical trial agreements and healthcare advisory work. In addition, she has experience as a patent litigator and advises clients on the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions and the exploitation of intellectual property. She joined Mayer Brown in 2006 and holds a law degree with honors from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Ian Roberts, Insurance, London
Mr. Roberts is an experienced insurance litigator who focuses on professional liability defense and insurance coverage issues in which he represents reinsurers and various professionals including solicitors, accountants, surveyors, directors and officers, insurance brokers and trustees in the UK and internationally. He advises on all aspects of financial institutions risks and also acts on reinsurance matters and is experienced in bringing subrogated claims on insurers’ behalf. He frequently advises on complex policy issues regarding the validity and application of insurance contracts and has significant experience in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and mediation. He joined Mayer Brown in 2007 and is a graduate of Nottingham Law School.
David B. H. Saye, Real Estate, Charlotte
Mr. Saye has a diverse practice in the areas of real estate financing, corporate real estate, commercial leasing, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and development. He represents developers, financial institutions, pension funds, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts, real estate operating companies, and corporations in connection with construction and permanent loan financing, new developments, dispositions, joint ventures, leasing and acquisitions. These real estate projects have included office, residential, retail, industrial and mixed-use buildings. He joined Mayer Brown in 2006 and is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.
Nathan H. Sevilla, Real Estate, New York
Mr. Sevilla primarily represents lenders in complex real estate financing transactions and construction loans, with a specific focus on the hotel, gaming and leisure industry. In addition, a significant part of his practice is the representation of firm clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of real property throughout the United States. He is active in pro bono work, representing non-profit organizations in real estate lending and general real estate transactions and disputes. He joined Mayer Brown in 2003 and is a graduate of New York University School of Law.
Michael L. Simes, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
Mr. Simes has been engaged as counsel in a wide variety of practice areas, including white collar criminal defense, bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings, complex commercial and securities litigation, internal investigations and government and regulatory enforcement actions. His major client relationships include Barclays and Morgan Stanley, and he has successfully represented other institutions and individuals in federal and state courts and before various government agencies. He joined Mayer Brown in 2008 and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Andrew W. Steigleder, Tax Controversy, Chicago
Mr. Steigleder represents taxpayers in federal tax matters at all phases of a controversy, including pre-audit strategic consulting, IRS audit and administrative appeals and litigation in US Tax Court, US Court of Federal Claims and U.S. District Courts. His primary representations involve income tax disputes related to complex financial products and structured transactions, with an emphasis on issues related to the economic substance and substance-over-form doctrines. He also has represented financial institutions in the course of promoter audits and penalty disputes. He joined Mayer Brown in 2003 and holds law degrees from Creighton University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and Northwestern University School of Law.
Fradyn Suarez, Banking & Finance, New York
Ms. Suarez regularly advises commercial, bilateral and multilateral financial institutions and borrowers in connection with cross-border financing transactions involving Latin America and the Caribbean and other emerging markets, including project finance transactions, acquisition financings, syndicated lending transactions, debt restructurings and bond offerings. She also advises private equity funds and other investor clients (including financial institutions) in connection with the structuring and documentation of joint ventures and equity and debt investments in Latin America and the Caribbean. She joined Mayer Brown in 2007 and graduated with honors from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.
Raymond M. W. Wong, Real Estate, Hong Kong
Mr. Wong has broad experience in all aspects of property and conveyancing law. His practice areas include project conveyancing, landlord and tenant, land resumption and property litigation. His clients include government authorities, major property developers, investors and property management companies. Mr. Wong has handled a number of significant projects in Hong Kong, such as Hong Kong Station, Kowloon Station and land resumption works relating to the construction of the West Railway Line, which was the largest land resumption in Hong Kong. He joined Mayer Brown in 1996 and received a law degree from the University of Hong Kong.
Kristy Zander, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
Ms. Zander focuses on advising and acting for lenders, security providers, insolvency practitioners, directors and creditors in relation to all aspects of restructuring and insolvency. She has experience in providing insolvency advice in relation to complex transactions. In addition, she has acted in the resolution of a wide range of commercial, financial and banking disputes, with particular experience in substantial insolvency litigation. She joined Mayer Brown in 2008 and holds a law degree (with first class honors) from Flinders University of South Australia.