Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announces the hire of Martin Wright as a Real Estate partner in London. Martin joins from Ashurst where he has been a partner for more than 15 years. Martin's hire is part of an ongoing initiative to further strengthen Mayer Brown's offering in London, following the hire of Chris Harvey to the group earlier this year and the hire of Jeremy Kenley to the Funds Group. Martin will become a leader of the Firm’s Global Real Estate Group when he joins in January 2013.

Martin has advised domestic and international clients on all aspects of property investment and development. He acted on the purchase this year of the Goldman Sachs London headquarters, as well as advising Savills on taking a pre-let of GPE’s development at Margaret Street. He also worked for Chelsfield, First Base and Imagination Consortium in their winning bid to develop Silvertown Quays. In addition, Martin has acted in relation to the restaurant lettings at The Shard.

Jeremy Clay, a co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Real Estate practice, said: "Martin has a wealth of experience in property investment and development, and we are delighted to have him join the group. We already have a strong presence in London and his appointment will significantly add to that while enabling us to continue to develop our international capabilities."

Martin Wright said: "Mayer Brown has a fantastic global platform with strong capabilities in Europe, the US and Asia, demonstrated by a string of high profile deals that have been completed over the last year. Now is a really exciting time for me to be joining this group."

Mayer Brown's London Real Estate Group, which acts for Canary Wharf, recently advised Berlin Hyp on the sale of Goldman Sachs London headquarters and British Land on its acquisition of the Clarges Estate in Mayfair.